I am just exploring content curation on social media and I am really loving it!
I have been using Scoop.it for a few days now, discovering how I can become a curator of a topic that is interesting to me. When choosing a topic I had two thoughs in mind – I wanted to do something focused and something else than I do on other social media. I decided to go for Social Media Research. I know that the description “Social Media Research” has been used in reference to social media marketing, but I intentionally want to give it a different touch – focusing on Social Media Research in education, information and social sciences, encompassing all the different topics related to E-Learning 2.0 sensu Stephen Downes.
I noticed that aiming at curation and using Scoop.it as a supporting tool allows me to take a different take on selecting and publishing content:
- Focusing on sharing and recommending content produced by other people – as opposed to blogging, where I rather focus on my own content.
- Giving me more space to organize and comment on content – longer posts and related visual representation as opposed to Tweets on Twitter.
- Giving me a place to aggregate content and visually display the organization of this content as micro-content – as opposed to Diigo or Delicious which rather let’s me collect nano-content (smaller bits of information).
What I like about curating a topic is that it makes me look for and filter relevant content which I know I can preserve somewhere. It’s like taking snapshots of an ever changing stream of information.
So this is my Scoop.it page on Social Media Research: http://www.scoop.it/t/social-media-research
Also check out these interesting posts on content curation:
- Social content curation – a shift from the traditional by Judy O’Connell
- The great collective by Steve Wheeler