Endlessly Interesting

These are notes from when I co-hosted the first ever Bagels with Berky without Berky.

(You should keep doing what you’re doing because it’s where the amazing is.)

Get going.

and keep going.

and keep going.

and keep going.

and keep going.

How do I find and remember all this stuff?

  • Read EVERYTHING, including stuff that is really obscure. Lots and lots and lots of blogs. The niches are where the interesting things are because that’s where people have gone the furthest.
  • Be curious about everything, follow the reference links at the bottom of articles / blog posts to find out where they got stuff. You may find a whole new world!
  • Learn and use tools, but keep it simple. Once you find a technology that will help you be productive, spend the couple hours you need to really learn how to use it. Learn the keyboard shortcuts. Learn how the app behaves. You will be far more productive if you know how to wield your tools effectively.

Tools I use

  • Google Reader (http://support.google.com/reader/answer/113517?hl=en) for managing blog feeds.
    • From your 983 subscriptions, over the last 30 days you read 25,078 items, clicked 232 items, starred 6 items, and emailed 0 items. Since January 26, 2012 you have read a total of 300,000+ items.
  • Reeder (http://reederapp.com/) on my computer and phone for “processing” them.
  • Pocket (http://getpocket.com/) on my phone for easily capturing an article that I just want to read.
  • Evernote (http://evernote.com/) for capturing notes & articles and organizing thoughts.
    • I’ll spend an hour a week cleaning up, managing, updating, processing, etc. notes in Evernote.

Data Visualization

  • Can show patterns not readily visible through other means
    • One week of Twitter conversations: Network graphic reveals all the conversations between the people working at Twitter over a time period of one week.
    • What patterns did you see?
    • Sometimes it’s about what you don’t see (no significant clusters, evenly dispersed)
  • What’s coming: ViralSearch: Identifying and Visualizing Viral Content

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