Robin Good: You may not like this site, its focus (on real estate) or its writing style, but to me Drew Meyers does hit the nail right on the head, in introducing and explaining content curation, to a likely audience of real-estate agents.
He writes: "At the end of the day, the most important thing to remember about curation is that it’s not about you.
...It is about delivering GREAT content consistently over and extended period of time.
Curation is about building long term credibility, establishing real relationships, and earning your place as your audience’s go-to source for anything related to real estate."
And that is indeed a great synthesis of what curation really is. But he adds more to make sure you are 100% with us and he excels at doing so:
"FACT n.1) Everyone is now a publisher.
FACT n.2) Many SUCK at creating quality content.
FACT n.3) There is too much, for lack of a better word, shit on the web as a result.
FACT n.4): I don’t have time to filter through the shit myself and find the valuable/ insightful/interesting content.
FACT n.5): I value people who curate content in very specific niches for me.
FACT n.6): The people that curate content in areas I’m interested in earn my trust over time, and are much more likely to earn my business if I need goods/services they provide."
Susan Silver reveals the 12 Most Newsworthy Web Apps for Content Discovery (Incredibly useful list of the 12 most newsworthy web apps for content discovery http://t.co/aRE5IL9C Great for content curation.)...
The Atlantic has an article explaining Maria Papova’s Curator’s code. The explanation for this need of finding new ways for a better and standardized system of attribution is given in a simple way: the Internet is young and it has grown up organically. Meanwhile let’s all make an effort to show clearly what we’re doing: are we sharing or creating (or doing both openly)?
This blog post discusses «the evolution of social media from long-form to push-button, the emergence of social curation on sites such as Twitter and Tumblr, and the move to structured sets of curated content on Pinterest and its brethren».
According to Debra Askanase, a good curator is someone who is “knowledgeable about the industry, and provides consistently trustworthy content”. Mai Overton believes that a good curator is “someone who consistently provides valuable insight.” She believes that the importance of curators rests on their knowledge of the industry combined with insight.
A simple way to put it: "curation is art" because according to the author art is the product or process of deliberately arranging items (often with symbolic significance) in a way that influences and affects one or more of the senses, emotions, and intellect."
Robin Good: 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:
a) Via - which indicates a link of direct discovery
b) Hat tip - Indicates a link of indirect discovery, story lead, or inspiration.
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:
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.