Cleaning Up My News Aggregator, Feedly

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I spent some time on Saturday deleting feeds in my news aggregator, Feedly. The goal being to increase the signal to noise ratio.

If you’re not familiar with Feedly, Feedly is a news aggregator that enables users to follow sources, via RSS, or by following key words or phrases, ala a Google News Search. Feedly is available on a mobile devices or desktop.

I use Feedly to monitor news multiple times a day from blogs and traditional news sources. Feedly is my leading source for items I tweet and blog. I listen first, and then engage.

I’ve been using Feedly for more than a decade. My interests on various subjects have come and gone. I look at individual companies, industries and subjects, but not forever.

As a result, my Feedly was bloated. I started to monitor new sources and subjects. I started to set up new folders of these sources and subjects. I started moving some folders to the top of the list and some towards the bottom.

For fear I’d miss something, I never deleted anything. Heck., I didn’t look at most of my folders anymore.

Rather than continue that game, I cleaned things up. I got rid of half of my feeds and folders.

At the same time, I added a folder on legal publishing to listen to the growing discussion about the evolution of legal publishing – law blogs, law reviews, law journals, legal treatises etc.

Here’s what my Feedly looks like now – by folders.

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I am starting to use Twitter more as a source of news and commentary, just as I use Feedly – for learning, and as a means of joining in the conversation by blogging or posting on social media. More to come on that.

Trial lawyer turned legal tech entrepreneur, I am the founder and CEO of LexBlog, a legal blog community of over 30,000 blog publishers, worldwide. LexBlog’s publishing platform is used on a subscription basis by over 18,000 legal professionals, including the largest law firm in each India, China and the United States.

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