Just as curators of museums select the best items for display, content curators select the best and most interesting items on a topic for their audience. Blogging can include creating original content and sharing content from other websites, but curation is more than just random reblogging. Proper curation requires research and focus to find the most appropriate items for the intended audience. Curated content should always credit the source and include links to the original source.
Pinterest boards are often random, but can be used for curation. To create a curated board, select a single topic, apply the most accurate category and explain your intentions in the board description. Be careful to pin only from original sources and include meaningful descriptions that illustrate why you chose this image.
Some Tumblr blogs are entirely curated with no original content.
What platforms do you use for content curation? Which curators do you follow?
- With Storyboard, Tumblr Curates the Curators (betabeat.com)
- 5 Tips for Great Content Curation (mashable.com)
- What is Curation? [Video] (gigaom.com)
- The Rise of the Social Media Curator (socialmediatoday.com)
- Digital Overload and the Curation Crossroads (bbc.co.uk)