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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 | Curation, Social Business and Beyond | Scoop.it

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 want to thank Beth not only for another outstanding piece but for the mention, it's greatly appreciated.


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".


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Guillaume Decugis's comment, June 12, 2012 9:28 PM
You're welcome Beth. Thanks for the great piece!
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janlgordon's comment, June 14, 2012 7:09 AM
Thank you Beth Kanter for the mention and for an amazing article, it's greatly appreciated!
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Is Content Curation the New Community Builder?

Is Content Curation the New Community Builder? | Curation, Social Business and Beyond | Scoop.it

This piece was written by Eric Brown for social media explorer.


I selected this article because it reaffirms what many of us already know but it's still good to see this in writing: Content curation and Media Curation (a mix of  machine aggregation and Human Curation) are starting to pick up steam.


Here are some highlights:


Curation comes up when search stops working,” says author and NYU Professor Clay Shirky. But it’s more than a human-powered filter.


**“Curation comes up when people realize that it isn’t just about information seeking, it’s also about synchronizing a community.”


The author says and I agree with him:



**"The value will be in the expertise of the curator, people will not read junk, and the best of the best curators will create digital domination with vibrant communities".


There is also a great quote from Fred Wilson's AVB blog in which he details what he would do if he were starting the Village Voice now:


**I would not print anything. I would not hire a ton of writers. I would build a website and a mobile app (or two or three). I would hire a Publisher and a few salespeople.


**I would hire an editor and a few journalists. And then I’d go out and find every blog, twitter, facebook, flickr, youtube, and other social media feed out there that is related to downtown NYC


**and I would pull it all into an aggregation system where my editor and journalists could cull through the posts coming in, curate them, and then publish them


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What a truth! TY!!
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Is Content Curation the New Community Builder?

Is Content Curation the New Community Builder? | Curation, Social Business and Beyond | Scoop.it

This piece was written by Eric Brown for social media explorer.


I selected this article because it reaffirms what many of us already know but it's still good to see this in writing: Content curation and Media Curation (a mix of  machine aggregation and Human Curation) are starting to pick up steam.


Here are some highlights:


Curation comes up when search stops working,” says author and NYU Professor Clay Shirky. But it’s more than a human-powered filter.


**“Curation comes up when people realize that it isn’t just about information seeking, it’s also about synchronizing a community.”


The author says and I agree with him:


**"The value will be in the expertise of the curator, people will not read junk, and the best of the best curators will create digital domination with vibrant communities".


There is also a great quote from Fred Wilson's AVB blog in which he details what he would do if he were starting the Village Voice now:


**I would not print anything. I would not hire a ton of writers. I would build a website and a mobile app (or two or three). I would hire a Publisher and a few salespeople.


**I would hire an editor and a few journalists. And then I’d go out and find every blog, twitter, facebook, flickr, youtube, and other social media feed out there that is related to downtown NYC


**and I would pull it all into an aggregation system where my editor and journalists could cull through the posts coming in, curate them, and then publish them


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What a truth! TY!!
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7 Roadblocks To Content Curation - What You Need to Know

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This post was written by Romain Goday from Darwineco. The insights and suggestions in this article are excellent because they articulate the problem so clearly.


When you can see something in this light, it makes it easier to create a plan of action that is effective. This takes time but it can be done. More about this in the weeks to come, stay tuned.


Excerpt:


We all want to be sure we are not missing important information. This post explores 7 roadblocks that are an impediment to curation.


**What differentiates successful professionals is their ability to take action before competitors so as to mitigate a risk or act upon an opportunity.


Here are a few things that caught my attention:


**Finding timely and relevant information on an ongoing basis about a specific subject is very challenging


Circles of Trust


**Today's information consumption is largely dependent on whom users "follow" online: social media connections, news sites (groups of publishers), bloggers and other information providers.


****It is easy to forget that critical information might come from outside those circles of trust.


**Most information is available on the Web, but focusing on the right information requires users to combine various tools in very creative ways


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Content Curation: One More Role for an Enterprise Community Manager

Content Curation: One More Role for an Enterprise Community Manager | Curation, Social Business and Beyond | Scoop.it

I selected this piece from ID and other Reflections on blogspot because the future is on our doorstep and this article has some very good information.


Intro:


Faced with the tsunami of information, we are all floundering to find our way to content that actually matters. From setting up filters--both of the automated and human variety--to trying to make sense of what we find, we are in a fix, so to speak.


