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What is Google+ & Why is it so Important to Curation & Social Business?

What is Google+ & Why is it so Important to Curation & Social Business? | Curation, Social Business and Beyond | Scoop.it

This slideshare is by Gideon Rosenblatt  and as always Gideon's perspective and presentation is relevant to anyone who participates online for business, (non-profits, education, brands).


Gideon Rosenblatt: Excerpt from a few highlights below:


Writers and information curators strongly influence readers

**and that led to people using social networks to connect information networks - We became "information networkers"


Here are some highlights that caught my attention:


**The web is an information network connected by web links



**A community is a social network connected by relationships


**Google+ used our web links to make it easier to use our information networks


**Google+ made it easier for us to use social networks to find people we never would have known though interest graphs


**Our social networks subtly changed - they were no longer just connections with friends - they now included other people with interesting information to share


**Writers and information curators strongly influence readers


**and that led to people using social networks to connect information networks - We became "information networkers"


**To fulfill its mission, Google needed a social network to help organize informtion networks - Google+ was born


**Google+ isn't competing with Facebook to build the world's best "social graph" - It's using the social graph to build the world's best interest graph


**The "Influence Graph" Map the flow of content through our social connections and you find the interest graph


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'Social' Content Attracts & Engages More Customers - Here's How

'Social' Content Attracts & Engages More Customers - Here's How | Curation, Social Business and Beyond | Scoop.it

I selected this piece by Patricia Redsicker for Social Media Examiner for two reasons -


**It's a great review of Lee Oden's new book Optimize: How to Engage Your Customers by Integrating SEO, Social Media and Content Marketing 


**The book is timely and relevant it's about optimizing content for customer and user experiences, rather than for search engines which is becoming increasingly important


Here's what caught my attention:


Chapter 1: Setting the Stage for an Optimized State of Mind


**Use words that matter most to your customers in titles, links and body copy in order to inspire your readers to take action


Chapter 9: Content Isn't King, It's the Kingdom - Creation vs. Curation


**mix curated content with original content. In fact,  curating is a great way to extend your own site, but only in addition to—not instead of—your original content



So many great tips on types of content to curate, here are just a few:


**Content created by influential people who are important to your target audience


**Aggregating the best comments from your own or others's blogs


**White papers, ebooks and case studies


**Tips, how-to's and best practices


Chapter 11 Social Networking Development - Don't Be Late to the Networking Party


**Listen, participate, create optiized content and understand the triggers that will inspire sales or referrals


**It's important to know which specific social networks are relevant to your customers


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


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Social Demographics: Who's Using Today's Biggest Networks [INFOGRAPHIC]

Social Demographics: Who's Using Today's Biggest Networks [INFOGRAPHIC] | Curation, Social Business and Beyond | Scoop.it

In case you missed this from Mashable last week, great information on 845 million active users on social networks. 


**More than 66% of adults are connected to one or more social media platforms, but who exactly are these people?

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The Power of the Social Consumer and What Your Need to Know [INFOGRAPHIC]

The Power of the Social Consumer  and What Your Need to Know [INFOGRAPHIC] | Curation, Social Business and Beyond | Scoop.it

Whether you're selling a product or service, consumers have the platforms to express themselves and take on giant companies if they are dissatisfied. Businesses can't afford to turn away from social business.


**Advertising won't cut it anymore unless your brand demonstrates consistently through actions that it is there to serve consumers through its products and services and by engaging in conversation. Businesses must communicate with their customers where they are: on Twitter, Facebook, Google+ and the like.


**If there's a complaint, it should be handled immediately. It's possible to turn a negative into a positive by letting people know that you are there to serve them.


****It's not what you say about your business, it's what your customers are saying about you that counts


**The power of word of mouth is astounding as you can see demonstrated on this infographic and this is just the tip of the iceberg.


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


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Here's A Content Strategy That Delivers ROI - 7 Surefire Tips

Here's A Content Strategy That Delivers ROI - 7 Surefire Tips | Curation, Social Business and Beyond | Scoop.it

This post was written by Charissa Grandin on Lingospot Blog I selected this because I thought the suggestions were very helpful whether you're creating it or curating content.


****For some reason the link at the top that leads to the article is broken at the time of writing, to read the full article, scroll to the bottom, that link works fine.


Having the right online content for your business can help you retain customers and attract new ones.


