Update: TL;DR is now live for everyone at tldr.scoop.it. Enjoy!
The Internet throws at us a full Library of Congress every 5 minutes or so. It’s just way too long to read!
We did not build Scoop.it to make the Internet shorter, though; we built it to help professionals and businesses to exist on the web; to cut through the noise, to demonstrate their thought leadership by becoming publishers on their specific topics.
You are now over 1 million curators on Scoop.it – content marketers, community managers, thought leaders and knowledge managers: curation has demonstrated its effectiveness in helping built visibility and reputation for pros and businesses.
But the point now is … we love reading what you curate!
Indeed, curation is also proving its effectiveness to organize the web. Sure enough, only a tiny part of the web so far, but this tiny part benefits from your human perspective: it’s selected, enriched, filtered and passed with intention, with meaning, with expertise and with passion. It’s a tiny part of great content. And it’s growing!
TLDR by Scoop.it
We decided to show your work: we are excited to announce “TLDR by Scoop.it!,” launching this Monday!
TL;DR, as you know, means “Too Long, Didn’t Read.” TLDR by Scoop.it is a digest of content curated by the Scoop.it community. It captures the time saving benefit of curation in this overloaded Internet.
Make no mistake: curated content isn’t always faster to read; one could even argue that the curator’s insight adds to the reading time. This is valid. But the real time-consuming task on the Internet is not reading good content. It’s finding good content; extracting the signal from the noise. Once all search and filtering time is factored in, human curation by like-minded experts is the most time effective way to read relevant content. Hence, TLDR.
TLDR shows your work to the world: it offers direct access to relevant, curated content to a whole new audience. Visitors will find great content, hand picked by expert curators (you!) at a glance: no time wasted in useless searching and filtering. They can also meet the curators and engage! TLDR is a source of ideas that matter.
TLDR is also a response to a recurring demand: provide more visibility to our best curators. We use our typical humanrithm approach, a mix of algorithm and human action, to skim through the best curations within Scoop.it (gold topics) and offer them this additional exposure, on beautiful, themed, stand-alone TLDR magazines.
With TLDR being a collection of themed magazines, we had to select a few initial themes for the launch. We checked our content base for the most populated, most active interests; this proved to be a difficult choice: our curators are really active on Sustainable Development, Tourism, Technology, Health Care, Cars and Bikes, and a strong list of other topics. We selected four initial themes, based on their quality but also on our (subjective) feelings:
Art & Design
These four TLDR media are here for you. We hope you’ll like them as much as we do. Consider them as great sources of content. Consider them, as well, as additional opportunity to expose your curation to a new audience!
Making the web a better place
We want to serve our community, our users, our clients. We built TLDR for you. We truly believe in the double mission of human curation: acquire a voice and extract the signals. As they stand today, the four TLDR magazines are on a trial period: they’ll survive only if they deliver value: if curators are happy to be featured on them, if readers effectively find relevant content. If they don’t, they’ll go.
If they do, though, they’ll grow! We have many other TLDR candidates (themes can go as wide or as focused as we want, as long as we have good content and engaged curators). Also, we might invite motivated curators to contribute to the editing of some TLDRs with us! (Have a passion for real estate, motorbikes or fashion? Believe we have great curators in Scoop.it on these topics? Believe we could together edit a beautiful, relevant magazine? Let’s talk!).
We believe we can make the web a better place by helping the best curators shine even more on the web; and by offering a human-curated access to the web most relevant content. The Internet is too long to read, but the best content will be easy to find.
Want early access or simply share ideas? Please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org.