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Robin Good's insight:
Curation is going to significantly affect how we search and find information about topics we know little of or that we want to learn more about.
The latest version of Blekko, a search engine which already leverages curation to organize and improve the quality of search results, has introduced "categories" inside its search page results.
In other words when you search for a specific topic, you are provided with different sets of relevant results grouped by topic and focus. Thus, if I search for "content curation" I will get a set of semantically categorized groups relevant to my selected topic, including "Top results", "Twitter", "Marketing", "Librarianship" and more.
In this way it is much easier to drill down into different "types" of results and to easily identify the type of information you are looking for.
N.B.: If you haven't seen or used Blekko before, do register and login to see the type of features, that while still primitive and a bit nerdy in their present implementation, I think are going to drive the new type of search engines we are likely to see emerge in the near future.
Free to use.
Try it now: https://blekko.com/
To register: https://blekko.com/ws/?f=1&q=%2Flogin
Tutorial - How to search with Blekko: http://help.blekko.com/index.php/a-tutorial-for-searching-with-blekko/
Robin Good: ROCKZi is a new social news discovery and sharing service launched by the human curated search engine Blekko.
The service intelligently leverages the great work done by its own human curators to generate a thematic news board that is an hybrid between the experience of Pinterest and the one of Flipboard.
From GigaOM: "...taking a cue from from other popular curation sites, ROCKzi was built to bring curation to a wider set of users through low-touch, passive curation tools.
The site surfaces fresh content from news sources curated by power blekko users and displays articles in topic-specific, searchable “news boards,” from “Geekery” and “Glitterati” to “SportZ” and “Red State.”
As of now, there are 33 boards but, over the next few weeks and months, it plans to expand to hundreds and then thousands more."
N.B.: Not only you can browse and discover news through the existing boards, but if you scroll below them, you will find a search box that allows you to dive and find news on ANY topic you want.
More info: http://rockzi.com/about (here you can find the ROCKZi bookmarklet and the opportunity to suggest a new topic board)
Try it out now: http://rockzi.com/