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Consuming Security News

In hindsight I noticed that I read too much news. I started reading RSS feeds from as many security blogs as I could until those feeds engulfed me alive. Then I tried Twitter, and followed 1.5k people on the security community. Now my timeline adds a tweet after every 15 seconds. It also didn't work well.

Now, more than ever, it's impossible to catch up with everything. Not to mention that clickbait are diluted across the news and makes our effort to be up-to-date even harder. There is too much information overload.

Today I keep it simple.

Instead of RSS, I keep one tab on Hacker News, another on Reddit, one tab on Digg, because it summarizes Twitter for me and I do eventual checks on my Twitter and LinkedIn timeline. My favorite links go to Pocket and I tag them in case I need to find them again, which happens by the way.

But if I read the same news as everybody, we all will end up knowing the same thing. I'm assuming that everybody reads the news everyday, which isn't true in the first place.

And as nobody can catch up all the news anyways, perhaps the order of what you read doesn't matter as well. When you talk to someone you have something new to share, so have this other person.

In the end of the day we tend to read only what we enjoy the most rather than what we should be reading. It means that people in the same industry follow different influencers.

However the real problem is not reading the news, but reading too much news. It means that you're not doing other things. Reading the news gives you a more comforting and immediate satisfaction. You only need to read and grasp the contents by scrolling down the page. In comparison to learning a new skill, reading the news is almost relaxing.

Reading too much news turn you into someone who is able to talk about many topics, but maybe at a shallow/intermediate level. If you focus on learning a skill you'll have less topics to talk about, but those will come with greater details.

Sometimes we have to focus on news. Sometimes we have to focus on polishing a new skill. And sometimes we need to do both everyday. Everyone does these things differently and that's precisely what makes people complement each other in a team.

Knowing the balance is the key.

Thank you!

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