What do you do after you travel across the world to help build a big enterprise, tech-heavy, company that gets acquired by Microsoft for $800 million? If you're Egyptian former TellMe senior engineer Ramy Adeeb , apparently you start a new social bookmarking service.
M&A deals in the curation space
Perhaps you won't believe me since it's my job to spread the gospel of curation as the Chief Evangelist of Pearltrees, but I think curation is here to stay. These are the reasons why I believe this is the case. This year there has been a tremendous amount of buzz in Silicon Valley about curation.
Pearltrees is the first and largest social curation community on the Internet. It’s your place to organize, discover and share all the cool content you find online. However, beyond this definition, a question remains: why would I want to use Pearltrees? Part of the difficulty in answering this question is to do so without simply listing highly specific uses for a certain kind of user. For instance: · Pearltrees for community managers, · Pearltrees for developers · Pearltrees for journalists · Pearltrees for astronauts …(you get the idea) So here are 6 general ways to use Pearltrees:
By Nour Malas Russian investor Yuri Milner — whose firm has invested in fast-growing start ups like Facebook Inc. — said Wednesday that a good cue to exit investments is when the company’s founders start to exit. Reuters
In a labyrinth of content, consumers have always looked to opinion leaders who could edit content for them and direct them towards relevant information. Oprah ‘s book club moved masses of people towards her recommended list of books and authors. The web is facing the very same crisis today. A plethora of information that is strenuous to navigate through, we rely on peers and opinion leaders to direct us to safe ports, where we can find the supplies that we seek.
Posted by Tom Foremski - July 13, 2010 Richard Waters in an article at FT.com (Subscription required): Groups magnify chances of Google hits Companies with a high page rank are in a strong position to move into new markets. By "pointing" to this new information from their existing sites they can pass on some of their existing search engine aura, guaranteeing them more prominence.
WordPress , the biggest blog software platform on the Web, has added a "reblogging" curation feature much like the smaller innovative service Tumblr has offered for years. It's another chapter in the race to decrease friction in sharing your favorite Web content with friends. If the previous era of innovation on the Web was fundamentally characterized by the democratization of publishing and content creation, the next era may be based on finding solutions for building value on top of all that newly published data. Much of that value capture will be performed by machines, but tools for humans could be a game changer as well. As we wrote yesterday , Google VP Marissa Mayer says the average person uploaded 15 times more data in 2009 than they did just three years ago.
In just the past year I’ve clicked to fave 18,456 Tweets . It’s a stunning number, if you think about it, and I don’t know of any other tech blogger who has done more faves. What am I learning? Well, for one, there’s important stuff that gets written that doesn’t get on Techmeme. Yes, the important stuff does, like when a blogger for Gizmodo gets his house broken into by the cops.
Tweet: Content farms v curating farmers: Deeper insights in Demand Media’s model & finding opportunity in finding quality. I spent an hour on the phone the other day with Steven Kydd, exec VP of Demand Studios , to understand their model—using algorithms to assign content creation based on search and advertising demand and to minimize cost and maximize revenue—because I wanted to learn a deeper layer of lessons than I think we’re hearing in the discussion of Demand’s allegedly evil genius. The talk thus far misses their key insight and the opportunities they create. Much of what I see online is fear that Demand Media—with the slightly rechristened “Aol.” following fast behind—will cheapen content and flood the internet—that is, search results—with crap that’s just good enough to fool algorithms.
Steve Rosenbaum is the CEO of Magnify.net , a video Curation and Publishing platform. Rosenbaum is a blogger, video maker and documentarian. You can follow him on Twitter @magnify and read more about Curation at CurationNation.org .
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