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Twitter is Not a Social Network - Here's Why

Twitter is Not a Social Network - Here's Why | Curation, Social Business and Beyond | Scoop.it

This piece was written by Gideon Rosenblatt on his blog Alchemy of Change. Many people are still confused about and you can see that everyday if you observe the interactions and how some people are still using it.


Intro:


"Twitter is not a social network. It's a 'real-time information network' and once you see it that way, its competitive edges look a lot closer to Google than to Facebook"


Here is what Evan Williams Co-Founder of twitter said about Twitter:


"I don't consider Twitter to be a social space—primarily. It's a utility for getting (and sometimes spreading) news, information, and entertainment, more than it is a hangout space like the mall. Some people, of course, use it primarily for socializing, and the line is blurry".


Here's what caught my attention:


**This data is extensive.It’s a paper called “What is Twitter, a Social Network or a News Media?” Download PDF


**They downloaded all the member and usage data then analyzed it


Here are some of the findings:


** Twitter shows a low level of reciprocity


**77.9% of user pairs with any link between them are connected one-way


**only 22.1% have reciprocal relationship between them.

**22.1% have reciprocal relationship between them


Moreover, 67.6% of users are not followed by any of their followings in Twitter.


We conjecture that for these users Twitter is rather a source of information than a social networking site.


"Twitter is a living, breathing example of the power law at work; an information distribution network with a small number of heavies followed by lots of people, and lots of people followed by few, if any.


There are people in between, but that’s not the majority.


**This research strongly suggests that two-thirds of the Twitter base the vast majority of Twitter users – are really just using the service as a human-powered information distribution and filtering service.  


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The Latest (and most fascinating) Stats on Twitter

The Latest (and most fascinating) Stats on Twitter | Curation, Social Business and Beyond | Scoop.it

Posted by Michael Sebastian for PR Daily.


This is what’s happening on Twitter in 2012 so far, the history and the evolution of Twitter.


What caught my attention:


**465 million accounts and growing on Twitter


**175 million tweets a day


**How do you decide who to follow?

    *Online search


    *suggested by friends     - **Build your community, along with great content

   

    *suggested by Twitter

     

    *promotion

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Before You Hit The Retweet Button - Here Are Some Important Things To Consider

Before You Hit The Retweet Button - Here Are Some Important Things  To Consider | Curation, Social Business and Beyond | Scoop.it

I selected this piece written by Stanford for Pushingsocial because I thought what he had to say was important for all of us who are on Twitter. It's also a great segue for taking our tweets/curation to the next level in 2012.


We're all curating and I believe it all begins on twitter. Our careful selection of what we tweet as well as who we retweet reflects who we are and what value we're bringing to our following.


**2012 will be all about reputation and quality, what we did last year won't cut it. We have to take our work to the next level.


The author suggests that if we abolish the RT button  it would make all of us go to the actual blog and read the article, add our own comments or maybe create our own tweet based on the article.


I thank you Stanford, for being so honest about your tweeting and for giving us food for thought before we hit the retweet button.


I can't imagine tweeting or retweeting anything, no matter who posted it, without going to the site and reading the article. There have been so many times when I saw a great headline only to be disappointed because the content had no substance, and at least one or two instances where the facts were not correct. 


So be careful! Remember that you put your name behind anything you tweet.


My advice is, don't post anything if you haven't read it and if it isn't top quality, don't retweet it.


Here's one thing that caught my attention:


Do We Need A Little Tough Love?


**I’m not advocating that Twitter scrap the retweet button but this thought experiment is intriguing.


**If anything, it reminds us that curation is more than just clicking a button.


**It requires attention to detail and delivering value.


**I wonder what would happen if content marketers and curators would implement a self-imposed retweet button boycott.


**Go back to the old-school and spend time with every blog post and craft every retweet. What would change?


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Interview with Andrew Grill CEO of PeopleBrowsr (Kred): Timely and relevant

Interview with Andrew Grill CEO of PeopleBrowsr (Kred): Timely and relevant | Curation, Social Business and Beyond | Scoop.it

I posted this piece a few weeks ago and thought I'd do it again today because it's definitely something to watch in 2012.


