Listening is one of the key skills in life and it is also the same across the various information streams, however you can get flooded with “noise” that you need to filter out to get to the messages and content that you want to hear about.
I have written in the past about a Personal Knowledge Management System that can be used to help filter out noise and focus on the streams and information that is relevant to yourself.
We have many forms of information streams that can be tapped into such as email and social media platforms. It can take time to keep looking at each stream in turn and scrolling through the history. Many of the streams change at a very fast rate – for example how many people you follow on twitter and who you follow can make a difference. If your following a bot that basically picks up other tweets about a subject and re-tweets them you will be picking up a lot of traffic from many accounts. This can be to coin and old phrase “drinking from the firehose”. You are only able to take in so much information.
Top 4 tips for Balancing the Noise:
- Manage who you follow. If they get too noisy about things that you don’t want to know about you can unfollow them (and re follow them later)
- Be wary of following too many bots as they can fill your streams quickly.
- Think about using tools such as feedly to bring some streams together for viewing in a list.
- Set up your own Personal Knowledge Management System