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Content Curators are the New Superheros of the Web

Content Curators are the New Superheros of the Web | Curation, Social Business and Beyond | Scoop.it

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. 

 

Recommended. 7/10

 

Read the full article: http://www.fastcompany.com/1834177/content-curators-are-the-new-superheros-of-the-web?partner=rss 


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Jonathan Rattray Clark's comment, April 18, 2012 1:14 AM
Scooping it .........thanks Robin I really like your curation .... And value your wisdom ......it seems there is purpose to my constant information minning as and educator artist and passionate information collector .......I find it incredibly exciting to find fresh thinking and response to the living world around us and in particular our individual passions. Thank you for your wisdom
Robin Good's comment, April 18, 2012 1:16 AM
Thank you Jonathan. Glad to be of help and inspiration to you.

Tony Gu's comment, April 20, 2012 1:30 AM
I am really enjoying reading this article.
I found that the way Robin Good curate this article truly practice the ‘No Stealing’ rules. Thanks for sharing this with all of us. Big up!
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How to Use “Curation” to Boost Content “Creation”

How to Use “Curation” to Boost Content “Creation” | Curation, Social Business and Beyond | Scoop.it

This piece was written by Heba Hosny, a guest blogger for Lauralee Walker


This article is full of wonderful tips for taking your curation to the next level and embellish your original content.


"Content curation rewards are not limited to branding and SEO; it can also enhance the visibility and the quality of your own content."


There are many things that caught my attention, here are just a few gems:


Curated Content Can Inspire Topics For Created Content


If you don't master this one, all the other tips won't make any sense


****Understand which topics are irresistible to your target audience


My Commentary:


I love this one!


Here's the tip


****Instead of taking the easy route of sharing the topic with your audience, write a blog post to "build on" it.


You can build on a topic in different ways:


**Beg to differ politely


**Provide additional tips and insights


**Ask clarifying question(s)


My Commentary:


This is a great way to add "context" it can start conversations, which invites others to add their comments, bring new observations and more information about a particular topic.


**A perfect segue to building relationships, community, doing business and increasing knowledge.


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Read full article here: [http://bit.ly/sJs2I8]

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janlgordon's comment, November 22, 2011 3:21 PM
Hi Beth,
I agree with you, I love the feeling of community and the collective wisdom, and you know "curation resonates with me":-)
janlgordon's comment, November 22, 2011 3:22 PM
Thanks so much for rescooping and sharing on twitter:-)
Pittsburgh Tote Bag Project's comment, November 25, 2011 9:17 PM
This has me thinking critically about how we are integrating social media. Inviting interaction has been a huge challenge. We are stimulating new conversations in real world time, but that's not reflected in comments and so forth. I like using Scoop.It widgets to get the newest scoop onto the bog in a timely manner and take some time to reflect on post content.
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The Curated Web

The Curated Web | Curation, Social Business and Beyond | Scoop.it

Brittany Morin wrote this piece for the Huffington Post


I thought this was good article, great observations and a real grasp on curation and how to do it effectively. I'm going to refrain from reposting all the gems in this post  and instead give a commentary on something she said which I thought was a bit shortsighted.  


Here's what caught my attention:


"I believe that the people best poised to be curators of the Internet are those from the Facebook Generation -- the first generation of native web citizens, mainly people in their 20s or early 30s who have grown up with the web and can navigate, scour, synthesize and then publish the best of what's out there on a daily basis because they practically live online. It is our generation that will also be able to more easily understand where new opportunities lie because they can quickly pinpoint where the gaps are in content, services, and products."


My response:


She is right that people in their 20's or 30's are indeed well equipped to curate the web especially for their own age group as well as others for all the reasons she states.


Having said that, there are people of all ages who have been on the web for years, myself included, who have built relationships and have the ability to spot trends, gaps and potential opportunities. I seriously doubt that people in that age group know what people in their 40's, 50's & 60's might need in a trusted source or have access or the ability to ferret out every potential opportunity on the web. I would be careful about making global statements like that.


**What if people of all ages contributed to a topic together, can you imagine the collective intelligence that could come from that?


What will set a good curator apart from a person who just aggregates links is the context they can add.  Their perspective will have been gained through the humility and wisdom of life experience and can add great richness to the original content.  To be sure, I have met many wonderful GenYers who have these traits in abundance, but this is one area where a few extra years and a few extra miles can help.


