Yesterday I cleansed my Google Reader removing 75% of the feeds I subscribe to. Google Reader’s latest update adding people search, following, and likes completely changed how I consume information – with less noise and more signal.
For years I’ve been talking about creating networks of human filters. I’ve even tried building apps that allow these networks to form and once FriendFeed came along I realized that other people saw the value in creating these same types of filters. Techmeme also quickly realized what I’ve been thinking for years – a computer simply cannot remove all the noise and thus a human is necessary.
Back to Google Reader. So there are 10-15 blogs I read regularly. I was probably only interested in 10-20% of the “other” posts that came into Google Reader and due to the massive amount of noise I probably only got to read 10% of that 10% :-)
So yesterday I dove into Google Reader and started “following” people I trust to consume information, figure out what’s relevant, and share it. Now instead of subscribing to hundreds of RSS feeds I let Louis Gray, Robert Scoble, Michael Fruchter and others tell me what’s important.
This is a very refreshing way to consume information. The key is finding people in your industry that you trust and who share information.
More on how I consume a ridiculous amount of information with high signal and low noise in very small chunks coming in future posts – mostly using FriendFeed lists :-)