I was on a tweet chat last night with the people from Kred and from what I heard, these people really are going to play a very important role in  reputation measurement. They seem to be transparent, willing to answer questions and respect the fact that we want to know how they come up with our scores.  They have a completely different system from their competitor.


Great interview by my friend, Robert Dempsey!


Robert Dempsey of Dempsey Marketing interviewed Andrew Grill, CEO of PeopleBrowsr, the developers of Kred.


Measuring online influence seems to be pretty hot in the marketing world these days.


The interview is split into 2 Youtube videos and will take 37 minutes of your time to watch them both, but


**I can assure you that if you have an interest in Influence Metrics, your time will be very well spent!


Here's a synopsis:


PeopleBrowsr pays Twitter for their Firehose.


For better or worse, this means that they have access to EVERY Tweet dating back to 2008 – a total of 55Bn (from approx. 100m @names) at the time of the interview, raising by approximately 1 billion each week, or 10,000 a second.


Each of us can imagine some possible negative ramifications for Twitter selling our Tweets to whoever pays the fee,


**but this particular project is all about helping people and businesses.


Grill sets up his thoughts on Influence by relating the difference between him being at a Networking event and traditional

advertising.


He would scope the crowd looking for people who look interesting, stand near them and listen for a while, finally interjecting himself into the conversation when he feels he can add something.


This, contrasting with the traditional method of advertising: going into a crowd with a megaphone!


Kred currently has two measurements:


Influence score by local community, It will create communities based around locale and sphere of influence.


He defines Influence as changing people’s minds or getting them to take an action.


Outreach score: This shows your generosity of sharing and thanking people for their tweets or recommendations


People will be able to go back any number of days to see tweets of people who interest them.


Kred will train people, not necessarily in how to raise their scores, bu]t in how to make use of what their numbers are telling them.


**Another aspect of Kred is that people can be awarded points for ‘offline influence’, such as awards they may have received



**Grill admits that it will be a couple of years before scoring platforms are able to bring people everything they might wish to see, but feels that we are on the right path.


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


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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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Measuring Online Influence & It’s Impact On Social Media

Measuring Online Influence & It’s Impact On Social Media | Curation, Social Business and Beyond | Scoop.it


Robert Dempsey of Dempsey Marketing interviewed Andrew Grill of PeopleBrowsr, the developers of Kred.


Measuring online influence seems to be pretty hot in the marketing world these days.


The interview is split into 2 Youtube videos and will take 37 minutes of your time to watch them both, but


**I can assure you that if you have an interest in Influence Metrics, your time will be very well spent!


Here's a synopsis:


PeopleBrowsr pays Twitter for their Firehose.


For better or worse, this means that they have access to EVERY Tweet dating back to 2008 – a total of 55Bn (from approx. 100m @names) at the time of the interview, raising by approximately 1 billion each week, or 10,000 a second.


Each of us can imagine some possible negative ramifications for Twitter selling our Tweets to whoever pays the fee,


**but this particular project is all about helping people and businesses.


Grill sets up his thoughts on Influence by relating the difference between him being at a Networking event and traditional

advertising.


He would scope the crowd looking for people who look interesting, stand near them and listen for a while, finally interjecting himself into the conversation when he feels he can add something.


This, contrasting with the traditional method of advertising: going into a crowd with a megaphone!


Kred currently has two measurements:


Influence score by local community, It will create communities based around locale and sphere of influence.


He defines Influence as changing people’s minds or getting them to take an action.


Outreach score: This shows your generosity of sharing and thanking people for their tweets or recommendations


People will be able to go back any number of days to see tweets of people who interest them.


