Lifehacker Australia has an interesting post on crafting an information diet that I think is worth reading and considering as we prepare for a new year.
Some of us watch a lot of TV. We may read more articles than we need to (the irony is not lost on me here). We go on Twitter to kill our boredom. By consuming information more carefully and treating it like food for our minds (which it is), we can do it in a way that actually works without completely cutting it out of our lives.
Create A Separate Account (or Use A Separate Device) for Consuming Information (I use Gmail)
Make the Information Come to You (I use Feedly)
They conclude “The amount of time we spend mindlessly consuming information can be astonishing. In order to get a grip on your information diet, separate your information consumption and let it digest, understand what you want from each piece of information, and save time and expose yourself to new ideas by making the information come to you.”
To their advice I would add
Jealously guard your business email address — don’t give it to anyone with whom you don’t want to do business — use that Gmail address for everything else!
Learn to use RSS and select a feed reader and use it to make information come to you. I have found the best tools to be Feedly, Digg and Feedspot as well as the feed reader in Microsoft Outlook. Use them to lighten your email load.
It might also be a good time to read Clay Johnson’s book ‘The Information Diet‘ — it’s a great resource on this topic.
RebelMouse. Amazing technology. The name is still growing on me. Here they share about their products as well as the process of story telling around it the product.
Have you seen the RebelMouse Company video? It’s pretty great and we’re really excited to share it with everyone. As much as we love working with our brand and publisher clients to create amazing content marketing programs, it’s a different story when the cameras are turned, literally, on us.
Fans of the old Hill Street Blues TV program will remember this…
I just ended a two week long battle with safesear.ch — a stupid piece of malware that highjacked my search in Google Chrome. Because there’s so little in my life I can actually control, I get really agitated when there’s something about my computer that I can’t control so this really drove me nuts!
Now I don’t know about you, but I’m seeing an increase in malware — apps that do malicious things to your computer. And, distributors of malware are getting very creative using official logos and artwork, etc. to get people to download their garbage onto their computers. The most creative one that almost took me in looked like a Flash updater from Adobe, but it wasn’t…
It’s getting so you have to carefully read everything before you install it so if you’re responsible for your own computer, be very careful about how you update. Read the fine print and only download from the ‘official’ company site. Also, in the past I have been very reluctant to use security suites but I am currently a Malwarebytes [their tech support helped me get rid of safesear.ch] and AVG Internet Security subscriber. It’s war out there — don’t be a casualty!