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Handling information overload

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on July 26, 2007 at 3:55:54 am

How to deal with information overload



  • feed-fu -- feed reading techniques, feed subscribing techniques
    • tips, tricks, best practices for handling feed reading
    • feed mashup tools: yahoo pipes
    • ego search / ego feeds



Gina's tips

  • insert wisdom and lore here



Barb's tips

  • i don't care about an empty inbox. i skim the list of unread and try to pick out the items that look most important, and get to them first. i try and trust that if i miss something important, someone will bring it up again.
  • i also don't care about reading every item in my newsreader. i set up filters for whatever are the most relevant search terms for me at the moment and try to get to those first. if i miss a few days of feeds, i don't worry about catching up -- i just start with what's fresh.
  • if there's an item that looks interesting but i don't have time to read it now, i'll open a tab in NNW or del.icio.us it for later. if i don't get to it later, the world does not end.
  • if you're not sure what the most important action item is at any given time, just trust your instincts.



Going further

  • The cult of GTD: Getting Things Done
  • Personal start pages: Netvibes, Pageflakes, Google start page
  • Backpack -- web-based personal info manager with great shareability tools.
  • Virtual desktops -- have more than one "workspace" open at a time
  • Quicksilver -- desert island app for the Mac, serves as a launcher and much more
  • Web-based operating systems: YouOS, Goowy, etc.

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