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What Is a Curator in Chief?

What Is a Curator in Chief?
Neil Sanderson is the Chief Curator at Eqentia--a software platform service that enables professional users and organizations to easily aggregate, curate and republish the news that's important to them. Eqentia's sites are both public and private--with some of the more public ones including Visability Marketing ( and Slices of Boulder ( which is a local news website for Boulder, Colorado. More than 50 of the portals can be found at I asked Neil what a 'Chief Curator' does. And while technology is critical for his job--the key component of curation is human--as Sanderson explains: "I provide human curation of our customers' portals during the final stages of development when we are optimizing the system and training our customers to take on the curation role themselves. So, what kind of background does it take to be a Curator in the new world? Today--Sanderson says the man / machine mix is critical. Related:  CurationJournalism

Bloomstein @ SXSW 2011 Creation, curation, and the ethics of content strategy Viral Journalism and the Valley of Ambiguity How much does search engine optimization play into how effectively a story is picked up virally? If a story contains rhetoric that is more likely to get passed on, even if it's "important" — famous names, scandal — does that play a role? Take recaps, here and elsewhere: I'm slowly drifting away from them because they seem to be increasingly simple plot recounts that go over the sexy sexiness of sexy sex and the fabulous fabulousness of fabulous fabulousness. Although recaps of the former type might be pop culture cotton candy, I can see how they'd be more likley to be shared than a close reading of a shot sequence. In general, nobody shares recaps. SEO will polish your turd, but it doesn't mean people will want to smell it. I was using recaps of an example of the kind of article packed with easy-to-digest rhetoric, and suggesting that articles with similar easy-to-digest rhetoric would be more likely to break the viral barrier than others. It's possible that this is generational.

Why Content Curation Is Here to Stay Steve Rosenbaum is the CEO of, a video Curation and Publishing platform. Rosenbaum is a blogger, video maker and documentarian. You can follow him on Twitter @magnify and read more about Curation at For website content publishers and content creators, there's a debate raging as to the rights and wrongs of curation. The debate pits creators against curators, asking big questions about the rules and ethical questions around content aggregation. In trying to understand the issue and the new emerging rules, I reached out to some of the experts who are weighing in on how curation could help creators and web users have a better online experience. The Issues at Hand Content aggregation (the automated gathering of links) can be seen on sites like Google News. But all that changes with curation — the act of human editors adding their work to the machines that gather, organize and filter content. Who are curators? Where We Stand Now

Why Social Media Reinvigorates the Market for Quality Journalism Social media has created a human filter for quality content. The social web, like the old water cooler, favors conversations around news and even in-depth journalism that may not otherwise receive the exposure it deserves. Recent analysis of the most-tweeted stories from The Daily iPad app revealed that users shared more hard news stories over gossip and opinion pieces. This doesn't necessarily mean these are the stories most people are reading. The gossip articles (or “fluff” pieces) often out-perform news items in pageviews, often because that is what people are searching for. The incentive to share quality content is simple: A person may be more likely to read gossip, but they may share a news piece to shape their followers' perception of them. Searching for Quality The public perception was a non-factor, and users were more likely to share softer stories or those based on utility. So what about search? The Human Quality Vote For true quality, sometimes it takes a human touch.

The 5 Models Of Content Curation Curation has always been an underrated form of creation. The Getty Center in Los Angeles is one of the most frequently visited museums in America – and started as a private art collection from one man (J. Paul Getty) who had a passion for art. One of the hottest trends in social media right now is content curation – thanks in no small part to the leading efforts of several thought leaders actively promoting the idea. What Is Content Curation? Back in 2009 I published a blog post called the “Manifesto For The Content Curator” which predicted that this role would be one of the fastest growing and most important jobs of the future. Content Curation is a term that describes the act of finding, grouping, organizing or sharing the best and most relevant content on a specific issue. The 5 Models Of Content Curation Content curation is certainly an emerging space and one where more and more thought leaders will continue to share their voices. Interested in learning more about content curation?

The Human Algorithm When I became a reporter, almost 20 years ago, my job was to dig up scarce, precious facts and deliver them to a passive audience. Today, scarcity has been replaced by an unimaginable surplus and that audience is actively building its own newsroom. Journalists the world over are struggling to cope with a social and mobile tsunami of ‘user generated content’, to use an increasingly inadequate phrase. A common mistake for those seeking to cope with this profound disruption is to confuse technology with innovation. Genuine innovation requires a fundamental shift in how journalists think about their role in a changed world. I find it helps to think of curation as three central questions: * Discovery: How do we find valuable social media content? Without a doubt, verification is the greatest challenge. With some like-minded souls, I founded Storyful in early 2010. This video records the ebb and flow of a pitched battle between riot police and protestors on the Qasr al Nile bridge in Cairo.

Startups and Buffer Team Up on Tools to Curate the Web Two startups aimed at tackling the problem of excessive noise on Twitter are combining forces. Twitter-powered new reader is partnering with tweet-scheduler Buffer to surface the top stories in your social stream each day and tweet them at regular intervals. Think of as an automated curator of stories in your social stream. Its algorithm finds what the people you are following are tweeting about them presents them to the user in a manner reminiscent of Reddit or Digg, though combined with the social graph, the way XYDO does. You can then load those stories into your Buffer queue and they will be tweeted throughout the day. Tools For A Curated Web Curation (or aggregation) has been a Web buzzword for a couple of years, thanks to the explosion of blogs and social media adding amazing amounts of content to the Internet. and Buffer are complimentary pieces in the puzzle of a curated Web. Strength In Numbers Against the Competition

Amway Journalism Like uninsured New Agers afflicted by terminal illness, journalists facing the collapse of their industry are turning in desperation to faith healers, quacks, and hucksters of all sorts. The new media charlatans’ latest cure-all is a toxic concoction of marketing-seminar bluff and hypnotic technobabble. They call it “entrepreneurial journalism.” They’re even selling it on college campuses now. According to the label, this new blend is an invigorating panacea for a distressed profession. At a basic level, entrepreneurial journalism means going freelance and devoting countless hours to Twitter in order to promote your Personal Brand™. Pictured: a very good business plan. / Photo by SEOPlanter. As with all good cons, this one begins with a dose of common sense. They tell aging, ulcerous newspaper reporters, “Don’t sit around waiting for the pink slip! Having launched a few unprofitable websites of my own, I certainly understand the appeal of the journopreneurial message. He goes on:

Maria Popova: In a new world of informational abundance, content curation is a new kind of authorship Editor’s Note: Maria Popova is the editor of Brain Pickings, a curation of “cross-disciplinary interestingness” that scours the world of the web and beyond for share-worthy tidbits. Here, she considers how new approaches to curation are changing the way we consume and share information. Last week, Megan Garber wrote an excellent piece on whether Twitter is speech or text. Yet despite a number of insightful and timely points, I’d argue there is a fundamental flaw with the very dichotomy of the question. While Twitter can certainly be both, it’s inherently neither. And trying to classify it within one or both of these conventional checkboxes completely misses the point that we might, in fact, have to invent an entirely new checkbox. I, of course, make no claim to using Twitter as it “should” be used. Twitter as discovery Like any appropriated buzzword, the term “curation” has become nearly vacant of meaning. And lest we forget, text itself is an invention, a technology.