Kred will train people, not necessarily in how to raise their scores, bu]t in how to make use of what their numbers are telling them.


**Another aspect of Kred is that people can be awarded points for ‘offline influence’, such as awards they may have received



**Grill admits that it will be a couple of years before scoring platforms are able to bring people everything they might wish to see, but feels that we are on the right path.


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


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Mass Relevance Partners With Twitter - Helps Media & Brands Monetize Content in Real-Time

Mass Relevance Partners With Twitter - Helps Media & Brands Monetize Content in Real-Time | Curation, Social Business and Beyond | Scoop.it

This press release from Market Watch announces Twitter's first curation partner,

Mass Relevance  who will be Providing a One-Stop Shop for Publishers for Twitter Monetization Through Curation


Mass Relevance Joins Elite Group of Companies Granted Access to Twitter Firehose to Enhance Proven, Scalable Curation Platform Used by NBC, MTV Networks, Samsung, Pepsi, and NY Times


**"Media companies and brands have always found social content to be extremely engaging, but they have lacked the capability to license, filter or display this content in ways that fit their business," said Sam Decker, CEO of Mass Relevance


**Through the Mass Relevance platform, which harnesses Twitter's Firehose,


**content publishers will now have a complete solution to source,

   aggregate, filter and visualize syndicated Twitter content

   from a licensed company to any output they would like -- from Twitter    

   streams to geo-maps to standalone microsites


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Twitter Adds 'Top News' and 'Top People' to Search Results

Pamela Vaughn just posted this on Hubspot "Twitter adds two new features to search functionality: "Top News" and "Top People"


Intro:


"Turns out Twitter has been a little sneaky today. With no word from the official Twitter Blog, it looks like the microblogging service is slowly and quietly rolling out two new features to its search functionality:


"Top News" and "Top People."


This afternoon, GigaOm reported that, for certain lucky users, Twitter.com now includes a "Top News" section at the top of search results.


These "Top News" results highlight relevant, timely news articles about the topic being searched.


Marketing Takeaway


**There has yet to be an official announcement from Twitter about the launch of these new features and when they'll be available to all users, but marketers should be aware that they're coming.


**We don't yet know how Twitter is determining which articles to feature in its top news section, and they don't appear to be tweets,


**but once we do know, marketers should understand if and how they can leverage it to get their content in front of more Twitter searchers.


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Twitterology: A New Science? Could This Reveal Vital Info for the Future?

Twitterology: A New Science? Could This Reveal Vital Info for the Future? | Curation, Social Business and Beyond | Scoop.it

Great article written by Ben Zimmer, a former On Language columnist for The New York Times Magazine, executive producer of VisualThesaurus.com & Vocabulary.com.  This appeared on Sunday in The New York Times


"For researchers, Twitter provides virtually limitless data about language in action."


Here are a few gems:


**Twitter is many things to many people, but lately it has been a gold mine for scholars in fields like linguistics, sociology and psychology who are looking for real-time language data to analyze.


**Twitter’s appeal to researchers is its immediacy — and its immensity.


**Regardless of how unserious Twitter exchanges may appear on the surface, linguists are discovering that Twitter can help uncover truths about our social interactions that are quite serious indeed.


James W. Pennebaker, a social psychologist at the University of Texas who pioneered the text-analysis program often used in this kind of research, warns that positive and negative emotion words are the “low-hanging fruit” in such studies, and


**that deeper linguistic analysis should be explored to provide a “richer, more nuanced view” of how people present themselves to the world.


But even if we can’t expect Twitter to be an unerring emotional barometer, it is proving extremely valuable for understanding how language varies among different demographic groups.



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40 (Under 40): The TWITTERATI - Movers & Shakers Influencing Millions In Real-Time

I thought it would be good reading to see who these people are and how they might be influencing many of us either directly or indirectly. It's good reading for a snowy Saturday afternoon in New York.


