Be a curator on social media rather than a watcher!

Recently I saw a great slide presentation on Socialgraphics in relationship to social media.

It shows how many people today in the social media world fall into the area of sharing and watching and only less the 1% are actually curating. This is where I see a huge opportunity for you to excel. Sure it is great fun to open up facebook and watch what everyone is saying but how does that translate into creating stronger relationships with your friends. “it doesn’t” See chart below.

When you think about a relationship it pivots off of what you bring to the table and how much you give. The more you give the more you get back. Many of you out there today have great amounts of information and resources that could be shared with your friends by a click of a button yet you still choose to watch. If you can push your self to become a curator then 78% and 63% of your friends will be watching and sharing what you are curating. Are you picking up what I’m putting down here?

Remember you don’t want to become that friend that post non useful content 20 times a day. But become that person that post good useful content 3 or 4 times a week.

So how do you find good information to share on a daily basis?

Here are some sites I like to use when I go out to search for relevant and timely info. To make the most use of my time I like to use a search tool that will look at all the major search engines in one search.

I found these great ideas and more from a  blog article on Socialmedia Today.

“Addictomic: allows users to search for real-time content on various Web 2.0 based sites all at one time.

IceRocket: is a web search engine which specializes in real-time search.  It searches the popular social networking websites such as Twitter, YouTube and  news.  IceRocket’s Big Buzz feature allows users to search Blogs, Tweets, news, images, etc all from one page.

Social Mention: is a smart search tool that allows you to find real time information on blogs, bookmarks, comments, and other social Web errata.  In addition, the tool provides an analysis of the mentions in terms of sentiments: positive, neutral and negative.”

If you have some great ideas on information sharing feel free to chime in.

Posted on March 1, 2011 at 11:51 am
Michael Fanning | Category: Business today, Real Estate Related, Uncategorized | Tagged , ,

5 responses to “Be a curator on social media rather than a watcher!”

  1. Michael-
    I find that I do a little bit of each of those. I’ve been producing content both on my blog and for others for a while now, but I feel that other social media tools are great for curating. Our FB page ( ) is where I tend to do most of my curating. It’s a great place to share links, videos and photos.

    For the most part I just use two tools (both from Google) to help curate. The first is Google alerts I have set up for my geographic area (Leavenworth) and for my name and my website name. The next tool is my RSS feed on Google reader where I keep up with the news of the day – from blogs like yours.

    There are a lot of fancy tools out there that one can use, but as with most things … the best tool is the one you actually use.

  2. Michael Fanning says:

    Hi Geordie good stuff. I use those as well. Sometimes I what to get a bit more micro so Addictomic is a good one for that. Thanks for commenting and reading the blog. Always like to here what is working for you.

  3. What do you mean by “get a bit more micro”? Can’t you just fine tune your google alerts to instant or add more long tail search terms?

  4. Lisa Lewis says:

    Terrific blog post, Michael. I like to use Alltop to scan for information trends to blog about. I also use it to find relevant, useful links to share on facebook. I have my own personal set of Alltop blogs I watch, plus if I want to learn about a new topic I can see if it listed in the topic directory.

    I’m going to check out the sites you list. Thank you!

  5. Michael Fanning says:

    Hi Lisa, you know I heard about alltop the other day and really like it. Thanks for the comment.

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