You and I may be gadget freaks, but we can’t own ’em all. What could we possibly do once we see or hear about a cool new tech toy we’d love to get our hands on but can’t (at the moment, at least)? Why, add it to our wishlist, of course!
I believe it was Amazon that popularized the concept of a virtual wishlist. You’d find them on the sidebars of people’s personal websites even before blogging really caught on. But these lists were mostly made of book titles, not necessarily gadgets. Eventually wishlists have been incorporated as one of the neater features of online shops. But like Amazon’s, the wishlists do not work across multiple online shops.
Web 2.0 Wishlists
These days, you don’t really need to stick to the Amazon Wishlist format anymore. Wishlistr lets you add a website as an item on your wishlist. Or you can search for products you wish to add manually. Even better is that you can export the list as an RSS feed.
Another site you can use as an online wishlist is StyleHive, since it’s filled with features that describe, tag, share, and discover products you’d want to have or already have, although the community is geared more towards the stylish rather than the techie crowd (not that they’re necessarily mutually exclusive, though).
Bookmarks as Wishlists
If you don’t want another web account to manage your wishlists with, simply use your favorite bookmarking service, e.g. del.icio.us, to tag the webpage of the product you’re eyeing with the word “wishlist”. So if I wanted to
view my wishlist, I can just type in del.icio.us/sofimi/wishlist.
Blog Your Wishlist
Finally, why not blog your wishlist? Your blog post does not have to be a literal list, but perhaps a product (or two) you’d like to add to your personal wishlist. You can always tag your post (if your blog supports tagging/labels) with “wishlist”, or you can create a whole new category revolving around your Wishlist! And if you have enough time, take things to the next level by opening a whole new blog so you can add items to your wishlist all year long!