A big part of maintaining a blog is keeping up with technology news as much as possible. Since I only work on this blog part-time, I have to be efficient with my intake of technology related news. As a result, I try to follow blogs, Twitter feeds, and RSS feeds of only a select few resources that I feel give me the best news without overwhelming me with information.
Below is a list of my favorite news related technology blogs that I follow through my RSS feeds (via Google Reader)
GigaOM – Great blog for general tech news. Covers all the basics with emphasis on Cloud Computing, Mobile, and Social Media, as well as other things like Cleantech and other technology related infrastructure.
Mashable – One of the most popular technology blogs on the web. Its content is very extensive and covers a very wide range of topics, including Business, Techs and Gadget, Social Media, and Mobile. If I have any complaint about Mashable, it is that the material and number of posts are so extensive that it is difficult to keep up with all of the news.
ReadWriteWeb – This is probably my favorite of the three. I personally think that it covers a slightly narrower range of technical news, which I like. It does cover some of the business aspects of technical startups, but mainly focuses on general technology news around cloud computing, enterprise computing, and mobile computing.
In addition to the above blogs, I also follow several other tech news feeds via Twitter, including; Gizmodo, eWeek, engadget, Techcrunch, AllTouchTablet, and Wired. All of these are good, but I find that once you start following several of these, you start to see a lot of redundancy.
Another great source for staying up to date with the latest technology news is through the software company blogs. You do have to be careful with company blogs because they are obviously biased towards their own products. With that said, I have been impressed with the way that many companies have used social media to inform existing and future customers.
I like to stay on top of several company’s news through their blogs and YouTube channels. Some of the company blogs and YouTube channels I follow include; Box.net, SugarSync, Google,Salesforce.com, Zoho, Microsoft, and Apple.
For this post, I have mainly focused on the large technology news resources. For every large blog, there are several small blogs (such as this one) that provide a wealth of great information. I would encourage everyone to keep an eye out for these also. Oftentimes they focus on a niche subject (e.g. Java programming or VBA scripting) and can be very valuable.
Please comment or email if you have other good sources for technology related news and training.