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Slowing Down the Feed: Ways to Save Content for Later
By: Christine Geraci
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Feeds can really get your goat. There's so much to see, read, and process that sifting through it all can rightfully seem much too overwhelming. So what do we do? We attempt to slow things down by utilizing various mechanisms that allow us to save content for later. But if you're not careful, saving content for later reading can easily morph into yet another source of stress...but only if you let it.
 
So, in what ways can you effectively sift through the noise? 
 
Let's start with RSS feeds, because this feels like an obvious jump-off. If you like the content on a blog, news site, etc., you can save the feed to an RSS feed aggregator like Google Reader, for instance. From there, you can "star" posts to create a list of content you want to process later when you have time.
 
And now, let's look at what the big social networks do.
 
Facebook has just announced that its mobile app will offer a "save for later" feature, which allows you to tag posts for later reading. Each post "saved for later" goes into a feed you can access at your leisure.
 
YouTube has offered a "watch later" feature for quite some time. If you click "watch later" on a video, it saves the video to your homepage so you can view it anytime. 
 
Twitter allows users to favorite tweets. Because of the nature of Twitter, favoriting has a dual purpose. Many people favorite tweets that contain links they want to check out at a later date, as favorited tweets are automatically saved to a favorites list. Others favorite tweets to let people know they like what they're sharing and/or saying. I favorite tweets for both reasons. 
 
How else do you "slow down" your social network feeds?


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About the Author
Christine Geraci is the Social Media/Promotions Specialist at MVP Health Care in Schenectady, NY. Connect with her on Twitter @christinegeraci.
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