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Are You Suffering From Information Overload? Here Are Some Solutions

Are You Suffering From Information Overload? Here Are Some Solutions | Curation, Social Business and Beyond |

This piece is from the Infoengineering blog

I selected this article because it is a constant challenge for me as a content curator and I know all of you are dealing with this, some better than others. More to come on this subject in weeks to come.


We're all experiencing this problem, there are some great suggestions to help you navigate all the noise.

"Information Overload is an increasing problem both in the workplace, and in life in general".

The Information Overload Age - This is when your mind is bombarded with images, sounds and sensations that overload the brain.

The root of the problem is that, although computer processing and memory is increasing all the time, the humans that must use the information are not getting any faster.

Effectively, the human mind acts as a bottleneck in the process.

There are some great suggestions on how to work with information overload effectively:

There are no simple solutions but here are some things you can do right now that will help you:

**Spending less time on gaining information that is nice to know and more time on things that we need to know now.

**Focusing on quality of information, rather than quantity.

**A short concise e-mail is more valuable than a long e-mail.Learning how to create better information (this is what Infogineering is about).

**Be direct in what you ask people, so that they can provide short precise answers.

**Single-tasking, and keeping the mind focused on one issue at a time.

****Spending parts of the day disconnected from interruptions (e.g. switch off e-mail, telephones, Web, etc.) so you can fully concentrate for a significant period of time on one thing.

My fellow curator and colleague, Beth Kanter has done a lot of work in this area, recently, she did a blog post and a review on a great book "The Information Diet"

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YouTube Reinvents Itself - Massive Relaunch Focusing More on Curation

YouTube Reinvents Itself - Massive Relaunch Focusing More on Curation | Curation, Social Business and Beyond |

Janko Roettgers wrote this piece for Giagom announcing YouTube's complete overhaul of its site.

**Putting channels front and center in an attempt to become the Internet’s answer to cable TV.

**The new design features a completely revamped home page that focuses on a user’s video subscriptions and pulls in video recommendations from social networks like Facebook and Google+.

Here's what caught my attention:

****The pages of video publishers are also getting a significant face lift, emphasizing the notion of subscribing to channels and focusing more on filtering and curation.

****“Curators are going to be be really great for organizing this massive amount of content that YouTube has,” said the site’s channels product manager A.J Crane.

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Video: One of the Best Talks About Content Curation

This is from Idio ( @idioplatform) and something you will want to listen to more than once.

**Content curation as we all know, has many levels, it's an art, it's a work in progress, lots to absorb here but absolutely worth your time!

Robin Good says "Probably one of the best researched, best produced and most informative video clips about content curation I have seen so far."

If you are wondering whether curation could be useful for you or for your organization this video will help you understand better what this new discipline is all about.


****Highly recommended.!

Via Robin Good
Shirley Williams ('s comment, October 19, 2011 11:38 AM
Thanks Robin for this. I found it really informative.
Michèle Lallée-Lenders's comment, October 23, 2011 3:24 AM
Extremely interesting
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The Curation Notion

The Curation Notion | Curation, Social Business and Beyond |
This is a great piece written by Len Stein for Marketing Daily. Content curation is more than a buzz word or a passing fad. In the article, Len quotes Steve Rosenbaum, author of Curation Nation which I thought was a great segue into this piece.

"Curation is the new magic that makes the web work. Bringing the web back to human scale with human filters you trust and love. A powerful mix of passion and context turns noise back into signal."

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The Power of Information

The Power of Information | Curation, Social Business and Beyond |
Great insights, food for thought for you to ponder written by Jeff Bullas

What have we accomplished these last 40 years. What does the power of information do for us? Is the Internet Man's greatest achievement? So what do we need to learn?

Here's a paragraph that caught my attention, Jeff writes:

You Don’t Know What you Don’t Know

I’m pretty good with information. I’ve been on the Internet since 1990 or so, back when I logged into a server at UC Berkeley and ran programs like Pine, Tin and Gopher. I know my Boolean operators and the strengths and weaknesses of various search engines, so I can find stuff readily.

