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[personal profile] queenbarwench
I need a better way to organise my reading page. I currently have a heap of subscriptions, mostly to things and people I genuinely want to read, but I am seriously lacking in time. I find that if I don't read my flist for a couple of days then, by the weekend, I'm too far behind to catch up. Or I open tabs with the intention of commenting but find that, by the time I read it a week later, the moment has passed to make a useful comment.

So, how do you deal with information overload? Do you filter by topic or by some other secretly genius method?

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Date: 2010-04-05 04:11 pm (UTC)
kate: Kate Winslet is wryly amused (Default)
From: [personal profile] kate
I don't actually use reading filters (lol lazy), but I try to read throughout the day (on DW, as I can't on LJ), and then when I peruse the flist at home, I usually remember I wanted to comment on particular posts.

Though on LJ I did have one filter I used when I got overwhelmed: PEOPLE. I let the communities go, there were just too many. Plus, if there was something I needed to hear about, it showed up on my flist anyway.

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Date: 2010-04-08 01:09 pm (UTC)
kate: Kate Winslet is wryly amused (Default)
From: [personal profile] kate
Ah, yes, that feed messes me up reading at work too. I may have to start reading filters just for that!

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Date: 2010-04-05 06:24 pm (UTC)
blnchflr: Captain America Civil War (Default)
From: [personal profile] blnchflr
I save things to a to-do folder and try to return to them when I can. It's not really an issue these days - I'm more lacking posts on my reading page than having too many, and when I don't comment on something straight away, it's more a question of not being able to express my thoughts right.

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Date: 2010-04-05 07:05 pm (UTC)
sally_maria: Daniel Jackson looking sideways (Default)
From: [personal profile] sally_maria
I've been filtering LJ for years, so I was very pleased when I finally got to do the same on Dreamwidth.

I have 3 basic filters:

1: For friends I know in real life or regularly talk to online
2. For other personal journals - people I've friended because of their fic or because they have interesting things to say, but who I don't have a personal relationship with.
3. For communities and feeds.

Then I read them in that order - because if I don't get to a community post until the weekend it's unlikely to matter, but if a friend has a family illness or something to celebrate I want to be able to comment as soon as I can.

(If I've been away or something I also have a catch-up communities filter, leaving out the less vital ones, particularly if they are high traffic - I love crack_van, but it's hardly the end of the world if I miss a week's worth of recs.)

I also use delicious for bookmarking fanfic, so I can come back to it when I have time to read - so I can read through the filter once, bookmark posts for later reading and then move on.

I doubt it would work for everybody, but it seems to help not miss urgent posts, buried between sgastoryfinders entries.

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