Jack Humhrey has some great suggestions for novice curators out there. Today he writes on Social Media Today:

"So what is the secret sauce that makes people like Guy Kawasaki, Robert Scoble, or Mari Smith popular while most everyone else remains hidden?

In a word: Sources.

If you pick through the same RSS feeds and all the usual suspects in your niche, you're going to end up sharing the same stuff everyone else in your niche shares.

Everyone looks the same and it's impossible for a prospective follower to choose any one person to follow that way.

The reason some people gain huge following on social media through curating great stuff is that they share things that don't get picked up by everyone else.

Things that are interesting, important, entertaining or otherwise valuable to their audiences but that somehow were missed by the others in your market.

In order to get this sort of secret edge in social curation, you have to find things you weren't even looking for."

I think he's hitting the nail right on the head with this one, making it clear that the greatest value for curators is in finding, unearthing and properly presenting those hidden gems that you would have never stumbled upon otherwise.

Insightful. 8/10

Full article:  http://socialmediatoday.com/jack-humphrey/391686/why-no-social-love-your-social-curation-too-obvious

Via Robin Good