The icons above correspond to the applications I use to get information: podcasts (iTunes), email and the web (Firefox), email and source code changes (Thunderbird), IRC conversations (Colloquy), instant messaging (Adium), and blogs (NetNewsWire). (Then there’s meatspace information channels like conversations, meetings, newspapers, books, etc., but they don’t have pretty icons like the above).
I’m a pretty sophisticated user of each of these technologies. I spend a lot of time reading. But even if I spent every single minute reading, there’s no way I could know what I want to know.
I could spend a week or so triaging, sorting, prioritizing, filtering, subscribing and unsubscribing, building custom search engines and the like, but then I’d only be more behind!
Don’t mind me, just ranting…