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The issue of duplicate content is a rather contentious one in the world of Search-Engine Optimization. There were for many years – and perhaps still to this day – myths floating round about duplicate content penalties.
You see, back when search engines first started to become popular, it was easy to rank in the top spots for your keywords by stuffing your website full of keywords. The black hat community used the same article on multiple pages and the search engines gave them good rankings. Thankfully, the algorithms are much more sophisticated these days and so are the users...
Via Martin Gysler
This is one of those gems that I love to share. It was written by Gideon Rosenblatt in response to an earlier article written by Eli Pariser, "The Filter Bubble", which is about the way algorithms (based on our personal searches) affect the results that are returned to us, as a result, we're not seeing the whole picture.
"Computer algorithms aren't the only thing contributing to the 'Internet Filter Bubble."
**In the world of the information networker, curating content is only half the game. The other half is curating the curators.
**In that power to choose our connections, rests our ultimate power to reshape our information filter bubbles and radically improve our perception of reality.
**Who we choose to connect with in our social networks deeply affects our ability to see a diversity of information.
My takeaway from this is that whereas technology may restrict the results returned to us by search engines, the other, and perhaps more important half of the equation is controlled by us! It is well documented that we are more likely to influenced by our circle of friends and associates than by anything else that we may find (or that may find us!).
By effectively curating our circles of influence, we increase the value of this ever important means of discovery and therefore of our entire online experience.
**This in turn can make us far more effective and informative curators, when we widen our own circles.
Curated by Jan Gordon covering "Content Curation, Social Business and Beyond"
Read the full article: [http://bit.ly/AxRrEr]
Via janlgordon, k3hamilton
Amanda Bell, grammar school principle looks at content curation today and feels barrier to entry is nonexistent and may be hampering our ability to find information that has any depth and may not be accurate. She worries that this will not be good especially for young people who are just starting out beginning to learn about the world.
I say, curation is a news delivery system for those who have already found their trusted sources and a research tool for those who have not. We're at the beginning stages on content curation, cream always rises to the top. I am definitely of the opinion that those who are driven to learn and understand something will delve deeper to find the truth no matter what.
What do you think?
In an article posted by Popova about Eli Pariser's new book, The Filter Bubble: Algorithm vs Curator & the Value of Serendipity, she asks whether it is a good thing that the web filters content for us.
It can be argued that old media (newspapers, radio, television) have always been selective and in more recent times their reach has spread beyond a single city or country. In fact, there has been global sanitising of the media networks' news headlines owing to the immediacy of access to information (including each other's information) thanks to effective and fast new communication technologies.
The question here, however, is whether the role of curator is any more sophisticated in these online contexts than the old media position of editor.