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Resources to managing information overload and enabling relevant content discovery on the Web.
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Search vs Discovery (Or A New Approach to Information Consumption)

Search vs Discovery (Or A New Approach to Information Consumption) | Web-Awareness | Scoop.it

Managing information overload is hard! Search and discovery are very different. Content discovery tools offer a new approach to information consumption that brings a series of advantages over search engines:
- Awareness instead of specific answers
- Provide ongoing content
- Focus on fresh content
- Facilitate content selection by the user
- Provide unexpected information

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Real-Time Awareness: 6 Areas Your Organization Needs It

Real-Time Awareness: 6 Areas Your Organization Needs It | Web-Awareness | Scoop.it

In a world that is changing so quickly, failure is guaranteed for those who don’t know what is going on. All business areas within the organization need to pay serious attention to new developments that (can) affect them.

 

Here I detail some of the areas for which real-time awareness is critical:

1- Marketing

2- PR & Brand Management

3- CUstomer Service & Product Management

4- Business Development

5- Competitive Intelligence

6- Risk Management

7- HR & Training

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Google Just Made Bing the Best Search Engine

Yesterday, I curated an interesting analysis by Mathew Ingram on what Google had just done to its Search Engine, getting social in the results. I think it is interesting seeing also the counter-reactions to that move, one of the boldest being Mat Honan's on Gizmodo.

 

Mat explains why he feels this created less acuracy for Google and threatened the Moutain View giant's domination on the Search market: "I just switched the default search engine in my browser from Google to Bing. And if you care about working efficiently, or getting the right results when you search, then maybe you should too."

 

One interesting thing that Mat's point shows is the difficulty there is for an established company to act like a startup. Google has something to lose in that game. In a big way. But it's also the sign of great companies and great leaders to be able to make bold moves that are not always easy to understand first: IBM getting out of hardware, Apple extending out of the computer market with the iPod. 

 

Back to the curated search debate, I think we could also echo the voices of all those who have growningly complained about the fact Google Search was losing its edge and discouraging quality content production efforts. I don't think Mat disagrees with them: he's just showing consumers will not wait forever for Google to come out of that evolutionary process that started with real-time search, continued with Panda and is now becoming social search.

 

Google (and others) seems to be convinced their long-term future is in social, however costly this might be in the short-term. Time will tell whether that was a mistake or not. But there's one thing you can't blame them for: not being willing to try.


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How to Manage Information Overload: 6 Ways Discovery Engines Help

How to Manage Information Overload: 6 Ways Discovery Engines Help | Web-Awareness | Scoop.it

While “information overload” has existed for years, it is becoming increasingly acute – the volume of information published on the Web now doubles every two years. This growth will only continue and the difficulty of staying on top of the flow of information will only get worse. In parallel, “information anxiety”, the fear that you are missing something terribly important, will trouble professionals who need to stay up-to-date on Web information in order to do their jobs.

 

Content discovery engines provide advantages not available with other tools such as social networks, RSS readers, alerts, subscriptions, etc., and can help in better manage information overload.

 

With content discovery engines users:

1- Follow topics, not people

2- Go directly to the Source and avoid distractions

3- Monitor one channel instead of twenty-five

4- Discover the unexpected

5- Benefit from others’ curation efforts

6- Reduce information anxiety

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Twitter: Yours to discover

Discover a faster, simpler way to stay close to everything you care about at http://fly.twitter.com. Nice features!

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Deep look at Facebook's Open Graph (enables "frictionless sharing")

Robert Scoble interviews Carl Sjogreen, director of product management, Facebook Platform. His team is building many of the new features, from Timeline to Open Graph to Ticker.

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The demise of quality content on the web

The demise of quality content on the web | Web-Awareness | Scoop.it

This a great blog post from Rian van der Merwe , describing the noise you can find on the web now, and especially content just created for SEO purposes or advertisers. As many, Rian is tired of it.

 

"I used to believe that if you write with passion and clarity about a topic you know well (or want to know more about), you will find and build an audience. I believed that maybe, if you’re smart about it, you could find a way for some part of that audience to pay you money to sustain whatever obsession drove you to self-publishing"


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Dr. Karen Dietz's comment, December 4, 2011 12:23 PM
Great post and comments Jan! Looking forward to 2012.
janlgordon's comment, December 4, 2011 2:59 PM
@Karen Dietz

Thanks Karen! 2012 is going to be an amazing year for all of us!!
Gust MEES's curator insight, February 14, 2013 7:39 AM

Quality Matters!

A MUST read!!!

Check also:

http://www.scoop.it/webwizard

http://www.scoop.it/t/the-scoop-it-spotlight

http://blog.scoop.it/en/2011/11/30/lord-of-curation-series-gust-mees/

 

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Google's "Freshness" Update - Whiteboard Friday

Google's "Freshness" Update - Whiteboard Friday | Web-Awareness | Scoop.it

Google announced that they released a new update that impacts roughly 35 percent of searches and can better determine when to give you more up-to-date relevant results. What does that mean for you?


