Flipboard (an App available for iOS and Android) is my favourite app for consuming and sharing inrormation. Relevence is improved by being able to choose the topics you want to follow, and liking or favouriting specific articles.
The recent addition of the Flipboard Editort now enables you to create and curate your own magazine, which you can share with others, or keep simply as a place for bookmarking.
In this article, Sue Waters provides a step by step guide on how to use and make the most of the Flipboard features.
From the original article by Tom George on his "Internet Billboards". Here are some interesting excerpts from the post about content curation. "After having spent the better part of four years curating content from renowned bloggers, journalists and authors as well as building a platform here on Internet Billboards, which has evolved into a wonderful community of content curator’s.
Here is my definition of content curation. A content curator is someone who finds, organizes, presents and shares valuable information (content) in many forms, on a specific topic, in a way that provides special context and or a unique engagement with his or her readers. In actuality when done correctly, over time it positions the curator as an expert in his or her respective field and defines their reputation as a thought leader.
A good curator will mix curation with his or her own original content, to give interpretations for the express purpose of allowing others to form their own conclusions. ... Why curation and crowdsourcing will and should become more important to you. I will give you ten reasons. 1. There is just too much content; 2. Social Sites Are Full Of Spam; 3. Privacy concerns with big data; 4. Limiting risk and using many minds; 5. Technology must assist us and help us not hinder us; 6. People Will recognize the need to build meaningful relationships; 7. Information will flow freely; 8. Trust and authority will be the new currency; 9. Curation helps you establish relationships with thought leaders; 10. Crowd Sourcing can make things possible..."
I liked the definition of Curation from Tome George (author of the piece):
"A content curator is someone who finds, organizes, presents and shares valuable information (content) in many forms, on a specific topic, in a way that provides special context and or a unique engagement with his or her readers. In actuality when done correctly, over time it positions the curator as an expert in his or her respective field and defines their reputation as a thought leader. A good curator will mix curation with his or her own original content, to give interpretations for the express purpose of allowing others to form their own conclusions."
Google announced today an expansion of its online storage efforts with the release of a "Save to Drive" button that can be added to any website, allowing visitors to click and save files hosted on the site to their personal Google Drive accounts.
Stephen Dale's insight:
Potentially another nail in the coffin of the traditional desktop PC, and recognition of the growing importance of Cloud stotage. Currently, to move files found on the web to your personal online storage site, you first have to save those items to your desktop in an intermediary step. But in Google’s vision, the desktop is fading away, and everything will be built on top of the web’s platform instead.
Feature-rich for building and sharing collections of multimedia and media content. As a current user of Pinterest, Evernote and Pearltrees I'm not quite sure I have the stamina for creating a new repository. However, definetly worth lookig at for anyone juts starting out on their curation journey. Might alos be worth checking out the business model - how is it funded?
Google Alerts have been one of my mainstays for automatic search and filtering since it was first launched. If the rumours are correct that this is on Google's product anhialation lits, then I guess we should be looking for alternatives now. My own refelction on the services listed here is that - having used it - Social Mention is pretty unreliable.
Requires a bit more effort and dedication that using something like Google Alerts, but I think if you're prepared to continually refine who you're following, you're likely to hone in on content that has greater relevance.
In view of the rumours that Google Alerts is the next service to be canned by Google as part of its ongoing rationalisation exercise and strategy to integrate everything into its Google+ service, this looks like the ideal alternative. Particularly relevant if you want to maintain some independence from the Google 'capture net' (and not everyone wants to have a G+ account). As Robin Good writes:
"If you are not familiar with this kind of tool, its key purpose is one of actively and persistently search for a set of keywords you specify and to report to you, via RSS/email of any instances of new content mentioning your selected keywords."
I've been a long-time user of Google Alerts and have noticed a fall-off recently in the 'hits' I've been receiving, which might infer that the service is not receiving the same attention from Google that it once did. I'll certainly be giving TalkWalker Alerts a try-out. #alerts #smtrng
yahoo, tumblr, acquisition, news, active users, usage, numbers, figures, age groups
Stephen Dale's insight:
Yesterday (20th May 2013) Yahoo! finally confirmed its all-cash acquisition of the social media platform, Tumblr.
