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Jeff Trexler

Marshall McLuhan used to say that when he read a book, he would just read every other page and fill in the rest. Personally, I've extrapolated this to online media by resisting the temptation to fetishize catching up.

There's a reason for this besides the need to avoid clogging up my mental and chronal RAM. I find info on the web in a couple key ways: gleaning obscure buried gold and looking at the shiny things that attract mass attention. The shiny things that spread mimetically tend to disseminate over enough time that I'll catch 'em even if I miss or day or two, so skipping isn't death. And with a gazillion eyes looking there were always be new buried gold, with the best stuff likely to spread enough that I'll catch it in a later round.

Thus armed, I can hit control-K in my NetNewsWire, which is pretty much my hub for everything (including Twitter RSS feeds). For my social networks, I'm moving to a browser based aggregator that keeps everything current & in my peripheral vision, which makes 'em much less of a distraction. The aggregator I'm testing now is Yoono, but I imagine I'll end up trying out a few.

Daniel Bachhuber

As much as I may disagree with Scoble on other issues, I may have to agree with him on this end. To keep ahead in a knowledge-based economy, one of the key strategies is to absorb and filter as much information as you can with your own mind. Sure, you develop or evolve networks which push you information, but it doesn't do you any better to read just 10 items a day from one very good source instead of 100 from poor ones. It is necessary to continually better the quality of information coming to you and absorb as much as you can. I certainly think this will hold true as services to become external processing "brains" are created.

To apply this to technology, I still have hundreds of feeds in Google Reader to fly through at high speed, but I'm finding more and more that the valuable information is that which come directly to me (via links in Twitter, share button in Google Reader, or the share bookmarklet in Facebonk) from friends and people who work in the same sector. One reason for the high value might be the fact they made the effort to pass it along, with no thought of how they might benefit. The increasingly simple action of consciously sharing information amongst people you actually know is an amazingly valuable filter.

Beth Kanter

@Daniel
How do you strenghten your mind muscle to absorb
more and more information?

Beth Kanter

Daniel answered my question in email and posting here:

Obvious, by working it. How else do you get in shape for a marathon?
I think it's super valuable to have a large network to draw upon, and
continue refining it and refining it to get a wider body of really
good information. At least for this iteration of the knowledge
worker, however. It's interesting to speculate on how intelligent
algorithms will be able to push more relevant information our way.
For the moment, content aggregation is largely dictated by the wisdom
of the masses, Google News and Digg being the most popular example of
this. When data starts coming my way based on what the algorithm
already knows of my day, friends, occupation, and habits, that's when
it will become even more interesting.

I saw the Qik video you recorded at the airport and thought it quite
poignant. Mobile, as soon as someone figures out how to tap the US
market, is going to explode. I recently returned from 3 months in
India where nearly everyone has a mobile. The same is true for the
US, both my parents have mobiles for both voice and SMS but neither
are on social networks. My dad thinks Twitter is cool, but has yet to fully step in. Considering such an amazing potential to reach out and connect with people, how do you apply this to engagement strategies in the non-profit sector?

Enjoy your travels, wherever you may be headed!

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