These movers and shakers are leveraging the power of social media to influence thousands, if not millions, of followers in real-time.


http://cnnmon.ie/sefl1L


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Crowdsourced Kyoo Turns Social Media Buzz Into 24-Hour News Channels That Companies Can Curate

Crowdsourced Kyoo Turns Social Media Buzz Into 24-Hour News Channels That Companies Can Curate | Curation, Social Business and Beyond | Scoop.it

Announced today, Kyoo is a social media aggregator that intelligently finds, indexes and displays social content on any topic.

 

The business versions of Kyoo allows organizations to aggregate and display content on their own sites, with moderation tools, in a similar fashion.

 

It features hot topics bubbling up in U.S. News, World News, Business, Science & Tech, Entertainment, Politics, Sports, What’s Viral and Lifestyle sections.

 

You can browse sections or search for topics of interest.

 

Each topic page is an amalgamation of topic-related tweets, public Facebook status updates, YouTube videos, Flickr photos, Delicious bookmarks, and top news stories from Digg and Reddit.

 

With a broad spectrum of channels, Kyoo provides a real-time, contextual glimpse at what’s happening in the world based on the updates pouring in from social media sites, making it akin to a crowdsourced 24-hour news network.

 

Kyoo is free to use for consumers, though it does offer a separate business product for companies that starts at $349 per month. 


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7 Tips for SEO Keyword Optimizing Your Tweets

Written by Laura Liatti for Brand & Capture Blog


Curated by JanLGordon covering  "Content Curation, Social Media & Beyond"


Intro:


Twitter is one of the hottest ways to promote your business. Millions of people use Twitter and you can use this powerful social media tool to reach your target audience down the street or across an ocean.


A few popular (retweeted) tweets using an effective SEO keyword strategy increases traffic to your website and helps with search engine optimization at the same time.


Here's what caught my attention:


**Incorporate your keywords into your Twitter biography as part of a smart SEO keyword strategy.


**Search engines index the information in your biography. Twitter limits your biography to 160 characters so use your keywords wisely in sentences that are informative, clever and make sense.


**Use your keywords as hash tags whenever possible and appropriate. A hash tag is a pound sign, or "#". On Twitter, people use hash tags to participate in conversations about a particular subject.


**If your website offers baking tips, for example, precede your tweets with hash tag keywords like #desserts, #cookies and #cakes.


**Tweet at appropriate times for your particular set of keywords.



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Content Curators Playing A Larger Role Online

Content Curators Playing A Larger Role Online | Curation, Social Business and Beyond | Scoop.it

Tony Obregon wrote this piece on his blog - tonyobregon.com. It was curated by janlgordon covering her topic "Content Curation, Social Media and Beyond" on Scoopit 


Tony reminds us that content curators play a role in information overload - they take time to sort, select, comment on good content that helps keeps you current on your topic of interest.


Tony says:


"With the ever increasing amount of online information from social networks, the need for organizing it has never been greater. Look around and there’s no shortage of aggregation tools to help us filter out the important stuff."


Here's what caught my attention:


**In this world of information overload, there’s now a new layer in the media ecosystem: the curator. If it wasn’t for that person who retweeted the story in the first place, you probably wouldn’t have seen it.


**So naming the retweeters in daily promos is the right course of action. Twitter is like a fire hose and Paper.li is selecting random tweets that would have otherwise been missed.


**Yes, they’re randomly chosen but I find a lot of value in them because they praise others for their contributions.


**It reminds me that they’re part of my network and I can appreciate their contributions that much more. I know when I’m named in someone’s newspaper it motivates me to continue sharing that type of content.


http://www.tonyobregon.com/2011/10/03/content-curators-playing-a-larger-role-online/

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10 Types of “Tweets” That Encourage REAL Connection

10 Types of “Tweets” That Encourage REAL Connection | Curation, Social Business and Beyond | Scoop.it

 Great post by Kim Garst, Twitter can be a very powerful tool to build your business if you use it wisely.