****Hence, we see the rise of content curators as a breed who will help us to make sense of this world of worldwideweb that has suddenly gone amuck.


Enterprises who want to survive in 2012 and beyond must be on the cutting edge of their field, they need to be adaptive and make the right decisions quickly. They will need to:


**Be able to connect the dots to make sense of the underlying pattern.


What role can an enterprise community manager play?


**Surface useful and interesting content


**This entails listening to the community, being aware of the needs and drivers, and keeping a keen watch on the different contributions and conversations taking place on the platform.


**One needs to develop a nose for useful content just like an experienced editor develops a sense for what could be breaking news.


**This skill cannot be automated and requires constant engagement with the community to develop.


**By surfacing hidden gems, community managers enable users to make those serendipitous discoveries that could lead to breakthrough innovations, more engaged

participation and a sense of commitment to the community.


**The greater the benefit users derive from their membership to the community, the higher will be their involvement and engagement.


The community manager's role would be akin to that of a museum curator. Curators at museums lay out the best pieces in a manner that:


**Catch the viewers attention


**Tells a narrative that makes sense to the viewer  


**Gives a sense of the bigger scheme of things


**Makes it easy for viewers to "jump" to the sections that interest them


**Have enough metadata for viewers to understand the context


Here are a few takeaways that definitely caught my attention:


A good curator will seek, sense, synthesise and then share in a manner that adds value to a specific user group.


**Curation is not just a collection of links and resources--it is a synthesis that reveals the pattern behind the links and list of resources


**By revealing the patterns, a curator can help an organisation make breakthrough finds.


****The key here is to remember that each content piece is a social object around which conversations will evolve, further content will be generated and ideas surface.


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Curation As Story – The Importance Of Human Filters

Curation As Story – The Importance Of Human Filters | Curation, Social Business and Beyond | Scoop.it

This piece was written by Jeff Turner who has curated a great conversation from members of a tweetchat #tschat today.


There are many forms of curation, I think this is an excellent real life example of the many ways you can use curation to add value for others.


I agree with this, no matter what you're curating, it has to have a story that ties it together:


"Curation is a form of storytelling. Curation tools need to support this truth."


**Collecting content without qualitative human judgement is aggregation, not curation. The best automation tools alone will never replace the ability of a human being to provide meaningful context.


****And the best curation, the curation I subscribe to via email, takes context to the next level. It tells a story.


**This post is being written, primarily to serve as an example of what I’m calling “social curation.”


**The act of curating a conversation, like the one that took place this morning at #tschat, should be a storytelling act.


**every act of curation is a storytelling exercise, whether you use a tool hosted on a third-party site, like Pinterest or Storify, or whether you choose to use tools that allow you to self-host your curation.


**In the end, the story is what matters. It’s what has always mattered. Have I told a story, or have I simply collected a bunch of links?"


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Beth Kanter's comment, December 27, 2011 8:49 AM
Just noticed that he used a graphic I created! Small world. Good one for my nonprofit curation list.

I really like that last question -- curation is a storytelling act
janlgordon's comment, December 27, 2011 10:06 AM
Beth Kanter -
I love that graphic:-) -

Yes, he makes alot of sense, simple, but to the point
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Curating Information & Making Sense of Data Is a Key Skill for the Future [Research]

Curating Information & Making Sense of Data Is a Key Skill for the Future [Research] | Curation, Social Business and Beyond | Scoop.it

Robin Good: The Institute for the Future and the University of Phoenix have teamed up to produce, this past spring, an interesting report entitled Future Work Skills 2020.

 

By looking at the set of emerging skills that this research identifies as vital for future workers, I can't avoid but recognize the very skillset needed by any professional curator or newsmaster.

 

It should only come as a limited surprise to realize that in an information economy, the most valuable skills are those that can harness that primary resource, "information", in new, and immediately useful ways.

 

And being the nature of information like water, which can adapt and flow depending on context, the task of the curator is one of seeing beyond the water,

to the unique rare fish swimming through it.

 

The curator's key talent being the one of recognizing that depending on who you are fishing for, the kind of fish you and other curators could see within the same water pool, may be very different. 