Content is the new currency of the web, it is meant to be a door opener, to invite others into the conversation, building thought leadership and authority. The more people that contribute by giving comments or adding another level of context, not only does it add to our knowledge but it can build community.


I think there is an enormous opportunity for anyone who has the passion, knowledge expertise and committment to select the very best content, fact check for accuracy and is willing to put in the time to learn how to curate succesfully.


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Read full article here: [http://huff.to/v7bGHt]

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Ove Christensen's comment, November 17, 2011 4:03 AM
Quality curation is not based on age gruoups but on engagement, openness, knowledge, context and a lot of other stuff - but claiming that a curators age is something of particular interest is rubbish to me.
janlgordon's comment, November 17, 2011 11:53 AM
Hi Ove, As you know I agree with you - curation is moving towards "collective intelligence" it's a wonderful time to expand our knowledge, build community and who knows what lies beyond the horizon.
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Twitter (Trust) research: It's Where the Money & Action is

Twitter (Trust) research: It's Where the Money & Action is | Curation, Social Business and Beyond | Scoop.it

Bob Brown of Network World has curated news of two very interesting Twitter research projects that caught my attention.


We all agree that freedom of speech is good,  and it's great that everyone can now  become a publisher. However, there's a double-edged sword: If we speak to a friend before we think something though, all will surely be forgiven and forgotten. After all, we all make mistakes. But if you click that Tweet or Share button too quickly, either succumbing to knee-jerk reactions or without first checking the facts, you may find the digital world to be less forgiving.


Content curators have to be especially vigilent about curating someone else's content to make sure the facts and information are correct.


I believe the research related to here is essential reading, as it is furtherment of an established and growing trend:


One relates to Wellesley College's Department of Computer Science where two professors have been awarded a near half million dollar National Science Foundation grant to:


****build an application that gauges the trustworthiness of information shared on social networks, and in particular Twitter.


This was originally envisioned as a form of spammer identification, but


****has broadened to be able to determine the past history of a tweeter and also whether information being received is available from multiple sources. 


The other brings us news of 'Tweetographer', a huge Data Mining project by two University of Cincinatti Computer Science students, descibed as:


"a real-time events guide extracted from information coming via large numbers of tweets." 


This could be available as a web or mobile app at the end of the year and one of the co-creators, Billy Clifton (his partner is Alex Padgett)


**sees the uses expanding in the future to predict election results and compiling product reviews.


My takeaways are:


**that we all need to be very aware that what we tweet today can and may be used against us in the future


**search is still very much in its infancy when it comes to engine sophistication, stay tuned.


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


Read full article here: [http://bit.ly/s00504]

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COMING SOON TO A JOB NEAR YOU - CONTENT CURATION

COMING SOON TO A JOB NEAR YOU - CONTENT CURATION | Curation, Social Business and Beyond | Scoop.it
"Stated simply, content curation is the organization and sharing of relevant content on a particular subject. In a world where high-quality information is harder to find, learning to meaningfully filter through content is an increasingly valuable skill" says Donna Papacosta.

This post has a lot of good information for those of you who are planning to do this for a living.
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How to Use “Curation” to Boost Content “Creation”

How to Use “Curation” to Boost Content “Creation” | Curation, Social Business and Beyond | Scoop.it

This piece was written by Heba Hosny, a guest blogger for Lauralee Walker


This article is full of wonderful tips for taking your curation to the next level and embellish your original content.


"Content curation rewards are not limited to branding and SEO; it can also enhance the visibility and the quality of your own content."


There are many things that caught my attention, here are just a few gems:


Curated Content Can Inspire Topics For Created Content


If you don't master this one, all the other tips won't make any sense


****Understand which topics are irresistible to your target audience


My Commentary:


I love this one!


Here's the tip


****Instead of taking the easy route of sharing the topic with your audience, write a blog post to "build on" it.


You can build on a topic in different ways:


**Beg to differ politely


**Provide additional tips and insights


**Ask clarifying question(s)


My Commentary:


This is a great way to add "context" it can start conversations, which invites others to add their comments, bring new observations and more information about a particular topic.


