In addition to the tools mentioned in last week’s post — bookmarks, RSS feeds, tumblr, Pocket, inbox aggregation, here are the 5 best tools we’ve found for managing your signal to noise ratio.
Twitter: Your own twitter posts can serve as a personal stockpile or archive of interesting links/articles. You can save your tweets as a twournal periodically, and then have a searchable pdf. Favourites is an easy personal flag system for things to come back to. And twitter lists let you select specific sources according to theme – eg one of our lists is of Origin team members, many of whom are active individually. It provides a great source of relevant content for the @originvoice twitter account to draw from. Origin uses hootsuite as our twitter management system, which allows different team members to post to twitter, and aggregates a bunch of awesome metrics and stats for us, too
Flipboard: An info aggregator, with a range of categories/themes to choose from, in addition your own personal twitter, facebook, instagram and flickr accounts, RSS feeds, or vimeo or youtube channels, or key influencers, like @originvoice, which is then presented in a magazine format with a beautiful visual layout.
Feedly: Similar to flipboard, feedly comes pre-loaded with themes or content channels, so although you can add your own customisation, it serves as a good baseline source for random industry-relevant inspiration. The presentation format is more gridlike, so the aesthetically-sensitive might prefer the variety in flipboard.
Yammer: Origin uses yammer as an internal social network – team members can post links to interesting finds, posts can be hash-tagged for easy indexing, and a weekly summary keeps the “all roads lead to inbox” organisers in the loop, too.
One to Watch:
Instagram. We haven’t explored this tool yet, but Tribal DDB Israel have just launched their agency website entirely on instagram, navigable using hashtags, suggesting instagram is poised to be a whole lot more than just a photo filter and sharing tool.