A reminder that content is going visual. This is an excellent deck. Most useful slide: The six different types of visual content:
Is your content strategy going visual?
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A big hat tip to Robin Good for selecting and curating this useful piece. I've been looking for basic advice on content curation - the discovery part and adding your view for Networked Nonprofit/Social Media workshops. I have been teaching brand monitoring 101, but content curation is similar in the discovery phase. I like his broad categories.
Robin Good: If you are new to news curation and are looking for some basic advice on how you can start finding good content out there and where/how to promote it, you will find this introductory guide by Jay Palter quite useful.
In it there is some good basic advice on what kind of free tools and approaches you can start using to monitor specific topics as well as proper suggestions on how to characterize and add value to your curation work.
Good for getting your feet wet. 7/10
Via Robin Good
Robin Good curated this resource and it is exactly the curation tool I've been dreaming of - a visual way to curate content for learning.
Here's what Robin wrote about this:
Heiko Idensen reports in his curated newsradar "Online Curating & Social Learning Tools and Applications": "Learnist is a new pinboard where users can organize their learning materials. It resembles Pinterest except that Learnist is just for sharing learning resources.
The website is still in beta but looks really very promising for both teachers and students.
Here is a set of the main features that Learnist offers to its users :It is free Itis easy to use It has a user friendly interface It lets users create pinboards around a certain topic Users can create different boards and invite others to collaborate on them It lets you pin images,videos, and text to your boards with a single click from Learnist bookmarklet Users can also upload resources to their boards using URLs
Free to use.
Try it out: http://learni.st
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Much of Buddhist philosophy centers around this same idea, this balance between what’s being phrased as “intention” and “attention” – our intentional curiosity about knowledge and growth, and our choice of where to focus our awareness, what to pay attention to.
So that, I think, is the role of information curators: They are our curiosity sherpas, who lead us to things we didn’t know we were interested in until we, well, until we are. Until we pay attention to them — because someone whose taste and opinion we trust points us to them, and we integrate them with our existing pool of resources, and they become a part of our networked knowledge and another LEGO piece in our combinatorial creativity.
So if information discovery plays such a central role in how we fuel our creativity and thus in our creative output, then information discovery is a form of creative labor in and of itself.
An absolute must read, from Maria Popova, master curator. Curation is not only a necessity to make sense of the web, it is the path to explore your own creativity :
How we choose to pay attention, and relate to information and each other shapes who we become, shapes our creative destiny
From Beth Kanter:
Most important resource shared (and I scooped an excellent summary from Robin Good) is The Curator's Code - a simple way to attribute discovery as a form of creation.
There's a lot to digest in these drawings and tweets, makes me wish I was in the room to hear it live or that there was a live stream or video (couldn't fine one)
A standout quotes for me:
"Good curators are looking to grow themselves through their own curosity."
"When you don't have to worry about traffic, you can spend time researching the obscure." - Popova
"The tyranny of the new"
Here's another scoop by Guiallaume Decugis that includes the PPT slides by Margot Bloomstein and GD's notes.
Observations from Beth: I need to reserarch how GD embedded the slideshare and storify into his scoop.it ...
From Beth: I'm so excited about this feature and really grateful for Jan for pointing it out. Really good for us curators.
Feel free to visit my other topic, Pinterest Watch to learn more about this social network
Here's my commentary based on my experience of using Scoopit and Pinterest
To me, Pinterest and Scoopit go hand and hand. They are both visual and it's important to consider if you're on Scoopit already or thinking about it, expressing yourself on both platforms, (if it makes sense for your business) because it can be very powerful.
Here are some of the reasons it can help your business:
Scoopit is a platform that showcases your expertise, share your hobbies and other interests through content in a beautiful format. It is part of your online personna and it's a vibrant community I have met some wonderful people here.
Pinterest is also a community with some of the same people from Scoopit and many others, (new people are joining everyday). Linking your posts from Scoopit to your pins on Pinterest not only drives traffic to your scoopit site and visa versa but those people can see another side of you that you can't express there.
