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Robin Good's insight:
From the paper abstract: "Social media such as microblogs have become so pervasive such that it is now possible to use them as sensors for real-world events and memes.
While much recent research has focused on developing automatic methods for filtering and summarizing these data streams, we explore a different trend called social curation.
In contrast to automatic methods, social curation is characterized as a human-in-the-loop and sometimes crowd-sourced mechanism for exploiting social media as sensors."
The paper attempts to analyze curated microblog data and to understand the main reasons why people "participate in this laborious curation process".
It also looks at "new ways in which information retrieval and machine learning technologies can be used to assist curators" and it also suggests "a novel method based on a learning-to-rank framework that increases the curator's productivity and breadth of perspective by suggests which novel microblogs should be added to the curated content."
The paper contains valuable information for anyone interested in having more statistical data about social curation activities and patterns on Twitter, the use of lists and the typical reasons why individuals want to do this.
Full original PDF paper: http://cl.naist.jp/~kevinduh/papers/duh12curation-long.pdf
Robin Good's insight:
Automattic, the company behind WordPress has just released a tool which allows WordPress users to curate real-time news coming from Twitter and YouTube video clips without ever leaving the standard WP posting dashboard.
From TheNextWeb: "Akin to having Storify right in your WordPress platform, users can click on the “Add Media” button while they’re editing a post and see options to insert either a tweet or a YouTube video.
Being able to embed social content like this isn’t new — both Twitter and YouTube have made it possible for a long time, but WordPress is now streamlining it so that you can simply query based on keyword, hashtag, user, or geographic location, and it will populate the relevant content."
My comment: Sign of the times. Soon most publishing tool will integrate curation facilities that allow easy searching and integration of excerpts from articles, videos and other content types into original content. The WordPress Media Explorer confirms this trend while providing thousands of small independent publisher with ready-to-use simple curation facilities.
N.B.: At present the Media Explorer is available only for WordPress.com users, but it will be soon available as a Jetpack also for self-hosted WordPress sites.
Find out more: http://en.support.wordpress.com/media-explorer/
Robin Good's insight:
What's the difference between "collecting" and "curating"? How can Twitter be used as a "curation" tool?
What are some examples and ideas to put real-time news curation to effective use for those working as educators?
In this good article by Silvia Rosenthal Tolisano (published 1/2012) of Langwitches.org, you can find lots of useful info about the use of Twitter as a curation tool.
Here for example are a few key benefits of using Twitter for picking, selecting and organizing content on a specific topic:
I think that she's right on the mark.
Well presented article and info. Useful. Good examples. 8/10
PDF file reference: http://langwitches.org/blog/wp-content/uploads/2013/01/Twitter-Curation-Tool.pdf
Robin Good: One of the most effective and popular methods to stay abreast of a topic area or to discover new stories about an issue is the use "hashtags" for Twitter seaches.
Here is a bunch of tools that make it easy for you to monitor and search, one or multiple Twitter hashtags on your preferred topics.
Useful. Resourceful. 7/10
Robin Good: NewsWhip is a news discovery service that specializes in bringing you only the fastest spreading news stories on Facebook and Twitter.
The news are organized by main geographical areas and by broad key topics, from which you can select your preferred ones.
From the official site: "NewsWhip's technology tracks all the news published by about 5,000 English-language sources –about 60,000 news stories each day. It gathers social data for each story – how many shares, likes, tweets and comments it has – at repeated intervals, building a live picture of how popular it is, right now. With this information, it calculates a social speed at which each story is travelling. The process is unique, new, and patent pending."
My comments: If you are looking to pick up "trendy" stories across the board or on specific general interest areas NewsWhip may be a great companion. Disappointing if you are looking for quality, in-depth stories in specific niche areas.
1) Spike - makes it easy to catch stries that are starting to trend
2) Social Amplifier - exposes your most valuable articles by leveraging your readers preferences via Facebook and Twitter
More info: http://www.newswhip.com/About
Try it out now: http://www.newswhip.com/
Robin Good: Similar to Paper.li, NewsMix.me allows anyone to easily create one or more news channels which automatically aggregate news and posts by your selected sources on Twitter (including "lists"), and Facebook.
P.S.: Unfortunately, rarely a Twitter stream or FB page is ever posting constantly on the same topic, making the aggregated result not as useful as it could be by allowing any source to be filtered for specific keywords.
Try it out: http://newsmix.me/
Curated story by janlgordon.
Tony reminds us that content curators play a role in information overload - they take time to sort, select, comment on good content that helps keeps you current on your topic of interest.
"With the ever increasing amount of online information from social networks, the need for organizing it has never been greater. Look around and there’s no shortage of aggregation tools to help us filter out the important stuff."
Here's what caught my attention:
**In this world of information overload, there’s now a new layer in the media ecosystem: the curator. If it wasn’t for that person who retweeted the story in the first place, you probably wouldn’t have seen it.
**So naming the retweeters in daily promos is the right course of action. Twitter is like a fire hose and Paper.li is selecting random tweets that would have otherwise been missed.
**Yes, they’re randomly chosen but I find a lot of value in them because they praise others for their contributions.
**It reminds me that they’re part of my network and I can appreciate their contributions that much more. I know when I’m named in someone’s newspaper it motivates me to continue sharing that type of content.
Robin Good's insight:
Twitter has just announced the availability of a new feature that will be gradually rolled out to all Twitter users and which allows you to create custom curated Twitter channels on any topic you want.
But you need not wait.
