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How to Curate your Digital World – Part 2

Continuing where we left off last time we look at the final two areas of focus for curating your digital world. If you missed Part 1 you should start there.

Twitter

Similar to Facebook, you can setup and manage lists on Twitter. You can view theses lists just like your normal Twitter feed, but restrict those who are on it. This can convert your hundreds of followers into a few lists with maybe a dozen or so individuals. For a pastor who is following everyone in the church along with other pastors and friends, this is a great and simple way to limit the information flow. I also use the Tweetdeck app that allows each list to have its own columns for even easier reading/skimming. Learn how to use lists on Twitter.

Another bonus to using Tweetdeck, is that you can schedule tweets. This lets you write a tweet about how excited you are for the church BBQ, and schedule it for when the BBQ starts. It will post without you needing to do anything.

Curate-Google_ReaderNews/Rss Readers

The key with any RSS reader (I use Google Reader) is to pay attention to what you are actually reading. If you cannot remember the last time that you read an article from something you are subscribed to it is time to let that feed go.

I tend to group my feeds into folders so that if I only have a few minutes I can hit the folder/s that are more interesting to me (Christian Blogs, Non-Profit, or Tech Blogs). Other folders that are less important to me (Amusing, Photos) I will often end up skipping or marking all their contents as read.

Final Thoughts

Never forget that the goal of curating your digital world is stay connected and informed in less time than you spent yesterday. By implementing some of these suggestions and tips you should easily be able to cut down on the time you spend keeping up to date.

Do you have any other tips that work for you? Or can you share your own experience with curating your digital life? I’d love to hear from you in the comments.

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How to Curate your Digital World

Messy RoomWe are a technology-obsessed society that is ever connected and present online. Short of choosing to live off the grid, this web of interconnected people and devices is a part of our day-to-day life. Instead of un-plugging I would suggest that we all need to become curators of our digital lives. Below are some quick tips on how to do this well. The goal of curating your digital world is to stay informed and connected in less time than you are spending now.

Facebook

There are 2 ways to curate your Facebook feed. I currently have over 1200 ‘friends’ on facebook and am not interested in what 90% of them are up to on a daily basis, yet I don’t feel that doing a friend purge is appropriate (many of these are people I have met through leading ministries or through work/school). If they want to connect with me I want them to be able to.

#1 – UnsubscribeCurate Facebook

Facebook quietly introduced this feature in the middle of 2011 and it is amazing. It allows you to unsubscribe from everything a friend of yours posts, yet you still remain friends. This is perfect because it drastically cleans up your primary Facebook feed.

To unsubscribe click on the upper right of a post (the down arrow), select ‘Hide…’, then click on ‘Change what updates you get from ____’ and finally select ‘Unsubscribe’ at the bottom.

#2 – Lists

Facebook also allows you to organize your friends into lists. I have a list setup for family, work collogues, seminary friends, and one list for each church that I have been a part of. These lists make it easy for me to quickly check up on what is going on in the different spheres of my life. Learn all about Facebook Lists.

Sites like Digg and Reddit

There isn’t an easy way to curate these services since they present curated content to you. The best advice that I have is to set time limits for yourself. I do this best when there is a meeting/appointment coming up. That way I can give myself 10 minutes to look through sites like this and avoid the amazing time-suck that these sites can be. It is really easy to sit down and all of a sudden you’re on the 10th page of Reddit and you’ve lost two hours of time.

YouTube (and other video sharing sites)

While I don’t spend a lot of time on video sharing sites, the potential to lose vast quantities of time is mind-boggling. YouTube receives many day’s worth of new content every minute. The trouble with these sites is that videos can each be 10-15 minutes long. I love the TED videos but have had to stop watching them because of the length and sheer number of them. My best advice is to subscribe to channels relevant to your interests, and be judicious in what you choose to watch.

The second part of our Curation series is coming tomorrow: Part 2

Photo Credit: basykes

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What makes something Great?

St. Peters Basilica the Night before Christmas Mass 2005

Yesterday morning I found myself thinking about greatness and faith. I have come across individuals who hold that something done with Christ is automatically great. It isn’t that I would discount the importance of living a life with the Spirit, and honoring God with our times and talents. It is that I have issue with the assumption some make about the greatness of their achievements.

In thinking through this I came across what might be the a part of the source of this misplaced understanding of the greatness of the works of our hands. It starts with the belief that we hold before we meet Christ:

My Personal Value/Worth = The value of what I do/create
Also know as: I am what I do

One of the many transformative realities of faith is that our value is now infinite because of the value that Christ sees in us. We ought to work towards accepting this reality and allowing it to transform how we view ourselves. After all Jesus didn’t die on a cross for the scum of the earth, he died on the cross for those he loves and cherishes. At this point that belief now becomes:

I am Infinitely Valuable = the value of what I do/create is Infinite
Also known as: Everything I do with Christ is Great

On the surface this change makes sense, kind of. Instead of letting what we do define who we are, we are defined externally by God. Yet it is absurd that just because something is done by a Christian or with Christian intentions that it is, therefore, great. Rather I believe that there as people of faith there is a call further for us.

I am Infinitely Valuable = God loves me with an infinite love
AND
What I do has value = Because I enjoy its creation AND others attribute it value

When we allow ourselves to separate from our value from the work of our hands we are free to be critical of the work. If it is inferior it does not mean that I am worth anything less. It just means that the work I did was not excellent. I believe that we ought to do things excellently.

My Intentions are not to say that the Church hasn’t done great things.
My desire to temper our lavish praise to that which actually deserves it.
For self disclosure, I’ve not done many great things in my life. Yet I try.