Excerpt:


**What can you do to keep your existing customers coming back and invite additional customers to your business?


**Below are some tasks you can get started on today to improve customer retention through content.


**Needs and concerns - What are your customer's needs?


**What are they worried about?


**What do they most need?


****Create content that alleviates their most urgent concerns and offer solutions


**Keywords


**Make a list of keywords and phrases they may be searching for that will lead them to you


**create content around those topics


**Frequently asked questions


**Make a list of all the questions people ask and create content around them using the word solutions in your title


**Create lots of content


**Put out as much content on your site, twitter, Facebook, etc.


**The more content you have online centered around your key subject, the more likely you are to rank highly in search


**Be Active


**Engage with your audience, be active in online communities


**Include links to your content that address concerns you come across in your online interactions


**Promote your content


**Tweet it, tell everyone about it, if your content is useful, people will share it with their networks as well.


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How to Be Successful in a Connected World [Infographic]

How to Be Successful in a Connected World [Infographic] | Curation, Social Business and Beyond | Scoop.it

This infographic has been put together by Ross Dawson, it's very straightforward and definitely makes its point.

 

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

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Pinterest: What Early Adopters Need to Know

Pinterest: What Early Adopters Need to Know | Curation, Social Business and Beyond | Scoop.it

This piece was written by Jeff Turner, it makes you STOP and think. Pinterest is the latest new shiny thing but as Jeff says, buyer beware. His insights are right on the money.


He asks us to know the enviornment before we start posting and promoting. Here's an excerpt:


The Pinterest Stream And Fools Gold


Avoid Self Promotion:


"Pinterest is designed to curate and share things you love. If there is a photo or project you’re proud of, pin away! However, try not to use Pinterest purely as a tool for self-promotion".


Here are the takeaways:


My advice here is going to be the same advice I give people in any new social network... go have some fun first.


**Be social. Get to know the community, the lay of the land. The rest will sort itself out.


**The first thing that happens when the real estate community for example, "discovers" a new social media site is they focus on the media, not the social. This is a mistake. It leads to mining in the wrong streams.


Curated by Jan Gordon covering "Pinterest Watch"


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6 Social Media Networks to Watch Now + [ Infographics]

6 Social Media Networks to Watch Now + [ Infographics] | Curation, Social Business and Beyond | Scoop.it

This piece was put together by Jeff Bullas and selected for me by maxOz, my fellow curator.


I chose to post this piece today because as Jeff says "the social media ecosystem is now so extensive and encompassing that it would be best to stand back and reflect on some significant events and evolutionary social networks that could make a difference this year that are impacting how we communicate and connect. The comments from readers are just as interesting.


**It's important to stay abreast of these different enviornments where we blog, curate consume content and information. Knowing the landscape and understanding how to communicate in each one network is a whole other conversation.


Here's an excerpt:


The Social Media Universe


Perspective is hard to find unless you take the time to sit back, reflect and take the time to view a “Landscape” or “Universe” from a distance.


The larger the view the further back you have to stand to see the depth and breadth of the scenery and ecosystem.


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See article and infographics here: [http://bit.ly/zGYnAN]

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janlgordon's comment, January 25, 2012 1:12 PM
maxOz
Thanks for this one, great selection as always. I put it in Content Curation, Social Business and Beyond because it's has information that is important for all of us who are posting, curating, blogging and engaging on these networks. Greatly appreciated!
Jan
Deborah Verran's comment, January 25, 2012 4:09 PM
Very useful, helps me understand what kind of audience I can expect when posting onto G+
Chuck Bartok's comment, January 26, 2012 1:08 PM
Thanks again for posting this information
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42 Creative Pinterest Ideas for Nonprofits & Your Business Too

42 Creative Pinterest Ideas for Nonprofits & Your Business Too | Curation, Social Business and Beyond | Scoop.it

This piece was written by Avi Kaplan for Frogloop and there are many tips in this article for doing business on Pinterest that are aimed at non-profit but can be easily adapted to your brand, product or service.


I rescooped this from "Pinterest Watch" - where I cover articles on the latest news, tips, trends, strategies on how to do business on this hot new social network. You can also follow me on Pinterest - http://pinterest.com/jangordon/

 

Here are some great ideas from my fellow curator  Beth Kanter


Beth explains that much of her attraction to Pinterest is due to her visual learning style and role as a content curator. Beth summarized some of the guidelines Joe shared for using Pinterest:


*Be useful Pinterest users are looking for ideas and inspiration.


*Create categories that reflect what users are looking for.


*Give the job to someone who has an eye for aesthetics.


*Learn from these 15 Pinterest superusers.


*Don’t just pin, repin.


