Curation has been at the core of our plan since we relaunched Myspace in November. We saw empowering users with the tools to share information about the content they love as the next step in the social web. There are other sites that agree.
As I was heading home on the subway yesterday, I had an interesting discussion with George , our Director of Business Development, on what the “next big thing” will be for social media. In response- and without much thought-I blurted out “social curation”. Those who are unfamiliar with the term, it is process with which the information we uptake relies on what is shared on our social networks. (Currently an official definition does not exist, but I am sure we will see its definition grace the pages of Wikipedia by the end of the year.) Although the sharing of information and news is one of the main tenets of social media, what I was actually referring to in my discussion with George, are the new mobile applications that enhance social curation. Last year, with the launch of the iPad, Flipboard created an application that would curate the content from your social networks and present it to you in the form of a slick and user friend digital magazine.
As the tragic events of Oslo unfolded, so too did the importance of content curation in the social sphere. Some interesting commentary on the reporting of the Oslo massacre by FastCompany further advances the vital role of content curators in piecing together time-lines of events as they actually unfold based on real-time tweets. Now this is nothing new. We know that social media channels, in particular Twitter, have been used for some time in contributing to ‘on the scene’ reporting by citizen journalist. It started to reach the attention of big media around the time of the student uprisings in Iran as a result of the government ’s crackdown on media, and has continued ever since.
Thanks to Tom Foremski and Oliver Starr for inviting me to share my thoughts on curation at last night’s salon, and to the group for a lively discussion. This article is an expansion on the bullet points in my remarks. There is a prior post- What is Curation? - that attempts to professionalize and put some limits around the use of the word, which may be needed- lest I seriously think that I’m curating my garage next time I clean it out.- CMM Does all curation have a viewpoint?
Podcast: Play in new window | Download I am the co-host of a weekly podcast called The Bella Buzz with Desiree Scales , the CEO of Bella Web Design. We have great conversations about topics related to online marketing. I am posting the programs here for the Overflow audience. This is episode 78. I strongly believe that the future of content discovery and presentation on the web will be as a result of curation.
When Luigi first told me he was having fun with Scoop I flashed back to my favourite, and eerily prescient, board game . But no, this was Scoop.it, a reasonably simple system for curating content. WTF? you say. All the smart kids are doing it, not merely finding stuff out there on the web, saving and sharing the links, nor yet finding stuff on the web and blogging about it, but finding stuff on the web and … er … being really focused about the topic that you comment on, save and share the links to.
In the final part of my interview with web video curation expert Steve Rosenbaum, we share some recommendations for you to gather and organize rich and relevant video content from multiple sources for your website – which can improve your search visibility and link popularity, and help you be a trusted source in your area of business or professional expertise.
Our information universe is rapidly expanding as the Internet grows.
For some time, Facebook has been interested in semantic search -- using its social graph and immense amount of information about its users to deliver search results. Some have dismissed the effort , but that's premature and doesn't take into account what Facebook could do with a new hybrid: automatically curated search. A patent granted last month to Facebook describes an approach to search that combines any type of search engine results with the popularity of each result among members of a user's social network. Although some thought the patent was on photo tags , it isn't.
I've been playing all day with the new Threadsy, the new Seesmic desktop, the unreleased Brizzly, the new TweetDeck desktop, and the new PeopleBrowsr. It is very hard to tell these apart. That tells me there's a shakeout coming. Or, there's a billion-dollar opportunity none of them are seeing yet. Here's the opportunity: curation.
Content curation as a blogging model is widely misunderstood by most bloggers and marketers. Many people would tell you that curation is about finding and posting links of related material around a certain topic or keyword. And they would be wrong if the goal was to get people and search engines to appreciate and react to said content. (And if your goal is to use curation as a means to get attention, then make money, from what you are doing.)
What’s the law around aggregating news online? A Harvard Law report on the risks and the best practices[So much of the web is built around aggregation — gathering together interesting and useful things from around the Internet and presenting them in new ways to an audience. It's the foundation of blogging and social media. But it's also the subject of much legal debate, particularly among the news organizations whose material is often what's being gathered and presented. Kimberley Isbell of our friends the Citizen Media Law Project has assembled a terrific white paper on the current state of the law surrounding aggregation — what courts have approved, what they haven't, and where the (many) grey areas still remain.
Read Some More Up until a few weeks ago I had a Content Curation methodology I was happy with, then something changed. Part of successful Blogging is reading a lot, and I mean a lot. I have often got 2 or 3 books on the go. I’m scanning Twitter and Google+ hourly, I subscribed to some key source newsletters, download white-papers and have hundreds of feeds in Google Reader .
The following is an excerpt from Curation Nation by Steven Rosenbaum, CEO of video site Magnify.net . Curation Nation tracks the growing use of human filters for the daily info deluge overflowing our lives. Rosenbaum believes computerized curation is on its way out, and human curators are the future of media. We are publishing two excerpts from Curation Nation over the next two days, and today you’ll learn about the entrepreneurs blazing a trial for content curators.
It all started with the printing press. The printing press was the first piece of technology that enabled information to pass rapidly to the world's people. Because of it, books and newspapers were created that inspired uprisings and cultural transformations in religion, government and society. It was at this time that the first "editors" were established to help create and and deliver information to people in their communities. Further down the line, information was distributed via media like radio, television and magazines, each meticulously curated by trusted editors in a field or community. Over the last couple of decades, we saw the birth of the Internet, which enabled hundreds of years of information from all of these platforms to be digitized and made searchable online.