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Is Pinterest the 'next big thing' in social media?

Is Pinterest the 'next big thing' in social media? | Curation, Social Business and Beyond | Scoop.it

Yesterday I selected a post by Elad Gil who talked about Pinterest changing the way we share and consume information on the web.  Today I have selected another article by Don Reisinger  for Cnet News - digital home, who says, "let's not jump to conclusions here and has more to say about this.


I do admit I'm participating on many betas because I feel the need to stay informed. I'm not usually drawn to every new thing that comes along but somehow, Pinterest has caught my eye.


Let's take a look at why Pinterest is becoming one of the most popular social networks, what's really happening here?


Here's what caught my attention:


**Pinterest so far has been the only company to distinguish itself. Late last month, Experian Hitwise, a company that monitors consumer behavior on the Web, reported that Pinterest had 11 million visits during the week ended December 17, jumping 4,000 percent compared with six months earlier.


**The massive bump catapulted Pinterest to the 10th spot in Experian's listing of the most popular social networks, just behind Yelp. Experian also discovered that Pinterest has found a loyal following in women.


**In the past three months, women have accounted for 58 percent of its userbase, and nearly 60 percent of those women are between the ages of 25 and 44.


**Opinions are mixed over why Pinterest has been able to attract such a large audience.


**Is it the service's solid design? Is it the attention it has received from media outlets shocked by its growth?


**Is it, perhaps, the fact that it recently raised $26 million from venture-capital firm Andreessen Horowitz, giving it bundles of cash to play with? It could be all that.


**But Gil thinks it might also have something to do with its ease-of-use.


**"Pinterest was one of the first sites to take push button content generation (via bookmarklets and 're-pinning') and structure it into sets of curated content called 'boards


**This allowed users to collect content from across the Web, as well as from other users on the site.


Reisinger ends his article with a word of caution:


**"Pinterest has yet to offer its service publicly. And once it finally moves beyond its invite-only phase, the company will be truly tested."


Followed by the question: 


**"will the mainstream Web user who typically joins the social game after early adopters pick up their invites, find value in it?"


** Chances are, we'll get the answers to those questions later this year.


Curated by Jan Gordon covering "Content Curation, Social Media and Beyond"


Read full article here [http://cnet.co/xilVUk]

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Content Curation (Real Time) vs. Automation - The Value Differential

Content Curation (Real Time) vs. Automation - The Value Differential | Curation, Social Business and Beyond | Scoop.it

Robin Good found this wonderful piece


A short article by Jay Pinkert, but pointing to an increasingly critical issue for anyone interested in curation. The value differential.

From the article: "The essence of curation, then, is the curator’s informed and discriminating point of view and active participation.

 

As with most endeavors that require extra personal attention and effort, there’s strong temptation to look for shortcuts – that means you, Paper.li and Summify.

 

It’s worth noting that Twitter ranking/management clients like TwitCleaner classify tools that auto-aggregate and auto-tweet your content feed as “app spam.”

 

Over-reliance on those tools can negatively impact your social media profile and rankings, and those items are less likely to be stichared than ones you’ve clearly considered and bundled on your own."


However, there are other applications that help make the work of genuine curation more manageable.


Four of the most promising content curation tools are:


*Storify

*Scoop.it  (Jan)   I love Scoopit! Easy to use, online community, looks good

*Curated.by

*Pearltrees


Read full article: [http://bit.ly/vF801i]


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Guillaume Decugis's comment, November 2, 2011 2:39 PM
Thanks for pointing this out Robin: we totally editorial control is key as that's what brings the essential human touch needed when curating.
janlgordon's comment, November 2, 2011 3:17 PM
Thanks for posting this Robin, it's something that I think we all need to pay attention to - part of curating is having conversations, stimulating new thought, collaboration and opinions - it's hard to do that if you're automating your content. Having said that, many of us are on different time zones, kind of hard to converse in real time. Curation is a work in progress....
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The Best Tools for Content Curation - Digital Inspiration

The Best Tools for Content Curation - Digital Inspiration | Curation, Social Business and Beyond | Scoop.it

The author of this piece is Amit Agarwal is a personal technology columnist and founder of Digital Inspiration, one of the most widely read how-to blogs in the world


Good information here........