Watch the video: http://www.seomoz.org/blog/googles-freshness-update-whiteboard-friday

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Digital serendipity: be careful what you don't wish for

Digital serendipity: be careful what you don't wish for | Web-Awareness | Scoop.it

"Serendipity" is the latest holy grail in the Silicon Valley software zeitgeist: an ill-defined buzzword that developers use to describe services that will connect people with online ephemera they would not normally find on their own.

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Curators, aggregators and megaphones: how content curation change the social media ecosystem

Curators, aggregators and megaphones: how content curation change the social media ecosystem | Web-Awareness | Scoop.it

The author - Neicole Crepeau - differentiates content curators from aggregators.

 

- Content Curators: people who make a practice of finding content relevant to their friends and followers, and then sharing links to that content.

 

- Aggregators: people who pull content from around the web, usually related to a specific topic, to display on websites generally to enhance search engine optimization.

 

and states:

 

Content curation points to significant changes in the social media information ecosystems.

 

(with infographics)

 

More at: http://bit.ly/tDXQMQ


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9 content curation tools that better organise the web.

9 content curation tools that better organise the web. | Web-Awareness | Scoop.it

Numerous content curation platforms, tools and websites are emerging at a rate of knots in 2011, making sense of the social web, and the mountain of content to be consumed.

 

Here's a collection of some of the standout startups.

 

1- Redux

2- Scoop.it

3- Curated.by

4- KeepStream

5- Qrait

6-GabTheWeb

7- PearlTrees

8- Storify

9- Equentia

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How Can Mainstream Media Become a Best News Aggregator?

How Can Mainstream Media Become a Best News Aggregator? | Web-Awareness | Scoop.it

No industry has been hit harder by the growth of user generated content and news aggregators of all stripes than the mainstream print newspapers.

 

One way to a mainstream news outlet to combat other news aggregators is to become a best news aggregator, itself.

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2012 Presidential Election: Examining the Social Media Buzz Surrounding the Republican Party (Interactive Infographic)

2012 Presidential Election: Examining the Social Media Buzz Surrounding the Republican Party (Interactive Infographic) | Web-Awareness | Scoop.it
The buzz surrounding the 2012 Republican Presidential Candidates continues to grow as we get closer to the decision on who will be the 2012 Republican...
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Google Real-Time Insight Finder

A video to show how you can use Google's Real-Time Insights Finder to support your marketing planning process. Discover how our insights tools can be a windo...
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The 7 Roadblocks to Content Curation

The 7 Roadblocks to Content Curation | Web-Awareness | Scoop.it

All of us have areas of interest and expertise that we wish to continue developing. We want to know everything that is going on in relation to that topic. More importantly, we want to be sure we are not missing anything important.

 

 This post explores 7 roadblocks that difficult content curation.

1. Shooting Stars

2. Popularity Icebergs

3. Assumption Bubbles

4. Expert Gatekeepers

5. Circles of Trust

6. Bingo Cards

7. Distraction Mazes

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Social Media Discovery: 5 Hurdles to Information Consumption

Social Media Discovery: 5 Hurdles to Information Consumption | Web-Awareness | Scoop.it

It is increasingly easier to publish information and increasingly difficult to consume it. This lies behind a tendency to rely on the “social graph” to filter information on the user’s behalf. Information consumption is largely limited by who we “follow” online.  By following specific people we count on their ability to provide us with valuable information in the future.

 

The 5 hurdles to social media discovery are:

1. Dependence on social creates tunnel vision

2. It is hard to follow the “right” people

3. The user’s perspective is not challenged, instead it is reinforced

4. Professional and personal content tend to be mixed

5. Lists, Circles and Subscriptions aren’t reducing the noise

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The 4 Levels of Web-Awareness

The 4 Levels of Web-Awareness | Web-Awareness | Scoop.it

Web-awareness is a state of being where you know about everything happening on the Web about a specific topic of interest. It involves being informed about new developments, and also comprehending their causes, evolution and implications in the overall picture. It has become very difficult to stay on top of new content and remaining aware seems almost impossible. However, the current volumes of information present new opportunities for web-awareness.

 

There are 4 levels of web-awareness and those who take advantage of them will continually stay ahead of the curve and make better decisions.

1- Discovering Nuggets

2- Scoping the Scene

3- Understanding Relationships

4- Identifying Patterns

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Content Curation Tools: 5 Different Approaches

Content Curation Tools: 5 Different Approaches | Web-Awareness | Scoop.it

With the unprecedented levels of published information, it is very difficult for Internet users to stay up to date on what matters to them. Technology can support content curation by computing large volumes of information on behalf of the user by helping to discover new pieces of Web information. 


There are 5 main approaches to content curation:


1- The Expert Approach: Curators

2- The Crowd Approach: Popularity

3- The User Behavior Approach: Personalization

4- The Relationships Approach: Social Graph

5- The Patterns Approach: Emergence

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The Voice of the Customers: Discovery, Awareness and Understanding

The Voice of the Customers: Discovery, Awareness and Understanding | Web-Awareness | Scoop.it

Can software understand everything?


