(This post is the 4th part of a five part series about participation in the world of Social Media)
It’s a zoo out there!
I’ve got 45,000 unread emails, 1,750 unread notices in facebook, and countless tweets that come flying by me each day.
The Social Web is a crazy place. Everywhere you look, “Creators” are busy creating content and “Consumers” are seeking the latest and greatest. Who makes it all work?
The word Curator normally applies to a museum executive or someone who manages a collection. Going back to when I studied Latin, it comes from the word cūrā, meaning to care for or attend to.
Social Media Curators care for and attend to the best of the Social Web. They save us all time. They make Web 2.0 worthwhile.
It’s time to hug a social media Curator!
When others click away from something they like and move on, the Curators among us share it, retweet it, bookmark it, list it, or forward it. When they find people that serve niches, they follow them, list them, and introduce them to the world.
They are the only reason that my twitter stream and Flipboard app actually work. (hint, if you don’t “get” twitter, it’s because you don’t know any curators)
Without Curators, we are stuck digging through the billions of updates each month just to find something worth reading (besides family or celebrity updates). With curators, the best of the best in our field rises to the top.
It’s time to thank the curators!
Have a great night,
Here are some different types of curators I’ve relied on. Who are yours? (Please share and I’ll check them out)
- @Fondalo (Social Media)
- @imadnaffa (Business, News)
- @hrana (Healthcare, News)
- Rates in Motion (Curator of finance information)
- Clear Medical Network (Curator of people)
- Ardynn PR (Real Estate, PR, News)
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