Several colleagues have been twittering about how they work with the information flow from RSS and Twitter. Doug states that he uses twitter and the power of the crowd to link to useful content. Charlie is struggling with RSS and Steve says RSS is a daily chore.
RSS Readers: My view
RSS readers offer me the only way I have of keeping up to date with blogs and announcements and I do find the information in the feeds useful. I don’t feel I can go as far as Doug and rely only on links in twitter. One reason is the way twitter works and the fact I miss things in the flow. I think that providing you use RSS readers with the attitude that you will miss things and don’t have to read everything then its good. So I treat it like a pool in a stream, it collects some of the water for a short period allowing you to wade through it when you can.
I find certain bloggers act as very good aggregators of information for me, the best example I can think of being Michael Sampson on collaboration.
Twitter however is a waterfall, you can only watch it effectively for a period of time, if you need to walk away and do other things or focus then you lose that information, I very rarely go back into twitter to find things I missed. Its great as a virtual water cooler, its not great to keep me up to date with information in the way Doug works as I have days when I may never see twitter, 2 days like that are coming up.
I use both. I need to explore RSS tools which allow for better ranking of information (Attensa’s attention stream springs to mind). For now though I’ll accept that I miss data which flows through the RSS pool and certainly miss data in the twitter waterfall.