Pinterest is like a delicious menu of visuals that captivate and attract people to you. I have put all my business boards at the top and my interest boards underneath them.
Pinterest gives people the ability to see who you are beyond your posts. If you're a brand, this is where you can create an online story of text and visuals that gives consumers points of entry through common interests. It's a brilliant way to do business.
I could go on and on but I'll let you see for yourself how I've combined Scoopit and Pinterest together which continues to produce unbelievable results, increase in traffic and brand new relationships from both sites.
Commentary by Jan Gordon covering "Pinterest Watch"
See my pinterest site here: [http://pinterest.com/jangordon/] - Click on the images and they lead you right back to my Scoopit topics.
Via janlgordon, Robin Good
I'm teaching workshops on social media to ngos in the Middle East in a few weeks. Need to remix some of my metaphors for content curation - can't really use Wine Sommelier because they don't drink wine.
What are some other metaphors you use for content curation?
Interview by Howard Rheingold with Henry Lowood about curation
Robin Good curated the video and you can read his thoughts here
Curated by Beth Kanter
Robin Good did this interview my friend Micah Sifry, co-founder of the Personal Democracy Forum.
Micah's take on why it is important: fighting the filter bubble created by Google - and it encourages data literacy or content curators skills. This is similar view of Clay Johnson, author of Information Diet
Quote from the transcript:
The problem is is that a lot of people just want superficial information. They are not intense news followers. The ones who are, the Internet is this wondrous blessing.
I watch my son, who's almost 18, and he will just spend hours on Wikipedia. He's very happy jumping from reading article to article, and he's filling his head with information. He's not just reading the two paragraphs.
Developing that taste for deep knowledge is a different problem. We're not going to solve it simply because we have the world's best library at our fingertips. That taste has to be inculcated I think much earlier in how we educate our children, and the challenge is to make our children learn how to search well, and how to pull information together well, as oppose to memorize.
Too much of education is memorization and regurgitation, instead of analysis, think for yourself, ask questions, and then know how to find the answers.
Hat tip to Decugis for finding this data
Interesting data on how marketers see curation as a way to drive thought leadership, develop brand visibility and boost SEO.
The Study also touches upon what marketers see as challenges blocking them from doing more Content Marketing. Time is clearly an issue high on the list together with the ability to create original content.
Interesting results (also measuring progress between 2011 and 2012).
Via Guillaume Decugis
Curated by Beth Kanter
This is an infographic of content strategy for nonprofits that comes from the NTEN and Idealware. The study looks how nonprofits are using different channels - curation, creation, or promotion or community building. Interesting stat: 80 percent use channels for content creation, with limited effort devoted to other uses.
The NTEN Journal in June is entirely devoted to content curation and includes an indepth article about this study (and one from yours truly)
hat tip to the Froggy Loop blog for selecting this resource
NTEN Journal (need to register to get issue)
Froggy Loop Description of Infographic:
My good friend and colleague, Aliza Sherman has this gorgeous slide deck about pinterest and how individuals are using it for self-expression. The deck is not just eye candy, includes some great tips and tools as well.
Curated by Beth Kanter
Robin Good: Surfmark is a new content curation service introducing some innovative and forward-looking features.
Surfmark in fact provides not only standard capabilities to easily capture, collect and organize content from any web page, but it adds intelligently alternative display formats to allow the exploration of such collections in multiple ways.
Another key innovative feature of Surfmark is its ability to generate bibliographies and summaries of content collections.
Surfmark allows social collaborative curation, history of all edits made, and the ability to share publicly or keep a collection private.
Collections can be downloaded in PDF or text formats and all pages saved in a collection are fully preserved with all the formatting and links intact so that you can refer back to exactly what you saw.
Free to use.
Try out and more info: http://www.surfmark.com/
(thanks to Ana Cristina Pratas for discovering this)
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Steven Rosenbaum has an interesting article on Fast Company, outlining the reasons why curation is here to stay and the importance that curators will play in your information consumption diet.
He writes: "...So anyone who steps up and volunteers to curate in their area of knowledge and passion is taking on a Herculean task.