Intro:


The purpose of Twitter and all social media, is not to make money, but to brand YOU and your business and build relationships with potential and existing customers. The money will follow if you put your customers FIRST.


**Mix your "business" talk with "life" talk


Excerpt::


"Twitter challenges personal brands to reach out to their audience differently than they would in traditional marketing and/or social media platforms."


Here are some highlights that caught my attention:


**The resource sharing tweet - Find a great article or a resource that you know your target audience could benefit from


**The quotable tweet - This one speaks for itself


**Tip of the Day Tweet - great way to provide relevant content to your target audience by providing them a valuable piece of info that they can use either personally or profesionally. This also builds vlaue for you as an expert within your niche.


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How to be a Powerful Tweeter and Thrive in the Twitter Ecosystem

This piece was written by Megan Garber for The Atlantic


A study based on 43,000 responses to Tweets found precisely what people like and loathe about microblog posts.


Here are some of the findings:


**Twitter, as a communications platform, has evolved beyond nascent Twitter's charmingly mundane updates ("cleaning my apartment"; "hungry") and into something more crowd-conscious and curatorial.


**Though Twitter won't necessarily replace traditional news, it increasingly functions as a real-time newswire, disseminating and amplifying information gathered from the world and the web.


**At the same time, though, being social, it functions as a source of entertainment. Which means that we have increasingly high -- and increasingly normalized -- expectations for Twitter as both a place and a platform.


**We want it to enlighten us, but we also want it to amuse us.

In that context, tweets that are informative or funny -- or, ideally, informative and funny -- evoke the best responses.


 **Tweets that contain stale information, repeat conventional wisdom, offer uselessly de-contextual news, or extoll the virtues of the awesome salad I had for lunch today don't, ultimately, do much to justify themselves.


So: Do be useful. Do be novel. Do be compelling. Do not, under any circumstances, be boring.


This is what caught my attention:


****Contribute to the story: To keep people interested, add an opinion, a pertinent fact or otherwise add to the conversation before hitting "send" on a retweet.


Takeaway:


"The Twitter ecosystem values learning about new content," the study notes -- so new info, it seems, is new info, regardless of who provides it.  


**Sharing your own work conveys excitement about that work -- which means that self-promotion, rather than being a Twitter turn-off, can actually be an added value.


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How To Build A Tribe On Twitter

How To Build A Tribe On Twitter | Curation, Social Business and Beyond | Scoop.it

This piece was written by Sean Platt for his blog. It is full of great information on how to use twitter and build a community of people which can result in tremendous opportunities for you.


Intro:


Because attention is so easy to gather on Twitter, and because your follower count can climb with the speed of a soaring stock, you might find yourself falling into the too typical trap of thinking Twitter’s purpose is to gather as much attention as possible. It’s not.


**Attention is great, but it’s only the end result of getting what you’re really after – quality relationships.


Here's what caught my attention:


**The best way to get the most from your Twitter conversations is to understand the ecosystem.


**Twitter isn’t a chat, it’s a never-ending party.


**When you have a conversation with someone, one-on-one, the two of you are both engaged; two listeners sharing a single conversation.


**Take time to get to know your fans. Not just because they’ve been helping you out and you want to repay the favor, but because they can help you understand more about who your audience is and how you can serve them best.


You want to find the signal through the noise, and filtering your tweets is a great way to make that happen. 


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What’s the #1 thing people are doing online? [Infographic]

What’s the #1 thing people are doing online? [Infographic] | Curation, Social Business and Beyond | Scoop.it

What are you doing on the Internet? Shopping? Tweeting? Checking Facebook?


**71% of you are watching videos on Vimeo or YouTube

The infographic covers the PEW survey for the past

three years on what adults are doing on the Internet.


I love that 81% of us are using the Internet to check the weather. This is my favorite site to check the weather btw.


