For a few years now, I’ve been on an information limbo with my Internet content consumption. I love falling into the rabbit hole of the Internet abyss to read content and stories, in an effort to be well-read in almost everything and anything. I’ve always wondered how Internet curators, like the awesome Brain Pickings managed to read through so much content to find the most interesting things and ‘cross-pollinate‘ ideas creatively to process it to ideas and concepts.
It’s taken me a few years and I’m just a beginner. But I think I have a system.
Back when Google Reader was still alive, I categorized RSS feeds to how I’d like to ideally read. Sometimes I get through them, often I don’t. I would go for months having more than 100,000 articles unread.
When Google Reader stopped, I was partly relieved because let’s be honest, I will never be able to finish reading all that. But there was Feedly, so after filtering out sites I rarely visit, I shifted to Feedly. The design and keyboard shortcuts were a plus to lessening the unread article counts.
Having an iPad and an Android phone was an advantage too, it proved easier to read during my downtime or when I wanted be away from my laptop. I say so, because at the moment, I’m really enjoying Flipboard.
I love its magazine-like experience and the topics aren’t bad as well. It’s quite interesting to see what others curate to their own ‘magazines’ too. My only peeve is not being able to add personal preferences of websites in the topics. I’m not quite sure how the algorithms of how a website gets chosen to appear in a topic gets chosen, but I’m a bit skeptic that I might be influenced.
I love the feature of being able to add feeds from Google Reader, Twitter and other social accounts though, especially since I have the tendency to favorite articles on Twitter I’d like to read later.
“An ideal state far in the horizon to where I put stories and ideas and information for me to consume and synthesize to make myself a better, more informed person.”
- Cheri Lucas from Writing Through to the Fog.