To start using immediately Twitter Timelines what you need to do is to head over to https://tweetdeck.twitter.com/ and to register yourself for the free web app owned by Twitter.
Once you are logged in, all you need to do is to click on the leftmost vertical icon-bar on the + sign, and then to select Create Custom Timelines from the ensuing dialog box.
Once you have created a Custom Timeline all you need to do to populate it is to manually drag tweets from your others news/tweets gathering columns into it.
Once created in Tweetdeck any Custom Timeline is immediately visible inside Twitter at a dedicated URL and can be easily shared or embedded inside any site or blog.
My comments: The Twitter Custom Timelines feature opens up a universe of possibilities for curated news channels, and other highly specialized thematic channels. Finally there is the opportunity not to have to consume stories and news that are completely irrelevant to your interests simply because they come from someone you follow. By following highly specific custom timelines it is now possible to consume only the type of content you are truly interested into from your favorite trusted curators.
Free to use.
Try it out now: https://tweetdeck.twitter.com/
Robin Good's insight:
Ditto is a FREE, automated weekly backup of Twitter, Facebook and Gmail with integrated search capabilities.
To curate, means also ability to archive, preserve and safely store the data/information/content available in your newsradar/collection/lineup. As a matter of fact, if you decided to follow-up on an academic pursuit of your data-curation interests, you would be immediately confronted with the learning of the best methodologies, tools and workflows utilized to preserve and archive digital data.
In addition, given the times we are in, and who controls our data, you can never know what happens next, and whether you are always going to be able to access both your account and the data that's in it.
For these reasons I think it is relevant for anyone involved in professionally managing content / data, such as a content curator does, to have the ability to easily and automatically backup all of his Twitter / Facebook data as well as his own Gmail.
With Ditto, you can export all of your backed up data from Facebook, Twitter or Gmail, into a handy PDF file.
Free to use. (max 3GB of archive space can be used - if you leave out your Gmail, that's plenty of space.)
Find out more: https://ditto.norton.com/
Try it out now: http://ditto.norton.com/services
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Robin Good's insight:
If you are a journalist and you are using Twitter to pick and share relevant news for your following, you may want to check out these straightforward suggestions on how to best manage your news curation process.
The Twitter blog team has analyzed back in September of last year, thousands of tweets from over 150 news companies and individual reporters, to distill which are the most important traits of good news curation.
To the point. Useful. 8/10
Original article: http://blog.twitter.com/2012/09/best-practices-for-journalists.html
Additional resources at http://bit.ly/TwitterForNews
Robin Good: Slices is a news discovery app that allows you to find the news that interest you by "slicing" the Twitter timeline into topic-specific categories, making it much easier to find what you are looking for.
From Pandodaily official review: "Slices offers 21 searchable categories – humor, technology, sports, and so on – that lead you to people and lists to follow. Included among those top-level categories is the “Live Events” option, which allows you to select an event – a football match, say, or a TV show – and follow Tweets from a curated list.
...The “Timeline Slicer” also outdoes Twitter’s Lists as a way to organize the people you follow into specific categories. They’re easier to set up and easier to access, ..."
Find out more: https://slices.me/
Robin Good: As you have probably already read somewhere else, this last weekend, Twitter launched a first-of-a-kind type of page.
The page, which you can see here: https://twitter.com/hashtag/nascar revolves around the last NASCAR car racing event, that took place last Sunday and it apparently aggregates interesting tweets and comments from a group of passionate NASCAR fans.
This is a human-curated page of tweets, selected from a curated list of relevant people for this topic.
This is the real news.
GigaOm writes about it: "The NASCAR page may not seem like anything to be concerned about, since it appears to be just a typical grouping of tweets collected by hashtag.
But there is editorial control behind it as well as algorithms, with an editor choosing which messages — including photos, videos and commentary from NASCAR insiders — were highlighted during the event, and which streamed by unacknowledged."
By mixing and matching technology-powered identification of relevant people and tweets for a specific topic, with an active layer of human curation allows Twitter to generate a page that's filled with value.
Here's what Twitter itself wrote on his blog before launching it: "...throughout the weekend – but especially during the race – a combination of algorithms and curation will surface the most interesting Tweets to bring you closer to all of the action happening around the track, from the garage to the victory lane."
And while this is only a first experiment from Twitter, I would bet that it will not be the last.
Twitter blog announcement: http://blog.twitter.com/2012/06/off-to-races-with-nascar.html
Robin Good: Twylah is a web service which "auto-curates" your Twitter stream by generating a full web site which auto-organizes and visualizes your tweeted content around a set of specific topics.
Here is a real-world example of my own tweet-stream "auto-curated" by Twilah: http://www.twylah.com/robingood
- Harnesses the SEO power of all your tweets by grouping them into relevant topics
- Creates a more engaging space for your followers and fans
- Provides a high-value content platform on auto-pilot for any author
- Facilitates subscriptions to your Twitter channel
- Integrates a PowerTweet function which not only allows to Tweet from any web page, but it "auto-creates" a thematic web page just-in-time around your very tweet topic.
(Now that Twylah has kicked out a few bugs that were preventing Scoop.it based curators like me to extract the best from this new service, I am very impressed by what I see.)
Check some of Twylah "featured" pages here: http://www.twylah.com/featured
If you want to drive engagement beyond the single tweet, and show others what you cover and are all about, at-a-glance, I am hard-pressed in finding something better than Twylah.
To get the complete picture on Twylah and what it is all about check out this video: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kOnFl59iRkg
(Reviewed by Robin Good)