I read Jane Nicholls’ blog post recently, talking about overwhelm from multiple sources. She was also discussing how one manages to balance “real life” friends and family with what is going on on-line – an interesting post and comments that follow.
Admittedly, I feel this way sometimes too – and I don’t think I’m alone. For me, it is more about the tools and the posts than the online connections with people – I think I am still too much of a ‘lurker’ to worry about people missing me … but when I fire up bloglines and see unread posts numbering into the hundreds, I know I need to re-organise what I do.
In addition to people’s evolving thinking (that I love reading in their blogs); the sheer amount of innovation and creativity occurring under the web2.0 banner, and the tools/applications/mash-ups that are the output is enormous. How does any one person handle this amount of incoming information? In my case, not always well (and I don’t even twitter!). I still add to my del.icio.us links, but don’t find the time at the moment to check what others are adding, or (eek!) to look back at my own bookmarks. I keep some posts to re-read/refer to in my bloglines reader, but don’t always get back there either.
Will Richardson has blogged recently about something similar in his post “What’s your process?”
“Seriously. I want to know. What do you do when you read a couple of sentences in a post or article that really resonate? How do you capture and organize those snippets? What tools do you use? How often do you recall those sentences, access them? How do you search for them? Is your process working?”
Now this is assuming that (a) I return to these snippets, and (b) I get to the level of analysis and even synthesis of ideas, which certainly doesn’t always happen! But if it does, for me, it’s pen and paper – not very 2.0 at all. Google notebook was suggested by many of the people who commented on Will’s blog, and it may well be a part of the solution for me.
From Google’s website, “Google Notebook lets you clip and collect information as you browse the web.
- Clip useful information
You can add clippings of text, images and links from web pages to your Google Notebook without ever leaving your browser window.
- Organize your notes
You can create multiple notebooks, divide them into sections, and drag-and-drop your notes to stay organized.
- Get access from anywhere
You can access your Google Notebooks from any computer by using your Google Accounts login.
- Publish your notebook
You can share your Google Notebook with the world by making it public.”
There is a tour of Google Notebook available, and this is one Google app I am going to spend more time playing with – maybe it will be part of my solution!
What do you do? How do you handle the information and what do you do with it?