What do your feed reader folders say about you?

What can others learn about you by the way you organize your feeds?

Generally mine seem to say I live in Buffalo, I'm a parent, a librarian and a small business owner. What do they say to you? How are yours organized?

Mine say I LIVE [I meant live, not love, though I guess I do both] in Buffalo, read some comics, have an interest in cryptozoology, like to read about economics and search for bargains. I try and follow the latest developments in technology, security, business, health, the supreme court, Linux, gadgets, economics and personal finance. I read what librarians are writing on the web. I like to get ideas for running and marketing a small business. I follow web trends and security issues for computers. I have a folder for psychology because I have a BA in psychology, a folder for my wife's business, one for friends, and one for random stuff that doesn't fit elsewhere.

Here are mine:

Buffalo
Comics
Cryptozoology
Deals
Economics
Gadgets
Health
Jobs
Law-Politics
Libraries
Lifehack
Linux
Misc.
Parenting
People
Personal Finance
Psychology
Search- Media
Security
Small-Business
Tech.
Web
Web Hosting
Yellow Pages.

Comments

Blake

I saw your comment that you "love in Buffalo"...you're not transporting anyone across state lines for that purpose, are you? JoKing...

D'oh! damnitall. Spell check

D'oh! damnitall. Spell check can't catch stupidity.

Too simple, I'm afraid

Since my Bloglines list is public (with a tiny number of exceptions), there's no getting around it:

1. For feeds, I'm not much for categorization--there are three folders:
Libraries
Miscellany (a combination of copyright and a handful of special cases--only 23 feeds)
"pl" - a few PALINET-related blogs

I pretty much only use Bloglines for blogs. For other things, I have bookmarks, and those are spread across quite a few more categories, some of which I visit daily (LISNews, LJ, Slate, Ars Technica), some of which I visit rarely. I don't have any feeds or folders related to audio, music, cruising, science fiction, technology development in general...etc., etc....not because I'm not interested, but because feeds aren't how I handle those things.

For the breadth of my interests outside the library field, you'd have to view my print magazine subscription list, and even that would only offer a hint.

2. Nearly all my feeds are in the Libraries folder--and I've found it particularly worthwhile not to subdivide that into categories.

3. Right now, that folder is absurdly overloaded, and that's part of an experiment I'm trying, which could last anywhere from a week to three months or more.

Bottom line: What my folders say about me is that I care about libraries--and, if you know me at all, that I don't handle most of my interests through Bloglines. What my feeds say about me is that I know most liblogs have few enough posts that you can follow an incredible number of them without being overloaded.

I'm well rounded, creative, and interested in mashups

First, I must say that I no longer use an "official" feed reader. I think feed readers are slave makers and guilt machines, and aren't nearly as conducive to info absorption as they are to making you feel inferior to the actually information flow.

These days, I use iGoogle. It's still bringing in RSS feeds, but the visual layout is way more pleasing to the eye *and* to my brain, and there is no read or unread, just options to click on at my leisure. I have different tabs for different topics/functions:

* Home: Remember the Milk app; news bits from NPR, Boston Globe, CNN; WeatherBug app; moon phases; del.icio.us posts tagged "todo"

* Mail: widgets for my old Hotmail & Yahoo! accounts

* Tech!: NYT Tech app; Pogue's Pages; Popgadget; Hack a Day; Tech Dirt; PCMag; Wired; Extreme Tech; Engadget; LifeHacker; I New Idea

* Crafty: Boston Handmade; MAKE; CRAFT; Healthy Foods; How To of the Day; future girl; Extreme Craft; CraftyPod

* Entertainment: TV Listings Beta; Hulu playlist; Google Calendar of local free movie screenings/viewings

I'd say more of my content (especially from lesser-known-but-excellent sources) comes from the people in my Twitter and Facebook networks, and via other messaging, either as content they create, or content they consume, that they feel like sharing. My social networks are the best content aggregators ever!

At some point, I'll add a tab for outdoorsy stuff. It's the only thing missing, but that might be indicative of how a) local parks/orgs don't use these technologies much, and b) most of those people are too busy getting outside. ;D

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A librarian riding the shift

Oh yes

I'd say more of my content (especially from lesser-known-but-excellent sources) comes from the people in my Twitter and Facebook networks, and via other messaging, either as content they create, or content they consume, that they feel like sharing. My social networks are the best content aggregators ever!

I left that out of my list because I feel like I've evangelized Twitter a bit much on LISNews even though, to me, Twitter is just another tool and just as replaceable when something better comes along. But yes, given some of the people I follow, I get a lot of ideas, content, and all around weird stuff by people throwing it out on a Twitter.

Some books contain the machinery required to create and sustain universes. Tycho (Jerry Holkins) @ Penny Arcade

Hmm...

My folder list (holds about 325 feeds):

apple stuff
experience stuff
fun stuff
futurists
god stuff
library stuff
links
mobile stuff
music
pics
presentation stuff
productivity stuff
stuff i use
topeka people
tscpl public
tscpl staff
tscpl vanity
video
web design
web stuff
web 2.0

Not sure what this says about me!

David

I'm a nerd...

Well, let's see here. This is how my Google Reader stacks up:

Geek: Computer and tech things or related to geek culture. Boing Boing, Digg Tech, Make, BBC News Tech, etc.

Geeky Fun: Fun stuff related to geek culture. Digg Video Games, Joystiq, Kotaku, etc.

History: I have a degree in history so this is where I get my daily fix.

Information Science: My point about library science not being a science is kind of supported here. I forgot this folder even exists because it hasn't updated in so long.

Japanese Pop Culture: That history degree I mentioned? Anyone wanna take a guess what my specialization is?

Library: Now here's the good stuff. LISNews, Walt at Random, Library Techtonics, and many, many more.

Personal: My own feeds (so I can make sure they work properly) and feeds related to my friends.

Science: There's things here about astronomy, geology, environmental science, and Digg Science.

Sexuality: Strangely enough, not porn but related to human sexuality and the culture surrounding it. It's not that I'd never have a porn feed in my reader, it's that I haven't found a decent one yet. It has blogs like Violet Blue, Asian Sex Gazette, and others.

Some books contain the machinery required to create and sustain universes. Tycho (Jerry Holkins) @ Penny Arcade

My folders say I'm a dork.

Here's my list of tags on Google Reader:

Ego - (Technorati feeds for Open Stacks and the like)

LFPL - (feeds from MPOW)

LIS - (the vast majority)

Miscellany - (Amazon wishlist feeds, NYT, Serious Eats, local Louisville stuff, about 20 feeds total)

Podcasts - (mostly subscribed to and separated out tag-wise for the purpose of having a "Podroll" on Open Stacks - I don't listen to my podcasts in Google Reader)

UV - (stuff related to the show, like the feed for the unvocab del.icio.us tag)

Web-Geekiness - (Boing Boing, NYT Technology, Wired and the like)

That's it for 173 feeds. Every once in a while, there will be enough of a sub-category in Miscellany or Web Geekiness to separate it out. Second Life, for example. Or gaming/Wii-related stuff. That never lasts long though. I don't find having more granular folders to be particularly helpful.

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