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This piece was written by Dave Copeland for Readwriteweb. There have been many articles about Pinterest but if you do nothing else, read the white paper by Engauge and report they're referring to. It is absolutely the best one I've seen to date. (more details below)
The most important thing in this piece is the report, here's what you'll see:
A new Engauge white paper breaks down:
**the make-up of the average Pinterest user
**shows that the end result of less reading is more of a focus on content curation than creation.
**The timing of that trend, combined with a stunning design when Internet users are focusing more on visual than text, has allowed Pinterest to explode in popularity.
This is what caught my attention - a quote from a user:
"When I'm looking for new trends on specific topics like fashion or birthday party themes, I now search Pinterest first -- not Google." - Karah Street
Curated by Jan Gordon covering "Content Curation, Social Business and Beyond"
If you're in making Pinterest work for you, you might want to visit my other topic: Pinterest Watch.
Read full article here: [http://rww.to/yQtDNQ]
Via janlgordon, ABroaderView
I selected this post written by Elad Gil because not only was it interesting and timely, but the comments from his readers were equally as valuable. So many different social curation platforms emerging, Pinterest is one to watch.......
Social Content Curation As The Next Big Thing
The most interesting wave hitting the social web in 2012 is social curation. This was kicked off in 2011 as Pinterest's growth was noticed by Silicon Valley and a number of companies quickly followed suit -
**Snip.It launched as a social information curation platform, Quora adopted boards for a similar purpose, and Fab.com launched a structured social commerce feed.
There's so much information in this post, here's the takeaway. I would love to hear your comments about this next wave......
2012 Will Be The Year of Curated Sets
**Just as the first wave of social media has transformed the consumption of information, this next wave of social curation will fundamentally change how users find and interact with content over time.
Curated by Jan Gordon covering "Content Curation, Social Media and Beyond
Read full article here: [http://bit.ly/lK0ZHi]
When it comes to social media, there seem to be two schools of thought in the science/research community. One posits that spending time on social media can be extremely useful. The other posits that spending time on social media is stupid.
Via Susan Bainbridge
2011 was a busy year for social media, witnessing the launch of Google+ and the widespread adoption of Twitter. News of Osama Bin Laden’s death first appeared on Twitter, and Charlie Sheen set a Guinness World Record by reaching a million followers in a time of 25 hours and 17 minutes. Meanwhile, Rebecca Black hit the headlines by releasing “the worst song ever recorded”, earning 167 million YouTube views in the process, and Take This Lollipop became the fastest growing Facebook application ever.
So what does 2012 have in store for us?
Via Susan Bainbridge
Everywhere you look there is social media. It seems that every week there is a new social site launched. To make matters worse, for every social site launched, there seems to be two or more services created to measure, track and monitor that service.
Via Susan Bainbridge
This excellent article was written by Romain Goday for Darwin Ecosystems.
After presenting some facts showing the immense and burgeoning amount of data available on the web, Romain goes into a little detail on the types of tools that use the Social Graph to filter content:
Social Networks Search Engines Discovery Engines
He then details 5 limitations to Social Media Discovery, opeing this section of the article:
**It is increasingly easier to publish information and increasingly difficult to consume it.
What most caught my attention:
**Excessive attention to what is being said within the user’s circle of trust limits the scope of the information consumption.
**The user’s perspective is not challenged, instead it is reinforced
**Users generally follow people that they respect at a personal level.
**It is understandable that they don’t have the desire to follow people that they dislike or that have the opposite view
**Lists, Circles and Subscriptions aren’t reducing the noise
**Following more people still equals a broader information scope and even more noise.
I agree wholeheartedly that it is our inclination to seek validation. We must choose our sources and our curators very carefully to avoid seeing only what we are hoping to find. But choose, we must! The volume is just too great for anyone to do otherwise for a sustainable period of time.
If you're not careful you can escape the Google filter bubble to one of your own making. To avoid this, you may have to follow people who's views you may not agree with but at least you'll get the broader picture.
Curated by Jan Gordon covering "Content Curation, Social Media and Beyond"
Read the full article here: [http://bit.ly/yKZdG6]