People these days spend so much time on the internet looking for information that are valuable to them that they never take the time to do the things that would be really great for their information research. Here is a list of 10 things that you can do today that keeps you up to date with SharePoint forever.
Let’s get it on…
Tip #1: Get MSDN and TechNet RSS feeds in your RSS reader (10 minutes)
Depending on your job description you might be either interested in TechNet content or MSDN content. In both cases I suggest you subscribe to the RSS feed and that you keep the feeds in folders. This way you don’t need to remember everything that comes with the feed. Just remember that you have saved the feed and search for a keyword if you need it.
I only read a few of them if they arrive… the other ones I read on demand.
Here are the RSS feeds of newly published TechNet content:
- RSS Feed | TechNet: Newly published content for SharePoint Foundation 2010
- RSS Feed | TechNet: Newly published content for SharePoint Server 2010
- RSS Feed | TechNet: Newly published content for Office SharePoint Server 2007
Unfortunately the MSDN library newly published content for SharePoint developers has no RSS feed. Only the SharePoint developer center has one which I think doesn’t include the updates from the MSDN library:
- RSS Feed | SharePoint Developer Center
- New Developer Content for SharePoint Foundation 2010
- New Developer Content for SharePoint Server 2010 and SharePoint Online
Tip #2: Find SharePoint blogs and get their RSS feed (1 hour)
Today there are so many bloggers it’s hard to find the ones who post content which is important to you. In order to spend less time I use the following methods to find blogs where I subscribe to the RSS feed:
- Search for keywords like SharePoint 2010 branding…
- Usually the search for SharePoint problems takes you to blogs with solutions and other great content…
- If you follow Twitter users they usually have a blog… just see tip #7 for more details…
- Start with the usual “suspects”: Joel Oleson, Andrew Connell…
Tip #3: Check the Microsoft Download Center (5 minutes)
There are a lot of downloads by Microsoft like white paper, SDKs, templates or applications. The Microsoft Download Center allows you to search for Microsoft downloads where you can filter and sort the results:
Unfortunately there is no RSS feed but you can check once or twice a week for new downloads. But you can bookmark your search since the search query, the filter and the sorting order are stored in URL parameters.
Note: If your URL doesn’t update with the chosen filter try to sort in a different order and the filter is also applied to the URL as a parameter.
Tip #4: Get the RSS feed for MSDN Subscriber Downloads (5 minutes)
If you or your company owns a MSDN subscription you can download Microsoft software for your development based on your license:
Fortunately new subscriber downloads are offered by a RSS feed:
Tip #5: Get an account at MSDN Forums (10 minutes)
There are so many MSDN forums and even more experts answering questions regarding all products Microsoft offers (I think). You can use your Windows Live ID to sign into the forums where you can add a forum to your list, set alerts or just watch the newest posts (SharePoint 2010 Forums).
You cannot only ask question you can also take a look at the discussions and learn from the existing members.
Tip #6: Get the RSS feed for KB articles with KBAlertz (10 minutes)
Wouldn’t it be awesome to get the newest KB articles sorted by product by a RSS feed? Well you can with KBAlertz.com. You can save the feed in folders where you can filter them by keywords:
Note: Unfortunately although the KB articles are update the RSS feed wasn’t updated for a while. I hope this is will be repaired...
Tip #7: Get your own Twitter account and look for people to follow (1 hour)
A lot of bloggers now have Twitter accounts where they announce new blog posts or other things related to SharePoint.
My intention is to follow only people who post stuff related to my work and who doesn't post personal stuff. Not all people post SharePoint related stuff, the things you are interested in or they post to much personal content. Just take a look at the persons tweets and you will know how often they update their stuff and what’s about:
This is the Twitter client I use:
Get your own Twitter account:
You can follow me on Twitter:
Here are the people I like to listen too (the list isn’t complete and there are a lot more people worth to follow):
- @SharePoint, @joeloleson, @andrewconnell, @Harbars, @ChrisO_Brien, @jthake, @wictor, @benjaminathawes
Tip #8: Let you invite to Google+ and build SharePoint circles (1 hour)
Join us at Goolgle+ since it seems to be a (the) new place where people share their content. It’s the same as Twitter so just take a look at a persons posts and you will see if it’s interesting for you or not.
If you need to find people talking about SharePoint you can take a look at the circles people have… often you find people connected because of a topic like SharePoint or just because they are friends.
Tip #9: Less is more so review your information sources (30 minutes)
Sometimes people aren’t up-to-date since they have so much information available that they can’t keep up with the flood. Review the feeds and tweets you get and remove information which you don’t need. This doesn’t mean that the content is bad but it just means that you doesn’t need it right now.
Another alternative is to store content in folders so you know if you need to find something you can use the search to filter it’s contents.
Tip #10: Please share this post and leave a comment (1 minute)
I’m sure this post isn’t complete… please leave a comment so I can add additional tips or share the post with the buttons at the top of the post so that someone else can make useful additions.