Do you want to keep track of the Tableau conversation online but don’t know where to start? In order to create a “Best of the Tableau Web” each month (go see May, April, March, for examples) I need to keep abreast of what’s being talked about; it might be on Twitter, Facebook, blogs, LinkedIn, etc. This post is how I do it, and turn an onslaught of information into something easily digestible.
With the demise of Google Reader today, you may also be looking for new ways to aggregate the information.
My first principle is that I cannot expect to read every link when I first see it. I need to save stuff for later. For this, I use IFTTT, Pocket and Feedly. These two apps have revolutionised the way I can do my job.
Pocket - save stuff to read later
Pocket is ideal for saving twitter links or news articles you don’t have time to read.
Feedly - for blog posts
Which blogs do I follow? Here’s a list of Tableau bloggers I curate over on bit.ly: http://bit.ly/TableauBlogs
If I see a link that looks interesting, I need to get it into Pocket to read later. How?
I use an IFTTT recipe to save Favourites straight to Pocket. It's simple and effective. It means I can scan Twitter content finding interesting links without having to stop and read them there and then.
If you want to know who to follow on Twitter, click here for my curated list of Tableau-tweeters.
Feedly, Pocket, IFTTT and Twitter have changed the way I consume news. Instead of opening a newspaper or new website in the morning or on a train, I open up these two and catch up all the news and stories on the topics I am interested in.
And if you want to share?
Get on Twitter and tell the world! To share my own links, I shorten them bit.ly. I like the fact that you can collect links into bundles, check out the stats, and even query all the data to build out cool visualisations based on who’s clicking what.
These tools are not the only ones you can use to do this job, of course. What do you use? How do you keep on top of the Tableau-related internet content? I’d love to know what other systems you use.