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LinkedIn Turns To Curation To Solve The Web’s Biggest Problem

Today LinkedIn announced that they are creating an exclusive list of 150 celebrities and influencers who anyone will have the ability to “follow.” There will be no pesky 140 character limit on what these influencers can post (there’s a new blogging feature too) and the assumption is that they will share mostly business-related thoughts. Some critics see this as yet another attempt to Klout-ify the web with artificial influence rankings, but the real significance of LinkedIn’s announcement may be something far more profound.

What if our one-button publishing economy isn’t the world changing equalizer we long for it to be? In a true democracy, people have the freedom to be prolific in things they have no talent for. Don’t get me wrong, I think the benefits of having open tools for anyone with a dream to be able to make it succeed far outweigh the negatives. But let’s focus on the negatives for a moment, shall we?

Content creation is exploding, as people upload 300 photos from a weekend vacation instead of just the 15 good ones – and post grainy, shakey videos to YouTube that even they can’t watch more than twice. Blogs are created purely for SEO and to embed affiliate links, or for dairy-style personal confessions that only 2-3 people in the world would ever want to read. Corporations are getting into the act by trying to create more content as well. Some succeed by adding value, but many still focus on the “5 reasons to buy our product (now in a YouTube video!)” style of “content.” And perhaps most significantly, the status-update model used by just about every social network puts continual pressure on everyone to always have something interesting to share or something witty to say. A lot of it is noise.

Several years ago, the brilliant Clive Thompson wrote a piece for the NY Times about how all these pockets of noise add up to meaning through “ambient awareness” – making the comparison to a pointillist painting where the individual dots are meaningless until you look at the bigger picture. It is a sophisticated way of seeing the broader impact of social media. But what if you only want the dots?

There is a reason why the “30 Best Books To Read This Summer” style lists get so much attention. We want someone to curate the world for us. In fact, we need them to. So in that context, what LinkedIn has chosen to do isn’t at all surprising.

Curation will be the future of the Internet, and that’s a good thing. We can finally offer a voice to the people and organizations that are far better at collecting and aggregating great content than actually creating it themselves. It is a natural place for any company to add value – and lets individuals share their passions and micro-expertise in an easier and often more valuable way.

Curation turns noise into meaning – solving the web’s biggest problem in the process.

The 8 Year Website Redesign


If there is one fact I have seen over and over from just about anyone who runs a website … it is that we all are constantly dreaming about redesigning our sites. Almost from the day we launch, we can’t help thinking about all the things we would like to add to our sites and what we would change if…Read More >>

What USA Network Knows About Branding That MTV Doesn't

What USA Network Knows About Branding That MTV Doesn't

The day that Michael Jackson died, I turned to MTV for the first time in several years. Like others in the so-called MTV Generation sandwiched between the youngest of Generation X and the oldestof Generation Y, I remembered growing up in the 80s with the battle cry of "I want my MTV!" On that day, however, I was greeted not…Read More >>

9 Fatal Flaws of Doing PR With Social Media: Exclusive Webinar!

9 Fatal Flaws of Doing PR With Social Media: Exclusive Webinar!

When it comes to social media, it sometimes seems the only thing more plentiful than free advice is bad advice. Anyone with a newly minted blog and a Twitter account with a couple thousand followers seems ready to self-describe themselves as "social media guru" (which I feel like I should find offensive both as a social media pro AND an…Read More >>

6 Lessons From the Best Marketing Campaign Ever

6 Lessons From the Best Marketing Campaign Ever

Last month an unlikely underdog stunned the marketing world at the International Cannes Advertising Festival. At the show, a single marketing campaign took home a Grand Prix award in three categories simultaneously–direct, cyber and PR– something that had never happened before in the 50+ year history of the show. Contrary to what you might expect, the unanimous winner of this…Read More >>

Why Google & Virgin America's Online Scavenger Hunt Campaign Rocked

Why Google & Virgin America's Online Scavenger Hunt Campaign Rocked

Early this morning Google Apps partnered with Virgin America to launch a unique campaign where they invited people taking Virgin America flights all day, as well as those sitting on computers at home or work to participate in an online scavenger hunt for clues to answer questions they would pose at you on a website called “Day In The Clouds.”…Read More >>

The Personality Project: Women of Personality

There are generally three kinds of ideas. The most popular two are the ones that you act on right away and those that you never do anything about. Those are the majority. Most of us love the third kind. Those are the ideas that are too big or complex or important to do quickly, but that you simply cannot let…Read More >>