There is a staggering amount content being generated online at this very moment. The average number of tweets sent per day is up to 140 million. More than 35 hours worth of video is uploaded onto YouTube each minute, with over two billion videos watched per day.
Courtesy of BlogPulse, here is a snapshot of the number of blog currently live on the Web as of today April 20, 2011, and how many were created and indexed in just the last 24 hours:
While aggregators like Alltop, Bloglines, and Digg help filter the never-ending cycle of content creation and consumption, the problem is still information overload. There’s only so much time in one day. Even if you limited your focus to a single niche or topic, there is way more information out there than can ever be absorbed.
Out of this crisis has emerged a new trend– Curation. Very simply, it is the ability to master the flow of conversation. Social curation allows people to collectively bring forth the very best, most relevant and interesting bits of information and present it in a meaningful way.
Here are five new services who are doing it best:
Social media sites have had a major impact on journalism, both in how news is generated and delivered. With the sheer volume of people turning to the Web to share their minute-by-minute observations, images, and impressions, it’s difficult to determine fact from fiction. For this reason, Storyful and Storyful Pro were created.
According to its site:
Storyful was founded by journalists who wanted to separate the news from the noise of the real-time web. We set out to discover the smartest conversations about world events and raise up the authentic voices on the big stories.
A team of journalists work behind-the-scenes to find, verify and share the best sources of information and publishes them on the site. Storyful’s golden rule is there is ALWAYS someone closer to the story. In the last few months, they have worked with people at the heart of the action, capturing turning points in history in words, pictures, and video.
Not to be confused with Storyful, Storify makes it easier for bloggers or journalists to pull together real-time news from Twitter and other networking sites and craft them into a cohesive narrative.
Storify allows users to organize a story from vidoes, social networks, pictures, and links found on the Web. Elements can be dragged and dropped and text can be added to give context around an event.
Per the company’s FAQs, the service only uses publicly available content in accordance with the terms for use provided by the sources. All links, metadata, and original attributions are preserved and embedded in the story. Also, all sources that are quoted in a story are notified with one click, which a great way to help posts go viral.
Storify is still in beta, but anyone can request an invitation to join and test this new service.
A few months ago, I wrote an article about Pearltrees, an innovative way to gather and share content on the web.
When you save links on Pearltrees, they show up as little circles called “pearls”. You then organize those “pearls” into larger groups of related content called, “pearltrees”. While users can build “pearltrees” purely as a way to bookmark content just for themselves, all of the links are shared publicly and searchable. This is a way for users to find others with similar interests. It’s a new take on social sharing beyond merely posting links on Twitter or Facebook.
4. Bag The Web
Bag the Web is similar in functionality and purpose to Pearltrees. However the interface is more intuitive and better organized. Pearltrees required a bit of learning curve to search and navigate. It can be confusing to follow, but Bag the Web delivers links in a single page or “bag” which can then be shared.
The company calls it “social Bagging” and it is very simple to do. Once you sign up, you can start collecting images, links, and description to add your “bag”. You can opt to either let your collections be private or public. You can also explore other “bags” with relevant information to yours, so you can easily add any content that you otherwise may not have seen.
What Pearltrees and Bag the Web does for links, Pinterest does for photos. Pinterest is a social catalog of images that inspire. Think of it as a virtual pin board — a place where you can post collections of things you love, and “follow” collections created by people with great taste.
If you spot a photo, craft, design, article of clothing, lamp, or whatever on the Web that you adore, you can “pin it” to your collection. You do this with a special button that lets you grab an image from any website and add it to one of your “pin boards”. When you pin from a website, the source link is automatically attached so the original creator can be attributed and you have a record of where you found it.