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The Information Overload

INFORMATION OVERLOAD
The causes & Consequences of Too Much Information
Tweets Email News Blogs Articles Data

The Information Revolution is upon us as billions of pieces of information are created every single day. With everything from social media updates, to online encyclopaedias, to newspaper articles, it’s hard to be sure what’s reliable and useful, and what is a waste of time.

THE INFORMATION TIDAL WAVE
Back in the Industrial Age, more information would have been useful in aiding those in search of valid sources. Today the sheer volume of information is causing a loss of time, clarity and productivity.

15 TERABYTES OF INFORMATION PRODUCED EVERYDAY
20% STRUCTURED RESULTS
564,768 RESULTS PRODUCED FROM TYPICAL SEARCH
‘$997 BILLION DOLLARS LOST
94% OF WORKERS FELT OVERWHELMED TO THE POINT OF INCAPACITATION


www.searcheverythingyougot.com
YOUR SEARCH FOUND 564,768 RESULTS
WHAT'S USEFUL WHAT'S NOT

THE MAIN CULPRITS

Social software make could-be publishers out of anyone, causing searchable information to be questionable.

SOCIAL SOFTWARE

PUBLICLY EDITED ENCYCLOPEDIAS
SOCIAL MEDIA & UPDATES
PUBLIC PROFILES ON JOB WEBSITES
VIDEOS BEING POSTED
BLOG POSTS & C EXCESS EMAIL


TOO MANY WEBSITES
The number of indexed websites grows by several billion every single day.

WEBSITES INDEXED BY GOOGLE

1 TRILLION
1 BILLION SEVERAL BILLION PER DAY
25 MILLION
1998 2000 2008 2012



EVEN WHEN WE BELIEVE WE HAVE A RIGHT ANSWER, 50% OF THE TIME WE DON'T

UNSTRUCTURED DATA
Unstructured Data is the information that isn’t annotated or stored in databases, and therefore is unusable to workers.

TIME WASTED CHECKING INFORMATION
Much of a worker’s day is spent authenticating data. 10% of the day is spent just looking for content.

IMPORTANT TASKS AREN'T PRIORITIZED
Innovation, concentration, and productivity are lower causing unfinished tasks

POOR DECISIONS ARE MADE
Due to too little or too much information or because the best answer couldn’t be found.

MISSED OPPORTUNITIES TO BEAT COMPETITORS
...if you didn’t find it, someone else did.



TOOLS TO THE RESCUE

Factiva is the key! Having tools in place to facilitate this process is efficient and can save your organization from bad practices.


TOOLS THAT SHOW RELATIONSHIPS

RELEVANT

Contextualized annotated and organized research, the information found will only be related to the information you actually need.



TOOLS THAT SHOWCASE DATA

USEFUL

Emphasize quality over quantity can help significantly both in making sure the data that is presented is fresh and useful, and in reducing the overall amount of information that must be digested. Decisions can be made much more productively!



EASY TIPS TO COMBAT INFORMATION OVERLOAD

TO FIND...

Related Results
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A word you are not sure how it is spelled
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Words that begin with


ENTER...
AND, OR, NOT Connectors

A minimum of 3 characters before using the wildcard (?) sign
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At least 3 characters before the truncation (*)


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Spira, Jonathan & Cody Burke, February 2012, Information Overload and the information Professional: An Examination of the Causes and Consequences of Too Much Information” copyright © 2012 Basex, Inc. February, 2012.

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