 

 

Here the skills that information-fishermen of the future will need the most:

 

1) Sense-making:

ability to determine the deeper meaning or significance of what is being expressed

 

2) Social intelligence:

ability to connect to others in a deep and direct way, to sense and stimulate reactions and desired interactions

 

3) Novel and adaptive thinking:

proficiency at thinking and coming up with solutions and responses beyond that which is rote or rule-based

 

4) Cross-cultural competency:

ability to operate in different cultural settings

 

5) Computational thinking:

ability to translate vast amounts of data into abstract concepts and to understand data-based reasoning

 

6) New media literacy:

ability to critically assess and develop content that uses new media forms, and to leverage these media for persuasive communication

 

7) Transdisciplinarity:

literacy in and ability to understand concepts across multiple disciplines

 

8) Design mindset:

ability to represent and develop tasks and work processes for desired outcomes

 

9) Cognitive load management:

ability to discriminate and filter information for importance, and to understand how to maximize cognitive functioning using a variety of tools and techniques

 

10) Virtual collaboration:

ability to work productively, drive engagement, and demonstrate presence as a member of a virtual team

 

 

Critical to understand the future ahead. 9/10

 

Curated by Robin Good

 

Executive Summary of the Report: https://docs.google.com/viewer?url=http%3A%2F%2Fapolloresearchinstitute.com%2Fsites%2Fdefault%2Ffiles%2Ffuture-work-skills-executive-summary.pdf 

 

Download a PDF copy of Future Work Skills 2020: https://docs.google.com/viewer?url=http%3A%2F%2Fapolloresearchinstitute.com%2Fsites%2Fdefault%2Ffiles%2Ffuture-skills-2020-research-report.pdf  


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Karen du Toit's comment, December 20, 2011 5:55 AM
Thanks! Great info!
Beth Kanter's comment, December 20, 2011 4:34 PM
Thanks for sharing this from Robin's stream. These skills sets could form the basis of a self-assessment for would-be curators, although they're more conceptual - than practical/tactical. Thanks for sharing and must go rescoop it with a credit you and Robin of course
janlgordon's comment, December 20, 2011 4:56 PM
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Agreed. It's also one of the articles I told you about....good info to build on:-)
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Content Curators Compete In Game-Like Forum While Making Newsroom Contributions

Content Curators Compete In Game-Like Forum While Making Newsroom Contributions | Curation, Social Business and Beyond | Scoop.it

This piece was posted by Tim Ryan a contributor for PSFKI thought this would be of interest to anyone who is curating content. Digg is doing something very clever and it's a whole new forum where you can contribute and curate and possibly find new audiences for your brand.


"Digg Newsrooms is a new channel introduced by the online content curator that uses bot's are all the channels by topic: http://digg.com/newsrooms


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The Demise of Quality Content on the Web - The Rise of Great Content Curators

The Demise of Quality Content on the Web - The Rise of Great Content Curators | Curation, Social Business and Beyond | 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.


Rian speaks for many of us who are overwhelmed, overloaded with content that gives us no value at all. This is the problem


Of course, we’re never going to agree on what “quality content” means. It’s one of those “you know it when you see it” things, and everyone’s definition will be different. Still, my personal view is that quality content presents two or more of the following components: (1) new information, (2) interpretation of information, and/or (3) a well considered personal opinion about what the information means. ↩Wait, who am I to decide what people should and shouldn’t read? You’re absolutely right, I can’t do that so I should get off my high horse and let people read whatever they want to read. This is an opinion piece. ↩

 


Here's what caught my attention:


Of course, we’re never going to agree on what “quality content” means. It’s one of those “you know it when you see it” things, and everyone’s definition will be different. Still,


**My personal view is that quality content presents two or more of the following components:


(1) new information


(2) interpretation of information, and/or


(3) a well considered personal opinion about what the information means. ↩Wait, who am I to decide what people should and shouldn’t read? You’re absolutely right, I can’t do that so I should get off my high horse and let people read whatever they want to read. This is an opinion piece. ↩




My input:


****The Opportunity: This is the time for all good curators to come forward - 2012 will be the year of the content curator -


**Know your audience

**Know their pain points

**Find and select the best content, add your own opinions, information or anything that will provide more value for your audience

**Select only the best content, don't just aggregate links that add to the noise

**Become a trusted resource - many opportunities will come to you, it's your time to shine


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Karen Dietz's comment, December 4, 2011 9:23 AM
Great post and comments Jan! Looking forward to 2012.
janlgordon's comment, December 4, 2011 11:59 AM
@Karen Dietz

Thanks Karen! 2012 is going to be an amazing year for all of us!!
Gust MEES's curator insight, February 14, 2013 4:39 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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Twitter Can be a Powerful Discovery Engine for Curators & Brands IF You Use it Wisely

Twitter Can be a Powerful Discovery Engine for Curators & Brands IF You Use it Wisely | Curation, Social Business and Beyond | Scoop.it

This post was written by, Bill Gurley, a VC - Benchmark Capital, which is a major investor in twitter for his  blog Abovethecrowd.


