I spend my entire day in Google Reader and Twitter to get tech news. I am sharing my Reader experience here so that I may learn from any tips you might have or the other way around.
Tip: Prioritize your feeds in folders.
This is typically how my Reader looks when I start my day in the morning:
- Me is my own posts and my tweets faved by others
- BuzzShares are people I follow on Buzz (about 65 at present)
- GoodShares are a group of about a dozen people
- LG-RobDiana are shares by Louis Gray and Rob Diana
- Google is for Google’s official updates
- Tech has about 50-55 feeds mostly from individual tech blogs
- MajorTech are the big tech blogs like TechCrunch, RWW, and GigaOM.
The sequence of folders is arranged by priority from bottom-up. Thus, depending on the time I can spend at any moment, I travel my way up in this hierarchy.
Tip: By adding a person’s shared items to a folder in Reader, you can unfollow the person in Buzz if you wish, while continuing to see their Reader shares.
My Stats (Trends)
Here are my key stats for the past month:
Thus, I am sharing about 160 items/week, or about 20-22 items/day.
My ‘items read’ count might probably look different than other heavy Reader users. This is because of Techmeme as well as Twitter. About 80% of the time, I’ve already read and am aware of the news that arrives in Google Reader, or is a duplicate of an item I’ve read.
The following stats are interesting:
You can see that some folks, including myself, share on Reader at a rate comparable to the number of posts by major tech blogs.
Disconnecting Reader from Buzz
I have disconnected my Reader shares on Buzz. I will wait till Buzz provides better filtering options. In my experience, it is easier for me to follow other’s Reader shares in Reader, than in Buzz in terms of efficiently finding tech news.
Buzz is a better place to have conversations and engagement on one’s Reader items. But what’s ‘engagement’ for one, can often be ‘noise’ for another. Without better filters, this engagement is simply force-fed noise on Buzz.
Because curation and sharing is primarily my work at Techmeme, I am increasingly focusing on sharing other stuff on Reader and omitting major news items in my Reader shares. This falls into several different categories – social media, how-to, personal, opinion, media, lifestreaming, etc. – stuff that doesn’t typically appear on Techmeme. If you are interested, do follow me on Reader.
I appreciate and value the shares of people I follow in Google Reader. Thank you for making it such an enriching place!
Please do share your tips, if any.