Mark Nash proposes a nice little social media triaging system (Critical > Delayed > Rejected).
It reminds me that I blogged about being ruthless with RSS feeds back in 2007, but since that time the volume and access to different information and activity streams has definitely grown. Unfortunately it is also a reminder that our personal information practices that ultimately define our ability to control information overload continue to lag.
I wrote another piece about living with email, touching on similar issues. While the technologies are different, the common themes are:
- Information overload is as much a result of poor information managament practices as it is about the volume of information created by the technology.
- Individuals can’t deal with information overload on their own, it requires collective effort (there are a number of dimensions to this).
Unfortunately, at least in an organisational context, until we start taking information work more seriously I think many people will continue to find information overload an issue.
In the meantime, remember that its ok to be ruthless with your social activity consumption.