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A Solution to the Problem of Overinformation in the Digital Era

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Oguntola Tobi
Oguntola Tobi Nov 27, 2021
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The internet has done us a world of good and has advanced human society significantly. It is as important, if not more than the domestication of fire, the invention of the plough, the invention of writing, and the invention of the wheel, among other achievements that progressed the human race.
One of the biggest benefits of the internet is that it has placed information right at our fingertips. You can find the answer to virtually anything by doing a simple search on Google, Yahoo, Bing, or other search engines.
The Problem
Unfortunately, this benefit has its downsides.
When I started brainstorming this idea, the two downsides that were top of mind are:
  1. The proliferation of false, inaccurate information on the internet, written by uninformed persons.
  2. The sheer volume of information, most of which are rather unnecessary, that consistently leads to time wasting, distractions, and can adversely affect productivity, decision making, innovation, and even well-being. For instance, this study hypothesizes that internet use may be associated with the development of ADHD symptoms.
Information overload is a real thing and it ranges from e-mail and text messages to social media, forums, and search engines.
In a recent post, I proposed a solution to the problems of social media use and addiction. In the same vein, there are workable solutions to some of the sources of this information overload, such as email management systems that help people escape the cycle of email addiction.
However, what other ways can be combat this problem; how can we use the internet more positively, while limiting its negative aspects?
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Content Syndication Platform to Reduce Time Spent on Search Engines

Oguntola Tobi
Oguntola Tobi Nov 27, 2021
I propose a Masterclass-like content syndication product/service/website. This website will hire experts in different fields to go over the billions of pages on the internet. Then, they'll select those they think provide the most in-depth AND accurate treatment of a topic and recommend them to users.
If there is a particular topic that hasn't been done justice, they will write about it, record a podcast, and shoot a video - whichever they feel most comfortable about. However, written content will be given the highest priority.
How do we use it?
Like we would use any search engine.
Do you want to know how the 24-hour day came to be?
Search on the platform and you'll be referred to reliable blogposts on the subject by authorities like the Scientific American and other reliable blogs, instead of posts that rank highly simply because they have the best knowledge of Google's SEO techniques.
While this product isn't an attempt to replace Google, Bing, Yahoo, and other search engines, it could very well be integrated with their structures. As a result, searches will be leaner, faster, and more efficient.
And they will also reduce people's propensity to go from site to site to ensure they do not miss any piece of information on a topic they are interested in,
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Darryl Koh Yuan Jie
Darryl Koh Yuan Jie2 years ago
This sounds like a good step forward. It reminds me google scholar, where the results provided are often scholary articles or journals that have been peer-reviewed by experts and researchers. I would imagine your content syndicate platform to be less restrictive however.
That being said, I would argue that often times, people might not want to consult the experts. I myself like to search for questions that I ponder upon on reddit sometimes so as to get a much more general and relatable answer from the common masses.
Perhaps this content syndication feature can be turned on and off at will? Kind of like an ad block of sorts!
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Shubhankar Kulkarni
Shubhankar Kulkarni2 years ago
What I have experienced is even the content created using SEO techniques remains at the top for a few days or hours. If people find the content fluffy or more noise, such hits don't stay at the top. I think Google automatically takes appropriate care to prioritize great content. It may take time (like I said, hours to days), but it happens. What the SEO techniques do is help content reach the masses. Once it reaches, it depends upon the content whether it stays at the top or gets lost among the lot. What do you think?
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