Content islands and dominoes

Recently I spoke of content attractors (i.e. software that invites you to produce or manipulate content). However, be careful to discern whether such software is actually a content island. A content island is a silo, a black box and a black hole–a “Roach Motel for Verbiage” if you will. You author or store content therein but it’s never to be seen (reused, realized) again.

Given that I am the unpaid evangelist for Microsoft Office OneNote within my organization, I got to thinking about how accessible my substantial content investment in OneNote really is. For example, can Google Desktop Search (GDS) index .one files? Copernic Desktop Search (CDS)? What about MSN Desktop Search (MDS)? After a quick test, the answers appear to be No, No and Yes.

Hmmm… I like CDS and am experimenting with GDS, too, but I am invested in OneNote. Enter the domino effect. A content domino is software that intentionally or accidentally creates a chain reaction around a body of content. In this case, the value I place on OneNote, and therefore .one files, is causing me to rethink my desktop search software. OneNote is the domino here per se. What will I gain if I switch to MDS and what will I lose?

 Stay tuned for the results of my desktop search tests…