This post was written in May of 2011, but it's one of those pieces that is worth repeating because it's full of good insights and information.
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During these days I’m questioning myself about today’s online media industry recurring topic of discussion: the so-called content curation. The term itself can be identified with the concept of “caring about content.”
This concept, obviously, can be investigated from a variety of viewpoints: it revolves around manipulating information, news, contents available online to a new form with sensibly higher ambitions in terms of vision, lifecycle and usefulness.
It’s about producing contents that, on average, are well worth an enhanced amount of attention respect to the so-called “world buzz,” the avalanche of information micro-bits we receive daily from the Internet through social media, blogs, online newspapers, and sometimes and unfortunately from content farms.
On a more operational level, an interesting definition that you can find online follows (from here)
“Content Curation is a term that describes the act of finding, grouping, organizing or sharing the best and most relevant content on a specific issue.”