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Part 1: Why We Need It

Part 1: Why We Need It
The time it takes to follow and go through multiple web sites and blogs takes tangible time, and since most sources publish or give coverage to more than one topic, one gets to browse and scan through lots of useless content just for the sake of finding what is relevant to his specific interest. Even in the case of power-users utilizing RSS feed readers, aggregators and filters, the amount of junk we have to sift through daily is nothing but impressive, so much so, that those who have enough time and skills to pick the gems from that ocean of tweets, social media posts and blog posts, enjoy a fast increasing reputation and visibility online. Photo credit: dsharpie and franckreporter mashed up by Robin Good "What we need to get much better at is scaling that system so you don't have to pay attention to everything, but you don't miss the stuff you care about..."Ev Williams at a Girls in Tech event at Kicklabsvia Stowe Boyd's blog The Problem That is the the essence. Is that sustainable? Why?

Part 4: Process, Key Tasks, Workflow I have received a lot of emails from readers asking to illustrate more clearly what the actual typical tasks of a news curator are, and what are the tools that someone would need to use to carry them out. In Part 4 and 5 of this guide I am looking specifically at both the workflow, the tasks involved as well as at the attributes, qualities and skills that a newsmaster, or real-time news curator should have. 1. Identify NicheIdentify your specific topic-theme. The more specific, the better. The broader your coverage the less relevant it will be to your readers, unless you are already a very popular individual that people trust on a number od different topics. Sequence your selected news stories to provide the most valuable information reading experience to your readers. There are likely more tasks and elements to the news curator workflow that I have been able to identify right here. Please feel free to suggest in the comment area, what you think should be added to this set of tasks.

Readness: A Last.fm for News. Now why hasn’t this been done before? Over the last week or so I’ve been testing a new social news service called Readness. The site installs a browser plugin that tracks (or scrobbles) what you’re reading online and instantly delivers high quality recommendations based on what you and your friends read. If you’re anything like me, you’re already excited and wondering why this hasn’t been done before. The app, built the UK based developer of popular iPhone newsreader Broadersheet, is currently in stealth mode so expect hiccups, but for a preview release it’s already slotted neatly into my list of favorite tools (must make a list of them one day). So how does it really work. Once you’ve signed up (via Facebook) and installed the plugin (Chrome only at the moment), it will scrobble all the articles you read from a select white list of publishers. The real magic happens once you visit Readness.com again after some time browsing your favorite news sources. There’s no shortage of ideas for where Readness could go.

Real-Time News Curation - The Complete Guide Part 2: Aggregation Is Not Curation We are no longer just consumers of content, we have become curators of it too. In Part 1 of this Guide I have introduced why we really need real-time news curation and what is the basic idea behind it (Part 1 - Real-Time News Curation, Newsmastering And Newsradars - The Complete Guide Part 1: Why We Need It). In Part 2 I want to continue illustrating what "real-time news curation" is all about, and more specifically why it differs from automatic aggregation, and why you really need a human being to do it. Photo credit: Creativaimage Back in 2004, I wrote an article entitled: The Birth of The Newsmaster. It was my first public realization, that a real-time news curator, which I labeled at the time a "newsmaster", was soon due. The explosion of RSS-based information channels and my early experiments with it, led me to think that whoever, like Robert Scoble was claiming to be able to follow hundreds of thousands of news feed sources, would have had to soon question his assessments. No. Why?

Newscron, l’innovativo aggregatore di notizie: intervista al COO Patrick Lardi Newscron Internet sta diventando sempre più la fonte principale dalla quale attingere le notizie e le ultime novità su svariati temi. La possibilità di avere accesso a un infinito bacino di articoli, video e foto fa del web un vero concentrato di sapere. Ma anche di caos. Like us on Facebook Abbiamo parlato di Newscron proprio con uno dei fondatori, Patrick Lardi, attualmente COO nella società: "L'idea nasce dalla volontà di risolvere il problema di sovraccarico d'informazioni, problema che andrà solo peggiorando visto che nei prossimi anni l'informazione disponibile sul web aumenterà in modo esponenziale. Newscron è rivolto agli utenti che vogliono rimanere informati ma che non hanno intenzione di perdere tempo prezioso: "È un aggregatore di notizie che consente di essere meglio informati in meno tempo", ci dice Lardi. C'è da dire che questo non è di certo il primo aggregatore di notizie presente su App Store e Google Play.

