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Information Overload Stories

By on February 23, 2011No Comment

Overload!, my soon-to-be published book, won’t end on the last physical page.  Overload! Stories, the online component of the book, will continue its mission and will be a place where knowledge workers can share their own experiences and stories about Information Overload. The site will be an online salon for discussion, research updates, and community support around this issue.

If you would like to contribute your story in advance of the book’s publication and launch of the Web site, please e-mail it to me at stories@basex.com. We are looking for two- to three-paragraph stories about how Information Overload has impacted you and/or your organization and what you are doing to combat the problem.

Here are a few excerpts from stories we’ve already received:

There is more information than I can consume so it can be difficult to know if I am paying the right attention to the right information at any time. The main concern is am I missing something crucial to the whole to produce a higher quality result. Also, it can be easy to begin following the trail of something of interest which, although it may help develop new skills, can pull me away from the immediate. It’s an inner tug-of-war. – Dawn, Data Project Specialist.

A huge part of my job is sifting through the vast amount of information available looking for nuggets that might give us an advantage in our pursuits. On those days, it’s all just what I do — I read, I pursue links, web search tidbits, email for clarification, for hours on end. However, when I’m in a highly focused “gotta get this presentation put together on deadline” mode, it’s an annoyance. I deal with that by scanning my inbox every hour or so and only opening notes that I believe are of urgency. -Stanley, CTO

My biggest internal problem is the desire to know everything, which leads me to follow links that aren’t specifically helpful to the tasks I need to get done in the short term. In fact, even if I were to think of the information I’d uncovered and decide to find it again … I wouldn’t know how to. – Margaret, President

Please send us your stories – we look forward to reading them.

Jonathan B. Spira is CEO and Chief Analyst at Basex.

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