There is no point saving a ton of information if you can never find it when you need it. The answer might be Walling.
Screenshot of Prisoner ‘information’ quote I saved in Walling
08 November 2022 | James Porteous| Clipper Media News
‘Information. We want information.’
We all want information. And we all want to know how to find it, how to use it, and how to archive it so we can use it again once we have found it and used it.
So plain and simple: When I decided to write a review of the Walling app my first notion was to ‘build it’ around just that: Information.
I remembered there was a classic line from The Prisoner TV show about ‘information.’
So I set out to search for it. No problem: ‘Prisoner quote information.‘
So then I could have made a bookmark in case I wanted to use the information again, but I knew I would never find the bookmark again.
So I copied the quote, and the link and pasted everything into the ‘Quotes” ‘wall’ I had created in Walling (see above) and now I have a forever copy of the complete quote and link, so I never have to search for it again.
And I also added the logo and a few photos. Why not.
Information. As I said, we all want to know how to find it, how to use it, and how to archive it so we can use it again once we have found it and used it.
But our brains -let alone our software or hardware- don’t always cooperate.
I recently completed a 64,000-word novel that featured 15 characters moving in and out of the story and yet I barely took a single note on paper. Everything was somehow laid out in full in my odd brain.
Yet I am constantly searching for the day-to-day crap that is here today and gone tomorrow and perhaps forevermore.
I think there is some sort of Murphy’s Law that dictates that you can find any piece of information you want in a snap, but it will take a freaking half hour to find the same information again if you ever try to ‘recreate’ your search.
Enough of that.
I tried a dozen apps, all claiming to ‘help’ retain data but most of them simply don’t work or are more trouble than they are worth.
But – light tunnel. Finally. I found Walling.
Seriously. Walling is an actual visual workspace that allows you to store, save and find your information in any manner you so choose.
Picture, link, quote, bookmark, password, novel outline, email address, her birthday, transit number, mobile pin, remembrance of things past, the memory of the guy you saw sitting on the subway in his underwear, the meaning of life, the new meaning of life, screw the meaning of life…
Sample screenshots from my version of Walling
Walling was designed for teams but I am not a team. Or a team player. I just want to find and use what I need as quickly and as simply as possible.
But having said that, I must admit that there are team players who like to collaborate with other like-minded team players and I can see how this app might be a huge benefit to them.
And I also enjoyed reading the interview with Ahmed Elmasry, the founder and CEO of Walling explaining what it all means and will mean in the future.
So that is my spiel. My job here is done. I like it, I use it, and love it.
You can download the free trial version and mess around with it and see if it suits your needs or not. The learning curve, aside from some of the lingo is pretty darn simple.
And yes, I will copy and paste a link to this review in the ‘Clipper’ wall in my version of Walling. It will be there before you finish reading this. Forever.
James Porteous | Clipper Media News