I Just Flew In From Geneva and, Man, Are My Fingers Tired
12,167. That’s how many feeds were waiting for me in Google Reader when I sat down this morning. That doesn’t include the few thousand Twitter links culled by SiftLink or any other social media updates. That’s just “news” - everything I haven’t read since I cleaned out my feeds a week ago before leaving for the Geneva Motor Show. Needless to say, this is untenable. And completely nuts.
Granted, I’m an info-whore. I want to know everything going on in the fields I’m interested in. But that field has grown substantially in the last year.
Before, I had a few hundred auto-related sources that kept me informed and helped to feed the daily beast that is Autoblog. Now, my field of interest is growing and with Translogic spanning the space between transportation and tech, that source count has nearly doubled. And that doesn’t include the daily stream from Twitter or Tumblr or the random interest sites that I read to relax.
What’s worse, after working through Reader all day, it’s still not clear, and what I have skimmed hasn’t been properly digested. At last count I’ve got over 70 tabs open for new stories, research, random reading, editorials and other assorted detritus, so much so that I had to close out one browser and any non-essential apps to speed up Chrome and prevent my MBP from spinning into oblivion and sending shrapnel into my spleen.
This obviously isn’t working. And no, clicking Mark All As Read is not an option. That’ll keep me up at night.
So what I need is a feed of curated items that aren’t just tailored to my interests, but keep me up on the more obscure, tangential topics that I not only enjoy, but need to write about. An intelligent feed. Something that strips away the shit, highlights the good stuff and maybe even provides a 30-word synopsis of the articles’ important points. No algorithm can do that. Yet. So in the meantime, it’s probably just time to find an intern.