Thursday, February 16, 2006

De-future shocking the web - RSS feeds and Ajax desktops

Over a decade ago I read Alvin Toffler's book Future Shock, describing people and organizations swamped by a tidal wave of information and change, leaving them confused and directionless.

Future Shock was written nearly a decade before the home computer, and nearly 20 years before the World Wide Web.

Now even hardcore info-junkies can get washed away by the flow of information and overchoice. New tools have arrived to help take the firehose blast of data from the Internet and channel it for proper use.

I have been reading up on RSS feeds and the different online desktops that are available. I found an article on the ZDNet site that describes the options available for organizing and accessing RSS feeds and web sites into and easy to browse format.

This article also mentions the Writely online word processor and other such applications.

I have noticed that many blogs have a whole arsenal of buttons that help their readers add them to an RSS reader or online desktop. Which ones work best? How much will I have to renovate this blog to help attract more readers?

Looks like I have a long week ahead of me.

Does anyone have any comments on how they manage to keep up?


carrie said...

ocd is how i keep up

Charles G said...

That helps too! :)