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Siri, Quora, And The Future Of Search

Siri, Quora, And The Future Of Search | Curation & The Future of Publishing | Scoop.it

Dan Kaplan of Twilio imagines a future where Siri integrates Quora and sees it as a complete game-changer. 


I won't go into whether Quora has been to much overhyped or whether it's under-rated right now. I have no ways to predict whether it's true or not but what Dan sees in Quora is that they've built a way to extract "high-quality experiential knowledge out of humanity’s collective head and getting it into structured form on the internet" and also use "humanity’s collective wisdom to rank it".


What's interesting is the way this is being done: by combining social activities and human input with algorithms. This reminds me of the humanrithm concept and the quality equation of Tim Greenhalg.


This article looks ahead but it resonnates with a simple reality: I end up searching Quora a lot more than Google for certain types of questions. When I want a human opinion, some added value and background and not just top-SEO'ed commercial links. You should check some good examples here: http://www.scoop.it/t/my-favorite-quora-questions


There seem to be a lot of potential for curated search, all the more if a human voice is actually its user interface. So yes, Google, pay attention!  

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janlgordon's comment, October 17, 2011 2:02 PM
This is a great piece!!
Guillaume Decugis's comment, October 17, 2011 2:05 PM
Thanks Jan. I think so too. Some people have discounted Quora rapidly but the quest to organize collective human intelligence is a great one.
janlgordon's comment, October 17, 2011 2:10 PM
I couldn't agree with you more - knowledge networks are the way of the future. Quora is playing a huge role in this area.
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Content curation is in the DNA of all journalists

Content curation is in the DNA of all journalists | Curation & The Future of Publishing | Scoop.it
Journalists have been curating content for years. It’s always been an integral part of newsgathering. We may not have called it curation, but we were doing it all the same. In fact curation is an essential part of our job.

 

Interesting reflexions from Dave Brewer on how new technology has not created curation but changed the way you could perform it in a News Reporting and Journalism environment.

 

While there's clearly an opportunity at democratizing media creation and make it available to all through the new social media revolution, it's refreshing to see journalists also embrace these changes and turn them into benefits to improve the way they work.  


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What The Data Says About Our Twitter & Facebook Assumptions

What The Data Says About Our Twitter & Facebook Assumptions | Curation & The Future of Publishing | Scoop.it

This post by Nicole d'Alonzo  gives a number of conclusions from a study by Argyl Social on Facebook and Twitter usage.


Some of these findings on the "curation vs cration sweet spot" have been mentionned already but some interesting new ones were shared, especially on RSS Automation, scheduling and the limitations of Hashtags.

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"Hashtag Stuffing Doesn’t Work"
I knew it!
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With WSJ Social, the Wall Street Journal wants every user to be an editor

With WSJ Social, the Wall Street Journal wants every user to be an editor | Curation & The Future of Publishing | Scoop.it
The paper explores a new way to distribute its content — through the crowds of users on Facebook.

 

"With WSJ Social, the Journal is purposely “navigating the content within the app around people,” Baratz told Megan Garber who wrote this article, and making “every user an editor”.

  

“We really want to show that it’s not a game,” Baratz continues. “We really think that these people are curators,” doing important distributive work that, at scale, could prove immensely valuable to the WSJ.

 

Now that's democratizing curation.


UPDATE: so now I've played a bit with the App and my first feelings are that it's a great idea but... why Facebook? Facebook is to me the last place I want to pollute my friends' news feeds with WSJ serious type of news. I'd love to tweet them or G+ them but Facebook is for my friends, not my interests.

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Creating Community By Curating Content

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I think this post is touching on an interesting aspect of curation that is sometimes undervalued. While there is a growing understanding that curation makes your publishing easier, I fully agree that the value is also in the creation of communities.

That's a constant feedback we get at Scoop.it : people initially perceived it as a tool but its long term value is more to be a community platform, something we've seen happening and encouraged by introducing social features such as suggestions, follow, re-scoop, etc... (http://blog.scoop.it/en/2011/07/18/explore-the-scoop-it-community/).

