Sunday, September 09, 2012

We Live in a World of Too Much Information

What happens when Google's search results aren't enough? Or, think about this: what has happened since Google's ranking algorithm got gamed? Lots!

If we couldn't curate by hand with Netscape Navigator in the mid-1990s, how can we do it now with hundreds of millions of websites?  The answer is actually crowd-sourcing curation. We now crowd source curation of information and then ultimately, the process will start all over again once the Google search algorithms kick in.

Wikipedia defines curation as the sorting, categorizing, and presenting of material from multiple sources which creates a unique editorial experience for readers.

There's a lot of grumbling out there by folks who create original content and others who don't attribute their sources to the original creators.

Curator’s Code is an attempt to standardize “via” links and attribution from link blogs and aggregators with two new symbols:
  • ᔥ means “via”
  • ↬ means “hat tip”
You can drag a bookmarklet to your browser when you are "grabbing information" from the Internet in order to give attribution to sources.

The good news is that there are many curation tools available to help us track the news and current events:

Here are a few tools I recently discovered which will be added to our Election 2012 website.

--tracks all the news published using ~ 5,000 English-language sources and "gathers social data for each story – how many shares, likes, tweets and comments it has – at repeated intervals, building a live picture of how popular it is, right now. With this information, it calculates a social speed at which each story is travelling. The process is unique, new, and patent pending."  The NewsWhip Score shows how fast a story is spreading through Facebook and Twitter.

BoxFish -
TV's information search.  Search every word spoken on Television in real time--a new layer of discovery for television.  Do a keyword search and try it for current events.

pulse - read your news anywhere, gathers your favorite sites together, transforming them into a colorful visually based mosaic. Apps available for iphone, ipad, android, and kindle.

RawStory- a progressive news site focusing on stories often ignored by mainstream media. Draws attention to policy, politics, legal and human rights stories.

NewsPin - pick the topics you care about and this tool finds the best articles and brings them to you so you can share them.

Storyful - curation of the "smartest" conversations about world events by professional journalists who glean the most important news and separate it from the "noise of the real-time web".  This is a subscription service with a free trial.

Google: Politics and Elections - (Google is trying to curate!)
This source draws from Google news on the Presidential candidates and the issues including:

More on Content Curation:

5 Curation Apps and Examples With a Wow! Factor

Alltop - the biggest aggregator and craziest curator I know.....

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