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Video: Keeping Up With People – Not Technology

Submitted by on November 28, 2009 – 12:55 pmNo Comment

How many social media applications are we expected to keep up with? I am overwhelmed!! – Anonymous

I know just how you feel. We are going through a Cambrian explosion in new forms of communication and it is hard to keep up. I would give you this piece of advice: don’t try to keep up with the technology. Use the technology to subscribe to people that you trust – and follow their lead. These people can be a filter on all that information – pointing you to the right things to keep up with. I use Netvibes, an RSS reader similar to Google reader, to have my own custom technology newspaper delivered to my laptop every day. If it is technology you are interested in — put David Pogue, Robert Scoble, Steve Rubel, Jeremy Toeman and similar people on your feed.

I also follow like-minded folks on Twitter who share their links and tips. Twitter, in fact has become my chief source of information on what is happening, what I should be reading etc. In this manner Steve Rubel turned me on to Posterous and Robert Scoble vetted new platforms for managing Twitter including the one I use today.. Just as you might turn to a cousin who knows everything about electronics for a tip on what digital camera to buy – you can turn to others to get the support you need and it gets at one of the most valuable elements of the Social Web – it allows you to directly subscribe to people for valuable information and tips. If you use it the right way, these tools should make your less confusing not more.

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