So what’s the #1 thing people are doing online?


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Emocean Club's comment, November 20, 2011 9:14 AM
Interesting. I'm surprised at the shopping numbers. I thought other sources of data had the % of people shopping online similarly high, but a much smaller % of people actually "buying" online...
janlgordon's comment, November 20, 2011 1:48 PM
Hi Darcy, I agree with you, it is a bit surprising - you would think the percentage was higher - there may be some hidden #'s they're not capturing, It'll definitely be interesting to see how how this looks after the holidays.
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When Everyone is Tweeting, Who is Paying Attention?

When Everyone is Tweeting, Who is Paying Attention? | Curation, Social Business and Beyond | Scoop.it

Food for thought from Toddi Gutner for Business2Community:


I found this piece particularly interesting and wanted to call your attention to it. It's one of those things we all experience everyday, but do we really stop to ask ourselves this question:


****Are You Mobilizing Communities or Just a Voice in the Crowd?


I've personally covered events online, tweeting the main points live and although I was able to filter and capture the essence of what was going on, I had to go back and really absorb the information and then try to apply it to my business effectively. (not always an easy task) :-)


It's a juggling act but one I think we're all experiencing on one level or another.


Excerpt:


Continuous Partial Attention (CPA) is the process of paying simultaneous but superficial attention to a number of sources of incoming information.


This term, coined by writer and consultant Linda Stone in 1998, aptly describes the scene at the recent Council of Public Relations Firms Critical Issues Forum on Social Revolution:


This is what particularly caught my attention:


**What was the unintended consequence (UC) - these being outcomes that are not intended by a purposeful action?


**They can be positive, negative or have a perverse effect contrary to what was originally intended.



****So are there any unintended consequences to compulsively tweeting from an event or otherwise?


This is a question I have yet to answer. It is sort of like waiting to see what the side effects of a drug will be years after it has been approved.


One UC of CPA may be that peoples’ attention spans (already truncated by USA Today and sound bite television) and


**related ability for analytic thought will be reduced to nanoseconds.


I'd love to hear your Thoughts?


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Beth Kanter's comment, November 28, 2011 3:20 PM
I just rescooped this article because I found it in another source, but here I look further into your collection and find it. I'm curating on the topic information overload and coping skills. I believe that curation can help you pay attention. I experienced this myself .. I was a conference. Many people were tweeting. I was tracking it with storify - doing content curation in real time with twitter versus tweeting helped me pay attention, quickly put together a coherrent record of what happened and make it unstandable to people not in the room.
janlgordon's comment, November 28, 2011 3:59 PM
@BethKanter
I have covered a few conferences in real-time and it definitely makes you pay attention on more than one level. Being able to put it in a cohesive manner helping people understand what's happening is an art in itself and something you do very well.
Carla Chapman's curator insight, October 1, 2014 4:49 PM

Are there unintended consequences for compulsively tweeting?  Read on....

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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"


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The Many Languages Of Twitter [Infographic]

The Many Languages Of Twitter [Infographic] | Curation, Social Business and Beyond | Scoop.it

This article on fastcodesign.com features what can be best described as Infographic Art, produced by Eric Fischer.


There is a World map in which there are no borders and the predominant language of Tweets are depicted in colors. 


There are 4 other maps, the third of which, of New York City, "has extremely intermixed borders--a crucial feature of the city's famed cultural melting pot".


The depictions are beautiful. See them all here: [http://bit.ly/rZTnd7]


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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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Human Curation and Social media Creating Major Shifts in News - Forbes

Human Curation and Social media Creating Major Shifts in News - Forbes | Curation, Social Business and Beyond | Scoop.it

Bill Barol wrote this article for Forbes.  It touches on two "interesting and complementary nuggets of Social Media Curation by Megan Garber of the Neiman Journalism Lab.


**** Reporting on a panel on social media best practices at the Journalism Interactive conference in New York, Garber quotes New York Times co-social media editor Liz Heron to the effect that her job “probably will not exist in five years.”