The advent of social media offers new possibilities for listening to the voice of the customers but the role of technology is commonly misunderstood.

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Sharepocalypse [INFOGRAPHIC] - The numbers behind social sharing

Sharepocalypse [INFOGRAPHIC] - The numbers behind social sharing | Web-Awareness | Scoop.it

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Journalism and Social Media: 15 Examples Worth Learning From | Center for Sustainable Journalism

Journalism and Social Media: 15 Examples Worth Learning From | Center for Sustainable Journalism | Web-Awareness | Scoop.it

People no longer seek out news. Instead, it often comes to them through social networks. Journalism and information in general is all becoming more social, and this trend will only continue. So, it’s important for people in the media to think about how to make their content social and how to use their social networks to their advantage.


Social media is speedy and empowering, yet journalists are still needed to help make sense of it all. Here are 15 ways journalists and media publications have used social media, including examples using Facebook, Twitter, Storify, Foursquare and Google Plus.


1. Wall Street Journal uses Foursquare during Hurricane IreneCrisis brings opportunity.


2. New York Times Group Uses Instagram Used to Cover Hurricane Irene


3. Reuters Covers the London Riots on Storify


4. KX News Moniot Uses Facebook During A Flood


5. Alabama Meterologist Uses Social Media During Tornadoes


6. Postmedia Uses Twitter As A Reporting Tool


7. Philadelphia NBC Station Uses Foursquare to Report News


8. Rockville Central Moves its Community News Website to Facebook


9. New York Times Reporter Uses Twitter and Blogs to Improve His Work


10. NPR’s Andy Carvin and Twitter


11. New York Times Reporter Using Twitter During the Aftermath of a Tornado


12. New York Times Columnist Uses Facebook to Report from Egypt


13. Washington Post Tells A Facebook Story


14. The Trentonian Used Social Media, including Google Plus, to Cover an Apartment Shooting


15. ProPublica Goes Social With Data Journalism

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17 Eye-Opening Examples of Content Visualization

17 Eye-Opening Examples of Content Visualization | Web-Awareness | Scoop.it
Visualized content is popping up all over the web lately, and it's no surprise.
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Do we need an Information Diet?

This makes me want to read the book and know more. 

 

Clay Johnson seems to make an interesting parallel between the way we consume information today and the way we sometimes overconsume food. Leading to obesity and other health consequences.

 

Are curators the chefs of the "nouvelle cuisine" of information?

 

(Thanks to @Charles_Liebert for sharing it with me!)


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janlgordon's comment, December 3, 2011 2:57 PM
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Hi Beth & Robin,
Beth, I'm going to read the piece on "information coping skills" immediately as well. Robin, I can't wait to see what you come up with, it sounds great, would love to hear more about this......
Beth Kanter's comment, January 24, 2012 1:06 AM
Hi Robin,

Closing the loop here. I purchased this book and finally read it the last week. It is excellent and brilliant. Here's my review: http://www.bethkanter.org/info-diet/ The framing is great. And, there is a chapter that talks about content curation, only he calls information literacy.
Robin Good's comment, January 24, 2012 3:02 AM
Thank you Beth, much appreciated feedback.
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how can content curation boost branding and SEO | Search Engine People

how can content curation boost branding and SEO | Search Engine People | Web-Awareness | Scoop.it

B2B content curation is not a fad! It's a fact. According to a recent study conducted by MarketingSherpa:

 

84% of the surveyed B2B buyers indicated that they are very likely to click through industry news and articles from vendor sources.

 

Still, many B2B businesses fall prey to some ethical and SEO related myths that force some of them to avoid content curation altogether!

 

The 7 most common B2B content curation myths are:

 

1- Curating 3rd Party Content Drives Traffic to Their Sites

 

2- Content Curation Is Unethical

 

3- Hosting Curated Content Can Affect My Page Rank

 

4- Having Duplicate Content Can Have serious SEO Ramifications

 

5- Outbound Links Hurt SEO

 

6- Third Party Content May Overshadow My Content!

 

7- I Hate To Be Labeled a content farmer"!

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David Willden's curator insight, December 27, 2012 11:18 AM

Very helpful article!  It is interesting how it is suggested you set up a different but related domain.  

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Recorded Future - Big Data From The Internet Sees Into The Future - Forbes

Recorded Future - Big Data From The Internet Sees Into The Future - Forbes | Web-Awareness | Scoop.it

Recorded Future can predict at least some aspects of the future by monitoring the Internet. Lots of the Internet.

 

The two-year old Massachusetts-based firm which is partly funded by Google and the CIA’s VC arm (In-Q-Tel, which makes investments to benefit the United States intelligence community) thinks this aggregated and analyzed Internet information will be especially useful in three areas — government, finance and competitive intelligence.

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