How do we keep up?

I got up early to read feeds and do email. I started at 5:45 a.m. and it’s now 7:26 a.m. and I still didn’t get through all my feeds. But, worse, is what I did find: dozens of new products, new companies, new phones (Gizmodo and Engadget are going crazy posting phone news, I’ve kept most of that off of my link blog). And even a couple of fun cat photos. Heheh.

Anyway, how do we keep up with this flow that is coming through the blogs? It’s much easier to build a company now than it was in the 1990s, plus access to capital is there again, so that leads to tons of new companies and a LOT of news. What does this lead to? Risk for new companies because the chances that a new company will be able to get adoption/build audience and community is very small. There’s simply too much out there to pay attention to.

85 thoughts on “How do we keep up?

  1. Robert,

    Think yourself lucky – at least when you do this you get the feeling that someone is listening. For me the smalltime blogger I do it and then wonder is anyone listening?

    Nige

    PS it’s currently 3.40am local time !

  2. Robert,

    Think yourself lucky – at least when you do this you get the feeling that someone is listening. For me the smalltime blogger I do it and then wonder is anyone listening?

    Nige

    PS it’s currently 3.40am local time !

  3. Every time you would like to add a feed, ask yourself which feed you should remove to make room. How about giving every feed a rolling window? This could be days, weeks, even months if you so choose. If the feed did not have something that inspired (or enlightened or entertained, you pick the verb) in the last X weeks (or days or months, you pick the window), then get rid of it. You (and only you) should decide how many feeds you can handle in total, what scope interests you, and what the right window is. I am not going to tell you what my window is, but for the first time in years, your blog is approaching the danger zone of being dropped :-)

  4. Every time you would like to add a feed, ask yourself which feed you should remove to make room. How about giving every feed a rolling window? This could be days, weeks, even months if you so choose. If the feed did not have something that inspired (or enlightened or entertained, you pick the verb) in the last X weeks (or days or months, you pick the window), then get rid of it. You (and only you) should decide how many feeds you can handle in total, what scope interests you, and what the right window is. I am not going to tell you what my window is, but for the first time in years, your blog is approaching the danger zone of being dropped :-)

  5. I agree with the first comment by Steve. Basically we just need to embrace the ‘journey’ of information like we would the rest of our lives. You get up in the morning and in your life time you will never know all there is to know about all there is to know. Sift through what you can, comment about what you find that you’re interested and then at the end of the day, have a cold one and chill out. Reflect on it all.

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  6. I agree with the first comment by Steve. Basically we just need to embrace the ‘journey’ of information like we would the rest of our lives. You get up in the morning and in your life time you will never know all there is to know about all there is to know. Sift through what you can, comment about what you find that you’re interested and then at the end of the day, have a cold one and chill out. Reflect on it all.

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  7. Danny,
    On the other hand, the blogger may be showing us his cats to give us the hint that we should… be with cats? =) I’ve seen too may sites post “cat” filler when there is nothing to post. I would rather they did me the favor of not posting on those days since there is so much else to go through. At least before I go off to play with my cats. Where did I put that camera?

  8. Danny,
    On the other hand, the blogger may be showing us his cats to give us the hint that we should… be with cats? =) I’ve seen too may sites post “cat” filler when there is nothing to post. I would rather they did me the favor of not posting on those days since there is so much else to go through. At least before I go off to play with my cats. Where did I put that camera?

  9. It was said that the last person who knew all of mathematics was Henri Poincare’, approximately a century ago. With that as an analogy, I have long said that the last analyst to know the whole software industry was either Al Berkely in the early 1980s or me a little later on that decade. In those days I also read, cover to cover, Business Week, the Economist, a few computer publications, and the equity research of my employer PaineWebber.

    But now I can’t keep up at all. And it’s not just because I’ve aged and slowed down a bit.

  10. It was said that the last person who knew all of mathematics was Henri Poincare’, approximately a century ago. With that as an analogy, I have long said that the last analyst to know the whole software industry was either Al Berkely in the early 1980s or me a little later on that decade. In those days I also read, cover to cover, Business Week, the Economist, a few computer publications, and the equity research of my employer PaineWebber.

    But now I can’t keep up at all. And it’s not just because I’ve aged and slowed down a bit.

  11. I completely agree with you. Way too much every second of the. I think I can spend the entire day just reading feeds. And irks me more than the amount of feeds that is the quality. It’s seems like blog have become more about traffic and money from Adsense than quality content.

