Feedly is another indispensable tool for me. It’s essentially how I organize the internet. Almost anything you read has a readable feed for a news reader like Feedly. In the past, I used Digg and Google Reader before those vanished, but Feedly has far surpassed either of them.
I now have well over a hundred sources broken down into nearly twenty categories. Some have dozens of sources (markets, music, tech), others just have a couple (cars or wine for instance). Any site that I read regularly pops up right inside my Feedly feed. If I can’t get a feed for it, I’ll almost never remember to read it, and after stumbling upon something, it becomes a snap to make sure I stay up to date if I can add it here. Using Feedly gives me the chance to easily scan over a thousand headlines a day to pick what’s most relevant and dig in where I care. Trying to do this by visiting individual sites would be impossible.
I’d guess I fully read 1-2% of what comes in, but some feeds hit at 90% while others just get skimmed at one or two articles a day out of a hundred. Scanning headlines is actually more informative than it might seem, and there are no shortage of sites with high noise to signal ratios that still have must-read posts mixed in. With topics broken out further by source, it’s easy to quickly cull the noise while preserving the best content.
I’ve shared a number of my personal collections of sources here. Feedly is one of a very small list of apps that is always pinned on my browser.