Why! Content curation is similar to pearl gathering

Who doesn’t enjoy an excellent collection?
Is it not true that everyone have a small amount of the obsessive collector within them? For my hubby, folio versions of hardback novels are preferred. I’m most passionate about stones. I’m aware it’s strange.

It all began during a backpacking trip in Greece many years ago. One wonderful Greek afternoon, we ended up on a beach on an island that was covered in little pieces of art.

These silky-to-the-touch stones showed their inner workings, including tiny fossilized organisms, seaweed, and sand, polished by millennia. I was in ecstasy because they were so beautiful. I don’t moan about the book shelves that now border our home; my long-suffering future husband had to carry the weight of my fossicking all throughout Greece.

We are both content as they are covered with various pebble-filled containers.

What relevance does this have to blog curation?
Which takes me to the introduction of my new life’s passion. web pages seriously, the internet. What else is the internet except a collection of linked web pages? This obsession now has a name. content curation. Getting better Now that we can all gather, we can go about our regular duties. I’ve been transported back to the paradise of that peaceful afternoon in ancient Greece.

It’s a horror, my desktop.
Until yesterday, my collection of online pages was haphazard and constrained by subpar technology, in contrast to the orderly arrangement of pebbles in our house, each a static witness to a period or location.

A desktop covered with many browser windows, some of which have up to 40 or 50 tabs open at once, and dozens of folders, each containing hundreds of bookmarks, is not a good collection.

I set out to investigate the many systems that others had indicated, especially Evernote. What caught my attention was the suggestion of skimming online content.

preserving online content for quick retrieval?
What if you could add a website to your collection with the press of a button? That would undoubtedly result in a well-archived collection if it then prompted a note page where you could evaluate, summarize, or characterize the website before tagging it.

I did it. For other reasons, Evernote will eventually join my daily online routine, but I’m not yet sold on its web page retrieval functionality. Although it could deliver, it appears that Evernote and Firefox (my preferred browser) are at odds. In the meanwhile, I found a pearl, or trees of pearls, thanks to my treasure hunting.

What a notion. Its simplicity is quite lovely. Additionally, it was impossible to overlook the connection between gathering pebbles, web pages, and pearls of wisdom!

With the help of the platform Pearltrees, you can essentially drag and drop web pages into collections of pearls. Like a mindmap of online pages that have been suitably and aesthetically arranged together so that you can quickly identify what each cluster is about and what the title of each web page inside it is.

Pearltrees is in fact paradise for the content curator. I would advise you to have a play as you will all soon be curating material. They are never quite as natural as the introduction film would have you believe, like all these platforms. It took some messing around to figure it out.

I’ll create a how-to video this week to make things simple for you. So hold off on adding to your pearl collection till then. Continue to consider content curation in the meanwhile. It’s not going away if you want to be an authoritative figure in your field, as Mari Smith’s film so amply indicates.

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