Shiny New Tools

Another new day, another new tool.

A platform for sharing. A service for analytics. An app for wasting time.

They’re shiny. And they suck you in.

A few of these tools may even be useful.

It’s OK to try them out. But before you commit your time. Your energy. Your trust. Make sure to ask a few simple questions.

What goals do you want this new tool to help you achieve?

What is the tool asking from you in return?

What would happen if the tool disappeared?

The upside of lots of shiny new tools is experimentation and innovation. The downside is junk and abuse of users.

Master your tools, don’t let them master you.

Tytus Michalski