"The goal isn't to curate and aggregate the content into neat little packages but to cut up the information to unlock trends and insight.
"Is information overload a problem our new digital society must solve or are we changing how we learn? ...
As the amount of information increases many have looked at ways to sift through and make sense of it all. The goal is to find signal amid the noise. Plenty of folks are trying to apply different techniques and algorithms to winnow things down to only the most interesting and relevant.
KnowAboutIt, XYDO, My6Sense, Trunk.ly and Summify among others are all trying to cull the web and deliver the ‘right’ information to your inbox.
Aggregated social curation sounds logical but I haven’t found it very valuable. ... I can’t imagine relying on just these services for my information.
Many believe that serendipity is an important part of information consumption, but most of the services give this lip service at best. They’re doing more of what a good brand marketer would do, cranking out extensions to a known product. In this case that product is the type of content that you and your network of ‘friends’ are reading. I think you quickly reach a local maxima where you’re not finding new things and making new connections.
Today’s curation seems more like an echo chamber. ... "
Recently I’ve had some inquiries about the best tool to use for a group to collaborate and share articles, videos, images, documents, etc. My initial thought was a wiki, but now that I’ve fully investigated the features of Diigo (dee’go), that is the tool I would recommend. Diigo, an online curation tool, is another one of my top 10 tools that I use every day.
I use Diigo to curate content, share it, and to find content. In Google Reader, as I read articles from the blogs to which I’ve subscribed, I will tag articles, sites, videos of interest, etc. using Diigo. These saved resources are available online and accessible from any Internet connected device. I can easily share specific resources.....
Curation starts with listening: "Scan and monitor the web for relevant content every day. To find content that relates to my project, I follow lots of blogs of partner organizations and allies through Google Reader (RSS subscription service), as well as by getting news updates from Google Alerts, and friends/colleagues in my Facebook and Twitter newsfeeds."
"We don’t have a problem of “information overload”… we have a problem of “filter failure”. And even as you’re reading this massive money is being spent to create better filters. And the best filters are those which allow humans and computers to both do what they do best… in a new thing called “collaborative intelligence”. ...
Now, in 2011, curation is coming into its own precisely because various content syndication, management and filtering technologies have reached maturity and ubiquity, to the point where "Joe Average" netizen can use them freely and effectively to create a new kind of collaboration, and a new kind of intelligence: that of man and machine working together on a new, faster, more comprehensive and more enjoyable kind of curating experience that's called "collaborative intelligence".
Google added a number of key features to its Google+ Hangouts live video chat Tuesday morning: Select users can now broadcast their Hangouts, which turns the intimate chat sessions into a live stream that can be watched by an unlimited number of participants.
Hangouts are also now available to mobile users through the latest version of the Android Google+ app.
Other new features include the ability to share your screen with other Hangout participants, and a Hangouts API.
Google also made Hangouts more useful by adding support for a number of its other products: Hangouts users can now share their screen with other video chat participants, work on a Google Docs document together and use Sketchpad while video chatting.
"For example, a lot of people talk about “link love” or “link juice” when they talk about curating online content. That’s because if you format your post just so, you are giving a lot of context-rich links to the person whose post you’re curating. Google loves contextual links, so you are doing that person a really nice favor. In return, many people will mention your curation of their post via Twitter or maybe even via their own blog, so you get some traffic love in return. Another benefit we’ve talked about right here at this very site is that curating content can help you build community. ..."
"What’s the best way to lure customers to your web site and to your wares and to keep them coming back for more?
1) Provide compelling, seductive, timely, and relevant information to your target audience—not sales pitches, but authoritative information from objective third parties and great tips from their peers.
2) Make sure that targeted information turns up everywhere your target audience is likely to go—not just on your web site, but also on others’ sites, in the social media conversations they follow, and in the news.
3) Supplement your online forums with relevant tidbits of 3rd party information that address your customers’ concerns, pique their interest, and stimulate dialog."
Problem Defined: The Information Deluge, Limited Attention In digital curation it is just as much about the experience and the way the information is presented, as it is the content. Curators are the obsessive pickers, the collector types. Their results offer content that is purposefully gathered and presented. They separate the wheat from the chaff, assigning editorial weight . They give people, who don’t want to or don’t have the time to look for an editorial needle in a haystack, a high quality collection that is both contextual and coherent. Curators draw connections and help establish common points of reference. They are storytellers exercising constant judgment in highlighting the ideas that most engage, inspire and matte .... Contents Curating A Solution
(Scribd is the world's largest social reading and publishing site!)
The social news service explains why it's is going from fee to free.
News.me is going free. The personalization-driven, filter-focused iPad app, initially prototyped at The New York Times and incubated within the Betaworks company Bit.ly, is announcing today that its iPad app — previously $0.99 a week or $34.99 a year — will be free to all. ...
