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?
Curated by Jan Gordon covering "Content Curation, Social Media and Beyond"
Read full article here: [http://bit.ly/rvfiuz]