*** It’s not that social media will vanish, Heron says; it’s that they’ll emerge from their current primordial soup and suffuse all media, abrogating the need for specialist hand-holders.


Garber's other gem was reporting on a major shift in Tweeting strategy at the BBC.  :


*** “What we’ve done is turn off the auto-feed on @BBCNews during the UK daytime,” BBC social media editor Chris Hamilton told Garber. “That’s the first stage.”) Hamilton calls the change “tweeting with value”.


Then Garber points out:


** human-tweeted headlines are almost always more effective — more engaging, more inviting, more generally interesting


** Send out some humanity, get some back in return— we know that, anecdotally and implicitly


The article ends with an amusing yet accurate thought:


** In years to come we may find that the philosophical question posed by the Aaron Altman character in James Brooks’ great Broadcast News — Is it news if we don’t cover it? — gets displaced by a narrower one: Is it news if we don’t tweet it?


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If You're B2B, What Day You Tweet Doesn't Matter

If You're B2B, What Day You Tweet Doesn't Matter | Curation, Social Business and Beyond | Scoop.it

I don't know about you, but I just registered, if you are B2B, this looks like it will be a good webinar given by Jay Baer   who really knows what he's talking about and friends at Argyle Social.  They promise it will be valuable (yet free) and they answer some of the big questions about social media timing under the experimental microscope.


Excerpt:


The Right Answer is No Answer


Sometimes, like in this case, despite how hard we look for it the answer we seek just isn’t there.


I find this piece of B2B “non-advice” interesting, because dating back to the early days of email marketing, we’ve always wanted to believe that message recipients’ behavior differs enough through the week that we should stage our communication accordingly.


We used to send emails on Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday because more people are on vacation Monday and Friday. Then, everyone starting sending their emails mid-week, and we flooded inboxes so much, engagement rate plummeted.


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Will Twitter Become The Twitter News Network ?

This was posted by Gordon Macmillan on The Wall Blog


Curated by JanLGordon covering Content Curation, Social Media & Beyond


Great discussion here between futurists Ross Dawson and Gerd Leonhard of The Futures Agency discussing where Twitter is going."


In this talk, both Gerd Leonhard & Ross Dawson say the Twitter News Network will become bigger than CNN. Right now CNN is using a combination of Youtube, Skype and Twitter to deliver the most up to breaking news as it happens, this is only the beginning, it will be interesting to watch this unfold.


http://wallblog.co.uk/2011/10/07/the-future-of-twitter-the-twitter-news-network/



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How to Create Credibility and Trust on Twitter

This wonderful piece was written by Jeff Bullas for his blog jeffbullas.com. It was curated by JanLGordon covering her topic "Content Curation, Social Media and Beyond" on Scoopit.


Twitter is where many of us began curating content without knowing that's what we were doing. It has become a very important platform and can lead you to incredible opportunities if you use it properly. I speak from experience.


Intro:


"At first glance Twitter is like a grown ups version of teenage texting. The 140 characters offer the promise of much more behind its brevity and headline. 


**So how do you create trust beyond the 140 character facade?"


At its core there are two differences that distinguish it from the humble “SMS”, that have given it traction in the public “mindspace”


**It is public


**It links to content


Experienced and expert tweeters know how to lead you to the promised land of rich and compelling content by teasing, enticing and tempting readers to click on the link with an inviting headline.


Here's what caught my attention:


Trust is the New “Black”


Whether it is on Twitter, Facebook or your blog the initial short content should create initial trust that leads to longer format content.


As Arianna said


**“Trust is the most important thing we can do in everything we want to sell or offer.”


**So how can a micro blogger create more trust?


Jeff goes on to tell you how to do this and he does deliver the goods.


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http://www.jeffbullas.com/2011/10/05/how-to-create-credibility-and-trust-on-twitter/

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