Internet content curation has grown exponentially in the last few years and as I look at who has been reading my blog of late, just even in the last two days, at least 20 of the 40-50 views have been via Scoop.It. I decided the read further into this internet phenomenon and found some great sites. This article by David Kapuler lists the Top 10 Sites for Curating the Web, which enlightened me to other curation opportunities that I had not heard of as yet.
A few of the sites I have actively used, however, some I had not heard of and they sound great. Not so many years ago it was only bookmarking sites like Diigo and Delicious that really offered curating tools but now there are sites like Scoop.It and Paper.Li out there creating digital libraries of so many fantastic resources. Twitter has become the biggest social bookmarking tool on the Internet and in that sense, also an incredibly popular tool for curation. Here are some statistics shared in the article Content Curators Are The New Superheros Of The Web by Steven Rosenbaum:
Yesterday, 250 million photos were uploaded to Facebook, 864,000 hours of video were uploaded to YouTube, and 294 BILLION emails were sent. And that’s not counting all the check-ins, friend requests, Yelp reviews and Amazon posts, and pins on Pinterest….If you want to understand how fast curation is growing on the web, just take a look at Pinterest. The two-year-old visual clipping and publishing platform has now surpassed 10 million users, making it the fastest-growing web service on the web ever, according to Comscore. Comscore reported that Pinterest was the fastest independent site to hit 10 million monthly uniques in the U.S.
Curation to me is like a Google search, I type in a query and Google delivers me a list of resources that match that query. Curation is about knowledge discovery through the lens of a specific topic. Brittany Morin writes on The Huffington Post about The Curated Web and says that:
Curators, by modern definition, carefully and decisively choose among the best of all that’s available and often create entirely new ideas and perspectives out of that information, all while using their own voice… Editors improve content authored by others; the curators are those authors. The Internet has given rise to all kinds of bite-sized editorial content – photos, videos, and even 140-character sentences. Curators can find the best bits and pieces of this content and evolve it into a bigger picture or idea.
I’m very much into mobile technology and devices and in today’s culture of Internet browsing and other activity on mobile devices, being able to curate on a mobile device is very important. These are the sites below that could be used for curating information:
- Pearltrees – I discovered this the other day and I love it!! It is very visual and for someone like me, very effective. There is a video shared above on this tool. (See this blog post for another perspective on it.)
- LiveCuration – Multi-Stream Streaming Twitter client
- EasyNip for Pinterest
- Mousse Magazine
I’m very keen on exploring these apps more, especially Pearltrees so stay posted…