According to latest research (Q1 2013), 73 million people have created a Tumblr account which equals 5% of the total internet users at a global level.
One of the major things Tumblr has going for it is the youthfulness of its user base, and this is certainly something that Yahoo! , with it's more 'aged' demographic, would have been attracted to.
46% of Tumblr’s active user base at a global level is between the ages of 16 and 24. This compares to roughly 30% for Google+, 27% for Facebook, and 29% for Twitter.
It will be interesting to see what level of integration will take place beyween Yahoo!’s existing services and its new aquisition. CEO, Marissa Mayer has indicated a hands-off approach, leaving David Karp to continue running the company he set up...that is once he's finished counting his $1.1 billion dollar fortune!
A great post from +Maria Ogneva reflecting on the largely misunderstood and much under-appreciated role of the community manager (aka community facilitator). The essential ingredient for any successful community. #CoP #kmers
If you're a Flipboard user, you'll recall that the app was recently updated to let you create your own magazines. Unfortunately, this functionality was
Stephen Dale's insight:
Flipboard's personal magazine feature (you curate your own magazine from Flipboard's content), previously limited to iOS devices, is now available for Android (hooray!).
Creating a magazine is a simple proces, just tap the plus button visible on each article inside the app or use the bookmarklet when surfing the web. You can share your magazine via SMA, email or Pinterest.
The new Android version introduces some unique features. You're able to "flip" content into your magazines using the share button built into many Android apps.
Also, the Financial Times is now available on Flipboard.
Excerpted from article on Mashable: "Today, however, curation encompasses a whole new catalog of professions, brands and tools — and most revolve around the web.
A curator ingests, analyzes and contextualizes web content and information of a particular nature onto a platform or into a format we can understand. In other words, a curator is like that person at the beach with the metal detector, surfacing items and relics of perceived value. Only, a web curator shares those gems of content with their online audiences.
Some believe "curator" to be a reappropriated, throwaway term, one that simply elevates marginally focused web users.
Some media sites choose to curate articles already published and reported by other sites. For instance, Boing Boing and The Awl feed links that reference news reported by other sites around the web, tailoring content that will resonate with their readership.
More and more people are taking the reins into their own hands. Consumer curators are flocking to sites like The Fancy to browse products and silo them into categories. Other curation tools aren't as consumer-driven but nonetheless help users organize and structure web content that matters to them.
As much as the term gets criticized, curation requires patience, resourcefulness and a keen editing eye. It means becoming fluent in one particular dialect of the web, versus trying to speak its entire language. It's the reason journalists have beats, and the reason you chose one major in college, instead of seven. Perhaps the best part? Curation is a never-ending job, and it never gets boring..."
I think this statement captures the essence of the piece: "A curator ingests, analyzes and contextualizes web content and information of a particular nature onto a platform or into a format we can understand". I tend to think of it as the skill required to separate news from noise. #curation
Probably not news to most social networkers, but validates G+ as one of the runners in the three-horse race (Facebook and Twitter being the other two). Speaking for myself, I won't get locked into any one proprietary network so have a presence on all three, and generally remain wary of any service funded by advertising, where you are at the mercy of forces beyond your control!
I can understand where Harold Jarche is coming from on this piece, but the missing element for me is THE PURPOSE of your curation activity. Frictionless curation is perfectly sensible of it's for your own purpose - e.g. creating collections of useful content for learning or research. It's different if you are curating for the purpose of adding insight or value for others, in which case the 'sensing and sharing' becomes more relevant.
Infographics are visual representations of information, or “data viz” as the cool kids call it these days.
Here's a great article on how to create infographics, or tell a story using 'data viz.'
Translating data into a story is tough work and this article gives us some fabulous tips on how to do it.
Not a graphic designer? Don't worry -- as a business person the more you know about how to create a great data viz story, the better you can tell a graphic designer or graphic scriber what you want.
Another reason I like this article is because it actually mentions the need to create a storyline for your visual, and know before had what the key message is you are trying to deliver.
The storytelling points the article leaves out are the storytelling devices of metaphor, analogy, contrast, and sensory material that are critical to a story's and an infographic's success. These pieces are implied in the article, but need more direct discussion about.
Use this article as a great guide. And if you want more detail, go dig into "Visualize This" by Nathan Yau (although it can be pretty technical).