The fee-to-free move is an acknowledgement of the fact that network effects tend to be more effective when products are free — making their content, whatever it may be, more widely consumable and shareable.
Social media expert Shel Holtz ... principal of Holtz Communication + Technology. He brings nearly 35 years of experience to his work developing content and communication strategies for large and mid-sized organizations.
Shel focuses on online and social media, internal communications, crisis management and other dimensions of organizational communication.
... in this interview he explains why communicators must develop this skill, and the free tools to make the job easier.
TONY KARRER on SEPTEMBER 7, 2011 "I just finished reading a great post by Ville Kilkku titled: Klout, Triberr, paper.li, and the future of content curation. It made me realize that people curation should be a lot of what we are really talking about here. But before I get to that, let me step through what he talks about.
He takes us through a few different models of content curation. I’m going to need to compare these to my post on Marketing via Aggregation, Filtering and Curation – Tools and Resources to see if this classification changes things.
Individual content curator tools – example scoop.it Crowdsourced content curation (Digg and StumbleUpon) Automated or semi-automated content curation (paper.li) Manually curate people, not content (Triberr) Automatically filter people (Klout) ..."
"How many times have we heard that content is king? Believe it or not, probably not enough. That’s because good content is a major component in creating successful presences and connections on the social web. And with Facebook’s most recent announcement it sounds like brands will need to work even harder to gain their customers attention. Creating Great Content Unfortunately, many companies are not particularly well-equipped when it comes to creating content. Many are used to creating ads, collateral and e-mails. What most companies don’t realize is that the answer to many of their content needs may already exist within their four walls. Here are three ways to think about creating content:
- Hold an internal contest to find out who can write the best blog posts. ...
- Arm someone in your marketing/PR department with a flip camera.
- Create a corporate photo-sharing account on Flickr or Picasa. ...
Curating Other People’s (or Companies’) Content .. Here are five ways companies can curate third party content ...
Taking Advantage of Opportunities to Capture Content ...
To that end, here are four ways to capture content at your next live event ...
I hope to introduce a variety of curating tools to classes and individual students this year. While this is an exciting way for learners to discover how to manage their information worlds, not everyone actually needs or wants to curate every single time they begin research.
Students and teachers can exploit the curation efforts already out there.
In fact, the new curation tools present an exciting new genre of search tool, a tool for scanning the real-time environment, as well as opportunities for evaluating quality and relevance in emerging information landscapes.
Because a couple of my seniors selected autism as an area of interest for their senior project, I’ll use this topic as a sample search in five of my favorite new search tools.
Scoop.it is one of the most popular and fastest growing tools for curating an online magazine.
"Going forward, and as best I can, I’ll use the term ‘Connected Learning’ to describe a knowledge ecosystem made up of formal, informal and social learning behaviours and modalities.
It’s about time I (and perhaps you as well) retire the term Learning 2.0. ...
If ‘Connected Learning’ is part formal, part informal and part social, there will always be the act of ‘connecting’ one’s self to people, content, systems, networks, etc. during the learning process itself … and it may occur through several mediums.
*Formal: a self-contained & scheduled learning event, typically but not always tracked, providing a comprehensive and at times logical or sequential approach to a topic.
**Informal: an opportunity without conventionalism, atypical to formal learning, providing guidance, expertise or acumen on the go.
***Social: an exchange of ideas, knowledge or information typically characterized by friendly interaction through online services that provides supplemental understanding often via personal & professional networks.
‘Connected Learning’ leans heavily on Socratic Learning as well ..."
Content is still king, even when it’s repackaged. In this case, it’s content curation, a word too new to be found in any dictionary. Yet, content curation continues to rise in popularity, considered an art by Internet marketing strategists.
Like an executive in charge of selecting art for a gallery, the content curator’s mission is to discover, showcase and share a “best of the Internet” collection in a niche. I like where the strategy’s going these days. Perhaps you do (or will), too.
Top brands and digital marketers who champion content curation consider it the future of the Web. It’s a response to the glut of content online, thanks to Twitter, Facebook, YouTube, a billion websites, and more. Not even Google can prune the overgrowth of articles, videos, and links. For that, we still need a taste-discriminating human.
W... I feel curating content is very much like generating content in that everyone needs to find their own way to do it. If you look at one of Ingrid Abboud’s post round-ups they are very different from those that Jason Sokol does. Both of them curate differently than I do. No way is right or wrong, and I’m sure we all got started in different ways, too. So, I’m just going to tell you what I know, which is how I got started curating content.
