Robin Good, a curator I follow on Scoop.it, shared a technology brief from Educause which attempts to introduce and explain the emerging trend of social curation:
"7 Things You Should Know About Social Content Curation"
From the official abstract: "An emerging class of online tools,
including Pinterest, Scoop.it, EduClipper, and others, allows users to
quickly and easily gather, organize, and share collections of online
resources, particularly visual content.
These applications make it easy to collect and post disparate bits of
content, providing visual groupings at a glance that can reveal important
In academic settings, they can facilitate more visual thinking and discussion
among students while providing a means to share collections of online
I currently am using Scoop.it to experiment with curating content for Election 2012. This tool allows the user to editorialize and also provide visual content.
Tools like this seem to be just right for current events such as Hurricane Sandy and ongoing conflicts such as the Arab Spring.