I am most definitely in the former group. I firmly believe that so long as I have unused RAM, I don’t have enough tabs open in my web browsers. And I’m not the only one:
I used to assume everyone browsed Just Like Me, until a friend recoiled in horror from the sight of my stuffed browser. Apparently not everyone works or plays online with roughly 20,000 tabs open. How do you do it?
While that’s a (mild) exaggeration, I just counted and I generally have between 10-20 tabs open, never less, far often more. I’m not about to claim that it’s not occasionally confusing, but I’ve managed pretty well throughout a decade of working online.
In fact, I find my mass of tabs comforting — I’ll often open one not to use immediately but as a reminder to read something later that I couldn’t get to in the day.
But not everyone feels that way. I know, for example, that my mother only has a few tabs open and regularly closes the browser window – even though she’s going to open many of the same tabs tomorrow.
So how do you feel about tabs?
While this might seem like a silly topic, for some of us multi-tabbers it is a pretty serious issue. One too many encounters with zero-tabbers closing a web browser window after borrowing my computer has forced me to forbid anyone from using my computer out of fear that they might lose important work. (This was back before Chrome and FF were good about saving your previous state so it could be restored, but the pain lingers.)
So tell me, are you a zero-tabber or a multi-tabber? Or do you fall somewhere in between?
image by Kris Krug