Friday, November 15, 2013

Dealing with Information Overload - Social Media Filtering

There are way too many sources of good information.  We could spend many more than 24 hours per day just trying to keep up.
One way to "keep up" is to let others whom you respect do the filtering.  I find this is a great way to use Twitter.  Follow some people who tweet/point out interesting articles.
I find some bloggers also have link rich content and essentially jury the articles and universe of information to point out what is relevant.  Of course the more the person doing the filtering filters the way you want, the greater the value it has.
I love it when people forward interesting articles.  It is a great way to keep in touch with people and it adds value.
I am often approached by people who want a social media footprint but are unsure what to do.  My suggestion is to always try to add value.  One way to add value in social media (Twitter, Blogs, even Facebook) is to be one of those filters for people.

Some interesting stuff:
I spend my time evaluating start up businesses (and after we have invested - trying to assist them) so I found this article on evaluating startups interesting.  Did not completely agree with the title of "forget business plans".  Personally I feel a business plan is critical for setting direction and directing actions.

And an interesting article that older entrepreneurs have more success.  Perhaps there is still hope for me.

A Ted talk on The History of Violence.  Reassuring that violence seems to be declining.  My personal fear is the gap between wealthy and poor could cause that to increase.  We need a strong middle class.

I thought this blog post on big data on the Primal Fusion Blog was interesting.

And prepare to get zen.  I thought this TED talk on Gratitude was good.  An attitude of gratitude is one attribute of successful people.  
And of course I am grateful for the grandkids - Josh and Victoria(yes, I filtered through the pictures):



At 6:40 PM, Anonymous Alex Revai said...

A few random thoughts and comments on the topic:

- Yes, there are many sources of good information (in cyberspace). Unfortunately, there are 10 times as many with really bad information.

- Who says we have to "keep up"? Personally, and thankfully, I don't have the compulsion to "keep up". Really important news will find us, even when we are not looking for it.

- As a result of the information overload, I 100% agree with the "filtering friends" suggestion. I call them my trusted cyber-scouts.
A really effective way of getting to the value-added info. Jim, you will be happy to know, you are one of my "cyber-scouts" :)

- Call me old-fashioned, but I don't "Facebook", don't "Tweet", don't "social-media". Not because I'm anti-social, but because I respect other people's time.


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