The way I gather news and insights has changed tremendously in the last years. The blogosphere obviously is a large source, but the buzz on the twittersphere has become just as important. Next to that mobile devices have become equal important to find, read, capture stuff, anywhere, anytime. Needless to say, with this tremendous flood of news, I definitely do not want to read stuff multiple times. So in the last years I have been tweaking my workflow.
a day in the life of
Basically when I wake up, I start reading posts, check what happened on mail, continue with the blogospshere, maybe sometimes some tweets. Facebook is there, but only for some news on friends, not necessarily to discover new stuff. Many sites offer multiple channels and personally I find the blogsfeeds and tweets easier than Facebook timewalls. After bringing the kids to school, I’ll drive to the office. There I switch back and forth between the iPad, iPhone, macbook and corporatelaptop to read blogs and tweets in between the things I do.
Evenings at home the whole thing just continues until going to sleep. When at home and reading, the evenings are spend with the iPad and the kindle. The latter is great just before going to sleep, a different light and not too much chances of getting distracted surfing other sites.
Discovery starts in two realms: the blogosphere and the twittersphere. At the moment I follow about 200 blog feeds and about follow about a 100 accounts in twitter. The blogfeeds are maintained in Google Reader. I just love it and switch long time ago from bloglines (it still exists). Google Reader works great on Chrome so my MS laptop for work and Macbook are covered. On the iPad I use Mr. Reader to be the best client, especially in dark mode and I definitely like how they format the posts. On the iPhone I now use Reeder. I like its clean interface, although for scanning it slightly less great as Mr. Reader, I wish they made one for iPhone. What I like from both clients is how they display the posts, better than Google Reader itself. For twitter I use both tweetdeck web application itself, not the Chrome extension, with a multitude of search strings. But most of the times I use Twitter itself on laptops or mobiles. I did use services like flipboard, which I stopped using, and the LinkedIn app. I found out about the last one that they do not serve my needs.
I love to capture what I read. gives me a better feeling that keep great thoughts. For me the best app is Instapaper, this great service from Marco Arment. Support the guy, he does a great job. Anything worthwhile just goes tot this service. I always thought I really needed it to read stuff later, but it works like version control, knowing that it is stored somewhere comforts. I have the Instapaper client on all devices and once a weeks it sends the saved posts also to the Kindle. The amazon service is just great and i love the Instapaper/Kindle email integration.
Additional notes I save on Evernote, just do not know what todo without it, to save notes and share between devices. I do use the website and apps directly, hardly ever seem to use the email option. The only thing I stopped doing is to save articles on Evernote, in favor of Instapaper. Marco just does a better job.
Next to reading I like to share, at home, work, family and to friends. For that i use multiple channels:
- email to colleagues to distribution lists, Mr. Reader isgreat for that, it allows to share complete posts.
- tweets, only the really interesting and remarkable stuff, basically from any client, straight from Google Reader, Mr. reader, or copy paste in the browser
- facebook, occasianlly for friends
- LinkedIn, hardly only for the Dutch Tableau Usergroup, which I am co-running. Thank got they stopped Twitter connectivity
- blog, yeah, I have my WordPress blog, great reads are captured in posts, and I have added a Instapaper list through RSS on my blog. Did try Tumblr, but found it too simplistic and favored WordPress. In the past I did look at Blogger, but switched to WordPress, because of the larger community.
- aggregation to company blog, basically two options: repost the entry with link and rss aggregation
I did use services like Posterous and Ping.fm in the past, but found out it is not about linking your social services together and have one entry. Google+ I am not using it, are you? I have multiple entry into social media channels, for example I love to access Twitter from both Mr. Reader and from Google Reader.
More important there are few more services to be mentioned without which the workflow is not complete: Lastpass, Google bookmarks, Dropbox and the Chrome account.
- Lastpass is just amazing, I was able to raise my securityy tremendously by making all my passwords unique. The apps share great on all my devices (besides the kindle of course)
- Google bookmarks is useful as well, I just need something to save the new sites I have found. It is not when reading an article, it is to capture the whole site. but granted, knowing it is secured somewhere is more important than finding it again, it is just comforting.
- Chrome toolbar, I love chrome, what I love even more is the synced toolbar, it makes my both laptops look the same. basically I have all basic day-2-day services as icons in the bar and also two shortcuts to secure in Instapaper articles and Google bookmarks
So the you have it, my digital workflow, the reading part. There is a bucketful of services I use for music, pictures and video’s as well but that is a different topic.