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Every media company is a media company ... and there's the rub

Every media company is a media company ... and there's the rub | Content curation trends | Scoop.it

"Media companies are in trouble because they have to compete against a multitude of companies producing media as a loss leader."


This is an interesting analysis by Tom Foremski on ZDNet that shows how much companies have now invested in the Publishing space. Be it through Content Creation or Content Curation, Social Media makes every brand a publisher. And it's bad news for traditional media which have to reinvent themselves.


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JP Rangaswami: Information is food

http://www.ted.com How do we consume data? At TED@SXSWi, technologist JP Rangaswami muses on our relationship to information, and offers a surprising and sharp insight: we treat it like food.


So if you think of your relationship with information like food, what will you do differently? I think it's a great analogy, and reminds me the Information Diet book by Clay Johnson. Because that's all about curation is. Taking care of what you are able to "digest", what "feeds" you. Good information allows you not only to feel well, but to feel better day after day and connect with others (food is one of the best social breaker in the world, don't you think?)


But curation is not a diet to try, it could just be a tremendous lifestyle to adopt for good.



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Ben Huh says journalistic objectivity is a trap

Ben Huh says journalistic objectivity is a trap | Content curation trends | Scoop.it

"I Can Has Cheezburger CEO Ben Huh's day job may involve funny pictures of cats and other internet memes, but he also has some serious opinions about the future of journalism."

 

These are interesting points Ben Huh makes. To me they're good examples of the shift of value that impacts publishing. The objectivity-seeking, gatekeeping traditional media model is dead because in the age of information abondance, personnal opinions are what get content virally distributed.

 

Isn't that another way of saying Social Curation is changing the future of Publishing?


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Twitter's big problem: It still needs better filters.

Twitter's big problem: It still needs better filters. | Content curation trends | Scoop.it

Mathew Ingram is having a skeptical look at the new Discover tab Twitter introduced in the past few days.


He feels the company didn't yet crack it in spite of its recent acquisition of startups like Summify.


As he points out "Curation and filtering are the holy grail for media". 


But the problem I see is that Twitter's fundamentally based on a people-centric model which makes it hard for interest-based filters to be put in place. 


His example of the Mexican food article shared by a NYT reporter is a good one: the Interest Graph can NOT be captured by people to people relationship. We need to filter by topic.

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Ann Blair on The History of Information

Ann Blair on The History of Information | Content curation trends | Scoop.it
The history professor and author of Too Much to Know tells us what researchers have been discovering about how earlier human societies collected, organised and used information...


Amazing read and historical perspective about transmission. Knowledge and information are actually very different concept :


"This book doesn’t actually focus on the term information but it talks about the institutions that made knowledge possible. Its first volume runs “From Gutenberg to Diderot" – in other words, mid-15th to mid-18th century. A second volume stretches “From the Encyclopédie to Wikipedia”, from the mid-18th century to the 21st century.

Peter Burke is a great cultural historian who has worked on many different aspects of the transmission of knowledge – including, for example, how historians worked, or how ideas about good behaviour at court were transmitted. In this synthetic pair of books he explores the question: What were the institutions that were collecting, classifying, sorting and disseminating information?"


In our world now where information is everywhere, how you make sure that knowledge is still accessible ?

Curation is now not only a great means to express yourself but also an obvious path to become a gatekeeper and a qualitative filter.


This article gives an awesome perspective on an universal and eternal inspiring mission : transmission.


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How to do Content Marketing “Without” Content – Be a Curator!

How to do Content Marketing “Without” Content – Be a Curator! | Content curation trends | Scoop.it

"Fact #1: You don't need to be a content producer to market with content. Fact #2: Not all curators work in museums and have elbow patches."

Interesting analysis on the role curation can play in a content marketing strategy, coming from... a content creator.

Sharon Hurley Hall is a professional copywriter & blogger who wrote this as a guest post on Unbounce's blog (and you can find her on Scoop.it here). While she makes a living creating content, she rightly shows how curation makes sense in a Marketing Strategy (which to me doesn't mean creation doesn't or that the two should be opposed when they actually complete one another as - I think - we both agreed in the comments).

