Whether you are a technophile or technophobe, social media is an inescapable fact of life.
Real-time curation means being able to tell someone about something while it is happening and see other posts related to the same topic, but also to collect, save, and display posts that would otherwise be lost in the ongoing stream.
Sounds complex; is there a plugin for that?
Here’s how it works:
- Customization: You can set the Trending Content Widget to only show articles on the same topics as what's covered by your site, or only other articles FROM your site.
- Integration: Readers can see what their friends are sharing on Facebook, Twitter or Google Buzz through the widget, and share or "Like" the content on any of these services as well. This means more sharing, which means more traffic.
- Discovery: Customize the widget to show top trending content from your domain or popular topics.
Real-Time News Curation — The Complete Guide Part 5: Curator Attributes & Skills 
While technology plays an important role in helping a curator locate, aggregate, filter, curate, and re-publish existing content, it is the expertise and skills of the curator that allows them to create meaning, make sense of disparate info, and add value to a newly created whole.What makes a successful newsmaster is not the ability to maneveur freely with RSS feeds, aggregators, and PHP includes, or having access to the latest content curation technology, but rather the level of passion and depth of interest for a specific subject matter, and the harmonious and coordinated application of a rare and multidisciplinary skill set.Key Attributes - Qualities of a Real-Time News Curator1) Subject Matter ExpertiseIt is nearly impossible to become a valid curator for others unless you are deeply passionate about something. Experience and familiarity with a specific topic, makes it much easier to rapidly identify sources and influencers, to understand industry jargon, and to be well informed on the subject industry expectations, fears, and emerging trends.2) RelevanceRelevance, is the result of subject matter expertise coupled with a very good understanding of the audience one is trying to serve. Only by knowing, or rather, by selecting a priori, a very specific audience interest, problem or need, the news curator can then proceed to source, aggregate, pick and select the most relevant stories to satisfy it.3) TrustTrust is a result of subject matter expertise and consistent, repeated relevance. If you are knowledgeable, and repeatedly provide valuable news stories, links, resources, and other forms of engagement, you gain trust.Curator – Newsmaster New Skills To Be Learned1) Online Re-Search Skillsa) Resource IdentificationSearching and identifying key reliable sources of news.b) Online SearchCreating advanced search queries in major web content domains (news, real-time, blogs, directories, etc). Being familiar with Boolean operators. Knowing how to create persistent searches. Having familiarity with filtering variables available inside search engines. Familiarity with the use of exclusion filters based on keywords, keyphrases, date, language, and more. Query formulation at different levels and on different content bases.2) New Media Literacy Skillsa) Crap detectionDetecting and recognizing accurate, valuable information from crap, spam, misinformation, disinformation, scams, artificially created content, political and business propaganda, and paid-for editorial promotions.b) Online CollaborationMaking oneself acquainted and fluent in the use of real-time collaboration tools such as Skype, Google Docs, screen-sharing, and mind mapping tools. Developing a growing network of personal sources and contributors that can help improve the quality and coverage of a curated channel as well as its distribution and visibility.3) Communication Skillsa) CopywritingWriting quality text, storytelling, reporting, reviewing, interviewing. Knowing how to write to explain and illustrate. Developing a rich and qualified vocabulary within the subject matter field.b) PresentationPresenting information in the most effective, legible and understandable way. Having some familiarity with basic design, layout, presentation and information design aspects can help a great deal in going beyond the disorganized and unformatted approach that most blog-based curators have.c) VisualizationCommunicating stories and news by leveraging visual communication solutions. The ability to organize, present and communicate messages effectively through visual communication means.d) ListeningHaving active open ears on multiple social platforms, blogs and news channels. Listening and reacting to comments, suggestions and feedback from readers. Treasuring insights from others. Ability to understand further what kind of more specific information your community trusts and loves receiving from you.e) Marketing CommunicationKnowing in depth, the audience and profile of the community of interest being served. Adapting, customizing and tailoring messages, language and vocabulary to suit as much as possible the one of those to whom this information is being provided to.f) Being uniqueHaving a personal, unique editorial "voice" and character. Selecting only exclusive, high quality, high-value content. Going for a specific niche and a precise audience interest.4) Editorial Skillsa) SelectingChoosing individual news stories for curation. Having precise criteria for deciding what to include and what not. Refining those criteria on an ongoing basis. Having the ability to select on the basis of quality and relevance to the community and topic-niche being served.b) ContextualizingHelping readers understand the value of a news story or collection relative to their specific interest. This can be achieved by providing context to news, streams, collections or bundles in the form of background information. Context can also be enhanced by organizing, juxtaposing, categorizing, tagging, and by covering other complementary stories and viewpoints.c) ReferencingExtending the opportunity for more exploration and sense making by providing explanatory links for new and technical terms, which may not be easily understood. The same applies to people, places, technologies and events, which may not be immediately familiar to the reader.d) CreditingAttributing due credit to all sources, references, authors and contributors utilized in creating a curated news radar, stream, bundle or collection. The more precise and accurate crediting the more value gets created and the more credibility you bring to your work.e) SummarizingShortening long stories. Synthesizing. Creating lists. Explaining to others in a few words what has taken others a lot of pages to be communicated.f) UpdatingKeeping the curated content always "current" and up-to-date.5) Semantic Skillsa) Organization and ClassificationOrdering news stories into relevant categories and applying keyword tags to facilitate findability and re-use. Adding relevant or missing metadata when needed. These are typical information-librarian skills and they do contribute to provide additional value to the simple republication of interesting stories on a topic.b) Pattern RecognitionSpotting and recognizing information patterns leading to the breaking of important stories, trends and emerging new issues.c) Sense-MakingAnalyzing, reading and reviewing information before publishing in order to extract and identify the key value and relevance for a specific audience.d) SEOUnderstanding the value of long-tail keyword research and content niches for search engine optimization. Having familiarity with keyword analysis tools like the Google Keyword Analysis tool and similar ones.6) Social Skillsa) Networking - SocialBuilding trusted relationships with thought-leaders, influencers and subject-matter experts. Reaching out to these people and providing value, help, support and extra visibility to them in order to gain some attention from them.b) EngagementInteracting and responding intelligently and constructively to audience requests, feedback and suggestions may very well be one of the most valuable traits of a quality new content curator, who by the nature of things, will have him / herself to increasingly rely on other more specialized sources to be able to stay on top of the universe of information she is curating.7) Information Library Skillsa) Preservation - ArchivingOrganizing, storing and preserving curated information streams, collections, bundles and news radars for future uses.8) Technical Skillsa) RSS and Real-Time TechnologiesBeing familiar with search, aggregation, filtering, and content distribution tools and technologies. These would certainly include good familiarity with RSS readers and aggregators, Twitter reading and publishing technologies (such as Seesmic and Tweetdeck among others), social bookmarking and social monitoring tools, as well as some basic competence in HTML tags, the use of digital images, and traffic analytics tools.b) Content DistributionSetting up and configuring effective content distribution channels making your curated content available on multiple relevant social networks and other content distribution channels.