In a world where computer algorithms play an increasingly important role in determining what information we consume, there is another force pulling us in the other direction. I’m talking about the “content curation” that people do to filter information so it’s more useful for themselves and others.
We curate content every time we bookmark a page on the web or share a link to it with our friends on social networks.
We share a lot of stuff on Facebook, of course; not just web links, but images, pokes, messages, events, and all kinds of other stuff. One of the reasons Twitter took off, in spite of Facebook, is that it was particularly good at helping us share information. Twitter actually thinks of itself as a “real-time information network” – not a social network like Facebook. The engine that drives that information network is a dedicated core of “information networkers“ – people who use the service to curate content for other peopl
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