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Too Many Connections

Creating a personal knowledge network, and nurturing important relationships is an important knowledge-era skill (that’s a lot of buzzwords). As some are noticing, at some point, reducing the network provides more value than continuing to add. I’ve noticed this same concern in my own information sources. I typically follow around 250 blogs, 20+ mailing lists, and email. Sometimes, the quantity of information obliterates the quality – i.e. reading a few quality articles is often more valuable than reading many short blurbs (unless the intent is to determine the zeitgeist of a field).