Intro:


A content curation tool lets you pull videos, images, presentations, tweets, blog posts and other web content into a bundle which you can then easily embed and share on the web.


Let’s say your team has just launched a new product at some conference and they have asked you to collate all the conversations and buzz happening around that product on various websites, blogs and social sites.


You have to act fast because the stuff that gets shared on the real-time web often gets buried almost as quickly.


So how should you go about collecting stuff around the Internet? Should you just save everything that’s being said to your browser bookmarks? Or maybe put all the web clippings in an Excel sheet as that would be easy to share? Or how about capturing screenshot images of the chatter?



There are umpteen ways to do this but what you should really look at is a dedicated content curation tool that is designed to capture web content with minimal effort.


http://www.labnol.org/internet/best-content-curation-tools/20164/

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5 Time-Saving Tools For Content Curation

5 Time-Saving Tools For Content Curation | Curation, Social Business and Beyond | Scoop.it
I found this post via Mashable to be very useful, I know I'm not alone trying to find ways to curate content efficiently.

Here's an excerpt:

There aren't enough hours to consume all the content you desire, but if you use these tools, you just may catch up.

I recently opened my Google Reader to find that I had more than 1,000 unread posts from the blogs and sites that I had subscribed to. We're all bombarded by online content from of millions of blogs, online news sites, Twitter, Facebook and other social networks.

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Curation Tools That Help You Find Hidden Gems That Nobody Else Is Posting

Rob Diana writes: "The core of my concern is that curators need tools to find those stories that may not be as popular as others.

Otherwise, all news comes from a few select sites that are read by the masses. Obviously, this is not what we want to have happen.
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He couldn't be more right. 

The rest of his article, dating back to November, offers good insight into what the 1% of former Google Reader was really doing and what they are looking for now that it is gone.

 

Insightful. 8/10


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Read the full article: [http://bit.ly/tCbIPj]


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janlgordon's comment, December 18, 2011 2:57 PM
Hi Robin,
This is a good one - thanks for sharing this!!
Jan
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The New Pearltrees iPad App Enables A New Kind of Content Curation

Exclusive first look: Pearltrees iPad app enables new kind of content curation

 

How do you save and share the web with other people? Pearltrees has a new idea: you put your favorite Google+ posts, photos, tweets, videos, blogs, and other things on the Web into a "pearl" and then arrange these into "trees."

 

That was OK on a normal computer, but when you get the touch capabilities of tablets it's transformative, especially as a way to find new interests.

 

Imagine if Google+ were laid out in such a way. This is awesome and I'll be using it a lot now.

 

Here's an exclusive video look at this new app with CEO +Patrice Lamothe.

 

A very interesting French company. They are headquartered in Paris. We filmed this at the Ritz in Half Moon Bay where +Oliver Starr and Patrice visited me and showed it to me for the first time last week.


http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=3MK24uEtuXk#!


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Matt Bancroft's comment, October 14, 2011 6:08 AM
Pearltrees have all the suitable players they need to make full use of their database. With Pearltrees joining the Apple arena, it will surely provide an enjoyable experience of manipulating the pearls to its users. The iPad can be regarded as their gateway to the mass market. read more http://tablettechtoday.com/blogposts/pearltrees-launches-its-first-ipad-app.html
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5 Time-Saving Tools For Content Curation

5 Time-Saving Tools For Content Curation | Curation, Social Business and Beyond | Scoop.it
This post gives you some very good tools to weed through the noise and get to the good stuff. I found it very useful, hope you do too!

By: Shashi Bellamkonda (Mashable)

There aren't enough hours to consume all the content you desire, but if you use these tools, you just may catch up.

Excerpt: (it's short, I want you to get to the good stuff:-)

I recently opened my Google Reader to find that I had more than 1,000 unread posts from the blogs and sites that I had subscribed to. We're all bombarded by online content from of millions of blogs, online news sites, Twitter, Facebook and other social networks.

http://bit.ly/m9ulgV
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