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Scoble is a Feed Ninja

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How Scoble reads 622 RSS feeds every morning: Vlog of how Scoble organizes his feeds using Google Feedreader and filter and sifts through them to find the relevant information he wants to track or read about. The number of feeds he follows is staggering to me. I read approximately 200 feeds and rotate them freuqently. In spite of the smaller number, I have a hard time keeping up with the rush of information from feeds and other sources. Although in my defense, my 24″ vertically rotated monitor really helps with the reading (I run two monitors, 1 x 20″, 1 x 24″ rotated, Ultramon) and blogging is not my day job. Also of interest, is the Better Google Reader Firefox extension that I find quite useful. I started using Google Reader a few months ago and have yet to switch back. The linked video was choppy for me but Scoble’s methods might be useful to compulsive feed readers.

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  1. Mari (3 comments.) says:

    Thanks for the video link. Maybe I should switch to Google Reader. Netvibes uses up way too much CPU and RAM on a ten year old junk heap like this.

  2. Ian (2 comments.) says:

    I am impressed. I have enough trouble sorting through about 50 baseball related ones

  3. Todd (1 comments.) says:

    wow, your monitor screen shot is impressive!

  4. Maki (2 comments.) says:

    I saw the video quite a while back at Tim Ferriss’s blog.

    Interesting to note this statement by Scoble in the comments section of the Tim’s post:

    “YOU shouldn’t read 622 feeds. You should only read one. One that’s already been filtered to just the good stuff. I thought that was pretty well communicated by Tim and me.”

    If anyone is interested.. here’s the link to Scoble’s link blog:

    http://www.google.com/reader/s.....8256660224

  5. Derrich (4 comments.) says:

    Wow. That’s insane. 622 feeds?!?!? If I read 22, I’m truckin’.

  6. Jim (27 comments.) says:

    Nice FF extension. Thanks for the pointer!

  7. Ade (2 comments.) says:

    622 feeds? Whoa.

  8. Alex (11 comments.) says:

    He says who wrote it matters to him “If it’s Tim O’Riely, it’s one thing”. It seems quite harsh to me to throw away potentially interesting but unknown-about yet writers like that. But I guess he does scan the rest of it…

  9. Stijn (8 comments.) says:

    That, and Google Reader Notifier keep my happy. Works just like the gmail notifier. Do you also like to keep track of your trends to see howmuch you read (and haven’t read)?

  10. Deaf Musician (3 comments.) says:

    622? why? i rather look 622 trees every morning.

  11. Jason says:

    So is being a “Feed Ninja” anything like a “Search Ninja”



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