Filing vs. Searching

Recorded on July 30th, 2016

My friend Allen and I were talking today about the difference between obsessively filing photos by year/month/event and just dumping them into a giant folder and letting metadata take over. Same thing for Evernote items. You can make folders for every category of stuff you want to keep, or you can toss it all in one bucket and rely on search to get you what you need. And the unexpected benefit of going with search is that by using it, you’re bound to encounter half-forgotten things along the way that you might not have seen otherwise.

I came out of the conversation not knowing which is ultimately better, but believing more than ever that while filing stuff carefully has its place, it’s easy to go overboard. Once any one of us is gone, who cares about how organized our Dropbox folder of curated photos is?

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