Part 3: Types And Real-World Examples Part III: Curation Types and Real-World Examples There exists many types of curation, and many ways to interpret what curation really is. As I have attempted to illustrate in Part II of this guide, in my own view, aggregation is automated and it is not the same as curation. As I wrote, "aggregation is automated, curation is manual". This does not mean that curation does not need or can do altogether away of any form of automated aggregation or social-based filtering. That is, curation for me, is by definition human-based. 1. 2. 3. 4. But I also do recognize I am venturing in some uncharted new grounds and I am therefore open to question and evaluate my own above viewpoints also from other perspectives. "I believe that there is a role for trusted curators of news, people who have unique access or unique insight, who can get to news more quickly than anybody else, or dive into it more deeply. Types of Curation 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. 8. 1) Curated News Summaries and Lists of Links FeedMyApp Wikio

Quote and Comment Manifesto For The Content Curator: The Next Big Social Media Job Of The Future ? Every hour thousands of new videos are uploaded online. Blog posts are written and published. Millions of tweets and other short messages are shared. To say there is a flood of content being created online now seems like a serious understatement. The real question is whether solutions like these will be enough. What if you were to ask about the person that makes sense of it all? The name I would give it is Content Curator. In an attempt to offer more of a vision for someone who might fill this role, here is my crack at a short manifesto for someone who might take on this job: In the near future, experts predict that content on the web will double every 72 hours. After writing this, I can't help but wonder if there might already be people out there with this title. Link to original post

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Part 5: The Curator Attributes And Skills What skills do I need to have if I want to be an effective real-time news curator? Can I just pick the best headlines and links on my topic of interest or do I need to do know / do more? What makes a great news curator stand out from those who do automatic aggregation or from bloggers who create simple news stories lists? Photo credit: thesuperph In the previous parts of this Guide to Real-Time News Curation I have looked at what are the key problems giving way to the emergence of real-time news curation, at the differences between automatic aggregation and filtering and human-powered manual curation. In Part 4 I have gone through the newsmaster workflow, the tasks and specific responsibilities and in Part 5, I am covering the key attributes, qualities and skills a successful real-time news curator must have. Here is what I have discovered: Key Attributes - Qualities of a Real-Time News Curator 1) Subject Matter Expertise Source Familiarity - Good connections network 2) Relevance 3) Trust

iTunes models for news? What publishers can learn from mflow An iTunes model for news may be a phantom, but publishers wanting to make money from content online can still learn from the experiences of the music sector. The latest launch in this area is the music sharing-and-buying startup mflow – a fantastic model which I think can offer a lot of ideas to publishers. Here’s how it works: You follow other people and see what music they’re sharing (‘flowing’). What’s interesting Music consumption is highly social and mflow recognises this. What publishers could learn from this: News consumption is highly social. Any other ideas? Like this: Like Loading...

Can 'Curation' Save Media? Part 6: The Tools Universe Real-Time News Curation: Part 6 - The Tools and Technologies In this part of the guide you will find: 1. A Brief History of News Curation Tools 2. The 15 Basic Traits of a News / Content Curation System 3. 4. 5. "I've spent a good deal of time searching for a word other than "Curation" in part because of the connection to museums (which I feared sounded elitist and historic). 1) A Brief History of News Curation Tools The first news curation tools that I am aware of came out in late 2004 - early 2005, reflecting from the very beginning a growing need for both small publishers as well as for medium and large content publishers to be able to aggregate, filter and manually re-order and select the specific content items to be published in a news channel. MySyndicaat, whose parent company, Kipcast has now grown into a multi-faceted service providing advanced news aggregation and republishing widgets for online brands and media companies, has been the true pioneer of this space. b. filter and 1. 2.

Ex-Google News, Bing Engineers Set Out To Build ‘Newspaper Of The Future’ Delivering news digitally in a personalized manner is a nut many a startup – as well as many established Internet companies and publishers – are desperately trying to crack. A newly-founded Palo Alto startup called Hawthorne Labs is one of them. Today, the company released their first application, dubbed APOLLO, for the iPad (iTunes link – screenshots and video below). Their lofty ambition is to become the number one daily destination of top personalized news content from around the Web, build a genuine Newspaper of the Future™, and thus “deliver the final blow to the newspaper industry”. Apollo is quite similar to Pandora in that it uses an algorithm (using factors such as time spent on articles, sources favorited, articles liked/not-liked as well as social elements like Twitter and Facebook mentions and similar peoples’ tastes etc.) to help users discover the best content for them in a variety of categories (Top News, Business, Tech, Sports and so on).

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