And when you combine curation with a topic centric approach, this community aspect becomes even stronger as now people can identify similar interests.

Interestingly, I didn't discover this post myself but through Giuseppe Mauriello's topic, (which happen to overlap with mine to some extent while we both have our own editorial line and style). And looking further, I also realized Jan Gordon presented this post as well, also showing excitement on the idea of creating a community through curation, something I wasn't surprised by as I had a chance to discuss that with her at the last 140 conference. (See her post here: http://www.scoop.it/t/content-curation-social-media/p/457527605/creating-community-by-curating-content ). So from being initially the only curator on this topic, I had the pleasure and satisfaction to see a number of other curators cover it and add their own thoughts, context and vision to the subject, progressively building ties with one another and making connections and conversations.

This community effect is now fully at work. Not just on this topic but on many others.
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Giuseppe Mauriello's comment, September 17, 2011 3:12 AM
Hi Guillaume,
thank you so much for sharing and mention!
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You just shared a link. How long will people pay attention?

You just shared a link. How long will people pay attention? | Curation & The Future of Publishing | Scoop.it

The bitly blog examines the half-life of a shared link. 

 

The answer? Just about 3 hours on Twitter as this great analysis from Bit.ly shows (thanks to @SBAnderson for having shared it on http://www.scoop.it/t/online-news-squared from which I re-scooped it). 

 

This reminds me of what I once wrote on our blog here: http://blog.scoop.it/en/2011/05/31/from-melting-snow-to-snowball-effect/

 

For those who want to be heard, this is one of the biggest downside of Social Media today (vs Search for instance).

 

As Ì explained, at Scoop.it, we're firm believers that a topic-centric approach using curation can and will increase the overall lifetime of content.

 

What's your own experience like on that matter? 


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Become a Content Curation King

I see more and more of these lists. Sign of democratization for curation?

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Accessibility vs. access: How the rhetoric of “rare” is changing in the age of information abundance

Accessibility vs. access: How the rhetoric of “rare” is changing in the age of information abundance | Curation & The Future of Publishing | Scoop.it

Have you ever felt like "hey! I'm not going to read this now because I can always find it later on the Web"? 

 

Maria Popova explains how abundance replacing scarcity totally changed the way we looked at content and ended up answering yes to this above question.

 

Quoting her: "You can be the sole owner of a Jackson Pollock or a Blue Mauritius but not of a piece of information — not for long, anyway."

 

Which makes the Pollock still valuable and worth our attention vs information.

 

So how do we change that? Curation, she answers. Good curation.

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A New Model for Business: Curating the Best Like a Museum

Choice is good but too much choice kills choice. This is a great article by Carmen Nobel for the HBS explaining how, in a society of abundance, making choices for your consumers, ie curating the best, is developping into a new business model. 

 

This makes me think of the Ventes Privées or the Groupon model in commerce, the Wonderbox model in leisure or... the Apple Store featured section.

 

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Stop Talking About Yourself

Stop Talking About Yourself | Curation & The Future of Publishing | Scoop.it
Great analysis shared by Brian Solis. If you extend that to companies, it makes sense too. Curating content meaningful to your audience is a better way to communicate than self-promoting your products, isn't it?
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We Live In The Age Of Conversation Overload: G+, Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn... | SVW

We Live In The Age Of Conversation Overload: G+, Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn... | SVW | Curation & The Future of Publishing | Scoop.it
Interesting twist by Tom Foremski of the information overload issue: Tom points out that more than ignoring articles or content, missing out interactions with people is really annoying.

Which reminds me I have an unfinished email thread with him about meeting last week... No kidding.

So Tom's right : this happens way too much.
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What's a CEO? An Editor says Jack Dorsey

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Think of yourself as an editor....

Looks like the curation mindset is now becoming pervasive.

