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."
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.
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!