How Do You Filter Information?


This is not a post where I try to give you the top 5 ways to handle the overflow of data that we are all faced with on a daily basis.

In fact, I don’t really even have my own top 5 ways to manage and, more importantly, filter the sheer volume of information that comes my way each day. I try different things at different times and they are effective to varying degrees and for varying lengths of time. i beginning t wonder if it’s just me but I doubt it.

What I wonder about is what do you do? Are you still using RSS to handle your information needs? Are you using a tool like Trackur to help manage information flow? I have just started to use Pulse to organize content in a more meaningful way for me. I also use Read It Later to keep track of many things I would LIKE to get to (doesn’t mean I do but I can at least say I tried).

So what do you do to stay informed without being buried under an information avalanche?

  • http://www.thewayoftheweb.net Dan Thornton

    RSS. But having peaked at about 500+ sites, I’ve now started cutting down any which aren’t giving me really useful content at least once out of every 3 or 4 posts. It’s noticeable how much of an echo chamber there is in tech/marketing blogs and websites, and I’ve given up on my hope that there’s a tool to de-dupe almost identical content.

  • http://www.marketingpilgrim.com Andy Beal

    RSS and, of course, Trackur are still my top choices.

    I try to filter the information from the faucet, not the bucket. In other words, I try to make sure the information coming in is very precise and targeted. That way, I consume only the most important stuff, rather than sifting through a bucket of info and trying to find the best content.

    I hope that makes sense. ;-)

    • http://networkordie.com Wicked D

      Read It Later is an awesome tool for getting back to something you just don’t have the time for at the moment, and keeps stuff from getting lost & forgotten in your bookmarks. Aside from that, Google Reader & Alerts, Email subscriptions, and Twitter Notifier are my main tools right now.

  • http://e1evation.com Todd Lohenry

    Google Reader for sites and searches and Gist for people…

  • eman

    RSS of course. Interesting stuff gets tagged and autoposted to either my private tumblr for later review/search and/or into a public one, too. Some shared also manually into Google plus.

  • eman

    RSS of course, via Google Reader. Interesting stuff gets tagged and autoposted to either my private tumblr for later review/search and/or into a public one, too. Some shared also manually into Google plus.