My commentary:


Bill clarifies what Twitter is and what it is not. I found it extremely well written and very helpful. I also found some of the comments from readers to be interesting. More than one person thought this was a shameless promotion of Twitter, being that he is an investor.   Maybe it was but I have personally gotten tremendous value from Twitter for over five years and after reading this, it crystalized a few  more things in my mind and I will leverage that knowledge in the future


And I feel compelled to ask: are the opinions of an investor automatically flawed?  If I loved a product enough and had the means to make a substantial investment in it, I would consider that being me "putting my money where my mouth is" and would hope that those who perhaps used to listen to me extolling the virtues of the product before I invested, would see my opinion as no less valid after I became a part-owner.


**I say don't throw the baby out with the bath-water:-).


Intro:


"Frequent comparisons to Facebook leave many confused about the true value of Twitter."


Here are just a few gems that caught my attention:


****For the vast majority of Twitter’s next 900 million users, the core usage modality will have very little to do with “tweeting,” and everything to do withlistening” or “hearing.”


****Twitter is a "discovery engine” and an “information utility” rolled into one. With Twitter, you get news faster


****Twitter is highly asymmetric.  The majority of users get value from "reading" or "listening" to the tweets from core influencers.


****In many ways, Twitter is much more of a competitor to other “discovery tools” and “information sourcesthan it is to Facebook


****Twitter has three breakthroughs that make it dramatically more powerful than simple RSS.


****First and foremost, your personalized Twitter feed is human-curated by a potential universe of millions of curators.


****When you “check Twitter” you are looking at the specific articles and links purposefully chosen by people you have chosen to follow.


****That is powerful leverage


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Are Content Curators the power behind social media influence?

I posted this piece by Neicole Crepeau some months ago but if you're like me, you can capture something you didn't see before the second time around.


This was worth a second read and I did come away with some takeaways that seem more like a possibility rather than just words because curation is going to heat up in 2012 and this is exciting news for all of us who are curators.


There are also some questions and answers that will reveal themselves in the coming year.


**Pay attention to the comments, Lots of good discussion in the original post. (I like that):-)


Here's what caught my attention:


Why are these folks important? Because they are influencers.


If the Curator is the new Google,


**we can expect businesses to optimize for the Curator just as they optimized for Search on the web.


****In this new world, Curators become a commodity and they have value that will be sought after.


**Marketers will seek curators in specific topic areas and with specific traits.


Marketers will want to know:


**The topics this person curates and the networks and communities he/she curates to.


**Curators who are plugged into niche communities and forums may be even more valuable.The number of connections on those networks. The volume or following always counts.


**The types of connections the curator has

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**Reshare value. How many of this curator’s followers reshare the content, and how wide a net do they cast?


As this kind of information becomes more readily available through tools, the question is what happens when marketers seek and court Curators?


**Do Curators find a way to monetize their services, as Google did?


**Would that lessen their impact?


**How do Curators change what they do as they become a valuable and sought-after resource?


**What kind of markets, businesses, and products revolve around the new commodity of Curators?


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Digital Learning: Changing What It Means to be A Reader, Publisher & Curator

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This piece was written by Julia Steiny who is a freelance columnist whose work also regularly appears at EducationNews.org. She is the founding director of the Youth Restoration Project.


Once I finish curating this piece I'm going to put these two women in my Julia Steiny and Angela Maiers  who has contributed some valuable insights in this article as well as being an extraordinary educator in my "People to Watch" topic  these women are truly making a difference in the world.


Excerpt:


Divide Separates Adults From Kids


The old divide was between the haves and the have-nots. Computer access was a luxury of well-heeled families and school systems.


Now, most kids at least carry a cell phone with text capabilities. The new divide is between those at home in cyberspace and those who struggle with e-mail.


**This divide separates adults from kids.


Education-tech expert Angela Maiers makes this distinction:


****“The 21st century will not be defined by the volume or speed at which you consume information. (That was the old way of being smart.)


****It will be defined by how well you curate that information, translate it and contribute information back in a way that your community can understand it."


