Haven't figured out yet what all the new Web 2.0 tools can do for you? Here are two tools that, when used together, can direct you to better information—not just more information—on the web:
Tool No. 1: RSS (Really Simple Syndication). It feeds new content from preselected web sites to users, doing for the web what Tivo did for television.
So, rather than browsing the web and getting distracted by interesting but irrelevant things, you can receive all the latest headlines or blog entries by checking your Google Reader or My Yahoo! page.
Tips for using it:
- An RSS reader isn’t like an e-mail inbox: If you fall behind, just mark the entries as read and start fresh.
- If you notice that one of your sources isn’t delivering consistently useful content, weed it out to make more efficient use of your time.
Tool No. 2: del.icio.us (http://del.icio.us/). It’s a bookmarking system that highlights pages for later reference, but that also turns all your friends into personal readers for you. Download the software to install the two little icons for your browser toolbar that make it easy to tag and save pages.
Tips for using it:
- Ask a handful of co-workers or friends to be in your network so you can begin using the “Links for You” section. That way, when others read a story they think you’d be interested in, they tag it to you, and it appears in your account for you to read later. (Include only people who can funnel high-quality stories to you.)
- Mark stories “To_Read” so you can return to items later, when you don’t have time for them now. Think of it as a DVR for the web. Every few days, you can log in and catch up on the stories that interested you.
- Use the description section to highlight the most important parts of the article.
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