Facebook is getting more and more a curation-Tool:
"Curating your life Facebook Timeline taps into two big webtrends: Documenting the self and the curation of stories (eg Storify). In ‘Identity 2.0: Constructing identity with cultural software‘ I depict a historical account of the documentation of the self from ping messages to personal homepages, to blogs to social network profiles to lifestream platforms. Now Facebook wants to become the new central player for documenting and curating your lifestory. Facebook wants to be the database to store your life. It aims to provide a place that feels like home where you can highlight and curate all your stories to express who you are. ..."
This is a short post, written by Sean Carton, (I'm posting his next article after this one) but he gets right to the point in this piece:
"Curation comes up when search stops working and when people realize that it isn't just about information seeking, it's also about synchronizing a community." Sean goes on to add that it's the "community" part that's at the heart of the whole curation movement
Just as a carefully-curated museum exhibit is sure to draw like-minded people together, carefully-curated content on the web has the potential to attract (and/or build) an online community of people who are into the same stuff."
Think about your niche and help the community make sense of its niche. Provide an ongoing resource (not just an event) and offer an attractive user experience.
Kristin Zhivago of Revenue Journal interviews Sam Decker of the company Mass Relevance, and the outcome is an excellent read.
I particularly like this example of possible social media advertising:
"Think of Coca Cola being able to pull all the (public) pictures posted to Twitter in the last hour of people drinking a can of Coke next to a pool. Pictures taken by real customers. That's the context: "Here are pictures of people who just had a Coke next to a pool in the last hour." Imagine these pictures on display at a large grocery store, served up in real time. People would look at it and think, "Oh, that looks good."
"Yes, that's right. Curation is more than just filtering and moderating. How do we take it from curation to integration? For example, when someone has a mobile phone why are they going to that mobile site? What are they looking for? When they're coming to your home page, when they're going to your product page, when they're going to your reach-out site and they see your product, what could curation do, to bring in real-time content?"
The more qualitative your topic is, the more your audience will count on you, on what you curate and share.
The quality of your topic contributes to making you a recognized expert and to the continuous growth of your audience; leading to the engagement of a virtuous circle- quality will no longer be an isolated act.
To go further in this valuable direction, we are introducing the Scoop.it Score, a new metric that indicates the excellence of your work (out of 100). It helps you, as a curator, to measure and increase your topic quality; and it helps to discriminate amongst various topics while searching, browsing or exploring topics.
This Score is calculated based on your activity as a curator (edition, tag, share, etc) and on your audience engagement (views, reactions, etc).
"Web users are finding it more difficult to navigate the clutter of digital content to arrive at trusted sources. Build your brand's content future around the three pillars of Authority, Curation and Context. ... Over the past 10 years, much of the movement in the content world has been driven by machines and crowdsourcing. It’s time to bring the human expert back into the mix, but to give him or her the companion toolkit of great technology and access to crowd wisdom. That way, he or she can truly curate thoughtful content that will cut through the noise, and ultimately rebuild the trust and authority severely damaged by content overcrowding.
1. Build Authority
... authority will become the next sought-after currency for the app-social generation.
What is authority? Who has It? How can it be earned? How can it be proved? Simply put, an authority is an accepted source of expert information or advice. For example, I trust BBC News ...
The element of surprise and delight is also key to the art of curation. Human experts still have an edge here. An algorithm may tell you what song you are “most likely” to enjoy. An expert has a chance of surprising you with a tune you never expected (“Wow, I didn’t know I liked German opera music!”). ..." 3. Provide Context
Context adds essential meaning to information. It answers the questions: Why should I care? What does this mean for me and for society? ...
4. The Content Future
Build your content future around the three pillars of Authority, Curation and Context. No brand is exempt from these rules. If you think you have time to coast, even just a little, you’ll soon find yourself and your brand out of vogue. ...
Important discussion about the possibility of including links to the sources in the rrs-feed of scoop.it by Robin Good 08.08. 2011: http://www.scoop.it/u/RobinGood
Since May of this year, I have been trying to help Scoop.it realize that not providing a "source" element inside its RSS feed, is not - in my opinion - a secondary thing. And while at first Scoop.it CEO replied enthusiastically to my call, he then gradually stepped back and over the course of the following four months did nothing but derail the topic into nowhere land.
Then again I may be a fixated nerd that doesn't like not being replied openly and transparently but I let you evaluate yourself the issue, and its progress so far, so that, if you like, you can give me or Guillaume a hand, in understanding where we can both improve.
Sharing your scoops to your social media accounts is a must to distribute your curated content. Not only will it drive traffic and leads through your content, but it will help show your expertise with your followers.
How to integrate my topics' content to my website?
Integrating your curated content to your website or blog will allow you to increase your website visitors’ engagement, boost SEO and acquire new visitors. By redirecting your social media traffic to your website, Scoop.it will also help you generate more qualified traffic and leads from your curation work.
Distributing your curated content through a newsletter is a great way to nurture and engage your email subscribers will developing your traffic and visibility.
Creating engaging newsletters with your curated content is really easy.