Information Overload

I have recently been absent from the blogging scene due to some life changes. New job (which is great), lots of travel (which is not so great), and a big move. Now that I have come back to reality, I am finding more and more that there is way too much information and news for any one person to follow on any given day. Whether it is sports, world, financial, or technology (my personal favorite), how can someone keep up?

There are a lot of news aggregators out there. I use Bloglines to get my daily fix. Recently, though, I have found myself clicking the “Mark All Read” button fairly often. Is it because I don’t like the stories that I am reading? No, not usually. The problem that I am beginning to see is redundancy.

How many times have you looked through your news feeds to see the same story three, four or even five times in different places? Way too many, I say.

So how can we solve this? Is anyone else seeing the same thing? I love to read about almost everything, but it seems that this industry has just become a pool of copycats trying to churn out the stories fast and furious. Is that what we have become?

How about we start focusing on quality and not quantity. I’m sure it would be better for all involved.

How do you feel about information overload and redundancy? Let me know.

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2 Responses to Information Overload

  1. Gene says:

    Interesting artice. You’re correct, information overload is a major problem and searches are becoming redundant. It seems even Google only offers one option: Continue to Search… Search is a nice feature, problem is, there’s not many options that you have with the results… therfore, what you found you end up searching for again shortly after… there’s no way to really put things in a context which is relevant and meaningful to you. Other sites (networking sites) require people to be a part of a community in order to have certain new abilities and featues… but how many of these online communities do we have to continue joining? It’s not only information overload but “social network overload”. Take a look at this 10 minute video. A few friends and I have developed a new software which is so simple and solves information overload/search problems no other company has come close to. Our problem is that it’s so simple it’s hard to exlain. I’d love your feedback… thanks for your post!

    http://infoincontext.com/i360/BTO_Dashboard/BTO_Dashboard.htm

  2. Gene says:

    Here’s a shorter video…

    http://infoincontext.com/Enhanced_Search_Results/Short_Version.htm

    I’d love your questions or feedback… Thanks!

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