I have been keenly observing the flow of stench through my beloved web sewer. Content curation is floating by in increasing numbers from upstream discharges. I have little problem with content curation as I partake in the activity to fill my various web pages with borrowed and original content that I feel like sharing. Today I have received emails from a few guberus I remain connected to via email for a WordPress plugin called Instant Curator.
Let me say straight away the plugin appears professional and quite well made. The publisher is a stand up guy that is actually one of the good guys in my opinion. I think if you have a blog and you are trying to fill it with content then this will work.
This is not for me. Nothing ever is of course.
I am not trying to fill a page with crap simply to fill the page in the effort to chase a monetized click. There will be hundreds of goobs buying this thing thinking that grabbing an article, spinning it, adding a blurb from Twitter, posting a video, posting an ad from Craiglist and writing, “Hey, check this out”, that they have created a quality curated post.
Collecting a bunch of shortcodes on a new post is not exactly original. It has no soul.
Look, the few of you who uses the tool for creating a meaningful post knows what I’m getting at. I’d say you guys don’t need this tool anyway.
I’ve mentioned the joy of using Alerts to find news or videos. If you are doing content curation you will already have a load of websites you visit to get ideas to SHARE information anyway.
You don’t need to create some franken-post filled with related crap. Curate the right way.
Seriously, who is going to read a post filled with a load of spun articles, news, Twitter, video, ads, you, the reader and probably Google, eventually, knows that is made to collect a click? Yes much like auto-blogging, which I assume this replaces, the idea is to quickly create shit so you can move on to the next blog. Speed. INSTANT. Hurray up and get it posted and move to the next spammy delight. I know that is not what the publisher, or even owners, intend but that is where it will go.
Yes, absolutely, this tool could help you create something worthwhile. And if you buy it, use it in that honorable manner. 95% of users will not I reckon.
But, you know, if you are already curating content, then you don’t need shortcodes. You already have your list of sources that you read each day. You already write original content and quote your sources.
I can’t impress upon you enough how simple content curation is. If you have an interest in something, sharing information and writing about it is a snap. You don’t need a plugin.
Just another of my nickels I thought I’d throw out on the table for the three people that read this slop.