*Let your supporters pin for you.


*Add “pin it” buttons to your blog or web site so your visitors and supporters can create their own pin boards that highlight your cause.


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Social Media Discovery: 5 Hurdles to Information Consumption

Social Media Discovery: 5 Hurdles to Information Consumption | Curation, Social Business and Beyond | Scoop.it

This excellent article was written by Romain Goday for Darwin Ecosystems


After presenting some facts showing the immense and burgeoning amount of data available on the web, Romain goes into a little detail on the types of tools that use the Social Graph to filter content:


  • Social Networks
  • Search Engines
  • Discovery Engines


He then details 5 limitations to Social Media Discovery, opeing this section of the article:


**It is increasingly easier to publish information and increasingly difficult to consume it.


What most caught my attention:


**Excessive attention to what is being said within the user’s circle of trust limits the scope of the information consumption.


**The user’s perspective is not challenged, instead it is reinforced


**Users generally follow people that they respect at a personal level.


**It is understandable that they don’t have the desire to follow people that they dislike or that have the opposite view


**Lists, Circles and Subscriptions aren’t reducing the noise


**Following more people still equals a broader information scope and even more noise.


I agree wholeheartedly that it is our inclination to seek validation.  We must choose our sources and our curators very carefully to avoid seeing only what we are hoping to find.  But choose, we must!  The volume is just too great for anyone to do otherwise for a sustainable period of time.


If you're not careful you can escape the Google filter bubble to one of your own making. To avoid this, you may have to follow people who's views you may not agree with but at least you'll get the broader picture.


Curated by Jan Gordon covering "Content Curation, Social Media and Beyond"


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Karen Dietz's comment, January 11, 2012 10:49 AM
Excellent article and review Jan!
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Thanks Karen, loved our conversation on Google+:-)
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Is Pinterest the 'next big thing' in social media?

Is Pinterest the 'next big thing' in social media? | Curation, Social Business and Beyond | Scoop.it

Yesterday I selected a post by Elad Gil who talked about Pinterest changing the way we share and consume information on the web.  Today I have selected another article by Don Reisinger  for Cnet News - digital home, who says, "let's not jump to conclusions here and has more to say about this.


I do admit I'm participating on many betas because I feel the need to stay informed. I'm not usually drawn to every new thing that comes along but somehow, Pinterest has caught my eye.


Let's take a look at why Pinterest is becoming one of the most popular social networks, what's really happening here?


Here's what caught my attention:


**Pinterest so far has been the only company to distinguish itself. Late last month, Experian Hitwise, a company that monitors consumer behavior on the Web, reported that Pinterest had 11 million visits during the week ended December 17, jumping 4,000 percent compared with six months earlier.


**The massive bump catapulted Pinterest to the 10th spot in Experian's listing of the most popular social networks, just behind Yelp. Experian also discovered that Pinterest has found a loyal following in women.


**In the past three months, women have accounted for 58 percent of its userbase, and nearly 60 percent of those women are between the ages of 25 and 44.


**Opinions are mixed over why Pinterest has been able to attract such a large audience.


**Is it the service's solid design? Is it the attention it has received from media outlets shocked by its growth?


**Is it, perhaps, the fact that it recently raised $26 million from venture-capital firm Andreessen Horowitz, giving it bundles of cash to play with? It could be all that.


**But Gil thinks it might also have something to do with its ease-of-use.


**"Pinterest was one of the first sites to take push button content generation (via bookmarklets and 're-pinning') and structure it into sets of curated content called 'boards


**This allowed users to collect content from across the Web, as well as from other users on the site.


Reisinger ends his article with a word of caution:


**"Pinterest has yet to offer its service publicly. And once it finally moves beyond its invite-only phase, the company will be truly tested."


Followed by the question: 


**"will the mainstream Web user who typically joins the social game after early adopters pick up their invites, find value in it?"


** Chances are, we'll get the answers to those questions later this year.


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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.


Curated by Jan Gordon covering "Content Curation, Social Media and Beyond"


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21 Captivating Social Media Stats: How People Interact With Brands [INFOGRAPHIC]

21 Captivating Social Media Stats: How People Interact With Brands [INFOGRAPHIC] | Curation, Social Business and Beyond | Scoop.it

Pamela Vaughn posted this on Hubspot - and there are some pretty interesting statistics on how people are interacting with brands on social media with an infographic and 21 amazing statistics.


Intro:


Inbound marketers understand the value of maintaining a presence on social media sites as a way to connect with prospects and customers and generate new business leads.


