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Why Arc's Shared Folders Might Not Be the Future

Sharing Bunches of Links is So Last Decade

Have you ever received an email or a message from a colleague that's just... a dump of links? Maybe they thought they were being helpful, sending you a treasure trove of 'resources'. But let's be real, in this fast-paced digital age, who has the time to click through and sift through every single link? 🤷‍♂️

Recently, the Arc team showcased their new feature where you can share Spaces, Folders, and Splits with anyone. While it might sound cool on the surface, I have some reservations. Let's dive in:

  1. Information Overload is Real: We're already bombarded with information from all sides. Do we really need another set of links adding to the chaos? What we need is concise, relevant information, not a scavenger hunt.

  2. AI to the Rescue: With advancements in AI, we now have tools that can summarize entire web pages for us. So, why would I want to go through ten tabs when I can get a neat summary without even visiting the webpage? Especially with features like a 5-second preview.

  3. The Illusion of Being Helpful: Just because you can share a ton of links doesn't mean you should. It's quality over quantity, always.

  4. It's About Respect: Sending a bunch of links without context feels a bit... lazy. It's like saying, "Here, YOU figure it out." In professional settings, it's essential to respect each other's time and provide clear, cohesive information.

The Arc Team gave some examples of how to use these features in their release video, but all the time I was thinking, there is an easier way to share the information, definitely not the whole webpage with ads, other articles, cookies and mess -

  • Sharing an entire folder of documents with a teammate? Why not create a concise summary highlighting the main points?

  • Got recommendations for dinner in Honolulu? How about a short list of top places with a brief description?

  • Onboarding a new team member? An onboarding guide consolidating all essential info is way more efficient than a barrage of links.

  • Sharing a bird-watching split view? A summarized guide highlighting key species would be more beneficial.

Now, don't get me wrong. I'm all for sharing resources and helping out. But let's do it right. If you've got something to share, take a moment to summarize it or highlight the key points. Better yet, use AI tools to do the heavy lifting for you. Let's make the digital space a little less cluttered and a lot more meaningful.

Until next time, keep it concise and stay curious! ✌️

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