A Strategy for Internet Resources

Internet Resources

Internet Resources

As a web user, that spends a lot of his time, professionally, on the internet, I found, from time to time, articles and posts of value, I usually, when come across, a resource I think that would interested my readers, friends or associates I try to pass it as soon as possible  via various channels (mostly TwitterGoogle+FacebookLinkedIn, and Pinterest).

Framework of Reference

My strategy for the interesting internet resources I found around, include:

  • a quick dissemination of the information across different channels, (either with Buffer app or manual with direct input in TwitterGoogle+FacebookLinkedInPinterest or any other channel I want to use) and a more controlled later (in time) dissemination via scheduled distribution (with Buffer app).
  • the use of specialized groups of people, lists, etc for subjects of special interest (as LinkedIn Groups, Twitter Lists, etc).
  • specific sharing of information across to most interested, according to my opinion, parties.

My aim is to disseminate the interesting internet resources I found on the Internet:

  1. in a time frame that the resource have been shared would actually benefit the recipients without constitute “noise
  2. in a rate and pace that would be “accustom” to my recipients (i.e. be able to consume the information/resource provided), and
  3. in a volume that does not bottleneck the normal workings of my recipients [!!!].

These conditions, mean, that, in general, I’m very cautious when I share anything and only rarely I employ “autonomous” or “global” mechanisms of dissemination (i.e. everything towards everybody!).

How I Select Internet Resources for Sharing and Why

The interest and value of the internet resource I share for me (and I believe for others !!!), depends on their significant, their current value (i.e. solve a problem, me or others may have, in a quick and efficient way, etc), their validity (who writes it), their approach (how the author handles the information, when can be used, what solves, etc., where can be used, why this against something else, etc).

This approach It is, more or less, a Five Ws (Who, What, When, Where, Why) approach, which have been proved effective under various situations.

One significant criterion for me before send anything, is to read it first, in order to have an opinion about the resource I share (it help me to add a small comment, when I think that there is a need for it!!!). So before I do share something, I’m trying actually to read it or browsing it, and based on my findings (its value, impression, impact, effect the resource has on me), I decide if I share it or not.

My second concern is to whom I share the information to. For answering that question and responding it in an efficient manner I use groups or categories provided by various media (as Google+ or LinkedIn Groups, Twitter Lists, etc) and I have used (or develop) for effective information management purposes.

Using these features I direct the internet resource of interest towards groups, I believe they can benefit by its usage.

Third, the decision point, for me, is what communication channel (or media) should be used for the sharing of the specific information. As a general rule, every communication platform or social media network is capable for conveying all (or most) common types of internet resources today. But many types of information (as infographics or images) are more suitable for Pinterest, for example, or Facebook and not the LinkedIn network.

Other resources by its nature or content/context may have more impact on LinkedIn network or Twitter than Pinterest. So the medium to be shared an internet resource or the media to be used (the media mix if you like[!!!]) is also a decision point, for me.

Furthermore, most of the times, I filter the resources I find, based on my personal preferences (bias, if you like), the subjects I would, predominantly, would like to disseminate (like leadership, productivity, tools, etc) and my impression on the potential value of the resource into the thought framework of my recipients.

My Strategy for Internet Resources

Based on the above conditions and prerequisites, when I have time to read an article or evaluate a resource, I use the excellent application Buffer for sharing it.

When I do not have time to read or study a post or resource either I use a read-it-later application (as the Pocket application, the Kippt or the instapper) for evaluating it (and after that disseminating it with Buffer App) or I use my RSS news reader (for more information on how you can use more creatively your RSS reader for information sharing, take a look at this post!) for reading and sharing it.

To sum up my strategy:

  • I found a piece of information, data, approach, idea, resource of interest in the internet (either by my browsing or by RSS feeds, or due to random events)
  • If it is in my RSS reader and have time to read it, I buffer it to appropriate groups or by direct input it in the respected channel(s) I want to use. If not, I use a read-it-later application and I buffer it later (when I finish the evaluation of the Internet Resource I want to share) again to the appropriate groups and the appropriate communication channels.

This way of sharing Internet Resources, it may at first, appear, a little slow (have a lot of intermediate steps and thinking, before the sharing button[!!!]), but according to my opinion and experience, I think, in the long run, is more effective from the random sharing of information to everybody.

Do you think you can use, I strategy like this? Do you think this way of sharing Internet Resources is useful?

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    Takis Athanassiou is an IT Consultant, Blogger, Trainer & Writer, active in the areas of leadership, business consulting, e-Learning and social media. He aims at the development of people, business and assets! You can check out his blog, add him in Google+ and follow him on Twitter.

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