May 25, 2010

Even More Input

Last month, in my post “No More Input”, I reviewed some techniques and tools my colleagues and I use for dealing with the vast amount of information available today. This month I want to go over a few more areas we discussed.

Here are some additional things we discussed.

Email Newsletters:
Subscribe to email newsletters. Email Newsletters, one of the older uses of technology, have been a business staple for years. Pre-dating blogs, newsletters have proven to be a key business staple because they are an easy way to get ideas and information to a lot of people at once. Once you subscribe to some, make sure you establish some rules in your email mailbox to manage the influx. You can create a rule that automatically pushes the incoming newsletter to a separate folder where you can read it at your leisure without filling up your inbox. When you first subscribe, remember to check your SPAM folder to make sure your SPAM filter lets it pass through.

LinkedIn:
Sign up for a free account on LinkedIn and learn how to fully use it. Reach out to people in your network for input and to share ideas. Remember to share first then ask. Use the search feature to find answers to questions. Find Groups that match your interests and join them. This will allow you to use the other members as filters for new ideas and insights. Finally, take advantage of the Reading List feature. It’s a great way to find relevant books without having to read them all.

Facebook:
If you have an account on facebook, here’s a tip for using it to help manage your information flow. For most of us, facebook is a site we use to stay connected with family and friends. But with the millions of people on the site every day, many businesses are starting to use the site to communicate with their customers through fan pages and groups. Connect with relevant individuals or companies by joining their fan page. For example, I joined the Fast Company magazine page and get daily updates with lots of great ideas and insights.

Twitter:
Use Twitter’s search tool to cut through the chatter and get right to what you want. For example, search on leadership to find people sharing ideas on that topic. When you find interesting people to follow, check out who they are following too. Finally, use Twitter to stay in touch with things in real time. For example, recently I was unable to attend a conference. I used the Twitter search tool to find people who were at the conference and was able to gain insights from their tweets.
***  For more detailed information on using Twitter, read Shirley Lee’s great posts here and here.

I hope these additional ideas prove useful to you and they help you manage the input.

Please add any additional thoughts in the comments.

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