Solving Information Overload Problem for Campus Students
If I could get a ride on a time machine today, I’d like to go back to college. With the amount of information I’ll be carrying back, I could beat the likes of Steve Jobs and Mark Zuckerberg to their game. I’d knock on RIM’s door and tell them to make a full touchscreen BlackBerry smartphone, I would personally write Facebook from scratch. Such fantasies sometimes take the most of me.
While going back and forth in time may not be possible, we do have an obvious vision or a projection of the future in our minds. If you look at it from my eyes, it looks too overcrowded. Tons of information keeps flowing in every single day and it’s getting harder and harder to control this fire hose of information overload. If it goes on this way it’ll convert each of our brains into monkey like maniacs. Our mind would keep jumping off here and there.
Fortunately I’m not the only one thinking about the whole information overload problem. A lot of people have worked on it, a lot of them have even come up with a solution. But at the end of the day it all comes down to what works for whom. For a nerd like me, I have my own ways to control the problem. But how do others solve this? How would the non-tech community deal with it? You can’t expect them to keep RSS folders, applications and extensions to help them overcome information overload.
Let’s take a look at it from a student’s perspective. I’m a student and I use the web to look for information that is relevant to me. Say, for example, I’m a student of computer engineering or I’m doing a research of reality mining. It becomes obvious for someone like me that I have to indulge in information hunting. Once I’m aware of the resources I can either check them out every single day to see what’s new or I’ll subscribe to the RSS feed (if I’m geeky enough).
The problem occurs when my monkey-like brain jumps from one resource to another, frantically researching for material, unable to control the excessive overload of information flowing in from all over. Now in a situation like that, how do I make sure I keep a track of all the good stuff that I find on the web?
This is where Live On Campus comes in. One simple little place where students can keep everything they would like to bookmark on the web. Be it a lecture from Stanford on YouTube, photos from friends on Flickr, tweets you’d love to read again, blog posts or just about anything you find amazing on the web. And all this at the touch of a button! From there you can access all your favorite stuff on the web, an iPad or even an iPhone (Android app coming soon!).
So how can you get started? Let me explain.
1. Drop in at www.liveoncampus.com
2. Sign in using your Facebook account
3. Once you’re signed in, click on Tag My Wire. From the popup that opens, simply drag and drop the ‘Tag My Wire’ bookmarklet on your browser’s bookmarks bar.
4. That’s all! Now when you’re watching your favorite YouTube video you reading an interesting blog post, just click on ‘Tag My Wire’ bookmarklet on your browser and the page would be added to your ‘wire’ at Live On Campus.
Note: Wires are simply pages that can be easily accessed, filtered as per content and shared with just about anyone.
As an example, check out my wire at Live On Campus here. Do share if you create a cool wire for yourself. In case you have any questions, feel free to drop a comment below or shoot an e-mail to [email protected]
Related Link: 5 Ways I Use Live On Campus