• To get the most benefit, users must somehow engage and interact actively in the conversation, which takes time.
• Although all these media can elicit some really excellent points, users have to spend time themselves weeding through the comments and tweets that are off-topic for their particular interest at the moment.
• finding content from the established thought leaders in the field, rather than from unknown voices with unknown quality; and
• reading content where someone has already spent time aggregating or summarizing the best stuff from other raw materials.
• RSS feeds with short article summaries: Since respondents were looking for mechanisms to help navigate through all of the available content, we'll be working on improving our RSS feed capabilities. Readers may not be aware that we provide abstracts of our accepted technical articles, along with links to the full paper in the Digital Library, before they appear in print at http://feeds.pheedo.com/ieee_software. We'll be working on trying to incorporate more of our content in more user-friendly ways for readers to get a synopsis of the technical "meat" and decide whether they want to investigate further. RSS feeds were one of the rare digital content devices that seemed useful to a majority of all of our survey respondents.
• Blogs by thought leaders: Our board members already write a number of blogs on hot topics in the software field, all of which you can find linked at our Computing Now page: www.computer.org/cn/software. We have some additional ideas for new blogs in the pipeline, which I hope to be able to discuss in future issues. We'll also be working on better ways to push new blog articles out to you and highlight hot topics being discussed.
• Video interviews for special issues: Our guest editors are looking for ways to provide short summaries that will boil down for you the highlights of what you need to know about each special issue.
• Podcasts of articles and other content: You can get each department from Grady Booch ( www.computer.org/portal/web/cn/onarchitecture) and Neil Maiden ( www.computer.org/portal/web/cn/software-requirements-talk) available as a podcast. Going forward, we'll be working on making yet more of our content available in this way so that you can catch up with more of your favorite authors in the car, on the bike, or during your commute.