Is “Clicurator” better?
Some of you know how the dilution of the concept of curate/curation/curator irritates me. I enjoyed John Battelle’s thoughts and will share an excerpt from On Thneeds and the “Death of Display” http://t.co/D7Y8v9vB below:
Perhaps I’m becoming a cranky old man, a Lorax, if you must, but I’m going to jump up on a stump right now and say it: curation-based platform models that harvest the work of great content creators, creating “Thneeds” along the way, are failing to see the forest for the trees. Their quid pro quo deal to “send more traffic” ain’t enough.
It’s time that content creators derived real value from the platforms they feed. A new model is needed, and if one doesn’t emerge (or is obstructed by the terms of service of large platforms), I worry about the future of the open web itself. If we, as an industry, don’t get just a wee bit better at taking care of content creators, we’re going to destroy our own ecosystem – and we’ll watch the Pinterests, Twitters, and yes, even the Google and Facebooks of the world deteriorate for lack of new content to curate.
Put another way: Unless someone cares, a whole awful lot…it isn’t going to get better. It’s not.
[Yes- I realize the irony--I'm just curating his piece and reposting it. Maybe he'll find something from Socialcumul.US in return... -jw]