But how exactly do people interact with brands in social media?


On which social sites do they tend to be more interactive with businesses, and how do they prefer to engage?


ATYM Market Research put together an awesome infographic based on its research into how internet users interact with brands on social media sites like Facebook and Twitter, and they came up with some pretty captivating statistics.

 

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


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Social Network Tribes Gaining Momentum - The Latest Findings [Infographic]

Social Network Tribes Gaining Momentum - The Latest Findings [Infographic] | Curation, Social Business and Beyond | Scoop.it

This piece is by Jeff Bullas and infographic by Go-Gulf.com


Intro:


There is one thing we do know and that the era of one social network that fits all is gone. The social network tribes are splintering onto different social media platforms because they now have real choice.


What you'll find in the infographic is demographics, monthly visitors on each network, who's on what network


So Who is Using What?


Here are a few findings on 5 major social networks:


Time spent by Average Social networking user per month


**Facebook 405 minutes


**Pinterest  405 minutes


**Twitter        89 minutes


**Linkedin       21 minutes


**Google+         Why You Shouldn't Ignore G00gle+

                               Updated information


There are lots of links to other articles about social networking in this piece that will give you more data on demographics


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This post caught my eye the other too .. thanks for curating it
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Personal Branding With Social Media [Infographic]

Personal Branding With Social Media [Infographic] | Curation, Social Business and Beyond | Scoop.it

Personal Branding With Social Media Infographic via Chris Voss


Why having the right social media tools matter:


"Social media tools have the tremendous power to put you in contact with thousands of people in order to build your online brand you need to know all of the possibilities, as well as how all of your activities are working together.


It's important to be consistent so that each part of your social media network is contributing positively to the brand you are trying to build.


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What Happens Every 60 Seconds In Social Media? [INFOGRAPHIC]

What Happens Every 60 Seconds In Social Media? [INFOGRAPHIC] | Curation, Social Business and Beyond | Scoop.it
Twitter, Facebook, Pinterest – What Happens Every 60 Seconds In Social Media?


Some very interesting information:


**Did you know that every 60 seconds Twitter sees (on average) 175,000 new tweets?


**Over that same time period, Pinterest receives 1,090 visitors


**LinkedIn absorbs 7,610 searches


**Flickr users upload 3,125 photos?


 **If you think those numbers are impressive, how about this: each and every minute of the day, 700,000 messages are sent on Facebook


** two million videos are watched on YouTube.


What caught my attention - sometimes the comments are just as interesting if not more than the actual content itself:

 

****Sarah Upton says: February 28, 2012 at 11:23 pm - This is a comment from one of their readers:


Misleading and inaccurate.


You cite an article on Foursquare from AUGUST, then round DOWN. They get over five million check ins per day: http://mashable.com/2012/02/28/foursquare-hq-tour/ — so double what you’ve presented here.


Jumpstart was very apologetic and said they're trying to be as accurate as possible. Point being, these infographics are great to look at and give us an approximation of what's actually happening, trying to keep the facts straight, not an easy task for sure:-)


This data is courtesy of a new infographic from marketing consultancy firm Social Jumpstart, which takes a closer look and tries to be as accurate as possible at what happens in social media every 60 seconds.


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36% Trust Brands More When They Have A Social Presence #Infographic

36% Trust Brands More When They Have A Social Presence #Infographic | Curation, Social Business and Beyond | Scoop.it

By Pivot Conference - http://bit.ly/wkNX8s 

@pivotcon

 

Does a brand’s social presence impact your purchase?

An Infographic published by Mr. Youth  - http://bit.ly/zgjXLd , a word of mouth marketing firm, polled 4500 adults to uncover the impact of social media on purchases.

 

They discovered that social media not only influences brand reputation and PR, but often can lead directly to a sale.

Over 90% of respondents either received or made recommendations to friends and families on Facebook. 65% of these social recommendations directly led to a purchase.

On top of that, 80% of those who received a response to a social media post by a brand made a purchase as a result of that interaction.

 

With numbers as striking you’d think businesses would be quick to comprehend. Yet according to the study, brands only respond to half of their social media posts, divided almost equally between Facebook and Twitter. 

