Tom Foremski, SiliconValleyWatcher blogger, has said that "I see curation as a one part of that human essence, a natural human activity that cannot be matched by technology. And curation is where the value lies in improving the organization and usefulness of the Internet."
CurationSoft blogger Jack Humphrey lists the "effects of a well-curated hub as:
- save readers time finding the good stuff themselves
- inform readers by providing context and meaning to the citations and the overall topic-based trackback links from cited sites, which improve search rankings for the curator
- loyal following from readers who have chosen your site to be the trusted 'filter' on a topic-based monetization through traditional methods of paid advertising, affiliate sales, list marketing, or products and services you provide directly"
Whether you think curation is the future or not, it is a hot trend today. I've written a two-part article on Content Curation and the first part was published in SEARCHER this month. You might want to give it a look. Would you look to curators to help you find what you need?