Robert Scoble says "If the information is important it will find me". Friends on Twitter, Facebook, and Buzz, will expose the important information to us in real time. Techmeme, Digg, HackerNews, and Google News aggregate the news and curate it so that the most important news bubbles to the top. PaidContent says it is The Death of the RSS Reader. Bloglines, one of the first RSS readers is being shut down, and Techcrunch says other RSS readers are in decline.
My reading habits have changed too. I don't use RSS readers much anymore. Techmeme, Digg, HackerNews, and Google News aggregate everything I have time to read. My friends on Twitter, Facebook, and Google Buzz deliver a constant flow of news, quotes, and wisdom in real time. If it didn't make it onto one of these channels it probably isn't important to me.
Techmeme, Twitter, Facebook, and the others are great for inbound consumption. My blog is still the best vehicle for my outbound thought and discussion. Blogs reach thousands, even millions, of people in a personal friendly way. Comments make it into a discussion. I will never give up blogging. Twitter and Facebook are both inbound filters and outbound communication channels. URL shorteners make it possible to provide a link to my blog in a short update on Twitter or Facebook.
Email is best for business - Email is still the best vehicle for collaboration and getting things done. Gmail and Priority Inbox have helped me manage hundreds of emails per day. Email is the life blood of business. It has replaced the business phone. In fact, I don't even have a business phone...I am rarely there to answer it anyway. My cell phone number is on my business card.
Filters manage information overload - The explosion of information and content on the Internet has driven the development of filters to manage it. Your social graph of friends (Facebook, Twitter, Email contact list, cell phone contacts) are the perfect filter for things that are important to you. There is a lot more innovation coming in these areas to make sure you get all the information you need. Will this save you time? Maybe. More likely, you will just consume more information...and not save any time. But, you will be infinitely smarter and more connected.
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