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"Being informed" usually refers to knowing what is happening in Iraq, in the stock market or in the congress of deputies. And in the digital world, although with an almost unlimited and segmented offer for all kinds of niches, that same idea of information has been more or less inherited as news.
But the era of the "social web" is changing things: as the figures show , today we can find a "digital response" to interests that go far beyond what attracts the attention of the media. This new meaning of information includes the news, of course, but also:
• Ideas, analysis or recommendations from our favorite bloggers
• The photos of the last trip of some friends
• User comments about news and products
• Conversations (on Twitter, Facebook or any social network)
• etc etc.
If the news offer was almost infinite and now we add all these other contents, the problem of information overload will only get worse .
How to handle this flow of information that does not stop growing?
A first option is to ignore it : do you really need to be aware of everything?
But, if you're still not ready for that radical change , an alternative is to start by adding the information in a single tool that then allows you to sort and filter the contents to decide what to read, what to comment or what to ignore . The problem is that, until now, aggregators have been too complex or too versatile tools to achieve mass acceptance. But this may also change: Fernando Plaza makes an interesting reflection by saying that Facebook can become the aggregator of the average user .
In my case, I use FriendFeed to centralize almost everything: RSS feeds of blogs, news, twitter, etc. and that integrated vision that has helped me in the fundamental objective: stop accumulating information and move on to better select what we are going to dedicate our time to (which, unlike information, is very limited).