Down in Redmond, Mr. Scoble writes that he’s now back up to 915 feeds in his RSS reader:
Over the past month I’ve put a lot of time into care and feeding of my feeds. Back up to 915 feeds now. Whew. But all are high quality and update often. Got rid of all those people who only post less than once a month. No reason to ping them everytime I want to read feeds.
Now, I know it’s his job, but how does he have the time to consume the content from 915 feeds? My list currently sits at 123, and that occupies more of my day than it should. I skim a great deal, and there are several actve feeds that I frequently skip because there are too many items posted. In short, I can’t imagine how I would keep up with roughly seven times the number of feeds I currently monitor.
Robert, one morning when you get into work (or wherever you start wading through your feeds), can you set up a video camera so that it’s shooting over your shoulder? Forget about the reader, I’m curious to see how quickly your brain aggregates all that data.
UPDATE: Scoble discusses the (non) problem of information overload here.