I remember when you entered a search on the internet, before the likes of Google, and you were lucky to get a handful of links to choose from and most would contain useful information. You could happily surf, clicking through links to other sites and feel like you were doing something useful. The internet is now full of noise with pages full of flashing adverts and even link farms where there is no valuable information at all, just links to other websites, and the owner even gets paid when someone clicks any of the links.
The signal to noise ratio had become unbearable, so I turned away from the wonder that is the internet. The only way to find out something was to use a search engine, like google, and trawl through the thousands of links returned, hoping to find the specific piece of information you were after.
Then I started to come across other ways of finding useful information. Blogs and RSS feeds.
Once you have found a source you find interesting you can be updated whenever that website releases a new article. I have now gone from one extreme to the other, reading as many articles, blog posts, essays and even e-books as I can about a multitude of different things.
In fact I would say that I have reached Information Overload, hence the title of this post. The question is what can I do about it?