Future of Curation
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I keep hearing people throw around the word “curation” at various conferences, most recently at SXSW. The thing is most of the time when I dig into what they are saying they usually have no clue about what curation really is or how it could be applied to the real-time world. So, over the past few months I’ve been talking to tons of entrepreneurs about the tools that curators actually need and I’ve identified seven things. First, who does curation? Bloggers, of course, but blogging is curation for Web 1.0.
What is content curation and why is it so important for the future of web content publishers? The content curator is the next emerging disruptive role in the content creation and distribution chain. In a world submerged by a flood of information, content curators may provide in the coming months and years a new, tremendously valuable service to anyone looking for quality information online: a personalized, qualified selection of the best and most relevant content and resources on a very specific topic or theme. Photo credit: Luna Vandoorne Vallejo
Every hour thousands of new videos are uploaded online. Blog posts are written and published. Millions of tweets and other short messages are shared.
The new frontiers for content curation tools and services are in a) providing advanced collaborative (" social )" features and in b) introducing and integrating new and effective, highly visual, delivery formats. Photo credit: CaraMaria Curating content and news is not just about the selection, editing and contextualization of stories about a specific topic or theme, but it is increasingly about how these information items are (collaboratively) gathered, organized, grouped, displayed and in which ways they can be accessed and browsed by those interested in them. For me, one of the most fascinating aspects of this exploding content curation trend, is the speculative exploration of how " curated " content collections could best benefit from alternative and more effective delivery formats than the classic linear, top-to-bottom, chronological, river-of-news sequence.
Last Monday Scoop.it was invited by pariSoma to partake in a panel discussing: “ is curation the future of the Social Web? ” With Burt Herman from Storify and Chris McCann from StartupDigest , Guillaume Decugis our CEO, discussed the new social behavior that curation represents online. The debate was moderated by Ben Parr , Mashable’s editor-at-large.