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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, Donna Clark, Jack Patterson, Laurent Blanquer
Jason W. Womack wrote this article for all of us, who struggle with information overload. I selected it because.......
To be a good content curator, the first step is knowing how to harness your attention, to be able to filter, focus, and find the best and be able to leave the rest
**It's important to keep refining your daily habits and the author has some great suggestions on how to do that.
Jason Womack warns "in the age of information overload, when it comes to what we have time to focus on, we are often forced to sacrifice quality for quantity.
Here's what caught my attention:
When you multi-task, you can't give your undivided attention the the things you're working on.
**Set a timer for 15-minute intervals
Womack says that our days are actually made up of about 100 15-minute intervals. In fact 15 minutes is just about the right "chunk" of time for us to be able to stay focused, minimize interruptions and work effectively
**Know when you're not focused and implement ways to refocus
When you're working with your timer, write down eah instance when you lose focus-even if it's just to look at a clock to see what time it is.
**Carry a camera with you
Carrying a camera with you is actually a great way to become more in tune with your environment.
**I do this one and it really helps bring me into the present moment
There are three different learning styles: visual, auditory and kinesthetic. Everyone in your network falls into one of these categories.
**(very important tip, when you're not talking and focusing your attention here, it's an amazing experience on so many levels)
Curated by Jan Gordon, covering "Content Curation, Social Business and Beyond"
Read full article here: [http://bit.ly/xoqha6]
This piece and infographic was posted by Jeff Bullas.
It's a great illustration of why you should be on Pinterest and how you should use it.
"Photos are highly engaging and the rise of the visual pinboard Pinterest is to become the 60th most visited site in the US last month provides more data to verify the attractiveness of beautiful images on this visual pinboard social media network site"
Who's using Pinterest?
**Females 25-34 – 27%
**Females 35-44 – 29%
**Females 45-54 – 24%
How Engaging is Pinterest?
What is more telling is to compare the amount of time that the average user spends per month on the other social networks as a comparison measure of the level of engagement.
**Facebook is the most engaging site on the planet at 405 minutes per month
**Pinterest and Tumblr are equal in second place at 89 minutes
**Twitter comes in third at 21 minutes
**LinkedIn – 17 minutes
**Google Plus – 3 minutes
Curated by Jan Gordon covering "Pinterest Watch"
See article and infographic here: [http://bit.ly/yBpTds]
This is another compelling story about Pinterest - the video says it all. It's a deaf woman's story about how she's using visuals to communicate her story. There's something for everyone on this network and this is just the beginning.
Please feel free to follow "Pinterest Watch" for continuous news coverage on this hot new network. You can also follow me on Pinterest http://pinterest.com/jangordon/
I'm discovering new ways to use social media to show I can integrate and make noise in the masses. I love how versatile Pinterest is. It serves many purposes..
Selected by Jan Gordon covering "Content Curation, Social Media and Beyond"
See the full video here: [http://bit.ly/x2qRyD]
Via janlgordon, Anise Smith
In this article the author refers to Robert Scoble,who has built an enormous following on several social networks by curating and sharing the latest news about technology and startups.
He says that just like Scobleizer, startups should use curation to catapult their online presence and influence.
**Curation is a useful approach for all companies but especially for startups:
Here's what especially caught my attention:
If outsiders view your company as a key source of industry informataion, you will quickly build your brand recognition as well as develop trust and goodwill among customers.
**Hub of Information
By being first to market as a content curator in your space and by hosting curated content on your website, you can quickly rise as a primary destination site for those interested in your industry.
By creating a bundle of articles, images, videos or websites that relate to a specific them and keeping it updated, this “guide” can become an important resource for social media marketers.
**Content with Commentary
Using 3rd party articles and adding your own point of view you can build a dedicated following. He refers to Daring Fireball, a blog that has built an impressive loyal following of 30,000
**Successful curators often employ several of these approaches in addition to producing their own original content
Curated by Jan Gordon covering "Content Curation, Social Business and Beyond"
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Read full article here: [http://bit.ly/zTGY37]
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
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]