Certainly the internet is a busy place! For many of those who say they are online, this may be limited to a Google web browser homepage, Facebook and an email address.
But increasingly we are drawn into other websites or web services which then put us into a community and sometimes drag our friends there with us or at least group us with our existing friends.
The numbers revealing the amount of content being contributed online can be staggering – e.g. 571 new websites per minute, over 684,000 Facebook shares per minute – and this highlights the need for us to be developing sound information gathering and processing skills – or look for digital tools to do that for us….
There are more web tools available now which can do just that. I use Scoop.it to gather stories published on the web based on key words and sources. Google sends me emails to me with news items it has gathered based on News search keywords and preferences. RSS feeds link me to news sources and website updates in a more manageable way than browsing multiple websites regulalrly.
Content curation is something those of us working with information need to become fluent with in order to manage the ocean of content available on the Internet. Our demand for fresh, relevant, appropriate information and resources and our time limitiations has given rise to a number of these digital curation tools.
WebAdvantage has 2 great posts on curation tools available with brief summaries for each.