This morning I had one of those moments that isn’t a big deal in the broad scheme of things but I found interesting and relevant. I’m at the beach taking some time and thought I would drop this in a post. We all know that the web has given us a tremendous amount of value in software and capabilities. At the same time, each and every day I recognize that this same tremendous proliferation of software has almost made managing all the sites, downloads and apps a full time job as well. Take this example from this morning…
Earlier this week I changed back to an iPhone from Android so I’ve spent that last few days loading it up with a bunch of apps. One of the apps is Instagram, an app I’ve wanted to try and gave up waiting for it to come out on Android. Anyway, downloaded the app, took a picture, picked my filter and was given my choice of channels to send it to. So, in his case, I sent it via email to my wife, sent it to Facebook and decided to not put it into my Twitter stream. Then I saw that I could send the photo to Posterous, a service I signed up for long ago but had used in some time, so I thought, send it there too. And then software took over…
All of of sudden, this nice photo ended up on this blog and in my Twitter stream. What happened? I forgot that at some point back when I signed up for Posterous, I also said of course publish anything posted on Posterous I would also want to publish to Twitter and to this blog BUT I should be smart about it and only do it when I am the author (that way I can control it what cross posts). So all software operated as instructed. But things that I did not intend to happen at the time I published this photo did.
So it turns out that I now need two new services:
1. Service Tracker - A service that keeps track of all the services that I’ve signed up for. This I’ve been wanting for years. At one point, I used Friendfeed for this purpose and it seemed to work well but I feel I need something specifically designed for this purpose.
2. Service Auth Tracker – I would now like a service that tracks all services that I have authenticated and authorized to access data in other services or to cross-post. This post demonstrates the cross-post issue. Who knows how services I’ve allowed to use my social logins or to access my social data stream.
Okay, time to hit publish. I wonder when these two new services will be built and by whom? Where this post will now publish to is a whole other question.