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Six ways of staying on top

June 5, 2012  

The world is moving fast. In the tech industry for example, things are changing so rapidly in such short time that it’s necessary to constantly learn new things in order to stay competitive.

Luckily, the Internet and related technologies have made constant learning far easier than it used to be.

There are many tools that make it easy to constantly access new information. Here are six ways of staying on top:

  1. Subscribe to RSS feeds.
    An RSS feed saves time by delivering new web site content automatically. If you subscribe to a web site’s RSS feed, you do not need to surf to the web site to discover what’s new. As new content is delivered it shows up in your RSS Reader.If you subscribe to a few active and relevant web sites through RSS, you will have a constant stream of content. If you want to learn more about RSS, you can for example check out my previous post on the subject or read more at Wikipedia.
  2. Follow interesting people on Twitter.
    Twitter can be a very valuable tool even if you never write a single tweet. The reason is that there are a lot of Twitter users who regularly share valuable content.By choosing to follow a person or an organization on Twitter, you get to see their tweets automatically. By following industry professionals you can get relevant information and stay in the loop.
  3. Listen to podcasts.
    A podcast is kind of like a web-based radio show that one can subscribe to. When a new podcast episode is released, it is automatically made available to the subscribers. Podcasts can also be downloaded to computers and mobile devices and then be listened to offline.I regularly listen to podcasts such as Mac Power Users, Build and Analyze and Hypercritical. They provide information as well as interesting discussions and ideas.There are many apps that can be used to listen to podcasts, including iTunes. I use the iPhone app Instacast which makes it possible to find, subscribe to, download and listen to podcasts.The fact that podcasts can easily be listened to while on the go is one of their great benefits, in my opinion. Situations that could otherwise be dull can be made into learning opportunities by listening to podcasts.
  4. Subscribe to e-mail newsletters
    Many web sites make it possible to subscribe to e-mail newsletters. This can be a convenient way of getting new and useful information automatically.
  5. Read e-books.
    One of the great things about e-books is that it’s so easy and convenient to buy them. Instead of having to go to the bookstore or the library, or ordering a book and waiting for it to be delivered, e-books can be bought conveniently online and be delivered directly.Today, there are also very capable tablets (such as the iPad) that can be used to read digital books.E-books can be bought from Apple’s iBookstore and from Amazon.com, to name a couple of examples.
  6. Listen to digital audio books.
    Like e-books, digital audio books are convenient to buy. And like podcasts, they can be listened to while on the go.Digital audio books can be purchased and downloaded from places such as iTunes and Audible.com.