Originally posted on June 16, 2008.
Well, I’ve been working hard on productivity issues related to 2.0 technologies, in part for my “steal-this-idea” session on Friday (Where Do We Go From Here: Managing Your Identity in Social Networks). A part of managing your identity turns out to be managing information overload. So many 2.0 applications and social networks are pushing information to you–which is better than having to go and ferret it out. However, the time it takes to go through all the blogs, and tweets, and friend updates, and News Feeds, and now Friend Feeds, is daunting. Even keeping up with my own activity–the blogs I’ve shared and want to file or re-read, the articles I’ve tagged to file for projects, the research I need to return to–is overwhelming. As I mentioned, FriendFeed has been great in tracking my own activity. For others, it’s been great keeping up with friends or colleagues. As I mentioned in my previous blog, Steve Rubel has been ruminating on how FriendFeed may replace traditional news feeds as a way of getting selected, trusted information.
It appears that a step in that direction may be RSSmeme, which primarly aggregates shared items from Google Reader (for those who have “registered” their feed). This tool gives you sites that have the highest number of “shares” in a certain period of time (now, today, this week, etc.). I’ve registered my Google Reader feed, and I’m now in the mix. RSSmeme will give you stats on the top share-ers, as well as the top authors being shared, top sources and top tags.
Additionally, it will aggregate your Friend Feed, showing you just the top stories tagged by your friends. This allows you, of course, to create that nirvana Steve Rubel was pointing to in his posts…perhaps. I don’t have enough friends to make that data meaningful, but knowing the top stories tagged in RSSmeme is still helpful. Perhaps because the people being aggregated share my interests. Like Digg, it’s rating stories, but unlike Digg, this is a passive process. Which makes it (in my mind anyway) time-saving and possible to be part of my information flow, rather than an addition to it.
I’m not sure what it all means yet, but it’s in my sandbox.
Another fun thing I’ve run across in my blogs today is Wordle. I love a tag cloud–I’m a very visual person and love visual representations of all kinds. For this you can cut and past documents into it, or select a del.icio.us username (mine is acp_lex) to create a cloud representing the central ideas in the text. You can imagine having students cut and paste their papers into Wordle to see in a graphic representation the ideas (and/or repeated words!) in their papers.
Can’t wait to see you Friday!