Are you suffering from information overload?

Filed as General on April 17, 2008 10:43 pm

I had asked the other day does twitter take up too much time – and if so, how do you manage it? and saw some interesting responses – most of which amounted to “turn it off”.

Twitter is only one of the information feeds that come flying into my machines wherever I am – I’m deluged with email, instant messages, alerts of various types, phone calls (cell, skype, and landline/voip), text messages, and so on. Not to mention the 2000+ feeds that I try and skim daily looking for news and other information that I can use for blogging, personal enjoyment, and client information.

As much as I try to simplify things through the use of RSS for key information, search terms to eliminate the number of overall feeds that I need to read, and so on – there’s still a ton of information coming my way… and at times it’s almost too much.. Almost…

Erick Schonfeld at TechCrunch appears to be having a similar problem from the looks of his screenshot of Twhirl taking over his computer after trying it for the first time.

With all of the information that’s coming towards you each day – what are some of your methods for controlling the madness?

Post them here and I’ll write more about my workflow methods later this week – and share some of yours as well.

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  1. By Joe Lichtenberg posted on May 5, 2008 at 9:23 am
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    Actually, we just published an article in Tech News World about it:

    There are some mechanical (using aggregators, start pages, widgets, etc.) and filtering (to find the needles without having to search through the haystacks) approaches discussed in the article.




  2. By Charlie Curtis posted on July 13, 2009 at 10:38 pm
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    In my job as a CIO, I’ve been working on tackling information overload with mixed results. My company, a professional services firm, suffers more than most because of a couple of infrastructure problems that arose from a couple of mergers.

    I’ve been trying to get my colleagues to acknowledge that attacking our information overload problem will improve our overall knowledge sharing collaboration efforts and also contribute to our bottom line. But some people here just don’t understand the extent of the problem.

    I just read about information overload awarenesss day and I’ve signed up our company as a participant and designated site – I hope this will get my point across to my colleagues and help them understand what we can do to improve our overall position relative to information overload. For others in my position (and I’m sure there are many of you) I encourage you to do the same, Information is available at


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