RE: Pinterest, Tumblr, etc. : "Web sites like these to escape, destress, perk up, calm down, feel something, not feel something, distract themselves and ... modulate pleasure and arousal." Well-written and spot-on in my experience. Also: "... collecting online is a form of self-expression for people who don’t create." Not everyone who curates can't create but it can be a substitute.
"I feel that nowadays we are in the age of curation, where more and more users are participating into this giant experiment, like never before, discovering that they can express themselves and whom their are through curating the internet for others."
Fred Wilson: "I'm a big fan of curation in these services. Twitter has lists. Etsy has favorites. Tumblr has tag pages. These are all variations of curation in services that have a lot of noise in them." Great comment: "Art stored randomly in a room is a warehouse. That same art curated and distilled becomes a gallery."
Creating unique social media content for your business, and curating relevant content for your audience, are both valid approaches to filling your content pipeline. This said, there is no single approach that will yield the best results.
An important article, in my humble opinion... Eric addresses thought leadership, taking shortcuts, and differentiation. I agree that curation does not a thought leader make. I also think, though, that there is more value to be had than just "leading the conversation."
An "all killer and no filler" post on how to do what you're doing better. I see posts like this all the time but this one had some great content. I'm a big fan of alerts and RSS, I love Buffer, and I try very hard to avoid the obvious.
The popular curated news app, Flipboard, is going to become available on Android. I'm an, iOS user but I definitely prefer that apps are available cross-platform because it (a) makes the apps better for everyone and (b) makes sure certain companies don't sit on their laurels!
Stand tall, curators! This is a familiar statement - there's too much information so we need humans to filter - but Fast Company provides some great numbers on how big the data deluge really is. "The web needs you."
The loss of Google Reader is unfortunate. For new junkies, this was a priceless tool that made consumption of a large amount of information much easier. Even Mike says: "I was using Google Reader when I found out Google Reader was going to be shut down."
A short video on Elizabeth Flock and the Washington Post. Great professional piece on what happens when you're just chasing page views. For the record, this is an organizational problem, not just a rogue blogger.
The Associate Press is suing Meltwater News for charging customers to aggregate and provide content. As much as I'm all for re-use, I have to side with the AP a bit on this one, though it sounds like the lawsuit was a bit premature.
"N0tice is essentially an online community noticeboard, upon which news, details of events, and local special offers can be posted for other users." It's a local news aggregation service, essential, powered by users. Big potential.
Just stumbled across this fascinating use of RSS aggregation and text-filtering algorithms to track potentially impaction human biological events. "The BioCaster system has two major components: a web/database server and a backend cluster computer equipped with a variety of text mining algorithms which continuously scan hundreds of RSS newsfeeds from local and national news providers." Very cool!
Sums it right up: "The ability to personalize our news diets has given rise to fears that we'll end up inside echo chambers of the like-minded, gorging on brownies and ignoring the broccoli we need to function as informed citizens."
I saw this device under the headline "waste paper and create clutter" which colored my first impression. Then, I took a closer look and it seems like a pun little gadget. It never occurred to me that this thing is doing personalized content curation.
"Consuming news is one of the most popular activities, up there with email and more popular than social networking. Only general Web-browsing proved more popular on tablets than news and email. Even so, just 14 percent of those who consume news on tablets said they have paid for news content on their devices."