Curation tools. A tweet from @Scobleizer about "curation" The Seven Needs of Real-Time Curators. 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. Look at this post here, I can link to Tweets, and point out good ones, right? But NONE of the real time tools/systems like Google Buzz, Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, Flickr, give curators the tools that they need to do their work efficiently. As you read these things they were ordered (curated) in this order for a reason. This is a guide for how we can build “info molecules” that have a lot more value than the atomic world we live in now. A curator is an information chemist. 1. 2. 3. 4. First rough sketch of storystreaming platform, Twitter first. Here is a very rough look at how a storystreaming platform could be used to make sense of the confusing flood of information coming out of social media streams.
To keep thing simple, the mockup only shows how Twitter sources might work. The final implementation would take information from many different sources. Make sure to click on the image to see the full-sized version. The stream management system is shown on the left, and one possible version of a “published” storystream is on the right. Here is a quick explanation of the stream management system. Pump The main feed will be a stream of tweets based on a Twitter search. Repeated messages will not show in the top pane, instead, they’ll show once in the bottom pane shows, along with the number of times they have been retweeted. Filter Holding bin The holding bin is where questionable tweets go for further investigation and verification when time permits. Storystream Storystream editor Thoughts? Tools. The Best of Journalism (2009) - Conor Friedersdorf - Metablog - Throughout 2009, I kept a running list of the best journalism I encountered.
Although I endeavored to remain as impartial as possible, note that I’ve been an employee of The Atlantic , that I’d eagerly write for numerous publications that received awards, that I have too many friends/acquaintances/professional contacts in journalism to disclose them all, and that the number of pieces I miss every year far exceeds the number I’m able to read. In other words, this isn’t an infallible account of journalism’s best, but I aim to make it the best roundup that any one person can offer, one of these years I intend to do better than the committees who pick the Pulitzer Prizes and National Magazine Awards (the pressure’s on, especially since you guys charge entry fees), and if nothing else my effort encompasses writing that is well worth your time. The 2008 awards are here , and you can get exceptional journalism throughout the year by following JournoCurator on Twitter. The Washington Post Esquire. Emmet Labs. #The99percent Conference.