  12. I completely agree with you. Way too much every second of the. I think I can spend the entire day just reading feeds. And irks me more than the amount of feeds that is the quality. It’s seems like blog have become more about traffic and money from Adsense than quality content.

  13. i almost never read all the daily feeds that i intend to, but I don’t reduce the feeds i subscribe to either. it’s not that I hope one day i’ll have enough time to read them all, but I think it’s always better to surround yourself with more information than you can handle than the other way around – you have spare time, but nothing to read.

  14. i almost never read all the daily feeds that i intend to, but I don’t reduce the feeds i subscribe to either. it’s not that I hope one day i’ll have enough time to read them all, but I think it’s always better to surround yourself with more information than you can handle than the other way around – you have spare time, but nothing to read.

  15. That was supposed to be “Notes 8″ not an 8) (that’ll teach me to put an 8 next to a parenthesis)

  16. That was supposed to be “Notes 8″ not an 8) (that’ll teach me to put an 8 next to a parenthesis)

  17. I disagree when you say “It’s much easier to build a company now than it was in the 1990s”

    Technically that’s right. But create a company is not only do the paperwork and open your web site. The main issue when you build a company is to have products relevant to the market, grow your customer base, and earn money. And I think that’s more difficult than it was in the 90s. Specially today, with all the world wide competition and the people expecting every thing free on the net.

  18. I disagree when you say “It’s much easier to build a company now than it was in the 1990s”

    Technically that’s right. But create a company is not only do the paperwork and open your web site. The main issue when you build a company is to have products relevant to the market, grow your customer base, and earn money. And I think that’s more difficult than it was in the 90s. Specially today, with all the world wide competition and the people expecting every thing free on the net.

  19. I had the same problem. I noticed that over a period of days there was a great deal of redundant information posted by similar sites.

    Solution: dump either Engadget or Gizmodo. They tend to cover the exact same things over time.

    I also removed Digg, which was getting way out of hand, and replaced it with techmeme.com. It tends to cover the same big stories, but filters all the crap.

    I also added more, smaller blogs and pruned the big, professional blogs which aren’t even blogs anymore (like Engadge and Gizmodo). If they break anything noteworthy, someone else will pick it up.

    I will now usually have no more than 100 items when I get up in the morning on Google Reader.

  20. I had the same problem. I noticed that over a period of days there was a great deal of redundant information posted by similar sites.

    Solution: dump either Engadget or Gizmodo. They tend to cover the exact same things over time.

    I also removed Digg, which was getting way out of hand, and replaced it with techmeme.com. It tends to cover the same big stories, but filters all the crap.

    I also added more, smaller blogs and pruned the big, professional blogs which aren’t even blogs anymore (like Engadge and Gizmodo). If they break anything noteworthy, someone else will pick it up.

    I will now usually have no more than 100 items when I get up in the morning on Google Reader.

  21. Yup. Got up at 5:15 AM and haven’t gotten through everything. Do all the things people above have suggested, like skimming. I think I am going to have to kick my information addiction and just give up caring what’s new. In addition to tech, I follow health care and politics, so I am inundated.

    We have to sort better. I’m embarrassed to say so, but I am dropping the NY Times Business feed.

  22. Yup. Got up at 5:15 AM and haven’t gotten through everything. Do all the things people above have suggested, like skimming. I think I am going to have to kick my information addiction and just give up caring what’s new. In addition to tech, I follow health care and politics, so I am inundated.

    We have to sort better. I’m embarrassed to say so, but I am dropping the NY Times Business feed.

  23. Aggregation of same-news feed-items of course compounds the problem (and I am guilty of that in my own blog/s and subsequent feeds generated) so one has to filter one’s feeds accordingly to ensure minimal overlap; also, this is just the start – imagine what it will be like when more and more of our interests are delivered to us via RSS. However, by that time the readers will have improved accordingly, to be heuristic for example, I am sure. Still, it’s a hell of a lot better than mindless web-surfing and ploughing through yet another HTML email, inbetween all the spam email and viruses, lame jokes forwarded on to you, etc, etc.

    I haven’t had more than a few days break since I really started using RSS in earnest, and as I receive an average of 350 feed items per 24hrs, it’ll be interesting when I do take an extended break – I might miss that major bit of news I was looking for. Still, we will cross that bridge when we come to it.

    As an aside, of that 350 feed items average per 24hrs (from some 50 feeds) I am getting an average of 5% of items of interest to me per 24hrs. So, there’s lots of room for improvement, yet …. ;-)

    What’s the ratio for other people here? Will give us a good indicator of how much room for improvement we have.

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