**Teaching students to be competent curators is our main responsibility as educators.”


This quote from Angela Maiers caught my attention:


Maiers cautions, “Everyone has to learn how to enter the ocean, because a wrong move can drown you. The second you stop honoring the force of the ocean, you’re in danger.”


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Thought Leaders Discuss The Future of Curation & Social Media

Thought Leaders Discuss The Future of Curation & Social Media | Curation, Social Business and Beyond | Scoop.it
We asked Mark Cuban, Dennis Crowley, Gina Bianchini, and more than a dozen others. Here's what they said.


This article by Dan Frommer and Jen Ortiz for Business Insider links to a slideshow with quotes from major Social Media company CEOs and co-founders, intellectuals and a Curated Twitter persona, among others about their takes on the future of Social Media. 


Here's just one of them, from Dae Mellencamp, CEO of Vimeo:


**** "The future of social media is the loss of the distinction between media and social interaction online. Mass media and social media will be seamlessly integrated across devices and platforms to offer relevant, dynamic, personalized experiences for people anywhere.


**Discoverability and the import of editorial curation will not be lost, but rather inherently incorporated into the environments for richer and more customized experiences."


The full article has many more gems and is well worth a few minutes of your time!


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The Collage Tells The Story and The Curator Skillset That's Yet To Come

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Robin GoodKrishna Bharat, creator of Google News and now Principle Scientist at Google, spoke at the News World Summit in Bangalore, India.


His focus was on the future of news and on the impotance of curation as well as on what the news will look and "feel" like.


He rightly suggests to news teams to "provide guides to content", not just new content and to deliver information in ways that entice the reader in multiple ways, while providing lots of good and well referenced information. 


Excerpted from the original Poynter.org article: "As consumers have access to vast troves of news information from all over the world, Bharat urged news editorial teams to provide a guide to content, not just produce content.


“Creation and curation should be the fundamental activities for your editorial team,” he said.


Bharat said news in the future will become more of an app-like experience, as users adapt the experience to themselves, and as newsrooms provide a more multi-dimensional experience that includes more images and maps.


The collage tells the story.


This will create a skill set that doesn’t exist yet.


And also:


"The winning experience of the future is fast, tactile, original content, with access to many reputable sources in an appealing narrative form,” Bharat said.


“It is delivered in an appealing, narrative form, encompasses a broader definition of news, and involves audiences with a stake in the story or with expertise."


Must-read. 9/10


Full article: http://www.poynter.org/latest-news/top-stories/175859/krishna-bharat-news-industry-futuremust-hire-restless-agents-of-change/ 

(Image credit: http://www.niceamazingpictures.com) 


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David Salahi's comment, June 2, 2012 9:12 AM
Brain Pickings (http://www.brainpickings.org/) is a site that exemplifies these principles.
Beth Kanter's comment, June 2, 2012 9:42 AM
Thanks for curating this article. I'm also noticing the rise of data visualization as a skill for journalists (and others) - might add that creation, curation, AND visualization should be the fundamental activities .... and when I say visualization - not just pretty pictures, but insights. http://www.guardian.co.uk/news/datablog/2012/may/31/data-journalism-awards-winners
janlgordon's comment, June 2, 2012 10:53 AM
Thank you for this amazing piece and for your great insights!
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Content Curators are the New Superheros of the Web

Content Curators are the New Superheros of the Web | Curation, Social Business and Beyond | Scoop.it

Steven Rosenbaum has an interesting article on Fast Company, outlining the reasons why curation is here to stay and the importance that curators will play in your information consumption diet.

 

He writes: "...So anyone who steps up and volunteers to curate in their area of knowledge and passion is taking on a Herculean task.

 

They're going to stand between the web and their readers, using all of the tools at their disposal to "listen" to the web, and then pull out of the data stream nuggets of wisdom, breaking news, important new voices, and other salient details.

 

It's real work, and requires a tireless commitment to being engaged and ready to rebroadcast timely material.

 

While there may be an economic benefit for being a "thought leader" and "trusted curator," it's not going to happen overnight.

 

Which is to say, being a superhero is often a thankless job.

 

The growth in content, both in terms of pure volume and the speed of publishing, has raised some questions about what best practices are in the curation space."

 

He also has some pretty straightforward advice on what, as a curator, you should never do:

 

"1. If you don't add context, or opinion, or voice and simply lift content, it's stealing.

 

2. If you don't provide attribution, and a link back to the source, it's stealing.

 

3. If you take a large portion of the original content, it's stealing.

 

4. If someone asks you not to curate their material, and you don't respect that request, it's stealing.

 

5. Respect published rights. If images don't allow creative commons use, reach out to the image creator--don't just grab it and ask questions later."

