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Robin Good's insight:
Changtao Zhong, Karthik Sundaravadivelan and Nishanth Sastry from King's London College and Sunil Shah from Last.fm have published a research study entitled: "Sharing the Loves: Understanding the How and Why of Online Content Curation".
The study (9 pages) analyzes the behaviour of thousands of individuals pinning images on Pinterest and liking and categorizing songs on Last.fm and reveals a few interesting insights:
a) what people curate as relevant is not generally among the top ranked results according to popular metrics. Good stuff is not the same as what is considered normally popular or authoritative stuff.
b) content curation allows a community to synchronize around specific issues and subjects (as anticipated by Clay Shirky)
c) better and more appreciated curation is of the "structured" kind, providing additional info, meta-data and categorization.
d) curators that are highly appreciated are characterized by consistent activity and by a variety of interests (or viewpoints under the same theme) that they are capable to cover.
My comment: Valuable insight into the essential traits of curation emerge from this interesting study of two popular content sharing and curation sites. In my eyes it highlights how inevitable is that curation will gradually match and replace search and what successful curators need to do to become more visible.
Original PDF: http://www.inf.kcl.ac.uk/staff/nrs/pubs/icwsm13.pdf