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Curation: Manage Your Attention Not Just Your Time

Curation: Manage Your Attention Not Just Your Time | SM |

This guest post is by Beth Kanter for Socialbrite and this is great for curators just starting out or a refresher for those of you who have been doing this for a while.


She tells you why curation is an important tool in your content strategy and gives you some good suggestions on how to do it effectively which I'm going to focus on here. Curation requires time and energy, and Beth's process really works because I'm doing this myself.


Here's what caught my attention:


Manage you attention, not just your time


**Don't just create a to-do list; lay it out on a daily and weekly schedules, breaking down key tasks of the project into chunks.


**Consider the level of concentration and focus that each type of task or chunk requires and schedule accordingly


**Establish rituals: Rituals in your work life are valuable. A mindmap offers a lot of good suggestions for rituals


**Managing email and other distractions: Turn off notifications that pop up on your computer, iPad or moble.


**Just say no - it's important to engage with your community on social networks but you have to find the right balance. When you're curating, it requires focus, it's best to schedule this first, then do your community management, check your email unless something requires your immediate attention. When you have a plan, it makes everything easier.


Selected by Jan Gordon covering "Curation, Social Business and Beyond"


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Beth Kanter's comment, August 17, 2012 8:18 PM
Thanks for scooping!
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6 Social Media Pain Points (and What to Do About Them)

6 Social Media Pain Points (and What to Do About Them) | SM |

Yes, this article goes to the points that can be painful for anyone who is active on social media. I read this post with interest and I could see that the solutions proposed are logical but very useful. [note mg]


You may love social media, but even the biggest fans of the social web will find some sources of frustration. What is your social media pain point? I thought I'd explore some of the main ones I've identified and offer up some potential solutions.


1. Managing Your Profile and Reputation

So many networks, so many different audiences and connections. Maybe you’re feeling like you have split personalities: being professional on LinkedIn, running at the mouth on Twitter, then letting your hair down on Facebook. But wait! You forgot that you’re connected with your boss or your client on Facebook. Panic ensues. Or what if someone is Googling your name before interviewing you for a job. What will they find? Over the last 10 years, we’ve all learned some tough lessons about what it means to be digital.


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The Benefits of Content Curation and How to Make it Work for You

The Benefits of Content Curation and How to Make it Work for You | SM |

Beth Kanter wrote a very complete and interesting piece in NTEN's latest edition of their quarterly journal for non-profit leaders. You have to download the journal but it's worth it and it's free (you just need to register). 


Jan Gordon: I agree with Guillaume, Beth Kanter knows what she's talking about and her article is definitely worth reading.


Guillaume Decugis wrote this commentary:


"It's been fascinating for me to see how non-profits seem to embrace Social Media in general and Content Curation in particular - Beth of course being a key advocate in that move.


The broader take-away that I see for those of us in all sorts of organizations, as independant professionals or SMB-owners is the validation it brings to the model. When tightly-budgeted NPO's embrace a practice as a group, you can bet they're not wasting their scarce resources on a hype. They have to be efficient and as Beth puts it in the article: "Putting content curation into practice is part art form, part science, but mostly about daily practice. You don’t need to do it for hours, but 20 minutes every day will help you develop and hone the skills."


This is precisely where we see the opportunity with curation for professionals: building up a good practice that fits with one's daily routine and that -as Beth puts it - brings great "unexpected benefits".


Selected by gdecugis and Jan Gordon covering "Content Curation, Social Business and Beyond"


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Guillaume Decugis's comment, June 13, 2012 12:28 AM
You're welcome Beth. Thanks for the great piece!
Mshaber's comment, June 13, 2012 1:51 PM
janlgordon's comment, June 14, 2012 10:09 AM
Thank you Beth Kanter for the mention and for an amazing article, it's greatly appreciated!
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Content Curation - Best Practices | E-Learning Council

Content Curation - Best Practices | E-Learning Council | SM |

Content Curation - Best Practices


Content curation has become a hot topic in 2012.


Corrine Weisgerber, an associate professor at St. Edwards University, has an excellent presentation on content curation.


She differentiates content curation from content aggregation--content aggregation can be automated but content curation requires the human touch for finding, evaluating and contextualizing information.


Gust MEES: Corinne is from Luxembourg (Europe), my country, don't know Luxembourg? Check out my curation about Luxembourg here:

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Jenny Pesina's comment, January 12, 2012 4:28 PM
Great find, Gust - Corrine makes some great points on giving your own opinion on what you find and establishing a PLN. Really enjoyed this one, thanks!
Gust MEES's comment, January 12, 2012 5:39 PM

Thanks Jenny, much appreciated your comment :)