In line with my CPD record and my Objectives at work, I've started curating content and sharing it with my colleagues and friends via the usual social media outlets as well as on my very own standalone webpage. I use Scoop.It which is free for the basic service or for a nominal fee you can upgrade and have more options.
The reason I love it is because you get your own page of articles which is like your own online scrapbook of content - but one you can share. For me, there's lots more benefits. I've listed them here:
1) A great way to collaborate. You're not just gathering and reading content alone and then moving on. You end up having conversations and discussions with friends and colleagues as they pick up your article and 'like' and comment on it.
2) If like me you struggle to read articles and focus on content, then this is a great incentive for searching for stuff, reading thoroughly and forming your own opinions on it. It sort of encourages you knowing that your curated content is going to be viewed by others!
3) It's a useful tool for developing your brand and networking with others. For example, because my curated content also lands on LinkedIN, I have developed some new connections and relationships online.
4) Its great for your CPD! This is something you can add to your CPD record and who knows what else might come from it?
5) As an individual, it helps you to demonstrate you are an L&D Professional that looks beyond your own organisation and keeps abreast of external trends, opinions and practices.
6) You're helping others to develop (and we all love thAT). My colleagues follow my page and it's something they in turn can add to their own CPD record! We also have some great discussions on the back of the content.
If you'd like to view my own curated page to get an idea how it works, it's right here: The Training Cycle. I'd love your comments and thoughts on the content I curate!
For anyone, that wants to have a go at content curation, I use Scoop it! but I am sure there are lots of other services out there too. I highly recommend having a go at it - for all the reasons above. Maybe we could all share our curated pages along with any good free curation services we know of.