Feed reading lifecycle is a great post on the phases of rss overload.
Phase 1 is so exciting
Phase 2 is still exciting
Phase 3 is hard to let go
Phase 4 is arduous
Filtering content on blogs by making a search feed on a single blog, or subscribing to just a category, or even a search within a category feed, also an OPML search feed…see here.
Grouping feeds in folders according to importance rather than subject matter as now we are storing according to attention
Phase 5 you gotta do something!
Instead I like to subscribe to blogs who already do this, I don’t have to subscribe to web2.0 tags or search terms in del.icio.us or Technorati or Digg or Google news as there are 4 or 5 blogs that already cover this area well enough…I guess Technorati Blog Finder may help you in finding these experts.
If some blogs are already scouting these places for your favourite topics, why do it yourself, just look for the blogs already covering this area, and maybe they can subscribe to you if you are an expert on something, we can’t monitor everything, so finding the blogs that do is what counts.
At the moment I’m down to 25 essentials (my blogroll), 30 or so goodies, then 100 or so more, the rest I just don’t get round to reading.
So I have approx 150 important feeds:
25 essentials I rarely miss daily (especially my top 10)
30 more goodies I try to read at least 2 or 3 times per week
the other 100 I try to read at least once a week hopefully
…and that’s it, no more.
Since I’ve done this I seem to feel a little less RSS anxiety
I’m going to check out Sphere, and TailRank to see how they capture your personal interests, and distributed community…these are being seen as the new personal attention agents.
From the post:
“…Slashdot, Digg and Memeorandum are about spreading memes - these are Meme Engines. They don’t take into account your interests and who you value. Tailrank seems more like an Attention Engine to me - it promises to bring things to your attention that you want to know about based on your OPML (attention) file. Your data, interests, posts, blogs and people that match your attention profile. Powerful stuff.”
Also see this take on the RSS reader gap analysis.
We’ve always been talking about RSS overload, but I think the term attention is much more pro-active, and optimistic.