by Wyatt Wood
I’m tired of being looked down on as the young pup because I’m not doing it the old way. Now that this is out of the way, I’m really focusing on philosophical debates about the Internet making the younger generation (me) lazy, and if so I take it as a compliment.
Online, laziness involves reclaiming time by improving efficiency and quality. Even CNN is picking up on the fact with a list of tips for workers to get ahead by being lazy (thanks to Jenn for the tip). Efficiency is determined by improving position through knowledge or experience. It’s really understanding that “Slacking” is really just figuring out how to be more efficient.
So why is the debate important? Learning to effectively search for what you want to know — and filtering the rest out — keeps your mind fresh. It’s not about storing the knowledge, rather understanding the tools to find it quickly and move on. Successful management of the conversation centralizes around filtering the noise from the desired results. Currently the concept of keyword search is the de-facto method of research (finding things) on the Internet.
Enter Lazy Feed, one of the next generation filtering tools based on the topic what you really want to know (in real time). Jolie O’Dell nailed the core “driving innovation” of the service as appealing to the root of user laziness. I love this tool because it makes me efficiently lazy when searching blogs for a topic. In the past, I would subscribe to gobs of RSS feeds, and still do, but this goes one step further – by giving me the latest information for topic I need. While the site has been around for a few months (which is light years in Internet time) the concept is here to stay because of gaining traction with improved features.
The simplistic nature of how results are received makes research more spontaneous.
With the advent of real time web you have the latest trend for communication across the wire. With the influx of communication as it is happening search is more important than ever, not just your gen X flavor of search. Now it’s about filtering the noise from the info you need to know.