Remember those rabbit holes we talk about so often online? The ones where you disappear into a warren of links and clicks and then wonder where the last two hours went?
Sometimes it’s worth it and you stumble upon a little gem, or a spectacular multi-carat diamond, in this case.
And so it was that I discovered the term blog curation. Judging by number of Google searches for the term (just 390), it is barely known yet on the Internet.
What is blog curation?
It’s about us becoming a human filter (or curator) of information. Choosing to share only the best information, which we endorse, with the rest of our community.
We are doing that anyway, especially on Facebook with what we choose to like and share with our friends.
But in terms of blogging, blog curation opens an entirely new world of opportunity.
There is so much worthwhile to read and absorb and learn from the Internet. How do we find it first, know that it’s reputable and then have time to filter it all to extract just the best bits?
If you find a blog curator who is prepared to do that for you in a niche you have a passionate interest in, then how much easier would your information ingestion be? Similarly, imagine doing the same thing for your community.
This video, below, of the film-maker Steven Rosenbaum speaking at Tedx GrandRapids isn’t really about blog curation. It is more about the concept of curation. Still I found it illuminating.
In it he describes us as humans replacing algorithms. I loved that. It is truly what the democracy of the Internet should be about.
We may all be right on the cusp of a new Internet wave. Watch this space as I explore this for you.
A word of warning. This video contains some footage of 9/11 in a documentary Steve Rosenbaum made called 7 days in September.
BTW: Decision time on Google+ Pages tomorrow!