**A perfect segue to building relationships, community, doing business and increasing knowledge.


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


Read full article here: [http://bit.ly/sJs2I8]

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janlgordon's comment, November 22, 2011 3:21 PM
Hi Beth,
I agree with you, I love the feeling of community and the collective wisdom, and you know "curation resonates with me":-)
janlgordon's comment, November 22, 2011 3:22 PM
Thanks so much for rescooping and sharing on twitter:-)
Pittsburgh Tote Bag Project's comment, November 25, 2011 9:17 PM
This has me thinking critically about how we are integrating social media. Inviting interaction has been a huge challenge. We are stimulating new conversations in real world time, but that's not reflected in comments and so forth. I like using Scoop.It widgets to get the newest scoop onto the bog in a timely manner and take some time to reflect on post content.
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Twitter Can be a Powerful Discovery Engine for Curators & Brands IF You Use it Wisely

Twitter Can be a Powerful Discovery Engine for Curators & Brands IF You Use it Wisely | Curation, Social Business and Beyond | Scoop.it

This post was written by, Bill Gurley, a VC - Benchmark Capital, which is a major investor in twitter for his  blog Abovethecrowd.


My commentary:


Bill clarifies what Twitter is and what it is not. I found it extremely well written and very helpful. I also found some of the comments from readers to be interesting. More than one person thought this was a shameless promotion of Twitter, being that he is an investor.   Maybe it was but I have personally gotten tremendous value from Twitter for over five years and after reading this, it crystalized a few  more things in my mind and I will leverage that knowledge in the future


And I feel compelled to ask: are the opinions of an investor automatically flawed?  If I loved a product enough and had the means to make a substantial investment in it, I would consider that being me "putting my money where my mouth is" and would hope that those who perhaps used to listen to me extolling the virtues of the product before I invested, would see my opinion as no less valid after I became a part-owner.


**I say don't throw the baby out with the bath-water:-).


Intro:


"Frequent comparisons to Facebook leave many confused about the true value of Twitter."


Here are just a few gems that caught my attention:


****For the vast majority of Twitter’s next 900 million users, the core usage modality will have very little to do with “tweeting,” and everything to do withlistening” or “hearing.”


****Twitter is a "discovery engine” and an “information utility” rolled into one. With Twitter, you get news faster


****Twitter is highly asymmetric.  The majority of users get value from "reading" or "listening" to the tweets from core influencers.


****In many ways, Twitter is much more of a competitor to other “discovery tools” and “information sourcesthan it is to Facebook


****Twitter has three breakthroughs that make it dramatically more powerful than simple RSS.


****First and foremost, your personalized Twitter feed is human-curated by a potential universe of millions of curators.


****When you “check Twitter” you are looking at the specific articles and links purposefully chosen by people you have chosen to follow.


****That is powerful leverage


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Building Thought Leadership through Content Curation

This slide Presentation given at WebCom Montreal, November 16, 2011 by Corinne Weisgerber. 


I really liked her presentation, I'm sure you will too.


Here's what caught my attention:


She quotes from Robert Scoble, and I think he really captured the essence of a good curator.


"A curator is an information chemist . He or she mixes atoms together in a way to build an information molecule then adds value to that molecule"


A few essential takeaways:


*Identify your niche

*Find content sources

*Aggregate what you observe

*Contextualize -

*(there are many ways to add context - you point out patterns, trends, pull out a few points that gives your readers the gist of what the article is about. Anything that helps others to find meaning and utilize the information in their business is what is important).


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See full slideshow here [http://slidesha.re/sW85V6]


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Beth Kanter's comment, November 17, 2011 3:04 AM
I like her steps too, although I tend to present them in a more simplified way for my audience. Great find.
janlgordon's comment, November 17, 2011 11:51 AM
Hi Beth - Good point, the simpler the better, I agree with you:-)
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Future of Media: Curation, Verification and News as a Process

Future of Media: Curation, Verification and News as a Process | Curation, Social Business and Beyond | Scoop.it
As the BBC and other mainstream media outlets try to figure out how to curate and make sense of the "citizen journalism" coming in via social media, they also need to come to grips with the idea that news is now a process, not a product.
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3 Reasons Curation is Here to Stay

3 Reasons Curation is Here to Stay | Curation, Social Business and Beyond | Scoop.it
Perhaps you won't believe me since it's my job to spread the gospel of curation as the Chief Evangelist of Pearltrees, but I think curation is here to stay. These are the reasons why I believe this is the case.
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