This post was originally written by Randy Murray and this is a must-read.
There are times when our use of language shifts and the meaning of words is altered. I typically don’t fight against it. But this current hijacking of the word “curation” to mean “a list of things on other web sites
I have come to think the same way about it: what most people do when they refer to "curation", which is essentially sharing interesting content they find online: posts, articles, media, products, etc... is not curation.
They are "reporting" on something, like Boing Boing, Buzzfeed, HuffPost, Mashable, etc...
Be honest. Providing links and commentary is a valuable service. It is an art form, but it is not curation. Some of my favorite daily reads do just that: sites like Boing Boing, Fark, and MinimalMac are terrific. But they’re not museums or libraries or zoos. They exercise no care or control over the things that they link to. They spread the word, but they preserve nothing.
There’s another, better term that is more accurate, a better fit. It doesn’t sound as highfalutin’, though.
It’s called “reporting.” All of these sites are doing journalism. It’s news, not a museum.
People are reporters/editors, citizen journalists not curators. And that is okay, it's just time to recognize what they really do and call it the right way. Understanding what they do enables service providers to build the tools they need in a format that makes sense for the users.
I think Ben Huh has been right for a while, blogging platforms will shape into reporting/newspaper type of platforms, allowing people to share interesting things they find online (since that is what most do) and not label their efforts as curation. This is what's fun, to feel like you are cresting a newspaper or magazine about topics/subjects you like.
One thing: design will be essential to carry this to the users.
Companies, small or big, bloggers, or individuals will find a platform that fits their needs, not to curate, but to report/share things that matters to or interests them.
Others suggest using "editorializing" over "reporting" which i guess makes sense.