Justin Blanton, who is one of my favorite bloggers outlines how he deals with the daily data deluge. He has some good tips, especially for those of us who are living in techlandia. Like Justin, RSS, Nuzzel and Newsletters are my favorite way to get information now. I use Pocket lot more than others. Facebook is pretty much useless for me as I use it purely to stay social with friends. Oh, I do read The New York Times, The New Yorker, Economist and the Wall Street Journal. Podcasts are not that big a part of my diet, and will only listen to what my friends recommend.
Surveys say that people download apps on their phones, try them out and very rarely go back to them and move on to the next shiny thing. This paradox of plenty has come to the app-economy and is basically making second chances virtually impossible. And that’s why when some app manages to breakthrough and become part of your daily habits, you can feel why it is different.
About two months ago, I downloaded an app that has become part of my daily life and in fact has earned a place on the first screen of my iPhone. It is not the prettiest app. It doesn’t have the sexiest swipes. Its colors are monastery chic. Instead, it is simply useful. It is called Nuzzel, a social reader that leaves out complexity and makes reading things people share on the social Internet easier and smarter.
It is one of the many new services that have popped up (or will come to fore) as we all struggle with “too much” content on social sharing platforms. Think of these as mods on top of existing social networks — they are needed to scratch every itch, though their commercial prospects remained to be ascertained. (Instagram lovers should check out Chicago-based developer Nicholas Eby’s Dscvry app for iOS, which doesn’t seem to have any reviews.) Smarter algorithms, better design or just plain simple uncomplicated human-powered social discovery — we need it all. Continue reading “Wanna Nuzzel?”