My access to information


The rapid wave of the Internet has wiped out the information gap, but also made high-quality information become a drop in the ocean. As the saying goes, “information is not equal”, people often feelValuable informationThey are always ahead of others. Because of the importance of these information, generation after generation, a variety of information acquisition tools have emerged.

The evolution of my reading tools

In my impression, the earliest information aggregation website should be called “Yellow Pages”. It has a history of more than 100 years. Ma Yun’s early entrepreneurial project was called “China Yellow Pages”. Later, the home IE home page became a number of portal sites, at this time to obtain information mainly by manually clicking links to major websites. After that, I got in touchGoogle Reader, got to know RSS and opened a new door.

Before, the way to get information was to explore on their own initiative, but now just need to maintain their own RSS subscription list, there will be a stream of interested information flowing in. I remember that at that time, my subscription list was very long, and every day I opened it was hundreds of unread,Scan it quickly, add the interested ones to the pocket (because the pocket can be read offline), open the pocket to read in fragmented time, and collect the good articles to EvernoteThis reading stream has been in use for a year or two. Even if Google Reader was abandoned by Google later, I insisted on using RSS, but the frequency was much lower than before.

Later, many bloggers began to fight to the WeChat public address. Many articles read directly with WeChat, and the experience was very good. So reading the public number became my new way of reading at that time. However, the good times did not last long. Soon, the public platform was occupied by a bunch of marketing numbers. Some writers, in order to round up the money, also suffered a sharp decline in writing quality. I began to take public numbers slowly and realized a problem:Most of the articles are of no value, or far from what they think。 A lot of articles are pieced together, which can cause very few thoughts.

Other people’s articles are like second-hand knowledge. If we want to acquire first-hand knowledge, we need to go back to the source and look at his references and cited books. Why not read books or papers directly? After thinking about this, I put most of my reading time on reading, and the reading time may be less than half an hour a day.

My way of obtaining information at this stage

My current information channels are mainly divided into four parts:

  • Books and papers (not covered in this article, please refer to “how to read an academic paper” for reading papers

  • mailing list

  • RSS

  • Some websites you often visit


RSS list is mainly divided into two parts, one is personal blog, the other is a few information aggregation websites and some journals. The focus is on personal blogs. Since everyone’s blog updates are very slow now, I can’t save a few articles even if I haven’t read them in a week. I will also pay attention to journals and magazines, because there are some related to my research direction – data visualization.

Now my RSS software mainly uses inoreader. It has basic functions and also provides night mode (very important for night owls). It feels good.

Mailing List

Mailing list is also a very old way to get information. I mainly use it to do two things: subscribe to some Google Groups to draw water; subscribe to some daily and weekly newspapers.

There are two main reasons for choosing mailing list to read the weekly report:

  • In essence, daily or weekly newspapers are articles that have been screened by others, so the quality of some information aggregation websites will be higher

  • Daily or weekly newspapers reduce the frequency of reading

Every day, every week, you can only read this email once a week, which greatly saves the time wasted on invalid information. Many websites also provide daily and weekly newspaper switching function, which is very convenient.

I’m here to list some of my subscriptions. I’m looking forward to your comments (or email me) at the end of the article to exchange information.

  • Codetengu weekly

  • Machine learning daily, big data daily, python, web daily of goodthings portal

  • The Wild Week in AI

  • This week’s hi-res photos from Unsplash

  • JavaScript Weekly

  • FrontEnd Focus

  • RisingStack Engineering

  • CSS Weekly

  • Web Tools Weekly

  • GitXiv Top Posts

  • Ruby Weekly

  • Node Weekly

  • Data Elixir

  • Web Design Weekly

  • Product Hunt Daily Digest

  • Quora Digest

  • Medium Daily Digest

I often go shopping

People can’t ignore what’s going on outside the window. They have to paddle properly. The websites I often visit include

  • Hacker News

  • Reddit – programming is of good quality

  • GitHub explore – of course, I also subscribed to this in my email

  • Although the rowing time of V 2ex – V station accounts for 99%, there are still many anecdotes

  • bilibili


Everything is a process of adding first and then subtracting. My RSS list and mailing list have grown rapidly in a short period of time, and only a few have been carefully selected by me, but I still feel a little bit more.

The tools I use may be more retro, but what lasts forever won’t really be eliminated. E-mail, in particular, is something that happens as soon as the Internet appears. It will still be important now and in the future.

Finally, there is a tip: whether the article is worth reading or not depends not on whether the topic is eye-catching or not, it may depend on the number of times it repeatedly appears in multiple information channels.

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