 

And he definitely has a point on all of these. 

 

Recommended. 7/10

 

Read the full article: http://www.fastcompany.com/1834177/content-curators-are-the-new-superheros-of-the-web?partner=rss 


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Jonathan Rattray Clark's comment, April 17, 2012 10:14 PM
Scooping it .........thanks Robin I really like your curation .... And value your wisdom ......it seems there is purpose to my constant information minning as and educator artist and passionate information collector .......I find it incredibly exciting to find fresh thinking and response to the living world around us and in particular our individual passions. Thank you for your wisdom
Robin Good's comment, April 17, 2012 10:16 PM
Thank you Jonathan. Glad to be of help and inspiration to you.

Tony Gu's comment, April 19, 2012 10:30 PM
I am really enjoying reading this article.
I found that the way Robin Good curate this article truly practice the ‘No Stealing’ rules. Thanks for sharing this with all of us. Big up!
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Pinterest: Everything You Need to Know About the Hottest Niche Site [INFOGRAPHIC]

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I rescooped this from my topic Pinterest Watch, because I feel this infographic really gives you some insight into what's really happening on Pinterest and it's definitely something I want to bring to your attention.


If it makes sense, this site is a great mix in your marketing efforts. Niche sites, especially ones that are visual with less text are becoming more popular everyday and Pinterest is definitely leading the way. Take a quick look at what's happening.......


Intro:


"How fast is Pinterest growing? How many people work there? This infographic lays it out.


**Pinterest has emerged as the runaway social media hit of early 2012. You probably knew that already. But did you know the company just has 12 people? Or that 97% of Pinterest’s Facebook fans are women?


**Lemon.ly, a visual marketing firm, took a deep dive into the data to catalog Pinterest’s stunning rise and produced the infographic below.


**What’s clear is that with 10 million users, Pinterest has already made its mark in terms of web design influence, if nothing else.


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Information Filtering and Curation as the Basis for New Business Models

Information Filtering and Curation as the Basis for New Business Models | Curation, Social Business and Beyond | Scoop.it

This great piece was written by Tim Kastelle - it is one of the best articles on curation, the observations and insights take this to a whole new level. So much to digest, lots to ponder about the possibilities that await us in 2012 and beyond.


Here are some of the highlights:


**"We create economic value out of information when we figure out an effective strategy that includes aggregating, filtering and connecting." 

 

**"Filtering is what helps us deal with the vast amount of information available to us."

 

"...the real question is, how do we design filters that let us find our way through this particular abundance of information?

 

****And, you know, my answer to that question has been: the only group that can catalog everything is everybody." (Clay Shirky)

 

**We try to filter information so that we end up with something that is relevant to us – it helps us learn something, it helps us solve a problem, it helps us develop a new hypothesis about the world around us.

 

**These are all connections – and this is what really drives value creation.

 

**However, we can’t connect without some filtering going on. So filtering is important, and it’s a term that includes several different sub-types. I can think of at least five forms of filtering.

 

...we can use these ideas about filtering to help with business model innovation by changing where it takes place in the value network.

 

**One of Shirky’s points is that since Gutenberg, the economic logic of publishing required publishers (of books, music, movies) to act as filters in order to maximise their investment.

 

**As publishing and filtering has shifted out to human networks, publishers no longer need to fill this role.

 

**Someone (or some network) needs to, and since that creates value, it’s something that can perhaps be monetised.

 

This piece was curated by Robin Good brief commentary by Jan Gordon

 

Check this video: http://vimeo.com/8748509 

 

Read the full article by Tim Kastelle: http://timkastelle.org/blog/2010/04/five-forms-of-filtering 


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Martin Gysler's comment, December 30, 2011 9:12 AM
An interesting post, thank you for the share!
Beth Kanter's comment, December 30, 2011 10:47 AM
Thanks for picking this up out of Robin's stream. I personally love Harold Jarche model of Seek, Sense, Share - and have adapted as a framework to help those are just starting with curation ....
Karen du Toit's comment, December 31, 2011 1:42 AM
Thanks for this!
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Content Curation Strategies to Boost your Online Business

This  very informative article was written by Shobha-Atre for Fulltraffic blog


"Content curation can and WILL  play a vital role in advertising your business and providing greater exposure to your products in the market."


