The curse of the Internet and the short attention span — there’s too much stuff to look at.
So I check my email.
Then I have a look in Google Reader.
What’s Twitter doing? Okay.
Facebook? My turn in Scrabble yet?
Might check a couple of the news sites and see what’s happening.
And the Whirlpool forum?
OK, all under control. But hey, I wonder if there’s any new email?
Rinse and repeat. How do I break this cycle?
I once had an idea for it: a combined mega-reader/aggregator that would grab data from all those sources and more, configured by the user. It would rank everything according to a priority — again, configured by the user — perhaps the emails from your boss and/or spouse at the top, the dull email newsletter which you should read but don’t want to at the bottom, and news bulletins somewhere in the middle.
So you could see everything in one hit, all prioritised.
I even came up with a name and a domain name for it: View My World.
And I did some rough designs on it, but never got to the coding stage.
I still think it’s a good idea, and anybody who’s got the time and inclination to work on it should give me a shout, maybe we can come up with a collaboration.
Meanwhile, amusingly, ViewMyWorld.com is now registered by Microsoft, and appears to be a recruitment web site.