Facebook, Friendster, Hi5, Bebo, My Space, LinkedIn, BranchOut, BizNik, Ecademy, Focus, Networking for Professionals, Google +, Twitter and these are just some of the social/business networking sites that are becoming as ubiquitous as the newspaper lying on the front porch used to be in America.
National news via the Wall Street Journal, The Washington Post, The New York Times, The Dallas Morning News, Huffington Post, Drudge, local city web sites, community web sites, blogs, email blasts from businesses…the list goes on, and on, and on.
I’m frazzled, burned out, overstimulated and overwhelmed. I no longer want to post on FB every day – I don’t have time to keep up with the messages! How does anyone keep up with all the information overload that we are bombarded with 24/7? How do we sort through what is important? How do we pay attention to what is important when there is so much information at our fingertips?
This dilemma hit home to me when I came across this article last week:
In a recently released report entitled “From Paper to Persona: Managing Privacy and Information Overload; Sustaining Journalism in the Attention Age,” career journalist and publisher Bill Densmore wrote, “The challenge is how to do a better job of helping the public find knowledge they need, amid a glut so huge that the scarce human commodity is now attention, not information. The Internet provides the opportunity to do so.”
As a publisher of a community web site filled with hyper-local information, I’m thrilled that we are able to constantly update news and information that is important to our community. I have to ask, do you feel as overstimulated with information as I do? Are we at TownSquareBuzz giving you the information that you want and need as a member of our community?
I dream of being an online “one-stop shop” where our readers can find everything they want to know about what’s going on in and and around McKinney. I want this for my own peace of mind. I really don’t have time to check the City link, the Chamber link, the MISD link and all the links of the many organizations I’m involved with. These are all great web sites with a plethora of information, but please, make it easy to find out everything in ONE place – oh – I guess that’s my job!!
How can we do better? Post your comments below.