Download herehttp://bit.ly/AcwkmT 


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Pinterest: Everything You Need to Know About the Hottest Niche Site [INFOGRAPHIC]

Pinterest: Everything You Need to Know About the Hottest Niche Site [INFOGRAPHIC] | Curation, Social Business and Beyond | Scoop.it

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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55% of Shoppers Are Uncomfortable Giving Credit Card Info to Social Networks #Infographic

55% of Shoppers Are Uncomfortable Giving Credit Card Info to Social Networks #Infographic | Curation, Social Business and Beyond | Scoop.it

By Todd Wasserman  - http://bit.ly/yuVgSx

Social networks attempting to execute commerce on their sites might face some resistance, according to a new survey.

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Despite the prevalence of social networks, consumers are still queasy about oversharing when it comes to credit card info.

That, at least, is the crux of an online survey executed by digital marketing firm Digitas and conducted by Harris Interactive in early January. Canvassing 2,247 would-be online shoppers, showed a slight majority weren’t ready to use Facebook et al. as a buying platform.

Predictably, older and richer consumers were even less apt to share such data.

 

Other factoids that emerged in the survey: People are spending almost as much time accessing social networks via their mobile devices as they do via their PCs. (Perhaps that’s not so astonishing, since other surveys have showed time on mobile devices eclipsing PC time.)

 

Another data point may be more surprising: Baby Boomers aged 45-54 — especially males — use their mobile device to access social networks more than 18-44 year-olds.


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Can Curation Help Brands Build Powerful Audiences?

Can Curation Help Brands Build Powerful Audiences? | Curation, Social Business and Beyond | Scoop.it

This article was written by Josh Sternberg for digiday. I selected this piece because it definitely addressed this question and provided some very good insights and strategies that brands need to know.


Excerpt:


It's very difficult for brands to amass sizeable audiences on their own nowadays says Neil Chase, SVP of editing and publishing at Federated Media.


**If a brand is an expert in a certain topic, their reputation might make them a credible source of information,”


Here are some of the takeaways:


**The best way to do it is to identify a high-interest topic that you want to be perceived as an expert in,” he said.


**“Curate that topic and provide some context around it. If you’re curating a lot of content in a topic area, over time that leads to expertise and credibility.”


**brands have to know each of their customers and have the credibility in their field to get consumers to trust the content they spread


**“Brands have a content story to tell,” said Colleen DeCourcy, CEO of Socialistic, a social media agency.


****“Some brands have data and research they have gathered in the creation of their products that can be contextualized and turned into content — which can give them both real authority on the topic and some real ROI for their effort.”


**Brands need to be careful in not only what, but how much they curate. 


**Brands need to make sure they’re not just regurgitating content, but instead offering readers/followers valuable information


**Steve Rubel, Edelman’s evp of global strategy and insights, suggests brands start by having an editorial point of view and deciding where the content will live — the brand’s site or aggregation sites like Tumblr or Pinterest.


**The plus side is that once you do figure out how you want to curate and it becomes part of your broader communications strategy — it’s pretty easy to establish a voice.


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Pinterest: There's Something here For Everyone - [video] Inspiring!

This is another compelling story about Pinterest - the video says it all. It's a deaf woman's story about how she's using visuals to communicate her story. There's something for everyone on this network and this is just the beginning.


Please feel free to follow "Pinterest Watch" for continuous news coverage on this hot new network. You can also follow me on Pinterest http://pinterest.com/jangordon/


Intro:


I'm discovering new ways to use social media to show I can integrate and make noise in the masses. I love how versatile Pinterest is. It serves many purposes..


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Will Pinterest Lead The Way & Transform the Web in 2012?

Will Pinterest Lead The Way & Transform the Web in 2012? | Curation, Social Business and Beyond | Scoop.it

I am updating this post because I now have my own experience of this exciting new way of connecting with my audience.  Brands are communicating with consumers in whole new ways. Pinterest is still by invite only, will let you know when it goes public. Be sure to stay tuned and follow the latest trends, reviews, news and developments in social curation on my new topic "PINEREST WATCH" .


I selected this post written by Elad Gil because not only was it interesting and timely, but the comments from his readers were equally as valuable. So many different social curation platforms emerging, Pinterest is one to watch.......


Excerpt:


Social Content Curation As The Next Big Thing


The most interesting wave hitting the social web in 2012 is social curation. This was kicked off in 2011 as Pinterest's growth was noticed by Silicon Valley and a number of companies quickly followed suit -


**Snip.It launched as a social information curation platform, Quora adopted boards for a similar purpose, and Fab.com launched a structured social commerce feed.


There's so much information in this post, here's the takeaway. I would love to hear your comments about this next wave......


