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Content Discovery Engines: Six Key Traits That Make Them Effective

Content Discovery Engines: Six Key Traits That Make Them Effective | social media literacy |

This post is from Darwin Ecosystem




With the increasing need for relevant content, Discovery engines are becoming tools that save time and encourage effective information consumption.


Content discovery engines are similar to, but different from search engines.


Instead of simply providing results for a specific search query, discovery engines allow users to monitor topic-specific developments.


There are many types of discovery engines, and the technology that drives them and the way they present information differs greatly.


Why Are Content Discovery Engines Gaining Importance?


**more people recognize their potential to transform information consumption.


6 Traits of Highly Effective Content Discovery Engines


*Monitor Unique Topics of Interest

*In Real-Time

*Independent from sources


*Eliminate the noise

*Display Emerging Patterns


There is an increasing need for relevant content to benefit users of the web.


As content repository increases in size, discovery engines will be a primary means of finding new information.


****In order for content discovery engines to succeed, they will need to find the right balance between:


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The Curated Web

The Curated Web | social media literacy |

Brittany Morin wrote this piece for the Huffington Post


I thought this was good article, great observations and a real grasp on curation and how to do it effectively. I'm going to refrain from reposting all the gems in this post  and instead give a commentary on something she said which I thought was a bit shortsighted.  


Here's what caught my attention:


"I believe that the people best poised to be curators of the Internet are those from the Facebook Generation -- the first generation of native web citizens, mainly people in their 20s or early 30s who have grown up with the web and can navigate, scour, synthesize and then publish the best of what's out there on a daily basis because they practically live online. It is our generation that will also be able to more easily understand where new opportunities lie because they can quickly pinpoint where the gaps are in content, services, and products."


My response:


She is right that people in their 20's or 30's are indeed well equipped to curate the web especially for their own age group as well as others for all the reasons she states.


Having said that, there are people of all ages who have been on the web for years, myself included, who have built relationships and have the ability to spot trends, gaps and potential opportunities. I seriously doubt that people in that age group know what people in their 40's, 50's & 60's might need in a trusted source or have access or the ability to ferret out every potential opportunity on the web. I would be careful about making global statements like that.


**What if people of all ages contributed to a topic together, can you imagine the collective intelligence that could come from that?


What will set a good curator apart from a person who just aggregates links is the context they can add.  Their perspective will have been gained through the humility and wisdom of life experience and can add great richness to the original content.  To be sure, I have met many wonderful GenYers who have these traits in abundance, but this is one area where a few extra years and a few extra miles can help.


Content is the new currency of the web, it is meant to be a door opener, to invite others into the conversation, building thought leadership and authority. The more people that contribute by giving comments or adding another level of context, not only does it add to our knowledge but it can build community.


I think there is an enormous opportunity for anyone who has the passion, knowledge expertise and committment to select the very best content, fact check for accuracy and is willing to put in the time to learn how to curate succesfully.


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


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Ove Christensen's comment, November 17, 2011 4:03 AM
Quality curation is not based on age gruoups but on engagement, openness, knowledge, context and a lot of other stuff - but claiming that a curators age is something of particular interest is rubbish to me.
janlgordon's comment, November 17, 2011 11:53 AM
Hi Ove, As you know I agree with you - curation is moving towards "collective intelligence" it's a wonderful time to expand our knowledge, build community and who knows what lies beyond the horizon.