They're going to stand between the web and their readers, using all of the tools at their disposal to "listen" to the web, and then pull out of the data stream nuggets of wisdom, breaking news, important new voices, and other salient details.
It's real work, and requires a tireless commitment to being engaged and ready to rebroadcast timely material.
While there may be an economic benefit for being a "thought leader" and "trusted curator," it's not going to happen overnight.
Which is to say, being a superhero is often a thankless job.
The growth in content, both in terms of pure volume and the speed of publishing, has raised some questions about what best practices are in the curation space."
He also has some pretty straightforward advice on what, as a curator, you should never do:
"1. If you don't add context, or opinion, or voice and simply lift content, it's stealing.
2. If you don't provide attribution, and a link back to the source, it's stealing.
3. If you take a large portion of the original content, it's stealing.
4. If someone asks you not to curate their material, and you don't respect that request, it's stealing.
5. Respect published rights. If images don't allow creative commons use, reach out to the image creator--don't just grab it and ask questions later."
And he definitely has a point on all of these.
Via Robin Good
Gdecugis found this great piece and wrote this:
"The creator of Brain Pickings on how to think outside the corporate box."
An interview with Maria Popova : fascinating to see how her routine works for her. Unsurprisingly, it involves a huge amount of reading.
It's also interesting to see the criteria she uses for what she'll just tweet vs what she'll pick up for her blog.
From Beth Kanter (http://www.bethkanter.org). This made me curious about exactly what those criteria were. Here's the bit:
What I pick for my blog and what I pick for Twitter are different things. One thing that is true for both, by and large, is that it has to feel like something that leaves you with more than just a moment of gawking. There are really cool or funny videos, or visually stunning photos, and that's fine, but none of them really give you more when you close that tab, you know? I try to find stuff that a little bit, in a tiny way changes how you see something about the world. With Brain Pickings, especially, whenever I look at a piece of content. I think "Can I add something to it? Can I add some depth and context and background to really make it worth featuring?" Or do I just do what Jeff Jarvis calls "do-what-you-do-best-and-link-to-the-rest," and just tweet it instead? That's always the litmus test. Is there something that I can say. If I can pull in pieces of older content or something else that connects different disciplines or different ideologies, then I will write an article about it.
I do the same, except if I pick something for my blog is might be compilation of what I tweet.
Via Guillaume Decugis
There’s so much information online just begging to be curated: news, social media, images, video, websites… the list goes on. Reading great content from my favorite blogs and websites is one of my favorite things but you have to be able to harness it so you have what you need at your fingertips.
Here are some highlights:
**Content gathering and personalized newsfeeds
**Flipboard (one of my favorites)
**Social Media Curation
**The Tweeted Times
**Website Bookmarking and Collection tools
Curated by Jan Gordon covering "Content Curation, Social Business and Beyond"
Read full article here: [http://bit.ly/xxsN7M]
Robin Good curated this article and provided the following summary and commentary:
: Maria Popova has just launched a classy and laudable initiative, focused on increasing awareness and in highlighting the importance of honoring always where or via who you have got to a certain article, report, video or image.
Credit and attribution are not just a "formal" way to comply with rules, laws and authors but an incredibly powerful emebddable mechanism to augment findability, discovery, sinergy and collaboration among human being interested in the same topic.
She writes: "In an age of information overload, information discovery — the service of bringing to the public’s attention that which is interesting, meaningful, important, and otherwise worthy of our time and thought — is a form of creative and intellectual labor, and one of increasing importance and urgency.
A form of authorship, if you will.
Yet we don’t have a standardized system for honoring discovery the way we honor other forms of authorship and other modalities of creative and intellectual investment, from literary citations to Creative Commons image rights."
For this purpose Curator's Code was created.
Curator's Code is first of all "a movement to honor and standardize attribution of discovery across the web" as well as a web site where you can learn about the two key types of attribution that we should be using:
Each one has now a peculiar characterizing icon that Curator's Code suggests to integrate in your news and content publication policies.
Additionally and to make it easy for anyone to integrate these new attribution icons in their work, Curator's Code has created a free bokkmarklet which makes using proper attribution a matter of one clic.
