The need for your own digital crunch

The world used to be fairly simple, you would do your work and later you would read all about it in your local newspaper. However, since the internet the amount of data accessible has exploded and has kept increasing at an exponential rate. So much even that if you wanted to read the whole internet of today it would take you about 57,000 years of non stop reading. Be that as it may, this is not taking into account that there is still more data being created and the internet is not stopping only accelerating. It is even estimated that by 2020 we will create 44 times more information as that we did back in 2009.

Within all this data there are definitely things created that you want to be aware of, from an opinion about or expand your knowledge on. The only thing is how do you find them and when you find them how do you stay aware of their latest developments. What I’ve started doing is creating my own digital crunch on subjects that matter to me. The list of active accounts is still growing, but two good examples are Alt_EDM(on Electronic Dance Music) and Alt_Copter(on Drones). At these twitter accounts I started following relevant sources in that industry, for instance dedicated news channels on the subject or industry specialists (in these two examples DJ’s and Drone manufacturers). These accounts are listed in logical twitter groups and these group, together with hashtags, create daily news overviews with

141115 altasia on EDM                         141115 altasia on drones


By doing so, you get a comprehensive overview of relevant information that otherwise might be missed. Besides being relevant to yourself these daily papers are also tweeted automatically with hashtags and mentions to some of the people who are in the edition of that day. The power is that good content that  already has been created gets additional possibilities to be found by somebody who could find it valuable as well.  The additional beauty is in the fact that these papers are set up to have a preferred place for the account itself or other accounts within the Altasia network. Furthermore additional information is fed into the account by buffered posts or in advanced scheduled curated posts.

At this moment these channels are far from perfect and there are still points in need of improvement. For instance the paper archive is not easy searchable and reposting valuable content takes a lot of time. However I believe that in time these type of channels will become more and more valuable sources of finding information and building relevant networks, if not for me than maybe for others. All in all I hope this post has given you a better understanding on what I’m doing and how it is possible to benefit from the ever expanding flow of information. For further questions feel free to comment or contact me via the social media @willyathonie.


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