"So what we're dealing with now isn't information overload, because we're always dealing with information overload ... thinking about information overload isn't actually describing the problem and thinking about filter failure is." Brilliant
An "all killer and no filler" post on how to do what you're doing better. I see posts like this all the time but this one had some great content. I'm a big fan of alerts and RSS, I love Buffer, and I try very hard to avoid the obvious.
RE: Pinterest, Tumblr, etc. : "Web sites like these to escape, destress, perk up, calm down, feel something, not feel something, distract themselves and ... modulate pleasure and arousal." Well-written and spot-on in my experience. Also: "... collecting online is a form of self-expression for people who don’t create." Not everyone who curates can't create but it can be a substitute.
Fred Wilson: "I'm a big fan of curation in these services. Twitter has lists. Etsy has favorites. Tumblr has tag pages. These are all variations of curation in services that have a lot of noise in them." Great comment: "Art stored randomly in a room is a warehouse. That same art curated and distilled becomes a gallery."
Creating unique social media content for your business, and curating relevant content for your audience, are both valid approaches to filling your content pipeline. This said, there is no single approach that will yield the best results.
An important article, in my humble opinion... Eric addresses thought leadership, taking shortcuts, and differentiation. I agree that curation does not a thought leader make. I also think, though, that there is more value to be had than just "leading the conversation."
"I feel that nowadays we are in the age of curation, where more and more users are participating into this giant experiment, like never before, discovering that they can express themselves and whom their are through curating the internet for others."
The popular curated news app, Flipboard, is going to become available on Android. I'm an, iOS user but I definitely prefer that apps are available cross-platform because it (a) makes the apps better for everyone and (b) makes sure certain companies don't sit on their laurels!
Stand tall, curators! This is a familiar statement - there's too much information so we need humans to filter - but Fast Company provides some great numbers on how big the data deluge really is. "The web needs you."