There are more and more signs that Content Curation is starting to “grow up”. The tools are maturing, ever more impressive cases are being created and interest from investors is rising. However - yet to come – are long-term, consistent and sustainable business models.
Journalism is thriving thanks in no small part to the role and importance of the online media curator. The art of information gathering, analysis and dissemination has arguably been strengthened over the last several years, and given rise and importance to a new role: the journalistic curator.
Time is now a multiplier because of Curation. Marketing messages before new media had a short lifespan. Now, digital content (emails, YouTube vids, FB posts) live forever. We’re curating our online lives into indexed, searchable content.
Bhargava riffed on seven social media trends we should expect to see in 2011: Likeonomics, Curation, Visualized Data, Desperate Simplification, Addictive Randomness, Brutal Transparency and Approachable Celebrity.
What’s the Next Big Thing after social networking? I think we are already witnessing a paradigm shift – a move away from simple social sharing towards personalized, relevant content. The key element of the next big thing is the increasing significance of the Interest Graph to complement the Social Graph.
For years the mighty hypertext link has served as the web's traffic signal network. Links guide where our clicks, attention and, therefore, money flows. It has given rise to multi-billion-dollar businesses and even entire industries. As the blockbuster AOL/HuffingtonPost deal shows, we truly do live in what Jeff Jarvis calls "The Link Economy." But maybe just maybe that economy could be peaking.
David Clinch, the editorial director of Storyful, interviewed about curation, Storyful as a newssite, as a professional news agency and as a personal curation tool. Clinch also talks about the challenges facing journalism today but says: "There is no algorithm for journalism". Clinch therefore recommends multilayer journalism, a combination of user generation content, curation and professional journalism.
The art of curation isn’t about the individual pieces of content, but about how these pieces fit together, what story they tell by being placed next to each other, and what statement the context they create makes about culture and the world at large. Great curation is also about pattern-recognition – seeing various pieces of culture and spotting similarities across them that paint a cohesive picture of a larger trend.
A New York Times story says that blogging is on the decline, especially among young people, who are using social networks like Facebook instead. But blogging is arguably still growing rapidly. What’s really happening, is that what blogging represented even four or five years ago has evolved into much more of a continuum of publishing.
This is a guide for how we can build “info molecules” that have a lot more value than the atomic world we live in now. Thousands of these atoms flow across our screens in tools like Seesmic, Google Reader, Tweetdeck, Tweetie, Simply Tweet, Twitroid, etc. A curator is an information chemist. He or she mixes atoms together in a way to build an info-molecule. Then adds value to that molecule. So, what are the seven needs of real time curators?
So, what type of content really works? It can be best summed up in two words: value-based content. Too often, the people that run brands will say: "we have to be publishing content," or "we need to get more content out there." Publishing content for the sake of publishing content adds little to no value.
Social networks are changing the way consumers obtain information about products and services. Nearly everyone — except for Prince, who has declared the internet dead — is tying to get in in the action.
An interesting aspect of the culture of sharing on social networks is that of content curation. This is the act of pointing your followers to content from other people. If you do online book or music reviews, you're curating content. When you blog about other people’s work you're curating content.
The sale of the Huffington Post has drawn new attention to the use of behind-the-scenes tactics to get search engine users to visit Web sites. Rich Skrenta, Blekko: SEO can…"turn into a “heroin drip” for publishers” Lewis Dvorkin, Forbes: “Search is, in my mind, yesterday’s story,”