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  • 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 postWalk through the steps to set up a similar systemTalk 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 downUnwieldy rss accountsAn avoidance/guilt about rss reader contentmeanwhile
  • Twitter showed up in 2006.“microblog” short posts.Lots of what I had for lunch, but also lots of links and conversationsDeath 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 itOriginally about people: corporate accounts (like ours) kicked offAs Twitter rose in prominence, more emphasis on status type updatesSeeing businesses capitalize on social media, embraced pagesAs 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 inToo many RSS feeds to readHuge 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 linkHaving 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 featureBut 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 missAdd more things to facebook and twitter; organize groupsPick specific times to check in with these services


  • 1. Twitter and Facebook
    The New RSS
    Lauren Pressley | Instructional Design Librarian WFU | 10-14-10
  • 2. The Plan
    The why
    The how
    What do you think?
  • 3. Why
  • 4. Information Overload
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  • 7. Bloglines shutting down
  • 8. Twitter
  • 9. Facebook
  • 10. How
  • 11. information as a river
  • 12. Twitter Lists
  • 13. Facebook Groups
  • 14. Tweet Deck
  • 15. My Process
  • 16. Let’s take a look
    Facebook Groups
    Twitter Lists
  • 17. Image Credits
    All Things Ran Their Course:
    RSS Diagram: http://www.flickr.com/photos/jrhode/375671790/in/photostream/
    Sunrise Paddling on the North Canadian River: http://www.flickr.com/photos/freewine/478332550/in/photostream/