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Sharon Hurley Hall's comment, April 19, 2012 12:16 PM
Definitely complementary strategies, Gerrit. :)
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Teaching Students to Become Curators of Ideas: The Curation Project

Teaching Students to Become Curators of Ideas: The Curation Project | Content curation trends | Scoop.it

"Over the last couple of years, I’ve come to think of my role as a teacher as that of a curator of ideas" says Corinne Weisgerber who teaches Social Media and Communication at St Edwards Unniversity in Austin, TX (if you haven't yet, check out her great prez here).


As she explained in this post, the Curation Project was about getting her students "to set up a network of online mentors using social media tools" and "to identify experts in their field and connect with them in order to build a personal learning network (PLN)." 


The idea behing the PNL is to help them discover valuable information through social search that they wouldn't have discovered otherwise.


Interesting project and read.


And great work by the students who used various curation platforms for the project, including Storify and Scoop.it (links in the post)

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Ileane Smith's comment, April 17, 2012 8:56 AM
I love this presentation and I'm going to take a look at what the students are doing on Scoop.it.
Guillaume Decugis's comment, April 17, 2012 3:29 PM
Glas you like it Ileane. And yes, they've done impressive work: check it out!
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IBM: Communication and Curation go hand in hand

IBM: Communication and Curation go hand in hand | Content curation trends | Scoop.it

A must read from Steve Rosenbaum.


We know the amazing contribution of Steve on this topic (we had the chance to interview Steve at SxSW this year). He explains here very clearly why curation creates value for a corporate organization such as IBM, not only for its customers, but internally.


"Within the world of corporate communication, there are two schools of thought on this. There are those that say – Clamp Down. No tweeting without authorization. No posts, no photos. No messaging outside of approved channels. And then there are the thinkers who are looking to turn this big noisy mess into value for their brands and corporate parents."

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How We Will Read: Clay Shirky

How We Will Read: Clay Shirky | Content curation trends | Scoop.it

"Publishing is not evolving. Publishing is going away. Because the word “publishing” means a cadre of professionals who are taking on the incredible difficulty and complexity and expense of making something public. That’s not a job anymore. That’s a button. There’s a button that says “publish,” and when you press it, it’s done...

The question isn’t what happens to publishing — the entire category has been evacuated. The question is, what are the parent professions needed around writing? Publishing isn’t one of them. Editing, we need, desperately."


Clay Shirky already expressed interesting views on curation and the filter need. T

his blog post is about the evolution of reading. Of course, how we read on the web, now that everyone can be a publisher change the area but not the mission. 

Clay Shirky explores also the notion of "social reading", where human curation has also akey role to play:

"Social reading introduces the idea of text as a usable object. The idea that I’d read it and then do something about it"


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Intel's multi-million dollar "Creators Project' - can great curation build brands?

Intel's multi-million dollar "Creators Project' - can great curation build brands? | Content curation trends | Scoop.it

"Intel is funding a global events and artist showcase: The Creators Project. Can avant-garde artists help it it sell more microprocessors?"


Tom Foremski - who's been watching curation as a trend for quite some time and who also started the SF Curators salon, a group where we contribute - reports on an interesting initiative by Intel to use curation to support its brand. Interesting read.

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StartupLive | Scoopit Co-Founder Guillaume Decugis talks curation and it's benefits at SxSWi

StartupLive | Scoopit Co-Founder Guillaume Decugis talks curation and it's benefits at SxSWi | Content curation trends | Scoop.it

Arabella Santiago is the founder of Startup Live and the Executive Director of the TechWeek conference in Chicago where I'm speaking in a few months. We had a discussion on the role of curation as an expression form in Austin at SxSWi a few weeks ago and we also touched upon the topic of the coming TechWeek session which is about the trend of remixing content to create something new: "No one wants to be duplicating content, but if you quote content and you put content in context then you can create something which has higher value than the original.


It's something we have gotten used to in Music with DJ's and rappers sampling and remixing songs but that the Web makes possible for everyone to do with any form of content. Having been a music entrepreneur before, I like this analogy and I think it shows quite well how a whole creativity potential can be unleashed by new tools and platforms.

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Maria Popova's Beautiful Mind

Maria Popova's Beautiful Mind | Content curation trends | Scoop.it

"The creator of Brain Pickings on how to think outside the corporate box."


An interview with Maria Popova : fascinating to see how her routine works for her. Unsurprisingly, it involves a huge amount of reading.


It's also interesting to see the criteria she uses for what she'll just tweet vs what she'll pick up for her blog.

