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Should Google and Facebook Be Filtering Our Content For Us?

Should Google and Facebook Be Filtering Our Content For Us? | Curation, Social Business and Beyond |
This is something we all need to pay attention to. Everytime we search for something the filtering of information based on our likes and preferences could be keeping us from vital information that hinder our perspective on any number of topics.

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Is the personalization of the Internet a step backwards? Is the wealth of information that is accessible to us being reduced because the products we use are filtering it all so heavily? This is a discussion that has been gaining momentum in recent weeks.

Written by Chris Crum for WebProNews
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Curation Nation? Or Is It The Filter Bubble? | Fast Company

Curation Nation? Or Is It The Filter Bubble? | Fast Company | Curation, Social Business and Beyond |
This is a rather loaded conversation, I do see many sides of this and although I hear what everyone is saying. Steven Rosenbaum in his book, "Curation Nation" maintains that content curation provides the "long tail" of content that is worthy and might never be seen. Others who are providing platforms and tools for people to curate their own content have their own views.

Eli Pariser in his book, "The Filter Bubble" explains that if google or people select content for us we may not see all sides of a situation. Google selects content based on our history and returns what they think you want to see. In effect, by not looking beyond what Google returns in our individualized searches, we are merely validating ourselves with diminished chances of growth. Try googling a topic see what links come up, then ask a friend to do the same thing and if you're not aware of the selective filtering, the results will surprise you. If a content curator is selecting content for you, you have to trust what they've selected. By trusting a single curator, you are in effect limiting your world view to theirs.

We are still in the process of this content evolution and the jury is still out. It is the opinion of this curator that people should maintain use of search engines and curators in order to sift out the noise and help focus on what is important to them, but that these should be used as start points towards the whole picture and not accept that what they are being shown is all that there is to see.

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Eli Pariser, the young man who co-founded, is getting a fair amount of attention with his new book "The Filter Bubble." In the book, he asserts (repeatedly, I might add) that the attempts by software giants like Google and Facebook to...

The book comes out at a time when many other attempts to deal with information overload are also in our lives--everything from The Huffington Post, to, to Flipboard, Zite, DataSift, or even Netflix.

Everyone seems to think we want to see less, rather than more, information. And they are exploring more and more different ways to filter what we see. I'm not so sure.

Steve Rosenbaum, author of Curation Nation and himself a curator of video at, maintains that curation surfaces the "long tail" of content that is worthy but might never be seen. Rosenbaum studied the filtering phenomenon by interviewing 75 experts, and is of the opinion that the acceptance of curators, while still controversial, is becoming more common as our information overload gets worse.

By Francine Hardaway
Fast Company
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