My name is Ally Greer. I’m a marketer with expertise in content marketing and curation. You’ve probably never heard of me.
With over 500 million users on Twitter, 175 million on LinkedIn, and over a billion on Facebook, you probably haven’t heard of most people on the Internet. The bad news is that this also means most of those people probably haven’t heard of you either.
Giuseppe Mauriello: Hopflow is web and iOS social content discovery app which seeks to connect users with a stream of content based on their personal interests. It is similar to other services like Prismatic and Trapit.
From reviewed article by The Next Web:
"Hopflow lets users Discover and share content through following specific topics rather than individual sources, and based on these interests, a personalized flow of stories from around the Web is reeled in.
You’ll need to sign up with your Twitter or Facebook credentials.
Hopflow scanned my Twitter history and, quite accurately, told me all the subjects I am indeed interested in.
You can, of course, manually select and deselect options as you see fit, and once you click ‘Done’, you’ll have a long stream of news stories based around your topics of interest. It’s like Twitter, except you follow topics rather than accounts, and this comparison is given further credence with the ‘Rehop’ feature which lets you share your news with others.
“The social Web is full of content platforms that force people to manually follow and filter through sources and information,” says Erez Pilosof, CEO and Founder of Hopflow. ” In this contextual age, people want tools that are simple and provide targeted information. We believe that discovering and sharing stories about the things that interest you shouldn’t be tedious and time consuming but rather fun and easy. Hopflow eliminates unwanted noise and allows users to sit back and enjoy a beautiful image-based ‘flow’ of relevant content outside of their current social networks.”
"Jonah Peretti, a co-founder of Huffington Post and CEO of Buzzfeed, said at PandoMonthly tonight in New York that he doesn’t care about SEO anymore. He views it as a broken system that optimizes for robots, not humans." Erin Griffith reports on Pandodaily.
“Media and content are human businesses, and it’s a problem for humans to give so much power to Google, which is a robot” he said.
Without saying Google is Skynet and evil, more and more people now see the flaws compared to what information networks like Twitter can produce (not saying the latter is perfect either). His conclusion is that you shouldn't care about SEO anymore but I think there's an even more compelling reason to move to Curation. Google is increasingly taking social signals into account so that Social is becoming the new SEO no matter which angle you take it from:
- whether because your audience will find you first on social networks
- whether because your content will be well positioned in Search results because human curators will pick it up (and therefore Google too).
The debate whether SEO still matters or not is not important. What's relevant is that great content that please human genuine interests will surface more than it used to thanks to the work of human curators.
Earlier this week I posted on smart markets, a challenge for companies conditioned and organized to broadcast agendas. The post focused on the need to make the market smarter about your product, your organization and the way you do business.
Old school SEO pros cover your ears, or be prepared to adapt your craft: Search engines are changing, and social media is a huge part of that change.
Bing, Google, and an increasing swath of nimble little search engines like Blekko and DuckDuckGo are incorporating social data into their results. This is potentially great news for new businesses trying to achieve visibility in search. It’s less great news for sites that rely heavily on link buying.
Both Bing and Google admitted in interviews that their search results are positively affected by social signals, such as tweets, Facebook Likes, and +1s.
“As ideas, thoughts, questions and answers are shared more freely and easily than ever, the increased amount of information from social sources provides great benefits to users,” says a Microsoft spokesperson for Bing.
“The links that you build through social media, the references, the authority — all can have an impact in various ways on how you are ranked and listed even in ‘regular’ search results,” says Danny Sullivan, Editor-in-chief of Search Engine Land, in an email interview. “Social media allows for people to provide more trusted signals.”....
Capturing that perfect moment, writing that great story, publishing that wonderful site, they all accomplish the goal of delivering the content. You’ve reached your audience, you’ve delivered the prize. As so many in the publishing world love to say, “Content is King.” And there are dozens of lines that follow that now, like “…then pictures are Queen,” or “…context is God,” “…data is divine,” etc. In content marketing, the follow-up trumps them all.
"Online content curation is a hot trend as business owners and professionals realize that content is vital to add value to their customers and prospects.
The trend was already evident in 2011 but 2012 saw an outright explosion of the phenomenon.
Content curation is the art of selecting content that is appropriate and then organising and publishing it in a way that is relevant for the topic of choice.
Editors with the aid of journalists create and collect content then edit and then publish. Journalism is shifting more and more from the quest for the perfect “scoop” to a more organized and reasoned activity of content curation.
The technology of the web and the rise of the social media networks is providing sources of content that can provide curation in ways that were not previously possible. The content curation platform Scoop.it is an example how we can all become magazine editors and content curators without the overhead of hiring editors or journalists. Scoop.it was established in 2011 with the goal of making content curation easy and accessible to everyone...."
In the guest post pubblished by Jeff Bullas' blog, Intervistato.com's Maria Petrescu interviews Scoop.it's co-founder Marc Rougier.
This is a very interesting piece by Erin Griffith (again!) on the potential scalability issues of content curation. You can pass quickly on her first part where she easily bashes the usual concerns about the curation word being overhyped and over used.
She makes a really good point on her second part, building on the experience of Behance, the platform to publish one's creative work: using a mix of algorithms and human curation is a part of the answer to this scale issue.
But another way to scale curation is to add a topic-centric layer. In the problem she describes (which is typically Behance's problem), scaling up is tough because curation is being applied to sort out the best content on a unique dimension: a home page that's the same for everyone. "Behance’s front page could no longer display what algorithms determined was the most popular art within [the] site’s community. Because of boobs. They are universally the most popular thing on the Web, and not even a tasteful, creative site like Behance is safe when the “wisdom of the crowd” is involved. To be clear — boobs are welcome on Behance, but the site skews toward commercially viable work. A porn pit may entice creative directors but not in the way Behance wants to entice them." she funnily writes.
If you added topics to that, you can solve the problem by having people follow whichever topics they want. And I'm not talking about the usual 10-20 categories you find on any content sites. I'm talking about long-tail, user-created topics that any user can opt in to follow or unfollow. Boobs fans can then follow dozens of Boobs topics curated by other fellow users without having to pollute the experience for everyone else.
By mixing a topic-centric model with curation, you apply it to as many dimensions as your users will decide to curate. That's the model we've been using at Scoop.it and so far, it scales pretty well, doesn't it?
Rachel Sklar highlights key trends, and especially the rise of curation and qualitative filters. Brilliant analysis:
"Audiences are done with SEO-baiting and bait-and-switch headlines; we’re going to get more choosy with our clicks. And with our eyeball-access. So you’d better be trustworthy, because I don’t let just anyone curate for me. Because while news will always be the killer app, who it’s delivered by will matter just as much."
Rachel also mentions that finding easily our communities of interests does not mean the end of exploration. Qualitative filters should provide exactly the opposite :
"While we’re opting to follow curators who deliver to us the news we wish to receive, our most trusted sites are automatically giving us what they think we want to see — or, taken dystopically, what they want us to see. Eli Pariser dubbed this “the Filter Bubble.” Things are only getting more customized, tailored, targeted, and algorithm-ized, but in 2012 we will see clear pushback on that."
Making the web more meaningful by connecting community of interests while encouraging discovery of great content is truly the values Scoop.it encourages. Algorithms are cool. Humanrithm is definitely cooler.
The fact that the news is now a process rather than a finished product that can be printed and shipped to readers makes it even more important that newspapers adopt a "digital first" approach, and think about the news the way bloggers do.
Chevrolet’s latest spot shows photos of old Chevies being held up against modern-day backgrounds. It’s lovely and leverages the brand’s history, but some are alleging the concept is stolen from the popular blog Dear Photograph.