Filtering the Socialsphere

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  • #156475

    Mark Sullivan

    If you are like me, you scour numerous social networks, blogs, and online news sources for the latest ideas, trends, an innovations. I’ve tried many tools to draw out the most useful information with the least time and effort, but still have a hard time keeping up.

    Which filtering tools do you find the most useful?

    …and perhaps on the flip side, when you’ve got something interesting to share, how do you make sure you don’t get filtered out?

  • #156485

    Steve Cottle

    This is something I struggle with, too. Google’s RSS reader works decently for my purposes when I’m trying to keep an eye out for something in particular. However, what I love about Twitter is that it exposes me to articles and topics I didn’t know I was looking for. I was on the fence about it, until I realized it could help remove my “blinders”. The danger here, of course, is that I keep following new sources and eventually need to find a way to filter that, too…

  • #156483

    Dick Davies

    I use Reader a lot more than Google Plus streams. I use LinkedIn as my peoplesearch engine, and Twitter almost exclusively for outbound.

  • #156481

    Mark Sullivan

    I’ve spent a few weeks pondering this…

    On the technical side I use Signal and ‘LinkedIn Today’ on LinkedIn, groups for Facebook, and a host of lists on Twitter.

    However, what I’ve come to realize is that, mostly, I’m relying on trusted individuals as my main filters. When it comes right down to it, I value people more than I value technology.

    Consider the following experiment: look at the number of responses to discussions and blog posts here on GovLoop. Then track which ones get highlighted in the GovLoop Daily email, Weekly Top 20 or Daily Top 10, and whether there is a subsequent ‘bump’. I’ll bet that we’ll find that it’s the trusted opinions of people rather than tools and technology that drive us towards interesting and useful content.

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    William Lim

    I see the same thing. While there are certain email lists and websites I check regularly regardless of the content posted on any particular day, I’ve come to rely on my Facebook news feed and my friends who are posting interesting links or updates as my primary inbound filter. I feel comfortable that I have a wide enough circle of Facebook friends with diverse enough opinions that I’m not in an information silo (or filter bubble as Eli Pariser puts it).

  • #156477

    Chris Cairns

    I still rely most heavily on Google RSS reader. Few folks told me that they use Facebook in lieu of Google RSS Reader.

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