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What a Content Curator Needs To Know: How, Tools, Issues and Strategy
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To Select: The Unique Skill Content Curators Must Cultivate Like the Holy Grail

To Select: The Unique Skill Content Curators Must Cultivate Like the Holy Grail | Content Curation World | Scoop.it
Robin Good's insight:


Tom Webster illustrates clearly why content curation is not a backup solution for those looking for a content marketing strategy that saves them time and resources.


Content curation, according to Tom Webster, "is even harder--and rarer--than quality creative output".


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"...the ability to create value through curation is uncommon."


And the solution, notwithstanding what conferences and events may appear to suggest, is not simply in having new fancy tools. The real difference is in how me and you curate the content we select.


"And the learned skill (through pattern recognition) that both the content curator and the content docent must share is the ability to discriminate."


Humans can "discriminate" in much more subtle ways than computers can, and this ability, if refined, is going to become a very valuable asset in the near future. 


This is why content curators as well as content "guides" (from museum docents) will play an increasingly important role to their audiences, especially when compared to those who are just passing on "interesting links".


He further writes: "It will be increasingly difficult, in this age of declining content arbitrage, to build an audience through curation—to get new people to gravitate to your content if you are just passing along other people's content.


But if you build an audience first—if you are known for something—then your curation has meaning."


The author also points to two excellent examples of content curation: John Gruber (Daring Fireball) and Chris Penn (christopherspenn.com).



A good reading for anyone interested in better understanding what content curation is all about.


Rightful. 8/10


Full article: http://brandsavant.com/brandsavant/curation 



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Therese Torris's curator insight, September 18, 2013 6:03 AM

A bit of the same old story, but always good to be reminded

Prof. Hankell's curator insight, September 18, 2013 2:18 PM

Robin Good's insight:

 

Tom Webster illustrates clearly why content curation is not a backup solution for those looking for a content marketing strategy that saves them time and resources.

 

Content curation, according to Tom Webster, "is even harder--and rarer--than quality creative output".

 

and "...the ability to create value through curation is uncommon."

 

And the solution, notwithstanding what conferences and events may appear to suggest, is not simply in having new fancy tools. The real difference is in how me and you curate the content we select.

 

"And the learned skill (through pattern recognition) that both the content curator and the content docent must share is the ability to discriminate."

Humans can "discriminate" in much more subtle ways than computers can, and this ability, if refined, is going to become a very valuable asset in the near future.

 

This is why content curators as well as content "guides" (from museum docents) will play an increasingly important role to their audiences, especially when compared to those who are just passing on "interesting links".

 

He further writes: "It will be increasingly difficult, in this age of declining content arbitrage, to build an audience through curation—to get new people to gravitate to your content if you are just passing along other people's content.

 

But if you build an audience first—if you are known for something—then your curation has meaning."

 

The author also points to two excellent examples of content curation: John Gruber (Daring Fireball) and Chris Penn (christopherspenn.com).


A good reading for anyone interested in better understanding what content curation is all about.

Rightful. 8/10

Full article: http://brandsavant.com/brandsavant/curation

Sally Tilley's curator insight, September 18, 2013 5:56 PM

A timely reminder of how your friendly Teacher Librarian can hopefully give you a hand with sorting through resources and content available for you curriculum areas, thank you for sharing this :-)

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Creation and Curation Are Part of the Same Spectrum

Creation and Curation Are Part of the Same Spectrum | Content Curation World | Scoop.it

From the original post on ex.plore.com by Maria Popova: "What remix culture has taught us is that making derivative works can be a form of real originality, not that all derivative works are original.


In a tangential comment on a discussion of meme culture, a reader of Andrew Sullivan’s nails what needs to be said over and over again – creation andcuration”/remix are a spectrum, not a binary dichotomy, and each point of the spectrum has its own sub-spectrum of greatness and mediocrity."


Source: http://exp.lore.com/post/24407385382/what-remix-culture-has-taught-us-is-that-making 

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Content Creator vs Content Curator: Is Social Media Sharing The Same Thing as Content Curation?

Robin Good: Interesting discussion and video: is social media sharing equivalent to "curation"?

Is it more important to create or to curate? 


"The SalesChaosTV guys, Dan Waldschmidt and Todd Schnick, bounce around content curation vs. content creation as means to an end in social media marketing today."


"Content creation or content curation? Are you a curator if you are retweeting the content of others?

Should you be retweeting it at all if you haven’t read it?"


Good points being made. 8/10


Video URL: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8TS1sDiYjno&feature=player_embedded 

Original article: http://socialmediatoday.com/saleschaostv/562939/content-curation 
 

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Beth Kanter's comment, June 23, 2012 2:16 PM
Will go read this, but what was the answer?
Robin Good's comment, June 24, 2012 12:56 AM
Hi Beth, the answer is not clear-cut and the discussion needs to go on.

Social sharing, according to some, is a light form of curation, but to me the argument doesn't hold up, as curation is not determined by the sharing act, but by the purpose with which you collect and bring together information items that inform, or solve a problem on a specific topic for a specific audience.
Eric Moran's curator insight, December 22, 2012 11:05 AM

Great point made here on both sides of the issue.