Let’s talk information overload for a second.
Lots of stuff out there, isn’t there? At times it can be quite a hassle to process it all. Feels like every few minutes there is another SEO article or new technology that you just HAVE to read about…right this minute! Staying current can be a full time job in and of itself, let alone finding the time to empty both a physical and virtual mailbox multiple times a day!
Well, there is no real-world good way to stop the flow of information; the best you can hope for is to manage the flow. To that end, developers have created very specific devices designed to allow you to process everything quickly, briefly, and on your own time.
The good folks over at WebWorkerDaily have posted an extremely helpful article on how to manage the information overload. They provide a quick overview of some popular and free tools such as RSS readers, filtering, and News Aggregators.
Speaking for myself personally, I like to use Bloglines as my RSS reader, which enables me to track and read (or discard!) up to 300-400 news stories a day. No specific reason why Bloglines, that was just the first RSS reader I ever used, and while I have tried others, none seem to do it for me as well. As I am constantly working on Website Maintenance stuff and Social Media agendas, Bloglines has helped me stay up to date on current SEO trends and techniques. It’s just like emptying my email!
On the Social Media side, I tend to use TweetDeck while at Evolve Systems because it allows me to manage multiple Twitter and Facebook accounts from one desktop client. On personal time, I use Twitterific from my iPhone, which allows me to post images and videos to share with my followers. Both programs together allow me to maintain constant contact with our clients, engaging them in conversations, and sharing day to day content with them.
Our time is valuable. In our current environment, information is constantly being updated, released and shared. Short of pulling the plug, the best we can hope for is to manage the information efficiently, allowing us all to profit most from it.
Are there any valuable services or programs you have discovered that are helpful?