There’s this new-ish thing I’m doing. I’m scouring the web for interesting articles, videos, comics, and images about technology. I’m the social media coordinator for the IT Training group at Indiana University and I want to give our Facebook likers and Twitter followers really interesting content so they’ll keep coming back and eventually take some of our workshops.
Everyday I go to TechCrunch, Wired, Digg, Slashdot, Mashabale, and others. I look for stories that are interesting to me and hopefully interesting to our social media audience. When I find something I like, I save it to Instapaper (which I just discovered a few days ago), or I email the link to myself. There is so much out there it’s crazy! A lot of it is worth look at too.
Some things are strange, like this piece about “The Lost Art of Urine Tasting.” Here’s some text from the article:
“The colour, smell, and even taste of urine was used to both identify particular illnesses and provide patient prognoses, from Hippocrates to the Victorian era.”
There are several images of Urine Flavor wheels that were used to help doctors evaluate their patients’ samples. Who knew? Here’s a link to the article if this branch of science is of interest to you. Urine Flavor Wheels
Obviously, a person can get sidetracked while searching for specific topic on the web, but that’s part of the fun.
I’m interested in web curation, and I’m using Pearltrees, Scoop it, and now Snip it to curate. I just learned about Snip it today so, of course, I signed up. I’m trying to see how many different services I can belong to on the web. What I want to do is write a blog post on the IT Training Tips blog about curating the web, and talk about the different services that are out there. So of course I’ve got to sample a bunch of them. I like the Snip it interface better than Scoop it ‘s, but where Scoop it collects articles for you based on your keywords, Snip it does not, so there’s a lot more work to do if you use Snip it. This really is hard work. You can collect all of the articles you want, but in order for them to have any value, you’ve got to read (or at least skim) them and then decide which are worthwhile and which should be excluded from your collection. Then if you want to be a “thought leader,” you have to really understand what you’re reading, and I suppose, form some ideas of your own about it.
I’m discovering new worlds each and every day, and I think I like it.
Now to read Jennifer Egan’s tweet-by-tweet novel, Black Box. I discovered it just today.