Hat tip to Maria Popova and Curator's Code for launching this initiative.
Whether or not you will sign Curator's Code pledge, become an official web site supporting it, or adopt its bookmarklet instantly is not as important as the key idea behind it: by providing credit and attribution to pieces of content you find elsewhere, you not only honestly reward who has spent time to create that content, but you significantly boost the opportunity for thousands of others to connect, link up to, discover and make greater sense of their search for meaning.
Read Maria Popova introductory article to Curator's Code: http://www.brainpickings.org/index.php/2012/03/09/curators-code/
How to use the Curator's bookmarklet: http://vimeo.com/38243275
Healthy. Inspiring. 9/10
Curator's Code official web site: http://curatorscode.org/
N.B.: Too bad that the Curator's Code bookmarklet doesn't work with Scoop.it, as the one excludes the other. But you could save the two codes for the special attribution characters in a text note and copy and paste whicever you need. Given the need for simplicity and integration this is not an ideal solution but I am sure that between Maria and Guillaume at Scoop.it they will find a way to make this work easily for all. Maria and Guillaume: what do you say?
Note from Beth Kanter: I originally discovered this post ᔥ Barbara Bray but traced it back to the original source Robin Good to rescoop it because I think it is important to give credit to the curator who discovered it. To do this takes a little bit of extra time but it slows me down so I read the post, understand it, and give credit to the curator and source.
What about you? Do you rescoop it from the collection where your found it or do you look for the original curator who discovered it and give credit there?
Via Robin Good
Curated by Beth Kanter
John Hadyon has a post about content curation as part of your Facebook Page Content Strategy. While I think the word "Lazy" does a disservice - becauase it can easily encourage people to lapse into mindless consumption and sharing.
The point is that you way not need to feed your content channels more than once a day ... so before you feel the need to share, share, share -- think carefully about the quality of content you are sharing.
And, be sure that you select the best, provide context, and annotation.
With that said, broadly searching (manually) on social media sites may not bring you best stuff - and may actually be more time consuming! That is unless you get to know your sources.
He suggests looking forgaging for content on these sites:
Pinterest: You can get a lot of noise if you use use the broad categories, you need to spend a little bit of time upfront looking at people's collections and only follow the relevant ones.
Twitter: Keywords on Twitter don't work if they are too general. Best to know your sources, and create Twitter lists of the people who tweet primarily on your topic of choice. Sometimes particular hashtags have a high signal to noise ratio and may be worth folling.
For news, that's a big - it depends.
Robin Good has a great map of a couple of news sites - it is important to pick the one that is likely to have news that of interest to your community. It might be on LinkedIn http://www.mindmeister.com/134760952/news-content-discovery-tools-2012-by-robin-good
Finally, I think the advice about pulling content from other pages is a must do idea. You can log in as your page and look at the feed. If you're short on time, you might create a culled list of pages that consistently post great content and check thoses. Remember, that if you find stuff from other pages to tag them and give them credit.
If you're lazy, perhaps you should be a content curator - it does take some work - but it doesn't have to overwhelming or time consuming. It is a matter of slowing and having thoughtful consumption while sharpening your critical filtering skills.
Curated by Beth Kanter
I have been exploring Pinterest as a curation tool.
I did a search on "curator" and found this visual, but wondered whether it really encapsulates the definition today? The visual is inspired by Rohit's thoughts on curation from 2011:
The Five Models of Content Curation
Here is how Rohit's thinking has evolved on content curation - a post from 2010 for Robin Good, plus a link back to his 2009 post.
One thing I discovered (by subjective observation) is that many users are not really curating. They are aggregating lots of images.
There is a "repin" button - like the Twitter RT button. There seems to be a lot of user behavior that people just repin the visuals into collections but do not provide context or conversation. The interface design does automatically document where the original image/visual was found.
I did find one collection that was from educator that was looking at curation tools and even here I noticed some entries not well citied or contextualized.
This has made me feel strongly that my focus of my talk for the socialmedia for nonprofits conference in NYC in two weeks should be on the practice of curation.