Subscribing to RSS feeds is a great way to keep up with lots of timely news and blog postings, of course, but as we all know, it’s easy to suffer from RSS Overload, and it can be hard to know where to find the best feeds on a particular topic.
I recently came across a post that caught my eye that presents an interesting solution for serious researchers and for enterprise use of feeds that can help with this:
Bill Ives, who writes on the excellent FASTForward blog is one of my trusted sources in the area of knowledge management and sharing information in the enterprise. He recently posted a very interesting blurb on a future of work blog, called the AppGap about an RSS discovery tool, titled BlogBridge Feed Libraries for Enterprise 2.0
There Ives discusses BlogBridge Feed Libraries, which he says “are designed to help companies provide guidance to their employees on where the useful content is located and then make it easy to subscribe to it.” One of the key features of BlogBridge Feed Libraries are its “Expert Guides”, which, according to that site “is simply a collection of feeds around a specific topic that have been selected by someone who has real expertise in that area.” You can find them under BlogBridge’s “Topic Guides” here:
For instance, for business related topics, there are expert guides about advertising, branding, entrepreneurship, financial markets, learning/collaboration, and many others. Bill Ives, in fact, was the creator of a knowledge management guide.
Ives noted that not only is this a useful way to find a “best of” collection of feeds on a particular topic, but it also can be used inside the enterprise, and edited and customized to the needs of the department and staff’s own information needs.
This all sounds promising to me, and I plan on covering BlogBridge in some depth in a future issue of The Information Advisor.