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Is Curation the missing stack of the News-as-Data-Platform Model? (Vote)

Is Curation the missing stack of the News-as-Data-Platform Model? (Vote) | Content curation trends | Scoop.it

We've suggested this topic for a panel or a talk at the next Online News Association conference. 


As we see the Publishing and Tech worlds overlap more and more, an interesting way to look at the future of Media is to take an engineering angle. You'll find a summary below and by clicking to the Reddit page of the ONA, you'll be able to vote and comment.


"The Web has killed the integrated newspaper model where the same company did everything from writing to publishing and from editing to distribution. To survive in the open internet, media companies need to become platforms that interoperate with others, forming what engineers call stacks when they build something on top of another. One of the stacks that seems obvious in that model is the sharing stack, whether you call it Facebook or Twitter. With the exploding growth of platforms like Tumblr or Pinterest, we're also discovering the importance of a new layer: the curation stack, which as it democratizes, can make everyone a publisher. Are journalists, the historical news curators, ready to embrace that change?"

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The Fallacy of Information Overload - Brian Solis

The Fallacy of Information Overload - Brian Solis | Content curation trends | Scoop.it

As Clay Shirky once observed, “There’s no such thing as information overload — only filter failure.”
My take? “Information overload is a symptom of our desire to not focus on what’s important.” It’s a choice.
Perhaps said another way, information overload is a symptom of our inability to focus on what’s truly important or relevant to who we are as individuals, professionals, and as human beings. 


The addiction to not missing anything seems irrational but is part of our human nature. As any new medium of communication and expression, we will learn as we go as say Brian Solis. The internet is pretty young, and,we will step by step know how to use it for our own good. Curation is probably just starting to be necessary and curated the information we decide to access and digest a benefitial attitude that we have to make more instinctive. With heroes like the Scoop.it's community to lead the way

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How a Nobody can become a Somebody

How a Nobody can become a Somebody | Content curation trends | Scoop.it

This is a great post by Raymond Morin on how Social Influence and Curation are tightly interconnected. "The key to influence is based primarily on the quality and relevance of the content offered", he writes, "Only by adding value to the maelstrom of content on the Web can a blogger reveal themselves as an influence within their network".


And he finishes with a precious tip: "always ask whether our contents are worth sharing".


This is precisely one of the drivers we had for creating Scoop.it: creating Social Media for the rest of us. Not the celebrities or the movie stars (we like them too!) but the people who - in spite of not being famous - had expertise to share. Everyone has a favorite topic they care passionately about and that is worth sharing. 


What is yours?

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Creative Mornings: Maria Popova on Content Curation

Creative Mornings: Maria Popova on Content Curation | Content curation trends | Scoop.it

This sketchnote was suggested to me by Dean Meyers.


Maria Popova, creator, blogger and curator of www.brainpickings.org, talks about the creative process, how old ideas are used to fuel new stories, ideas and designs, and the creative process which relies on curation.


Don't you also feel curation is part of the creative process?

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Dave Pell : the human curator whose newsletter fights tweet overload

Dave Pell : the human curator whose newsletter fights tweet overload | Content curation trends | Scoop.it
"Dave Pell writes what is perhaps the world’s best email newsletter" writes Hamish McKenzie on Pandodaily.

Interesting story that shows the power a human curator can have in the age of Twitter and technology domination. The interview is a must read as he goes on to describe his role.

He concludes: "So we’re in this weird cycle now where we’re being overwhelmed by technology and we’re looking for a technological solution to that. Ultimately the solution for managing technology is going to be human. I don’t think technology can solve its own downside itself."

Humans are back, aren't they?
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Six degrees of aggregation

Six degrees of aggregation | Content curation trends | Scoop.it
"How The Huffington Post ate the Internet..."

This is a long read but a worthy one: one that mixes entrepreneurship, publishing and the story of the Web itself.

It's fascinating to see that the starting point for what became a controversial success but an undisputed revolution for publishing is the social web. Michael Shapiro does a great job at explaining how the HuffPost started from a network problem: how to connect people with stories.

A problem that curators all feel sympathetic with.
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Content Curators Are The New Superheros Of The Web

Content Curators Are The New Superheros Of The Web | Content curation trends | Scoop.it

"Yesterday, 250 million photos were uploaded to Facebook, 864,000 hours of video were uploaded to YouTube, and 294 billion emails were sent. No wonder content curation is one of the most important jobs of our digital age.

