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You Curate Your Own Experience - 5 Reasons Niche Social Networks Are Winning

You Curate Your Own Experience - 5 Reasons Niche Social Networks Are Winning | Curation, Social Business and Beyond | Scoop.it

I selected this article by Matthew Knell for Socialfresh because it relates to the other pieces I've  posted regarding information overload and being able to filter out what's important through all the distraction. 


Let's face it, we have too many choices, whether it's content, social networks, and the like. It's like going to a particular restaurant that has a certain cuisine, you have a menu, you select what appeals to you.  With niche sites it puts you in charge not the other way around, you're curating your experience.


Here are some things that caught my attention:


**one constant through the many evolutions of Internet platforms is the fickleness of human beings.


**Especially when asked to make quick decisions.



**Successful products have been driven by the combination of:


**The “right” feature set


**Clarity in purpose


**most importantly, the vibrant nature of communities and how accessible they are to the user.


**They’re running into too many choices of types and places to share their content.


**Increasingly, they’re also running into one parameter that’s impossible to change – the number of hours in the day.


**It's no wonder Pinterest leads the way in niche sites......You can pick and choose what you want to look at, it's better than bookmarking and it's visual for starters.


The author talks about Facebook and Shopping Malls, trying to be too many things to too many people.


How this relates to curation and information overload:


In a quantity vs quality comparison, on a per piece of content basis, quantity almost never wins no matter  what you're comparing it to.


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


Feel free to browse my other topic: "Content Marketing, Social Media & Beyond"


Read  full article here: [http://bit.ly/x1sjgU]

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Alessio Manca's comment, February 26, 2012 10:32 AM
Thanks so much. In my opinion niche networks are working better because they are still free from the effects caused by the desire to increase friends (or followers and so on). The other way: people are demanding more interesting content from non friends.
janlgordon's comment, February 26, 2012 11:23 AM
Alessio
Good insight, I agree with you:-)
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The Future Points To Curation In Broadcast Media

The Future Points To Curation In Broadcast Media | Curation, Social Business and Beyond | Scoop.it

This post was curated by Robin Good and JanLGordon. The original content was itself curated from a conversation between media strategist, trend spotter, anthropologist and consultant Jonathan Marks with journalist and fellow anthropologist Gemma van der Kamp, sharing views on the future of broadcasting.


It's interesting how Robin and I were both drawn to different aspects of this article.


What follows are examples of what the author refers to as "re-treatment" of content and of conversation.  This is both a "re-treatment of curation" and the engagement of a conversation between Curators.


I would further point to our different approaches as defining the importance of collaboration and to how re-treatments of the same material may result in the original material having broader context and being seen by more people, as our approaches stand to be seen by slightly divergent audiences.


**This is not unlike the different audiences that may be reached by journalists and news organizations curating the same material to their respective readership. 


Excerpt:


When Jonathan Marks advises broadcasters on how to integrate emerging technologies in the work flow, he is driven by one major principle:


**making sure that the conversation with the public is happening.


In an era when the voice of the online citizen is more present than ever before, the idea may seem obvious but according to Marks, there is still much work to do.


In Marks’ view, broadcasters need to work cross-media,


**by adapting their content to mobile phones, websites and tablet devices.


**The idea of curating the news by cherry-picking good stories through web research and by using the audience’s input seems promising.


**The technology to curate stories, however, is still inadequate.



**Although various online tools to organise and share content have been developed, such as the Pearltrees application allowing users to collect, share and re-treat online content,


**“the problem is that once the link is re-treat, you have lost the original content”, Marks argues.


**“What we need are tools to build libraries and create intelligent tags. So many excellent stories are never kept.”


Several small companies already offer news briefing services and successfully manage active online communities.


They understand the trick of building niche channels and developing relations of trust with the audience.


This is where the future for broadcast media lies,” Marks predicts.


Read Robin Good's curation, covering "Content Curation World".

Read the full article here: [http://bit.ly/urBX0p]


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