(via @cgiorgi on http://www.scoop.it/t/startup-advices)
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Robert Scoble on Google + and the interest graph

Robert Scoble on Google + and the interest graph | Curation & The Future of Publishing | Scoop.it
It's too bad that Google didn't let us mix our interest graphs with our social graphs. What do I mean by that?
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Is more real-time information a dream or a nightmare?

Is more real-time information a dream or a nightmare? | Curation & The Future of Publishing | Scoop.it

The information overload feeling is known. But Mathew Ingram seems skeptical on whether filters will catch up with what seems to be a proliferation of new data.


I see that more as an opportunity.

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Is Content Curation Just Reinventing the Wheel?

Is Content Curation Just Reinventing the Wheel? | Curation & The Future of Publishing | Scoop.it

This question has been asked several times already but I like the way Viqi French covers it. In particular how she compares it both to an art form (think DJ's or Museums - interestingly her post is illustrated by a Basquiat painting) and to publishing a newspaper or a magazine. Obviously that last one is dear to our heart at Scoop.it...

 

The other aspect I like are the best practices at the end of the article - a curation "101" if you want.

 

One of the things we’ve been trying to do at Scoop.it is to give a measure to guide your curation effort. This is how we recently introduced the Scoop.it score that measure how well you perform on this best practices (we have more or less these criteria than the one she lists).

 

We’re just at the beginning of this but we’re the first curation platform to ever do that to my knowledge.

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lelapin's comment, October 1, 2011 12:02 AM
there is a frustrating point to this though: one may have several interests in life and several topics to cover them all is cumbersome and time consuming. I chose the option of maintaining only one topic where I put anything and everything that is of interest for me.
Therefore I'll never score high in your system.
Guillaume Decugis's comment, October 2, 2011 10:33 PM
Well you seem to have 73 which isn't bad at all ;-)

One thing we noticed ever since we started Scoop.it and that we don't want to change: a topic is one thing to someone and another to somebody else. Some have very narrow definition, some much wider.

But what we want to emphasize and encourage is how much context is given through the editing work by the curator. As well as the depth and the freshness of the topic. Among the key criteria.

Hence, you scoring quite high ;-)
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Why Curated Online Magazines Are the SEO Future

Why Curated Online Magazines Are the SEO Future | Curation & The Future of Publishing | Scoop.it

Interesting article which echoes what we've seen in our own analytics at Scoop.it, with more and more trafic coming from Search as Google indexes Scoop.it pages.

 

As Cath Pope's write in this post: "Google loves contextual links – SEO starts with good content".

 

Picking up social signal from algorithmic noise seems to have been the focus of Google's Panda update.

 

All for the better in my opinion.


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Web 3.0+ and Collective Intelligence

Web 3.0+ and Collective Intelligence | Curation & The Future of Publishing | Scoop.it

"Let’s focus on the resulting element — the “collective intelligence”. Think about it as billions of human brains working using future super computers as a platform. Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) professor Srini Devadas described “collective intelligence” as consisting of two pillars: cloud computing and crowd computing. Cloud computing is using the Internet as a platform and making access to information available to everyone. Crowd computing, according to him, involves the analysis of information into “collective intelligence” far beyond what we have today."


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ghbrett's curator insight, December 14, 2012 3:12 PM

A good article about where we are now with the Web and All it's resources. Then it presents a scenario for Web The Next Generation or Web 3.0. This is a good read for folks needing more background and added foresight on how to manage the overwhelming abundance of what it is we call the Web.

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New Research Finds the Curation vs Creation Sweet Spot

New Research Finds the Curation vs Creation Sweet Spot | Curation & The Future of Publishing | Scoop.it
Whether you’re on a first date, meeting new people at a dinner party, or making it rain on Twitter, it’s just not a good idea to go on and on about yourself. It’s just awkward.

 

If you read this topic, you probably agree with that starting quote. What's interesting in this post by Argyle Social on Convince & Convert is that it's one of the first quantified analysis I saw that proves the point by measuring out both the click through rate on sharing and the conversion rate thereafter.

