Sunday, October 03, 2010

Amplify amplifies my content curation

I've not been using amplify for longer than a few days, and I'm seeing an advantage and the execution of an idea I had in 2000, when I still used cociter by cogitum. I created a small citation bookmarklet which posted the source to a webserver which processed the information and added it to my database which I could include in, what I at that time called news posts, blog posts.

At that time I did some content curation, although I wanted to have my comment included in any curation list that I made - I tended to speak when I should have been listening - the reasons for selecting the item; what it could be used for; why they are wrong and I am right. :) Naturally with the advent of I was enthralled and with the addition of FriendFeed I was able to "microblog" which was closer to blogging than to tweets.

Using any new platform I like to see how others are using it, what are they posting, what features are they using and how they are posting. And I'm noticing that many of the things I've been taking about in my blog regarding the use of as content curation application, used for more than just Social Bookmarking, and rebroadcast is being performed with Amplify. I'm not saying that I don't miss things in amplify, I most certainly do, but these are focussed on my desire to not just curate the content of others, but also my own content.

The disadvantage that FriendFeed has is that there is no way to restrict what is published from what source. This means that for somebody like me, who syndicates to many sources, many duplicate entries appear in FriendFeed. The disadvantage of Amplify is that I can't passively integrate these sources based on input, I need to go out and find my content and curate it. Many of the content curation platforms allow me to do this, but are ugly or made by programmers like me who dislike designing elaborate GUI interfaces.

Now I shall go back to listening and let others speak.

(posted with Amplify)