Noticed the word “curator” popping up online? When talking about web publishing, blogging, and sharing on social media? It’s the perfect word for what we do online, those who have blogs and websites. Smart move linguistically.
Here’s a talk by Steven Rosenbaum which explains more on why curation. He talks about the mainstream media’s role in being overwhelmed by the content ordinary people provide. I think that’s a great thing. It takes away the gatekeeping role that mainstream media have long held. But it also gives a more rich experience to the information we receive, I think.
I like that the word “curator” is likened to a term normally associated with art. Because it is an art form in one sense. Mashable published yesterday a fantastic post called 5 Tips for Great Content Curation.
My favourite tip, a journalism standard in my day, was the last one. It’s an issue that plagues the web and industries worldwide.
5. Share. Don’t Steal.
Take the time to give attribution, link backs, and credit. The sharing economy works because we’re each sharing our audiences, and providing the value of our endorsements. If you pick up someone’s work and put it on your blog, or mention a fact without crediting the source, you’re not building shared credibility. You’re just abusing someone else’s effort.
The important thing to realize is that we’re increasingly living in a world of information overload. So when people choose to listen to you it’s because you’re able to separate signal from noise. You provide a clear, contextually relevant voice within the topic or topics that you create and curate.