Welcome to the IORG blog!

With the Information Overload Research Group launched and our first conference underway, it’s about time to get started with our blog.  We’ll be using this blog to provide updates on IORG progress and activities, share our thoughts about various information overload related topics, and provide opportunities for IORG members to share their own experience, research, and opinions.

In upcoming posts, the people involved in creating this organization will introduce themselves (I’ll let Nathan, our fearless leader full of tremendous insights, go first!) and share their thoughts on information overload, why IORG is important to them, and the things they are excited about doing with IORG.  And of course we’ll be posting about various information overload research projects and findings.

We look forward to hearing from IORG members about what sorts of topics they are most interested in hearing about, as well as things they are interested in writing about and sharing with the IORG community.

Welcome to the Information Overload Research Group and the IORG blog.  We hope we’re able to make this a fun, informative, and interesting read!


  1. Here I am, 30 minutes later, far off from my work, way over in the IO blog, having thought to just take a quick look after reading about you in Time Magazine, and wanting to refer to you in a presentation I’m giving on email marketing. I did resist going to my library site from the Amazon.com site about the Distraction book, when I realized what was happening to me. (Notice I say what was happening, not what I was doing.) Part of the problem is that I’m just curious about everything, being a writer! I do wonder if email isn’t like a habit, difficult to break, or a temptation. My question: are the solutions to IO really technical? or do they have to do with education and changes in behavior, cf. Weight Watchers? Guess I’d better get a grip and go back to work. Thank you!

  2. I was fascinated to read about your initiative. I just taught a class on using for social marketing and guiltily realize that if my students take my advice, some of which is outlined in http://lisaneal.com/2008/07/20/ten-ways-to-be-a-more-connected-health-professional/, that I just induced information overload! How do you find the right balance between being connected in the ways that matter but still get uninterrupted time to work? People like Donald Knuth, who claims not to use email, become heroes http://lisaneal.wordpress.com/2008/04/27/uninterruptible-concentration/.

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