Here's what caught my attention - a few takeaways:


Content curation helps in defining a niche target audience and providing content relevant to their needs.


It is a smart and an inexpensive marketing tool that can help in achieving amazing results for your online business.


In addition, it can assist in refining your content and sharing valuable information to provide greater online visibility to your company.


Brand building can be a huge exercise and also challenging for many companies at the same time.


However, with the use of content curation tools, it has become a lot easier to achieve successful branding results.


It saves valuable time and effort of the online users in searching for enormous amount of information on the web.


Content curation is the best method of providing purposeful information that may be extremely useful to the readers in addressing different issues.


Rather than looking at a variety of sources, they can get all the valuable information under one roof that can be immense value for companies.


Besides, it helps them to discover and find all the latest information about your products and services and encourages them to make a final purchase easily.


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Robin Good's comment, December 25, 2011 12:02 AM
Please note that the author of this original post, Shobha Atre, uses images stolen from other web sites, (the one appearing here is an image I have bought and personalized myself with those titles) without providing any credit or attribution. How can this person be a reliable curator if sHe behaves in this way?
janlgordon's comment, December 25, 2011 10:55 AM
Hi robin,
Thank you for pointing this out, I had no idea she used a stolen image in this piece. Will leave this up so you see my response. Taking it down tomorrow, not tweeting it. I don't support anyone who does this.
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Robin Good's Keen Observations on Curation, Timely and Relevant

I originally posted Howard Rhinegold's wonderful interview with Robin Good several months ago. However, as we approach 2012, I must share it again, as it seems more timely now than ever.


If you have just listened to this for the second (or in my case probably 4th) time, you will find so many things you may not have digested several months ago.


Here is just one gem that caught my attention this time:


**A group of curators create an alternative to Google "A Google for the people by the people". Instead of relying on secret algorithms, they create their own ecosystem of curated rankings where THEY decide what is relevant for them.


**Curators collaborating together - Trusted People who are gateways to relevant information for each other as they tap into each others discovery, perspectives, opinions, expertise, different points of view so they can find meaning and make sense of it and pass it on to their audiences.


**My input - this can lead to a collective intelligence that we've never experienced before.


Lots to ponder, so much to look forward to........


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Full interview here [http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=o1IeOzIoRDs]

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28 Major Trends for 2012 and Beyond – Part 1

28 Major Trends for 2012 and Beyond – Part 1 | Curation, Social Business and Beyond | Scoop.it

Futurist Thomas Frey gives us some fascinating predictions for the very exciting year ahead. It's a great post with essential information to shift your thinking and get ready for 2012.


My intro:


There were so many things that I could comment on but my primary focus in 2012 is the future of content curation, the evolution and its impact on how we utilize and digest data in our business and personal lives. How will curation be perceived in 2012 and what will the monetary value be for content curation? 


Having said that, this is what particularly caught my attention:


Information Doesn’t Want to be Free– In 1984 at a Hackers Conference, Silicon Valley futurist Stuart Brand was the first to use the phrase: “Information wants to be free” in response to a point made by Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak but continued


“On the other hand, information wants to be expensive, because it’s so valuable.


**"The right information in the right place just changes your life."


**This set the stage for an entirely new era of free-thinking “free” advocates"


****My commentary: One of the reasons trusted content curators will become a very valuable asset to the information economy:


****"There is always a cost to “free.”


****While it may not extract a payment from your bank account, there is always a “time” cost involved.


****Without some amount of friction, the volume of information you have to sift through skyrockets and even with good search technology, your time-costs climb dramatically.


****The days of “free” thinking are numbered. Look for this mindset to shift over the coming years. More details here. This article is from 9/2/2011 - Two things that caught my attention....


**While it is true that the Internet is eliminating many of the gatekeepers, people trying to break into a field without going through gatekeepers find it far harder to gain credibility and foster a “trust” relationship with their audiences.


****In the end it still boils down to trust. Can I trust the person I am reading or listening to? Are they an accurate source of information? Will it be worth the time and brainpower I’m investing?


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Content Creation vs Content Curation: Is It Really An Either Or?

Content Creation vs Content Curation: Is It Really An Either Or? | Curation, Social Business and Beyond | Scoop.it

This great piece was written by Joe Pulizzi, founder of Content Marketing Institute 


There is no curation without original content. However, curators can expand the readership and help their niche find meaning and insight in the material as it relates to them. 


He says:


"So many organizations are getting caught up in content curation, but the real power of content marketing lies in original content creation."


