I consume a lot of information on the web every day. My Google Reader is jam packed and I try to spend some time going through it every night. There is a lot that I miss, and a lot that I would like to pass on. It gave me the idea that I should give content curation a try.
If you are not familiar with the concept, content curation is the process of collecting all sorts of content from all over the internet, and organizing it in one place. Its becoming popular and several start ups are creating websites to help users find, organize and distribute content on the web. I started out last week with paper.li, but have ultimately settled in to scoop.it after I got a beta invite, and have been very happy with the process.
Let me say right here that I think that I’d never want curated content to take the place of something I create on my own. Broadcastmet.com will always be fed primarily by me, but there is a ton of great stuff out there and thought some curation would be a nice supplement to the site. If you look down the sidebar on the main page, you’ll find a “BroadcastMet News” RSS feed. Clicking on any of those stories will take you to my scoop.it page. There you will find stories on weather, meteorology and media. I also pull in a lot from my Twitter feed, so if you tweet a link to something interesting, chances are I’ll see it and might include it. I hope some of the things I find interesting might interest you as well.
I think the content on scoop.it is well organized and cleanly displayed. Its also very easy to sort through all the suggested content that comes in through the back side. I pick through what to push to the page, and gives me the option to push to Twitter and Facebook as well. Just in the past few days, I’ve had the chance to read a lot of interesting things that I probably would have otherwise missed.
So check it out and let me know what you think. If you have a chance to try out some content curation of your own, be sure to pass me along a link.