Hi, my name is Alon and I'm a news-a-holic.
Lets face it, some of us have addictions, be it alcoholism, nicotine, gambling, over-eating, television, or even just mowing the lawn. Mine is being up to date with the latest news.
Some addictions are worse than others in being self-destructive, and as you already know, identifying and acknowledging you have a problem is the first step. I am also a work-a-holic, so when I realized that having to know the latest news was impacting my workflow, I needed to find a solution.
Luckily, with a little self discipline I was able make a rule and stick with it: "Access to RSS reader is off limits from work laptop". The problem was how to still consume news, with the added bonus of easily sharing interesting articles on Twitter that I come across (I am reading the news anyway, so why not share it).
So, this is what I came up with.
I have been a long fan of RSS, and have a long list of feeds set up in Google Reader, which I now only access from my mobile. When I come across something that is really interesting, I hit "share".
Everything I share in Google Reader appears on my shared items page, which has an RSS feed of its own.
Initially I planned on tweaking news items I share according to the stats, but in practice I don't. I don't even checkup on the stats, so I guess its just nice-to-have.
So there you have it:
- Sites that interest me are fed into Google Reader.
- Articles that I share appear in my RSS feed.
- Twitterfeed picks up the RSS feed, shortens the links with bit.ly, and sends them to Twitter.
Do you have an addiction? How do you tweet? Leave a comment!