Google Reader Tips and Practices for Power Users

18 September 2009 Categories: Internet tools

Google Reader logoGoogle reader is probably the best RSS reader available today. Here are some tips and practices for power users (hopefully, you) to help you better manage your RSS reading time and leverage it, tweak Google Reader to use first and second level categorization, and optimize you RSS subscription list.

Use folders to prioritize your reading

At a certain point you've probably realize that it is just not possible to read all of the new items you get. One possible solution is to use folders to categorize your feeds. Once you categorized all your feeds, you can read prioritize your reading by urgency level. For example, I use a folder called 'Immediate' where I put feeds that I want to read the moment they publish something new because it is important for me to know about them as soon as possible. These could be work related or new trends, usually things that if no read within day or two (sometimes less), they became irrelevant. Other folders I use are 'friends', 'Podcasts', 'Premier Blogs', and some more. I also use a 'must read' folder for things that I want to read sometime, but it doesn't really matter when (such as family blogs or new WordPress plugins).

Use folders to prioritize your reading

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Use Windows Built-In Search to Look For Project Related Information

09 June 2009 Categories: Knowledge Management

Upon undertaking a new project it is a good practice to search for related work done in your organization. Asking co-workers if they are aware of such a work is one (good) way to do it. Another way is to search for documents in your file system. The latter can be done using the built-in search feature in windows.

To search for documents related to you project, do the following:

  1. Go to the root folder (found it under ‘My Computer’, you can use the keyboard shortcut Winkey + E).
  2. Click the “Search” button on the upper toolbar (see image below).
  3. A new window will open inside the current one.  Write a keyword related to the new project in the search box and hit search. You can search all or part of file names or a word or a phrase inside files.

screenshout of a folder with an arrow poiting at the search button in the upper toolbar

The built-in search feature in windows folders

The results of the search you performed are a good base for the new project. It will allow you to continue previous work undertaken in your organization and save you time reinventing the wheel.
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How To Use RSS – Beginners Guide

03 December 2008 Categories: information overload

RSS (Really Simple Syndication) is a new way to surf the web, which puts the user in the center rather than the sites he surfs. It increases the efficiency of using the internet and multiple the number of sites read and with less time ‎spent. Read this short guide to familiarize yourself with this tool and get started easily.‎

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‎What is RSS

Put simply, RSS means that a website has the ability to update its readers ‎with new content it publishes. It does so by using a certain code structure that allows a ‎user-side program (called “RSS reader”) to read its content. This new content is the site’s ‎feed.‎

Why is it good

With RSS, there is no need to look for new content in your favorite ‎websites. Instead, this content comes to you. So now, Instead of going to ten different ‎sites just to find out that half of them have not changed, you only need to open your RSS ‎reader and see the new content from the half that have.‎

RSS helps coping with today’s ‎information overload by enabling users to scan through hundreds of updates from ‎hundreds of sites in minutes. I, for example, scanned through ‎‎7,873 updates in 467 sites ‎just in the past 30 days. It ‎dramatically improves your web reading efficiency by preventing the need to go through ‎different sites, waiting for them to load, watching advertisements, rereading things ‎already read and so on.‎

How to use it

Here is how to get started: […]

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