BYOD policies have been touted as money savers, but in informal surveys Atkinson-Shorey has found that most students bring more than one device to school at a time. Demands on the network might be far greater than anyone imagined.
This sketchnote was suggested to me by Dean Meyers.
Maria Popova, creator, blogger and curator of www.brainpickings.org, talks about the creative process, how old ideas are used to fuel new stories, ideas and designs, and the creative process which relies on curation.
Don't you also feel curation is part of the creative process?
"As author Clay Shirky points out, the simple act of publishing something -- whether it's a book or a news article -- doesn't require an industry any more, just a button." I missed this article by Mathew Ingram on GigaOm back in April but Chuck Sherwood brought it back to my attention and it's an interesting comment on Clay Shirky's "How we will read" series.
Obviously, as we're building a platform that aims at making publishing as easy than clicking on a bookmarklet, we don't disagree.
But what's left for publishers to differentiate upon then?
Well, plenty according to Shirky and Ingram. But provided they understand value-adding services and they're ready to give away distribution control.
Interestingly, I believe these points are interesting not just for large or traditionnal publishers but also individual curators.
Under that provocative title, Justin P Lambert actually does a great favor to Curators by outlining a key point between plagiarism, social sharing and curation.
While blog plagiarism has been as old as blog platforms - Justin shares his own story - he defines the clear line that exists between:
1. blog users who copy/paste entire articles
2. social media users who share randomly without having their "audience’s needs or desires in mind"
3. curators who - he says - "put their audience first"
Curation done right "involves figuring out what your audience wants and needs to know about and then sifting through the overwhelming amount of information out there to hand-pick specific items that you know they will benefit from." This is a pretty good definition of Curation in my opinion and one of its direct consequences is that Curation works better in a topic-centric model.
Defining a topic and making your editorial line clear is a great first step to develop an audience with their interests in mind.
Pinterest is now at the top of social media marketing. When using Pinterest for social media marketing, remember tips like: don't just promote yourself, comment and like things, use infographics, and images on Pinterest link back to the original source.
Use this information when determining how Pinterest might fit best with your companies social media marketing plan.
"Over the last couple of years, I’ve come to think of my role as a teacher as that of a curator of ideas" says Corinne Weisgerber who teaches Social Media and Communication at St Edwards Unniversity in Austin, TX (if you haven't yet, check out her great prez here).
As she explained in this post, the Curation Project was about getting her students "to set up a network of online mentors using social media tools" and "to identify experts in their field and connect with them in order to build a personal learning network (PLN)."
The idea behing the PNL is to help them discover valuable information through social search that they wouldn't have discovered otherwise.
Interesting project and read.
And great work by the students who used various curation platforms for the project, including Storify and Scoop.it (links in the post)
"By now, we have some pretty good examples of what a digital-native media entity looks like: it looks a lot like The Huffington Post or BuzzFeed or Vox, with a relentless focus on the dynamics of the real-time web and the way that content lives online — and the power of the social web"
But how about traditional media asks Mathew Ingram?
Interesting analysis of what it took Forbes to change and adapt to digital. Expanding the contribution base while keeping some editorial control was key and is one of the things Ingram touches upon in that great article. Showing how a contribution-with-curation model becomes essential for media to become or stay relevant while avoiding the risks associated with opening the flood gates on contribution.
There are also other points such as feedback measurement tools and writer/reader connexions which are makes this a very interesting read.