Content curation is a buzz word which has been hugely popular the last couple of years. If you are new to the concept, the definition of curating changes a little depending on who you ask.
There is however, little doubt left that content curation has become a significant part of the future of the Internet. A content curator is someone who finds, organizes, presents and shares valuable information (content) in many forms, on a specific topic subject or a niche, in such a way that provides special context or a unique engagement with his or her readers. In layman’s terms. There is simply to much information being created. We need human filters to help us find the best content and help put it in the proper context for us.
When curation is done correctly, over time the curating positions the curator as an expert in his or her respective field and can solidify their reputation as a thought leader. A good curator will mix curation with his or her own original content or commentary. This is done to give interpretations for the express purpose of allowing others to form their own conclusions.
Before we dive into the core benefits of curation, such as learning and collaborating, as well as collective intelligence and networking, I want you to have a significant understanding of WHY curation is so important. This article http://www.internetbillboards.net/2013/06/why-content-curation-and-crowdsourcing-will-change-everything/ will give you a solid overview on the WHY curation is important.
Also real curation is not simply about copying and pasting, or adding a few sentences. Albeit simply pointing someone to the information if it is valuable enough is still helpful and yes is a form of curation, but it is not the only way to go about doing it. There are in fact different levels of curation, and different methodologies, some provide significantly more value, not only to the curator’s audience, but also to the author of the work. I would like to point out, under no circumstances should you ever not give proper attribution to an authors work. This is paramount to stealing.
You should always site your sources, as well as be respectful of an authors sentiment. Most authors will appreciate curation when done correctly. On the rare occasion you find one that doesn’t, I always advocate respecting their wishes. Even if that means removing your curation. There is such a thing as fair use, but it is simply not worth the trouble, and as I said if you do curation correctly you will reap all the benefits and avoid all the negative aspects that could result from trying to take short cuts. There are no short cuts to success.
This leads me to my next thought which is about another article I wrote which is titled http://www.internetbillboards.net/2013/08/why-more-annotation-in-your-curation-is-vital-to-establish-your-thought-leadership/ This will give you the proper foundation you will need and also explain the different ways you can go about curating content. So now let’s get into it. So where is the collaboration in your content curation?
We do business with people we know like and trust. There is a book you may have heard of called, Rich Dad Poor Dad by Robert Kiyosaki.
It advocates financial independence through investing, real estate, owning businesses, and increasing one’s financial intelligence. It’s a super book. If you haven’t read it, I suggest picking up a copy. The one thing that really hit home for me was this. “The wealthy and the affluent spend their time networking, everyone else spends their time looking for work.” Think about that for a minute.