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The future of publishing: Social News Curation

The future of publishing: Social News Curation iMedia Editors
By now, you should have heard about Paper.li. (If you never experienced a real paper.li issue, check out my latest Uwe Hook Daily And, if you have an iPad, I'm sure you checked out Flipboard, a stunning application that selects news items based on what is shared by your Facebook friends and who you follow on Twitter.

That's just the beginning: Curated.by just launched, collecting and organizing tweets into topic based streams that can be shared or embedded anywhere. Keepstream, curating real-time content into visual collections.Storify, a next-generation storytelling platform that lets you build stories from social media.BagTheWeb, allows you to create a "bag" to collect, publish, and share any content from the Web.

Collaborative Filtering is a natural evolution from the advent of blogs, micro-blogging and lifestreams. Curating the Signal:Noise ratio in the Social Graph has become an important building stone for online relationships to further prosper. As Social Media becomes an ever-greater part of our existence, we're going to want to do a better job of curating our online relationships to maximize the value we give and receive.

Interestingly, these new tools don't select the news based on my own interest. On the contrary, they select the news based on interests of people in my Social Graph. Remember the dispute about the "Daily Me" - we only get absorbed in our own small interests and the serendipity will disappear? This was always over-hyped, but these services show us one facet of the future of publishing. This is one direction where news is going: being exposed to diverse interests of your Social Graph.

It's also fascinating to explore the various designs of these applications: Paper.li has the look of an online community newspaper, while Flipboard makes me wish Facebook would use their UI team to redesign the site.

What do you think? Are these tools signs of more innovations to come? Will there be interest on the advertiser side? Keyword-based, content-based or just Social Graph based?

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