Update: Recommended web reading

Post holiday, I’ve tidied up (pruned is more like it) my RSS feeds in Outlook and it’s been a while since I shared the RSS feeds which I subscribe to. The updated list is below.

  • You'll need longer lunch breaks to keep up with list of blogs
    You’ll need longer lunch breaks to keep up with this list of recommended blogs

    Google Alerts. I have a number of News alert feeds set up, for our customers, suppliers and Endava. I find Google News feeds really useful, and over time I’ve tailored them to remove some irrelevant noise in those feeds.

  • Brian Lovin is a Product Manager at Buffer and some other start-ups. He’s highly focussed on web design though, and often comments about beautiful web interfaces, often commenting on the unobvious reasons why the designs are beautiful.
  • Doc Searls wrote “The Intention Economy”, still one of my favourite books about the future of the Internet. His blog is a collection of his interests and a continuation of his books. I often comment on the blog, trying to bring an air of commercial realism to his utopian world of a fully open source, no-user tracking Internet.
  • Google Webmaster Central Blog. This is the central location to find out what search products Google are releasing and often how they work. It’s vital to stay up to date with the leading search engine, and this is the official resource.
  • Government Digital Service Blog. Similar to the Google blog above, the GDS blog describes forthcoming projects, but also how they are being built. It’s as close to an in-flight digital transformation blog as you’ll ever see. It’s warts-and-all. Successes and failures. I just hope the tabloids don’t get hold of the content and use it against GDS.
  • Andrei Postolache. This blog is from my colleague in Romania, mainly containing his philosophical IT thoughts. A bit like Doc Searls, you’re never quite sure what Andrei’s going to write next, and sometimes you need to read his article when your own mood has changed a little!
  • Information is Beautiful. Whilst the regularity of the posts has reduced significantly, IiB still produce some of the most amazing infographics art on the web. I often share their content on Twitter.
  • Iolo Jones. I think I’ve been reading Iolo’s thoughts longer than any other blog. If you want to follow what’s happening in the broadcast and digital video business, along with some strong opinions (understatement), follow Iolo’s blog. My only frustration or criticism is that comments have been turned off (isn’t that one of the things that makes a blog a blog?).
  • Mad Lemmings. The blog provides some handy guidance for social media and blogging (if I had no visitors here, it would be a little demotivating).
  • Retail Week. If you’re interested in retail, Retail Week covers a lot of innovation and IT in the industry. A warning: some of the articles requires payment.
  • Ryan Stevens. Ryan covers consumer technology. Most of his content is curated from across the web. Some is latest news which might not make the mainstream, especially security and app tips.
  • Subtraction. Khoi Vinh’s blog covers web design and thoughts about technology, mainly from a design perspective. I like his opinion pieces on new technologies and apps, and often agree with him.
  • The Customer Revolution. Laurence Buchanan writes a post about CRM every 2-3 of months, but when he does, they are thought-provoking, clear articles. I just wish he wrote more often.
  • The Opposite Direction. Rob Wilson is a rare find in the social media industry, in that he understands what business really want from social media and works to a decent, comprehensive process. I’ve worked with Robin on a project and he’s a good guy. Well worth following his site.
  • The Register. I subscribe to the Register’s RSS feed rather than visit their website. They almost have too much content – a few dozen articles a day. I like the informal, relaxed writing style. I scan the headlines every few days and see if something jumps out.
  • Now and Next. Richard Watson’s book Future Files is one of my favourites, and I’ve reviewed all his later books on this site. Richard discusses observations from newspapers or his life.

I also subscribe to a few email newsletters – scanning Finextra and TechMarketView most days (often commenting on the latter) and I’ve reviewed them before.

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