Information overload… Infobesity & Infoxication

Don’t believe me? Let’s take a look at some stats. Every 60 seconds…

That’s a lot of stuff happening!

Now, just take a second and think about the amount of information that you consume in a day: news stories, e-mails, blog posts, Facebook statuses, Tweets, Tumblr posts, and much more besides.

Now think about how much of this information you wish you hadn’t seen or read. I mean, did you really want to read about how miserable that friend of a friend of a friend was feeling today! Or did you really want to spend 5 minutes scanning through that 20 page article to find the bit you were interested in reading on page 19! And I know you didn’t want to see your friend Annie’s 1000th photo of her pet poodle Bitsy doing something ‘adorable!’

So let’s face it: we all waste a lot of time on the web reading and watching stuff we wish we hadn’t. And if you don’t believe me have look at a report commissioned by The Harvard Business Review in which it says only 36% of tweets from a user’s feed are worth reading.

But I’m not writing this article to bash the Internet. Here at Skim.it we all love the Internet and think that it has done amazing things to help improve the world.

All I’m saying is that the Internet can negatively impact on a person’s productivity.

However, there are ways to solve the problem of information overload. On the blog infogineering tips to reduce information overload include:

  1. Spending less time on gaining information that is nice to know and more time on things that we need to know now.
  2. Focusing on quality of information, rather than quantity.

This is where Skim.it comes in.

With the click of a button, Skim.it allows you to save and share information in the most efficient way possible.

So how do we do this?

Skim.it has developed a unique Natural Language Processing Algorithm which will summarize your saved articles into short snippets of 100 words. This will make them easy for you to find later, and easy for your friends or colleagues who you share canvasses with to decide whether to spend their time reading whatever it is you’ve skimmed.

Basically, in an online world of information overload it makes life easier and more efficient!

But don’t take my word for it – check us out at Skim.it and let us show you how we summarise the web for easy sharing.

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