Coping with the information overload

What happens when you live in a world where anyone is able to communicate with almost anyone else -- the world the Internet is introducing us to? There is information overload.

We can't cope with all the emails, blog posts, twitter messages and everything else that is thrown at us. So we create filters. At the simplest level, we just ignore most things and only respond to those items that are most pertinent to us. At a more sophisticated level, we create mechanisms for measuring how important a message is: was this referred to me by someone I trust?

GMail's Priority Inbox seeks to tackle some of these problems by using algorithms to highlight the most important email to you. Startup Digest curates the most pertinent web postings and articles that busy entrepreneurs and techies need to read.

I wonder what other innovations we'll see in this space.

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