I must admit as a former writer-journalist, I'm one of those legacy closet print readers, hanging on to my old newspaper and magazines to help me ferret out my news. But in recent months, days go by when I don't even pick up a newspaper or magazine (with a few exceptions, such as the Wall Street Journal, Wired and FAst Company). The web is far too compelling...and now more practical.
One of my favorite new tools is del.icio.us , which allows you to organize your bookmarks by tags. This makes them much more easier to organize and find. I'm not even sure how I managed before it..always seemed to be losing my bookmarks, or drowning in too many. This simplifies the process.
As far as searches, Google Reader is the new kid on the block--and it's a good one. The news reader tool allows you to compile neat folders of your news and blogs, and views hundreds of headlines in quick fashion. Try it at Google Reader . The last one is an old standby, but still worth noting, the personalized Google home page. This allows you to personalize your news and other feeds into a sort of personalized newspaper. I created several different pages or "tabs," one for News; one for blogs; one for finance; and one misc (with cool tools and plug ins). I'll add one for technology later. You can plug in your own URLs and/or Google provides hundreds of news feeds, and assorted other feeds, ranging from world time clocks to iPod downloads to live traffic reports to the Budhist thought of the day. The thought for Sat, Sept. 30th:
"Decay is inherent in all compounded things. Strive on with diligence."
Think about that for a few minutes.