Robin Good: The Curator, by Miller Williams, is a poem that illustrates the keen value of the curator. It's a short story, that can be read in just 3 minutes, and which can provide a great metaphor to explain to others, emotionally, what the value of the curator, is all about. Beautiful. Inspiring. 9/10Read it now: http://www.poetryfoundation.org/poem/176491 Reading time: 3' mins.Thanks to Nancy White for helping me discover it.Check her super-interesting article entitled "Students... Read more
Robin Good: Switchads is an automatic auction ad platform that allows you to have multiple ad networks compete for your the minimum CPM price that you set.For example if you are running Google ads on your site you can activate SwitchAds easily and your Google ads will be replaced with alternative and higher paying ones, only if there are advertisers meeting your minimum set CPM.In their words: "Using SwitchAds unique... Read more
Robin Good: Resurrect Pages is a free Firefox Add-on that allows you to instantly find archived and cached copies for any dead page or broken URL.Specifically, Resurrect searches through these cache/mirrors:
Robin Good: Well, I can't really agree more with Marty's point. On the other hand Scoop.it, and a number of similar platforms, are heavily promoted as a content marketing platforms that promise to a) save you time and b) allow you to post more content. And then, unless you heavily moderate and surface editorial models that can guide other users, you tend to level down to the lowest common denominator. This... Read more
Robin Good: The new CMS is the profile of an emerging new type of content management systems that is not bound anymore to a specific web site and which acts as a hub to first gather, aggregate and filter relevant content, and then to create, edit and format it for scheduled publishing across multiple devices and types of output (email, RSS, ebook, social media, web site, blog, etc.).Great examples of... Read more
Robin Good: Ember is a Mac and iOS app that allows you to easily capture parts of a screen, a specific image, a whole window or a full web page easily and to edit it, collect it and organize it according to tags, themes/groups and colours.Ember key strengths are:a) the image "capture" toolset, which is second to none. It offers maximum flexibility, it is simple, and allows you to save... Read more
Robin Good: If you are a blogger, news reporter or better yet a content curator, you are certainly familiar with having so many tabs open in your browser, with interesting stuff to check out later, that your computer slows down to a crawl. To avoid this common situation a new free Chrome browser extension comes to the rescue. It is called OneTab and it allows you to instantly memorize and save... Read more
Robin Good: Crystal Renfro, a subject and Faculty Engagement Librarian at Georgia Institute of Technology in Atlanta, Georgia, introduces the relevance of content curation to academic librarians beyond the notions generally prescribed by Digital and Data Curation specialists. She highlights content curation importance and reason d'etre by explaining the goal it is trying to achieve (helping us finding what is truly relevant) and providing references both to Beth Kanter and to my... Read more
Robin Good: Liber.io is a free web app which allows you to easily create professional ebooks directly from any of your Google Drive documents in a standard ePub format that can be distributed on all pro marketplaces.The app can import all formatting, images and fonts, and allows you to either upload your own cover or to choose and edit one of the ready-made ones.To use it, you simply select a... Read more
Robin Good: SecretlyMeet is a web app which allows you to instantly publish a web one-pager in which to share, post and add any type of content you want. From text, to images, video clips, freehand drawings, embed codes, to any type of file you can post and share anything you want.You can even post text by speaking into the page.The page you create lives only until you keep your... Read more
The future of search, and of searching online, could be drastically different, and better, from what we have now. If you only wanted to.
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As we head further into the future, search engines, as we know them today, will increasingly play an important and critical role for society as they invisibly determine which world views, information and references we should look at and rely on when in need to make important decisions.
Consider for example the fact that Google defines itself now as a semantic search engine. In simple words, this means that Google attempts to interpret what you really want instead of just serving you with a list of web pages that contain specific keywords.
The risky consequence of this is that Google, and any other search engine taking the same approach, will increasingly try to guess what you want and what is right for you, without ever letting you have a direct hand into this decision-making process.
But for a company (Google) that is also the market leader in search advertising, establishing a high level of credibility when providing search results could become an uphill effort. When in fact commercial advertising objectives do not match up with search user expectations and requests for greater transparency, it becomes a natural possibility that, if alternatives emerge, users will start to test and consider them.
But what alternatives and options do we really have?
What can we do to move the quality of search to a whole new level of granularity, transparency and effectiveness while shredding off any attempts to influence or altogether manipulate search results for specific business interests?
In my view, the best solution(s) could likely be found exactly where we could less likely look.
Let me explain why.cat.: Search Tools and Technologies | read more