I've not wrtten ia post about a tool in a long time. Mostly because I usually don't think about it that much and other people do a better job writing about it than I do anyway. But I've been using If This, Then That for a few months and quite like how it's helped my work flow. Will asked a few of us how we're using it and rather than try and cram it in a few tweets figured I could blog about it. Blogging is quite lovely thing for stuff like this. šŸ˜‰

Let me share the tasks I've set up and why I use them..


I had a number of plugins that were supposed to autotweet new blog posts to twitter but they often failed. I've used the little cheesy phrase, "I've got something to share(ski)…." and it's easy to add that text in this task. It works well. 

One I hardly if ever use. I'm not very active on Facebook and really only have a presence there because of family. I thought I might occasionally have tweets using a #fb tag to go their but I never think of it. May be I wll someday. 

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Dealing with My/Our Attention and Information Issues

cc licensed flickr photo shared by Will Lion

As this article states, the problem of attention isn’t particularly new but it certainly is becoming more and more an issue. I remember teachers back in the 1980’s lamenting that they felt they were competing with the MTVĀ generation. MTV seems pretty tame and managable compared to what we are dealing with today.

There aren’t too many days that go by that someone doesn’t ask me about “keeping up”. I certainly don’t claim to have all the answers.Ā  Even highly connected and media savvy folks struggle. I struggle with it too, but I have developed a few beliefs, principles that have been helpful to me. I’ll avoid the “top 5” or “best ways to” kind of approach and simply share a few things I think can be helpful in a day of attention deficits.


As an avid reader of Clay Shirky, the most important lesson I’ve learned from him is about filter failure. As he so eloquently states, it’s not information overload it’s filter failure. We’ve always lived with an abundance of information. Our libraries were filled with books we never read, movies we never saw and conversations … Read the rest

News Feed Zero

Taking a page out of Merlin Mann’s Inbox Zero presentation, I considered my news reader habits. I think they mirror Mann’s suggestion for getting your inbox to zero. Okay, I realize email is harder to get to zero. Feeds aren’t usually addressed to you and don’t ever require a response or action. However, I take my feeds personally in that while I don’t ever have to respond, I usually have some type of response. I either:

  • have no interest
  • find it interesting and compelling and need to comment
  • am inspired enough to write my own blog post
  • think others would benefit and I either share or email the post to them
  • consider it interesting but know that it will require more time to process

So given these responses I:

  • skim over and it’s automatically marked as read (some consider this deleting)
  • head over to the blog and make a comment
  • link to it in a blog post
  • hit the share button or email button
  • star it and read it later

I also try to read my feeds 2 or 3 times a day. I remember a certain blogger (initials W.R.) who showed his reader in a presentation only to … Read the rest