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Content Curation Is Listening and Engaging

Content Curation Is Listening and Engaging
Content curation is the organizing, filtering and “making sense of” information on the web and sharing the very best pieces of content that you’ve cherry picked with your network. But finding and organizing the information is only half of the task. As Mari Smith points out in this video about why curation is important and some tools for doing it. By sharing the information and giving credit to the source where you found the link, you build relationships and a network. I used to describe this process as “Listening and Engaging” but really like focusing it the process around a content strategy – makes listening and engaging much more actionable. Last week, I helped launch a peer exchange for Packard Foundation for Children’s Health Insurance grantees with Spitfire Communications (creators of the SMART chart). Bruce Lesley is one of a growing number of nonprofit executive directors and senior leaders that use Twitter. What do the experts say? Related:  Descriptions

Curated Social Media Comes Of Age During Oslo Attacks This past year, social media replaced traditional news outlets as an unrivaled source of information for at least a few era-defining stories: Twitter broke the Osama Bin Laden story and YouTube became the window into the Arab Spring. Backed by a compelling history of performance, journalists rushed to their Twitter accounts over the past few days to speed up the painfully slow unraveling of the Norway massacre news. The problem is, the fire hose that is an unfiltered hashtag feed such as, say, #osloexpl, provides quality journalism embedded in a haystack of foreign languages, unlinked comments, and even the odd Star Wars quote (see below). So a few technically savvy outlets, including The Washington Post, found that by editorially curating quality social media channels, they could cut out the noise associated with a raw Twitter feed and still relay key information at Internet speed. Raw social media feeds are not without merit.

Types of Curation Part 1 of a two part series… There are several different types of curation. In fact, there are almost as many types of curation as there are definitions of what exactly curation is. But there are only two, count them, TWO types of curation that can be monetized well and used for brand-building. [box type="info" size="large" style="rounded"]Curation is basically a content marketing tactic. With that in mind, there are two major types of curation happening today: Real-time curation, andBlog Curation (or Curated Hubs) Real-Time Curation This is the realm of curation that is personified by people like Robert Scoble, Guy Kawasaki, and Mari Smith. Real-time curation is all about being in-the-know and reporting on the latest breaking news and new information around a specific topic range. Kawasaki is the hardest to put into a box. The real-time curator relies on the same tools as anyone does to pick up on the latest news and information. Monetization of Real-Time Curation

Curation: A Core Competency for Learning Professionals In my first two posts for Learning Circuits, I explored how I use Twitter as a professional development tool, and last week we looked at Filtering: A Challenge and Responsibility for Learning Professionals. This week we're going to explore filtering further, and explain how learning professionals will provide filtering services on an increasing basis. There are two primary ways that filtering will impact learning professionals. It’s also something that needs to be learned. So the first impact of learning and performance professionals is to assist workers with understanding and applying filtering skills; the second impact is of greater importance, and will become a core competency in the near future. What is curation? Consider the most common example of curation: the museum curator. Of course, museum curators are highly trained and educated in doing this. A large percentage of learning and skill building is done informally. · Aggregation: Gathering and sharing relevant content.

Conscious Curation « SweetMedia 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? Does all curation have a viewpoint? Two different curators can create vastly different views on a topic by how they frame it. In any curation, what is omitted is as if not more important than what is included. How is curation different than a mere filter or editorial slant? Yet, the word curation has a higher bar: it implies a sense of care over the longterm, of preserving and assembling a special group of items or content or speakers. What’s different in Live versus Digital curation? With live events, versus the self guided tour of digital media, we have at least 2 additional dimensions to work with. The interplay between Live Events and their Digital Artifacts Expansion of forums for curation- digital and otherwise

Content curation: How to master information overload to become a great curator « Interactive marketing, PR and social media services in Northern Virginia Content curation: How to master information overload to become a great curator Author: Mayra Ruiz-McPherson Content curation – the act of gather relevant, useful resources, information and online content to share on a consistent basis with interested readers interested in a given topic — is one of the fundamentals of today’s digital content marketing. This very blog makes an effort to curate information in the social media space in an easy-to-follow, easy-to-understand format without a lot of “soapboxing” or excess. A key factor impacting the ability to curate, as one can imagine, is knowing what to curate and from where. The “from where” seems to be the most logical place to start. Long time internet entrepreneur and content marketer Jack Humphrey of shares a few of his tips for content curation for those needing to find the best place to start: Humphrey also uses aggregators like to help him discover new stuff he can report.

The Information Diet: Not Just A Book, A Movement For Conscious Consumption of Information I’ve been curating resources and teaching workshops on the topic of information coping skills for a couple of years. I first became interested in the topic after reading David Shenk’s “Data Smog” in 1998 using the metaphor of environmental problems to talk about the dangers of having too much online information, primarily email. This was in the era before Facebook and there was far less information available compared today. (My favorite practical principle from Shenk was “Give A Hoot, Don’t Email Pollute” when talking about the need for developing will power in consuming and sharing digital information.) Click Through to Amazon and Get This Book! So when I heard about Clay Johnson’s The Information Diet: The Case for Conscious Consumption that uses the metaphor of the obesity epidemic and sustainable food production to frame and discuss how the problem impacts us today, 14 years later, I immediately put the book on my plate! 1. Now, that’s inspiring! See also this review in the Atlantic

The Content Strategist as Digital Curator The term “curate” is the interactive world’s new buzzword. During content creation and governance discussions, client pitches and creative brainstorms, I’ve watched this word gain traction at almost warp speed. As a transplant from museums and libraries into interactive media, I can’t help but ask what is it about this word that deserves redefinition for the web? Article Continues Below Curation has a distinguished history in cultural institutions. For a long time, we’ve considered digital objects such as articles, slideshows, and video to be short-lived. Consider some examples: Topics employs content managers who sift through The Times’ archive to create new meaning by grouping articles and resources that were filed away (or distributed to library databases). More commercially, NBC Universal’s video site Hulu takes videos sourced from multiple networks and then rearranges them into collections that give a new perspective to the collection as a whole. What’s the payoff?

How to Curate Like a RockstarScoop Whether you’ve been curating on for a while or you’re just joining us, we want to provide you with some great ways to reach everyone’s ultimate goal: to be a rockstar curator! Here are some of our best tips: 1. Create a topic that you’re passionate about. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. 8. 9. 10. Now that you know the secrets, it’s time to get curating! And, don’t hesitate to add some tips of your own in the comments!