Been thinking about how to get information for a while now. Seems like everyone is talking about how they’re busier and having a hard time keeping up with things.
Always experimented with new ways of getting information.
Came to this method last month, blog post on it got 55 comments, and figured I mgiht be on to something.
So we’ll talk about what essentially was in the blog post Walk through the steps to set up a similar system Talk about if it makes sense for you and your work/personal life
Clearly we’re all feeling a little overwhelmed with information, but also with tasks that take time. Looking for ways to manage it
RSS really came into the mainstream around 2005. Many early users started with Bloglines. Sense of getting websites delivered to you.
And for many of us, we kept subscribing to things. (This is my cleaned out reader, and still I have an overabundance of things to read)
Then Bloglines announced it’s closing down. (Only about 16 more days to get your feeds out folks!)
So we’re seeing reader services shut down Unwieldy rss accounts An avoidance/guilt about rss reader content
Twitter showed up in 2006. “microblog” short posts.
Lots of what I had for lunch, but also lots of links and conversations
Death of blogs (not really, blogs changed in content/culture) Maybe death of RSS as we know it
Facebook had been around since 2003/4/5 depending on how you count it Originally about people: corporate accounts (like ours) kicked off As Twitter rose in prominence, more emphasis on status type updates
Seeing businesses capitalize on social media, embraced pages As more joined, and original group aged, see some using it professionally
So that’s the place where we are: Lots of types of websites to check in Too many RSS feeds to read Huge amounts of information
Rethinking access to information: instead of reading every blog post, dip in to stream, get directed to a good post, maybe find others on the site from that link
Having to decide it’s not possible to read or watch everything.
Twitter saw that people had a hard time following everyone from every context. I used to have a rule where I’d keep my list to half my followers, but at some point that’s still a really big list.
Friends, hobby, work, professional posts
Facebook originally implemented groups as a privacy feature But you can also organize your friends with groups to browse more easily
Third party solutions to make it easy to navigate your content
I called the post “It was nice while it lasted” not that RSS is going away, but RSS as the primary way of reading blogs might be going away.
Cull out reader: just those things I really don’t want to miss Add more things to facebook and twitter; organize groups Pick specific times to check in with these services
Twitter and Facebook
The New RSS
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Bloglines shutting down
information as a river
Let’s take a look
1. Facebook Groups
2. Twitter Lists
All Things Ran Their Course:
Sunrise Paddling on the North Canadian River: