Social Curation * Citizen Journalism?

Top 5 Social Curation Sites
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These days anyone can become a social curator, sharing links, sites and information with the rest of the world. Pandia takes a look at the best curation tools.

Digital curation is the selection, preservation, maintenance, collection and archiving of digital assets (according to Wikipedia). Curation used to be the domain of archivists and librarians. But the brunt of curation has moved over from the shelves and archives onto the Web.

These days your daughter and your grandmother might be doing it. And recently the Web has added a social aspect to curation: You don’t just collect and preserve information, you share your collections with the world. This is social curation and here is a look at the best social curation sites right now

The belle of the ball

Pinterest is the big thing in social curation right now. Numbers from Alexa suggest it has surpassed veterans such as Delicious and Reddit (below) in traffic. Pinterest is like a collection of online pin boards where you pin images that fascinate you.

But even though Pinterest has a visual and aesthetic focus, there is more to these “pins” than meet the eye. Each image links to the page or article where you found it and you can add a comment or excerpt when you save it to one or more of your pin boards.

So each pin is essentially a visual bookmark and the pin boards are tematic collections of such bookmarks, where you add context to the information you collect.

The social aspect means that your pins are public and others can comment on them, making each item a potential discussion forum. Other users can also add items as favorites (“like”) or add them to their own pin boards (“repin”). This way the item gathers even more context — a way to gather lots of potentially useful information.

Pinterest is not just a place to store information. It is also an excellent place to find information. You can browse the most recent pins in some 30 categories and re-pin what you like. Or you can find people who post information you are interested in and follow their activity or just the most relevant of their pin boards. There is even an RSS feed for each person.

For some reason there are not feeds for individual pin boards, though, which is a shame. Another problem is that the visual character of Pinterest makes search hard. The objects often have little meta data, which makes for inaccurate search. And even though I can find a lot of info by searching Pinterest as a whole, I can’t search my own pins. This is why I’m leaving Pinterest after three weeks.

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Posted on Saturday 10 March 2012
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Search Engine News Wrap-up


The latest search engine news from around the Web.

Bing And Google Gain Market Share While Yahoo Drops
Search Engine Watch/Comscore:
Google: 66.4 percent (vs. 65.4 percent a year ago)
Bing: 15.3 percent (vs. 13.6 percent a year ago)
Yahoo: 13.8 percent (vs. 16.1 percent a year ago)

With a New Design, Vevo Asks Music Video Fans to Stick Around

All Things D: When you log in to the site using your Facebook credentials, Vevo will have already “socialized” you — even if you’ve never used the site and none of your friends have, either.

Can’t Confirm That Quotation? Search Google Books
Mindshift: Luckily, traditional print materials (in the form of books) often include the kind of citation information you might need and Google Books allow you to search the full text of books.

ufind.it – The Ultimate Web Search Tool
P Bradley: This is a multi search engine, which pulls its results from a variety of search engines such as Google, Bing, Yahoo!, Twitter and more.

PDF search and comments features added to Google Docs

Techworld: Users of the Google Docs office productivity suite will be able to do full-text searches within more documents in PDF format, expanding on a recent improvement to the suite’s PDF search capabilities.

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Posted on Saturday 10 March 2012
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Social Media Wrap-up


The latest headlines from the world of social media and social networking.

Facebook Introduces Interest Lists, ‘Your Own Personal Newspaper’
SEW: Facebook has announced the launch of Interest Lists, a new feature designed to help users curate the content of Pages and public figures in which they’re interested. The service promises to deliver the top posts from each interest group (list) in the user’s newsfeed.

How to Cross Post From Twitter to Your Facebook Page

Graywolf: I don’t believe all the social media gurus riding on unicorns who preach that social media is about the conversations man (best said in a hippie voice for dramatic effect). Social media is about giving you an alternate channel to connect with new or existing customers, demonstrate your expertise, solve problems, or promote products with the goal of providing customer service, building loyalty, and making sales.

How to Teach Your Boss About the Social World Outside of Facebook & Twitter
SE journal: Whether you’re selling a company Google+ page or trying to open your boss’s eyes to the joys of Pinterest, here’s your ultimate guide to explaining the likes of Tumblr and StumbleUpon to your technophobe boss.

Pinterest Phishing Expedition: Scammers Target Unsuspecting Pinterest Users
SE Journal: Scammers have descended on the popular network and are promising Pinterest users free gift cards and merchandise in exchange for re-pinning an image and completing an online “survey.”

New YouTube Features Add Efficiency to Video Viewing
Marketing Pilgrim: Whether you’re sneaking a peek ahead, scanning backwards, or using a thumbnail to find where you stopped watching a video, you’ll soon have three options to instantly look through YouTube videos.

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Posted on Saturday 10 March 2012
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Search Engine Marketing Wrap-up


The latest search engine marketing and optimization news from around the Web.

The four faces of link building
State of Search: I always say linkbuilding is a profession of its own. It is hard work which not every SEO can do. And even with all the changes Google is making links will continue to play an important role in optimizing your website.

4 Reasons Your Boss Might Hate Your SEM Campaign
SE Land: Management doesn’t have time to study the details and aggregated reports can make great performance look mediocre or worse.

Are You Using the Right Keywords On Your Site? A Simple Three-Rule Test
Search Engine Journal: Just as there is no shortage of good keyword tools, there is also no shortage of metrics that you can use to determine the value of any given keyword.

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Posted on Saturday 10 March 2012
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Do advanced, structured searches with Sehrch


Sehrch is a new semantic search engine developed in the UK.

You can search their index by entering a regular query, like on Bing or Google, or you can benefit from their structured data by formulating advanced searches and get precise results.

What is Sehrch

Traditional search engines index documents like pages, images or videos. But documents do not offer much information that is understandable by machines. Sehrch gathers semantic web objects instead of documents.

An object can be for example a person, city or event. Objects have properties: a person has a name and date of birth, whereas an institution has a date of establishment. Objects can also relate to each other, for example one Person may be the parent of another Person.

Sehrch is a collection of such objects and has a kind of “conceptual awareness” by harmonizing, grouping or relating objects within the semantic web. There is no limit to the number of properties that can be stored for a given object.

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Posted on Sunday 4 March 2012
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Search Engine News Wrap-up March 4

search blackboardThe latest news from the world of search engines.

Google and Cuil
Beyond Search: Founded in 2008 by two former Google employees and one from IBM, Cuil was forced to close its doors in 2010. Before the end, though, the company claimed to have indexed 120 billion pages; that’s more than Google had managed at the time. Now Google has bought the patents.

Google’s Eric Schmidt offers his vision of the future
memeburn: Google’s chairman Eric Schmidt took the stage at the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona to talk about the role of technology in the “world we live in today” and how it will shape the societies of the future. Schmidt, for example, noted that the number of people who use smartphones is still very small, but “think how amazing the web is today with just 2-billion people” and what will happen when another 5-billion get online.

Google on Google’s new Privacy Policy
Google: We’ve included the key parts from more than 60 product-specific notices into our main Google Privacy Policy—so there’s no longer any need to be your own mini search engine if you want to work out what’s going on. Our Privacy Policy now explains, for the vast majority of our services, what data we’re collecting and how we may use it, in plain language.

Google Privacy Policy Strikes Out With EU, Others
Inside Google: The Web’s leading search company drew fire early Thursday from Consumer Watchdog, which called the plan to offer a unified privacy covering all of Google (GOOG) Web products nothing more than “a spy policy.”

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Posted on Sunday 4 March 2012
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Search Engine Marketing Wrap-up March 4

SEO bulbThe latest news from the world of search engine marketing and optimization.

Learning SEO? Here are some tips
State of Search: The SEO community’s favorite online resources.

Is SEO Really SEO Anymore? Index Search Down 50%, Apps and Social Search Exploding
SE Journal: Search has moved to sites like Wikipedia and other popular content sites. Search in the app store is up. People have made a the statement that they prefer branded content form apps they trust, rather than sorting through links on a SERP.

The Madness Of Keyword Monomania: The Pathological Obsession With A Single Keyword
SE People: So you’ve got a brand new SEO client and they want you to take them to number 1 for the biggest keyword in their sector.

Google Image Search Optimization Now More Important To SEO
WebProNews: Images were already important to SEO, but if they’re going to inject more images into the first-page organic results mix for more queries, this is another opportunity to get your content in front of searchers’ eyeballs.

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Posted on Sunday 4 March 2012
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Social Media Wrap-up March 4


The latest news from the world of social media and online social networks.

Facebook game maker Zynga launches Zynga.com, to expand beyond Facebook in a big way
Gamesbeat: The move has big implications for the entire social-game industry, and it has been long-awaited by observers who felt Zynga was overly dependent on Facebook.

Social Share Buttons: Just Pick Three
Pushing Social: We have a social media equivalent of flair. We call them social buttons and we enthusiastically litter our blogs with them.

3 Steps to an Effective Social Media Strategy
Social Media Examiner: Start with a single question: “Why social media?” The answer will dictate everything you do in this first phase. Assessment is to evaluate where you are, where you want to go and what the wins will be along the way.

Twitter Archive: Datasift Selling 2 Years of Searchable Tweets
SE Watch: In 2010, Twitter donated an archive of all the tweets ever made on Twitter since its founding in 2006 to the U.S. Library of Congress, but the tweets can only be accessed after a six-month delay and for non-commercial research purposes

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