Curation is more than a tactic, it is coming to forefront because


**people are overwhelmed with too much information.


If you're going to create content, I say mixing that with curated content might be a better way to go, again this depends on many factors,  but that's only my opinion.


Here are a few things that caught my attention:


Y0ur 2012 Checklist -


He says, yes, you can and should use content curation techniques, but this should be secondary.


I say, Curation is more than a technique and will go beyond a buzz word in 2012 as people learn new techniques.


He says:


"Focus on the true pain points of your customers and start planning content series around answering those pain points".


**I definitely agree but this can be accomplished by curation as well. It's not an either or, a curator can add more vital information, another perspective. provide resources or any number of things beyond the original article.


He says:


"Find the content curators in your industry and form relationships with them. They’ll help you spread the word about your great content".


I say:


I believe content creators will want to seek out good content curators  to curate their work.  I watched a six minute video yesterday, the title was "Is Your Content Good Enough To Be Curated"? Now that's a shift in thinking and a very interesting question to ponder, I say, stay tuned........


I think both are necessary in different proportions for different types of businesses.


What do you think?


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Beth Kanter's comment, December 16, 2011 12:37 PM
Thanks for this article. I agree with you that it isn't an either/or - you need to curate to create good quality content.
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Content Curation for Fun (and Profit)

Content Curation for Fun (and Profit) | Curation, Social Business and Beyond | Scoop.it

This piece was written by Jean M. Gianfagna for LifeHealthPro


We've all read many articles on content curation. We may even have seen this list of how to curate content several times before. I wanted to highlight a few things that I think are really important when you're curating content.


Excerpt:


By being a great content curator, you help customers, prospects and colleagues find the “good stuff” online and know what to read. This not only makes you an informative and influential social-media contributor, but it also helps attract new followers.


Here's what caught my attention:


****Look for patterns that could indicate potential trends.


****Follow top researchers and share findings that could indicate a shift in your industry or your market.


****Add your point of view so people know why you’ve selected content to share. Include comments such as “A great demonstration of…,” “Helpful tips about…,” “Important news…,” “A can’t-miss conference,” etc.


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One of the Best Videos on Content Curation

http://www.networkempire.com/curation-intro-sign-up/ In this video, natural language processing expert Russell Wright explains the difference between premium and other curation models.


This video is worth watching more than once. Lots of great information!


Selected by Jan Gordon covering "Content Curation, Social Media & Beyond"


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wardvanbeek's comment, November 18, 2011 3:38 AM
Hi Jan,

Kudo's for your scoop-its! like your style and selection!
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janlgordon's comment, November 18, 2011 5:51 AM
Hi Ward,

Thanks for your kind words, I really appreciate it!

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Building Thought Leadership through Content Curation

This slide Presentation given at WebCom Montreal, November 16, 2011 by Corinne Weisgerber. 


I really liked her presentation, I'm sure you will too.


Here's what caught my attention:


She quotes from Robert Scoble, and I think he really captured the essence of a good curator.


"A curator is an information chemist . He or she mixes atoms together in a way to build an information molecule then adds value to that molecule"


A few essential takeaways:


*Identify your niche

*Find content sources

*Aggregate what you observe

*Contextualize -

*(there are many ways to add context - you point out patterns, trends, pull out a few points that gives your readers the gist of what the article is about. Anything that helps others to find meaning and utilize the information in their business is what is important).


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Beth Kanter's comment, November 17, 2011 12:04 AM
I like her steps too, although I tend to present them in a more simplified way for my audience. Great find.
janlgordon's comment, November 17, 2011 8:51 AM
Hi Beth - Good point, the simpler the better, I agree with you:-)
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Make Your Audience Your Newsroom: Civicboom

Make Your Audience Your Newsroom: Civicboom | Curation, Social Business and Beyond | Scoop.it

"Civicboom is an online platform designed to facilitate content-driven organizations and individuals to work together in generating rich media content.


Content-seekers can place a request for specific content. Then, by using the Civicboom mobile app (Android), or by uploading to the plug & go site, a content-creator can respond with rich-media directly to that request.


All incoming rich-media content is then managed by the content-seeker, and directed to a customizable plugin to be embedded on a website."

Read more about it here: http://thenextweb.com/media/2011/11/12/civicboom-this-open-platform-lets-organizations-request-content-from-their-audience/


Sign-up here:  https://www.civicboom.com/


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janlgordon's comment, November 15, 2011 1:28 PM
This is great Robin!