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Digital Overload And The Curation Crossroads

Do you participate online and do you see yourself as a curator?

We have all been given the freedom and the tools to become part of the information ecosystem.

There’s only one problem with all this micro-publishing. We broke the web.

Today – and almost overnight – information has exploded.

We’ve flooded the web with uncontextualized content. With little more than a few random tags and some meta-data, the information ecosystem is flooded with voices, sources, rumors, facts, data, digits, images, and check-ins.

Steve Rosenbaum calls it Digital Overload, and it’s an information epidemic sweeping the planet.

To separate signal from noise, there’s an emerging class of information superheroes called Content Curators.

“Curators are both collectors and creators. Capturing the zeitgeist of the web, and knitting together images, text, links, and video along with their own original content to create a focused, contextually relevant editorial for an overloaded world.”

In a world of too much undifferentiated data, people will pay to ‘tune-in’ to curators who have a finely calibrated filter.

People will pay for clarity, authority, context, and speed. So, how does the changing nature of the web change the need for curation?. It turns out – it speeds it up. 

The rising tide of Digital Overload has created an over abundance of unfiltered content, and a growing need for curators to turn a noisy web into a infinite number of trusted verticals.

Digital Overload is both a problem and an opportunity. One thing is for certain,
The growth in digital content isn’t going to slow down.

How we manage it – and who we trust to curate the information we need – is the next big question of the web.

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