I was reading this article on “Cyberspace When You’re Dead” and not long after stumbled upon this article, featured on FastCompany, about Content Curation. Both articles mention the various contents, identities, profiles and information that are posted daily on the web, the first mainly focusing on content created by “a person” (and what happens with all that information if you were to pass away – it’s a very interesting read which I highly recommend doing), the latter focusing on the whole web as a neverending platform where content more than ever needs to be organized, structured and adapted to individual needs. Basically, a fresher and newer approach to user accessibility, with a clear need for more human interaction and less algorithms.
It got me to thinking – “Curation”, I’ve been hearing that term evermore increasingly in the last few months. I think – if I remember well – the first time it was brought to my attention at the DotConf , when Mark Little introduced it as a tool that was going to be used on Storyful. He saw it as a process of evolving from search into discover – and the idea of creating a community of storytellers, who will participate in finding, telling and sharing the stories that are happening.
I’m interested now – nay: fascinated – by this word, curation, and what it has in store for us in 2011. I presume that firstly spelling correctors won’t tell you anymore that it’s spelled wrongly… I wasn’t going to blog about it tonight, as I thought it deserved a much more researched post, but my excitement got the better of me. I will, however, look into it more deeply and accurately, seeing that after a quick TweetDeck search (beat that Google for giving me lousy results!) Mashable published a post yesterday called “4 Promising Curation Tools“.
I’m curious to find out who is curating, what are they collecting, which methods are being used, what looks promising and what doesn’t and how it’s going to change the way we browse, search, read and bookmark. Another interesting sideline is community curation – collaborative efforts, in design, art, writing and other industries – where content is decided in order of most popular, relevant or correct. If I’m not mistaken, I think even the good old Facebook Like Button can be brought into that category, or the “I like it” button on StumbleUpon, as they allow for us, the community, to curate the web to our own liking, as we please it to be.
Really excited about this now!
More to follow…