Managing information overload

Managing information overload

When I first started browsing the web way back in the mid-1990s (has it been 10 years already??), I found myself clicking on the same old bookmarks over and over again every day just to check what’s been updated. Nowadays, thanks to RSS, that’s no longer necessary. In fact, there’re so many uses for RSS, it’s really dizzying!

I personally use NetNewsWire to keep track of all my favourite websites and blogs because I prefer its interface to the built-in RSS readers in Mozilla Firefox or Apple Safari. I might consider switching to Bloglines though, especially after reading just how easy it is to set up and use. The idea of being able to keep track of everything from almost any computer does have its attraction. Not sure about reliability of this free service however.

But even with RSS aggregators making things easier, I often find it difficult to keep track of all updates and be on top of everything. Now, I laughed really loudly when I first read this hilarious blog entry, but once I sobered a little, I had a Moment:

Hey, it happens to me too!

I leave you with an excerpt of the blog entry:

I’ve been faking it for a while. Months. Maybe a year. If we’ve met and I look confused about something you told me, and if you said, "I blogged it," as if that should be explanation enough, I’ve made some excuse as if I read every one of your posts except that one.

The truth is, I probably haven’t read your blog in weeks. Months maybe.

And I don’t expect you to have read mine.

I don’t want to lie any more. I don’t want to feel guilty any more.