This week’s readings related to social media curation and linking. Let’s start with this video.
“The Link Economy v. the Content Economy” discusses links as the new currency of media. Links may have more pull than content, as they can be exploited and monetized.
“The Curation Economy and the 3C’s of Information Commerce” is an interesting article about how social media creation and curation has changed in the last few years. The article noted that in 2010 almost 70% of people on social media merely consumed and did not create. This means they didn’t post and they didn’t comment. Now millions of social media users post blogs, use photo-sharing sites and are active on social platforms. In today’s age, there are 3 types of social media users: creators, curators and consumers. Read the article to find out more.
In “Curation, and Journalists as Curators” Mindy McAdams lists ways journalists are curators. Journalists can provide the world with the best representatives or links to resources. Journalists should also not be afraid to cull and make sure to only include the best links. Journalists should also provide context, pay attention to the arrangement of the piece and look at the organization as a whole. Finally, the journalist serves as the curator of the piece because they are the expert. Updating you work is also important.
I also read “An Interview with Andy Carvin on Curating Twitter to Watch Tunisia, Egypt.” This was a really interesting transcript of the interview that you should read in full. Make sure to read Danah Boyd’s “Thoughts on Pew’s Latest Report: Notable Findings on Race and Privacy” and Buzz Machine’s “Oversharing on Oversharing.”