Takeaway:


2012 Will Be The Year of Curated Sets


**2012 will likely see an acceleration of structured, push button, social curation across the web. Why? Because most users don't want to take much effort to produce content, and consuming content in a structured manner (especially photos) is also much faster.


**Just as the first wave of social media has transformed the consumption of information, this next wave of social curation will fundamentally change how users find and interact with content over time.


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Tom George's comment, January 4, 2012 9:54 PM
Hey Jan,

It most definitely is. I thank you as well and I look forward to a great year of curating, learning and growing.
janlgordon's comment, January 4, 2012 10:25 PM
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Absolutely Tom, it's going to be an exciting time!
maxOz's comment, January 19, 2012 9:58 PM
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Social & Tech Experts Explore The Future of Facebook & It's Impact on Society

This video is part of a series called Open Foresight Project - to participate and learn more, they're on Facebook.


Summary:


Leading social and tech experts present their visions for Facebook's future impact on society.  They explore the open ended question, What is the future of Facebook?


Fascinating discussion with leading social and tech experts who present their visions for Facebook's future impact on society.


Some questions raised - Who controls data and privacy issues


As our needs change, we're likely to outgrow today's technologies.


Read the comments as well - here's a quote:


"Stowe Boyd "The rise of a truly open social web is the biggest challenge to Facebook. And it will ultimately derail it and sideline it." Agree or disagree?


Lots of unanswered questions, only time will tell, definitely worth your time.


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


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Will Pinterest Lead The Way & Transform the Web in 2012?

Will Pinterest Lead The Way & Transform the Web in 2012? | Curation, Social Business and Beyond | Scoop.it

I selected this post written by Elad Gil because not only was it interesting and timely, but the comments from his readers were equally as valuable. So many different social curation platforms emerging, Pinterest is one to watch.......


Excerpt:


Social Content Curation As The Next Big Thing


The most interesting wave hitting the social web in 2012 is social curation. This was kicked off in 2011 as Pinterest's growth was noticed by Silicon Valley and a number of companies quickly followed suit -


**Snip.It launched as a social information curation platform, Quora adopted boards for a similar purpose, and Fab.com launched a structured social commerce feed.


There's so much information in this post, here's the takeaway. I would love to hear your comments about this next wave......


Takeaway:


2012 Will Be The Year of Curated Sets


**2012 will likely see an acceleration of structured, push button, social curation across the web. Why? Because most users don't want to take much effort to produce content, and consuming content in a structured manner (especially photos) is also much faster.


**Just as the first wave of social media has transformed the consumption of information, this next wave of social curation will fundamentally change how users find and interact with content over time.


Curated by Jan Gordon covering "Content Curation, Social Media and Beyond


Read full article here: [http://bit.ly/lK0ZHi]

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Tom George's comment, January 4, 2012 9:54 PM
Hey Jan,

It most definitely is. I thank you as well and I look forward to a great year of curating, learning and growing.
janlgordon's comment, January 4, 2012 10:25 PM
Internet Billboards
Absolutely Tom, it's going to be an exciting time!
maxOz's comment, January 19, 2012 9:58 PM
Jan, I have sent this scoop [error] didn't realize you had it xxx
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Futurist, Ross Dawson Says: We Can Expect These 12 Themes in 2012

Futurist, Ross Dawson Says: We Can Expect These 12 Themes in 2012 | Curation, Social Business and Beyond | Scoop.it

This piece was written by Ross Dawson, who is someone I always listen to. The slideshow is a bit hard to read but there is text that explains the 12 themes for 2012. I found them all very interesting.


What particularly caught my attention was:


CROWD WORK


**In a connected world labor is a global game, and talent can be anywhere.


**Small businesses are now able to draw on low-cost skilled workers to extend their capabilities and grow faster.


**Large companies, from Procter & Gamble and IBM down, are recognizing that even they need to go beyond their employees to innovate fast enough.


****Creative industries and now media companies are drawing on crowds to generate ideas and content. Service marketplaces such as oDesk and


**Freelancer.com have already brokered over $1 billion of work.


EVERYTHING SOCIAL


**It is just over five years since Facebook was opened to the general public on September 26, 2006, finally making social networking an activity that transcended all demographic divides.


**There are now well over 1 billion people active on social networks around the world.


**Almost everything will be social, including organizational work processes, government policy and service delivery, shopping, school and adult education, job search, music, and almost every aspect of media.


**This explosion will create a social divide, with at one end of the spectrum the oversharers who live completely connected lives, while at the other extreme many will choose opt out of the social world, in many cases cutting themselves off from career and personal opportunities.


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