Information is Changing Our World

I think it’s incredible how freely flowing information is changing our world. How much people share, how much people contribute. It’s like we’re all in on this big project called ‘growing the Internet’ and we are committed soldiers each doing our little part. The only problem with this fantastic information revolution is that it has done away with arguing about random facts, a fun past-time in those days before the Internet. Now somebody always has a phone, a magic device that fits in the palm of a hand and allows access to much of the information in our world. For free. Relatively few controls thanks to the efforts of the ever vigilant Electronic Frontier Foundation, and other pioneers who remember that time before the Internet, and don’t take it for granted. Truly incredible.
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What Curators Need: Social Tools That Will Reduce Info Overload & Transform Collaboration

What Curators Need: Social Tools That Will Reduce Info Overload & Transform Collaboration | Curation, Social Business and Beyond |

In issue 3 of PwC’s Tech Forecast there is a great video illustrating what is going to change in the near future when it comes to finding the right information.


"The Navigational phase of online information is just now emerging.


Within three to five years, finding more of the information we need--not to mention opportunities for more effective collaboration--will become possible. Social tools will help."


The animated video explains how making network and interest-based connections more visible will allow easier and more effective filtering and navigation of information spaces in the near future. 


Insightful. 8/10

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Beth Kanter's comment, January 8, 2012 2:55 PM
Fantastic find! Thank you as always
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5 Reasons Content Discovery Tools Need a Human Touch

5 Reasons Content Discovery Tools Need a Human Touch | Curation, Social Business and Beyond |

I really liked this article by Romain Goday from Darwin Ecosystem about content discovery tools and particularly the way he described the element of the "human touch" and why they go hand and hand.

His description of the human part of the equation eloquently describes the process of a content curation.


Content discovery tools have been trending towards taking over an increasing part of the selection process by filtering out information.

Content Selection Should Remain a Vital Part of the User Experience


While tools carry the advantage of computing and aggregating information quickly on the user’s behalf, the user possesses a number of natural skills that tools cannot adequately take the place of.

Here are a few of the most important ones, as they relate to selecting and identifying relevant content:

Users are contextual thinkers:

The relevance of a piece of information depends highly on the context of the informational need.

The motivation and goal of the user determines what information is important and what information is not.

Users possess relevant expertise: The user’s expertise helps them to predict the implications of a particular event.

It also allows the user to identify anomalies that take place in the usual development of an event based on their experience with the topic.

Users make sense of patterns: The human brain can easily understand the relationships between multiple events.

This ability to interpret patterns is critical to understand and identify what is going on and how it’s developing.

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Robin Good tells Howard Rhingold - "We need an army of individual curators"

Howard Rheingold #mindAmp, does an excellent job of interviewing Robin Good in this video. Both are excellent curators and their discussion here is insightful, thought provoking and loaded with practical information for anyone who has the passion and the sensibility to select several pieces around a topic, add context, interact with others, build community around it and so much more..

I recommend you listen to this more than once, it's definitely worthy of your time!

Without further comment from me, I'll let you get right to the good stuff:

Interviewed by Howard Rheingold #MindAmp - Stuff That Makes Me Think (this definitely makes you think)
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Cisco's Foray into Brand Journalism -

Cisco's Foray into Brand Journalism - | Curation, Social Business and Beyond |
John Earhardt, guest blogger for Brian Sollis, Dir. of Social Media Communications at Cisco wrote this exciting post today, You can follow him on Twitter @urnhart.

Bravo!! This is a home run and definitely another example of how curating content and information for your audience adds value, encourages interaction and builds relationships.

The Importance of Brand Journalism

Why My Mom Invented Social Media

As Brian Solis stated in a recent blog entry, “social media has never been about the technology as much as it has been governed by social science.” There you have it! Brian Solis has just confirmed that my mom invented social media.

No, my mom’s last name is not Winklevoss or Zuckerberg. She is not on Facebook. She is not on Twitter. But starting when I went to college some eleventy-seven years ago, she started mailing me articles that she thinks I might like. “Thought you might be interested in this” she’ll scrawl on the top of an article in the Wall Street Journal that she has ripped out of the Marketplace section. This is social media at its core. And she still does this.
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