Content Curation/Aggregation

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Content curation is the process of collecting, organizing and displaying information relevant to a particular topic or area of interest. Services or people that implement content curation are called curators. Curation services can be used by businesses as well as end users.

Content curation can be carried out either manually or automatically. In the first case, it’s done by specially designated curators. In the second case, it’s done using one or more of the following:

  • Collaborative filtering: a method of forecasting often used in recommendation systems. This principle is based on the axiom that evaluations made by users in the past are predictive of evaluations that they will make in the future. Collaborative filtering can either be based on votes and views of a given social community, as it’s done on Reddit and Digg, or the end user’s own prior activity, as it’s done on YouTube and Amazon;
  • Semantic analysis: examines the relationship between the various elements and sources of information found in a given document. The system compares some of the factors or all the information sources topics and terms. This method uses the principles of factor analysis to analyze relationships between the studied phenomena and objects, and has been successfully implemented by services like Getprismatic, Stumbleupon, My6sence, and LikeHack, which break up content according to topic, subtopic, and category. Trapit uses semantic analysis in combination with user feedback and AI technology to refine content selections for its users;
  • Social rating: employs user ratings and recommendations to select content. The system finds someone with interests similar to the end user and bases its recommendations on their activity. This method of selection is widely used on social sites such as Facebook and Flipboard.

Social network aggregation is the process of collecting content from multiple social network services, such as MySpace or Facebook, into one unified presentation. The task is often performed by a social network aggregator, which pulls together information into a single location, or helps a user consolidate multiple social networking profiles into one profile. Various aggregation services provide tools or widgets to allow users to consolidate messages, track friends, combine bookmarks, search across multiple social networking sites, read RSS feeds for multiple social networks, see when their name is mentioned on various sites, access their profiles from a single interface, provide “lifestreams,” etc. Social network aggregation services attempt to organize or simplify a user’s social networking experience] although the idea has been satirized by the concept of a “social network aggregator.”

Ref.: Wikipedia – Content curation; Wikipedia – Social network aggregation

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