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The quality of information

Chris Dawson says he prefers G+ to Facebook because of information quality.

Facebook has become pure noise. The reason it is pure noise is that I was an inexperienced social media user when I first started using it. I added whoever to my friend list. Now I get random political messages from both sides, people promoting their businesses, and information that is generally worthless to me. The reason I don’t use Twitter is now the same reason I always depart from a visit to Facebook with a sour taste in my mouth: unfiltered junk information.

G+ gives me high value information. I think I now get the true power of circles. I am not sure how much algorithmically is happening behind the scenes, but the circles I have subscribed to (mostly tech information, with a dash of Japanese) provide much more valuable information.

The same problem exists with RSS feeds. It is easy to collect them but when the feed reader says you have more than a thousand headlines every morning, it can become a chore filtering those down to ‘quality information’ where quality is defined as something useful or interesting to you at the moment you find it.

Email, too.

This is a giddy time where there is a lot new and your friends likely share with you what is novel or unusual as well as ‘quality information’ and it can become a royal pain to separate out the good stuff from the other stuff. Then there’s the battle against spam, trolls, fraudsters, and others who want something from you.

I don’t know about you but I need all the help with this storm I can get. I’ve got the email flood down to ankle level, RSS feeds are undergoing significant repair and maintenance, and Facebook is there simply to experiment with a better way of controlling comments on blogs like this. I’ll have to check out G+ and see if there is something usable there.

Or, just maybe, Google is the Borg as some seem to think. I’ll have to be careful.

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