 

The conclusion? 

 

Neither curation nor creation wins but a mix of both. As what some of us intuitively thought (http://www.scoop.it/t/web-content-digital-curation/p/235898447/curation-and-creation-social-media-s-dynamic-duo or Jeff Jarvis when he says "Cover what you do best / Link to the rest", as a new rule in journalism).

 

To go further on this, I'd love to isolate the case that happens when your curation is on your site. This is typically something we believe in at Scoop.it and that led us to release the "Scoop.it everywhere" features (http://blog.scoop.it/en/2011/05/04/scoop-it-be-heard-everywhere/), enabling you to mix curation and creation by sharing to blog platforms such as Tumblr or Wordpress. And also adding more context than what you would in a short tweet, highlighting content, enriching it or showing related content.

 

We'll see if maybe we can find out a way to do that type of analysis at some point and see whether it's the ultimate sweet spot.

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The End of Social Media 1.0 Brian Solis

Interesting post by Brian Solis.

Among other things, I think he makes a useful distinction when, quoting Tom Foremski, he points out that there is not as much social media than there are media distributed socially. The distinction is subtle but real: are we moving to an era where media are going to become collective work?

That certainly is one of the ambition of social curation in my opinion. And it should! If we want to add value to an audience (as Brian rightfully highlights as a key objective of social media beyond 1.0), you need to have them join and participate in the publishing itself and not just the comments or... the reading.
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Evolve Beyond Curation: Add Context, Lead Your Category

Evolve Beyond Curation: Add Context, Lead Your Category | Curation & The Future of Publishing | Scoop.it

Interesting reminder of what the curation opportunity is all about: not making lists but giving context.

 

Another way to put it is that filtering is only part of the value. Probably one where algorithms are good at. But as human beings,  we should aim higher.

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Social brand curation: interesting examples

Social brand curation: interesting examples | Curation & The Future of Publishing | Scoop.it
"How brands tell their stories is going to be a cornerstone of future operational success. Good social brand curation creates compelling and credible stories based on the logic of the data and the magic of the people." Interesting to read if you were not yet convinced about how important social curation is for brand building but also to see cool concrete examples.
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SXSW 2012 - Signal beats Noise: Find your voice thru curation

Whether you're planning to attend SxSW 2012 or you're just interested in following up, here's the panel proposal Steve Portigal put together with Michael Magnolis, Ned Hepburn and myself as participants. Feel free to support us by voting it up! Here's an excerpt of the pitch: "Beyond the emphasis on building your Personal Brand, we believe that today, to be a leading edge professional/creative/entrepreneur/designer/innovator you need to carve out your own territory and have your say."
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Google Goes To Luxury Printing and Data Curation To Market Itself

Google Goes To Luxury Printing and Data Curation To Market Itself | Curation & The Future of Publishing | Scoop.it
Interesting to see Google, the ultimate digital data-driven company, use what seems to be old school PR marketing.

Or maybe media and magazines are not that old school anymore at times where urationc is needed.
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Why We Need the New News Environment to be Chaotic « Clay Shirky

"It is not the newspapers that we should be worrying about but news"

Very interesting piece by Clay Shirky about how new ways of publishing news bring chaos but also an interesting competing environment that reinvents many ways we get informed. A good thing in the long run.
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Conversation Agent: The Five Rs of 21st Century Content Curation

Conversation Agent: The Five Rs of 21st Century Content Curation | Curation & The Future of Publishing | Scoop.it
Interesting post by Valeria Maltonia where she touches upon what I call the curation cycle (something we're trying to address with the various features of Scoop.it). This is not just about publishing: discovery is tightly linked to that as well, hence the need for research, etc...

"Why do I constantly update my Google Reader RSS feeds? Adding categories, fine tuning reading lists, then upsetting them all over again when I stumble upon several great sites. That's because I rely on information discovery to push my own thinking."
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