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Which means it's time to enlist the web's secret power: humans."


I just love the way Steve Rosenbaum talks about curators, don't you?


He coined the term when we interviewed him at SxSWi and Steve definitely knows what he's talking about, being the author of Curation Nation.


He gives interesting guidelines to all would-be curators in this post: even if you're already one, you might find them useful. And if you're not a curator yet: "All you need is a web browser and a cape. The rest is up to you."

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Death To The Gatekeepers: Bezos Talks Innovation In The Publishing Space

Death To The Gatekeepers: Bezos Talks Innovation In The Publishing Space | Content curation trends | Scoop.it
Per TechCrunch's John Biggs, "The heart of Jeff Bezos' mission has always to circumvent the traditional "gatekeepers" of commerce. He started with books, an industry ripe for disruption, and moved onto, well, everything else. At this point, his vision has come true."

As Bezos wrote to his shareholders: "I am emphasizing the self-service nature of these platforms because it’s important for a reason I think is somewhat non-obvious: even well-meaning gatekeepers slow innovation. When a platform is self-service, even the improbable ideas can get tried, because there’s no expert gatekeeper ready to say “that will never work!” And guess what – many of those improbable ideas do work, and society is the beneficiary of that diversity."

Interesting perspective that reflect my own previous experience in the music industry. Musiwave, my previous startup, built a great digital music mobile business working hand in hand with major labels and mobile operators. Starting right after the 2000 bubble explosion and after the Napster years, we took the legal way, signing deals for every innovation we had in mind to bring music to mobile. That worked to some extent and the company did well (it's now part of Microsoft) but I can't count the occasions I've been frustrated by the time we lost at launching a new product because we had to convince our gatekeepers - back then record labels and mobile operators - it was worth doing. So yes, innovation and gatekeepers rarely match.
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When Losers Write History - Reason Magazine

When Losers Write History - Reason Magazine | Content curation trends | Scoop.it
"Why legacy-newspaper media reporters get their own industry so wrong"

Interesting (but long) piece on why journalists shouldn't be trusted to report on the decline of print media.
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The Verge interview: David Carr on curation, crowdsourcing, and the future of journalism

The Verge interview: David Carr on curation, crowdsourcing, and the future of journalism | Content curation trends | Scoop.it

This is a great interview of David Carr, the well-known columnist at the New York Times where he publishes "The Media Equation" on the future of Media and Journalism. It was suggested to me by Serge van Oudenhove: thanks!


Carr was a speaker at a recent SxSWi pannel named the Curators and the Curated and he comes back in this interview on his "yes, but" about curation: yes, he believes content curators have an important role to play, quoting Maria Popova who was at that same pannel, but also pointing out the importance of attribution and credits, a "form of compensation" in the sometimes too free-for-all Web.


But his interview takes a step back looking at the future of publishing, including the business model challenges in the digital age.


He gives interesting persepctives making it a great read.

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Is the Internet Becoming the Bot Net?

Is the Internet Becoming the Bot Net? | Content curation trends | Scoop.it

"On the Internet, we’ve reached a tipping point where more than 50% of all Internet traffic is no longer generated by humans – instead, it's generated by a motley mix of search engine spiders, bots, scrapers, scammers, hackers and, yes, spies. We are no longer talking about the Internet, we are talking about the Bot Net – a “bot-mediated reality” where algorithms and bots influence where we go, how long we spend there and with whom we communicate."

 

This great pick by Sakis Koukouvis goes on to list impressive facts on how the Internet is being controlled by robots. 

 

Time to put Human Curation back into the game?


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Why it's wrong to call copyright infringement "theft"

Why it's wrong to call copyright infringement "theft" | Content curation trends | Scoop.it
"We've gotten used to the content industries arguing that what happens when people download or make copies is "theft." "

But as Mathew Ingram explains on GivaOm, when A downloads illegally B's content, B only lost a potential sale; nothing real yet.

Interesting to read to understand what's at stake with copyright law.
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Artist transforms books into landscapes : Could you know more about the world by knowing less ?

I just love the metaphor... and the vision of the artist. There is too much information everywhere and we get lost.


Guy LAramee wants to sacrify books to remind us true knowledge is sacred


I think this artistic performance is about curation.  And it's a wonderful path to question the crazy amount of data we receive every day. And the new gatekeepers needed to make it intelligible.

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