1. Why sharing ideas that matter, matters
We built Scoop.it to make it easy and rewarding to share ideas that matter.
Ideas matter: they make all of us, individuals, businesses and societies, progress. Sharing ideas is equally important as creating them: it honors the creators; it enriches the recipients; and it also benefits the “passers”, who enhance their reputation through propagation of wisdom.
In today’s web, that’s what curators do: they discover, enrich and share content. When they do it well – with passion and expertise and with all due respect to the authors, they make the web a better place and are consequently, quite rightly, rewarded. They, as individuals or as businesses, shine on the web!
So we built Scoop.it to make it easy and rewarding to share ideas that matter. And you, our great community of curators, have embraced the concept at large; you elevated Scoop.it from a clever publishing solution to an active community of savvy people who together make the web a better place. You have indexed, organized, edited and published more than 50 million pieces of content, attracting an audience of nearly 80 million unique visitors. You demonstrated that sharing ideas that matter matters; and is, indeed, rewarding.
2. A humanrithm-powered influence upgrade
But you also challenged us — and we love it 🙂
You wanted to make it even easier to discover relevant content; to organize content in a more meaningful way; to connect with people who share your interests.
So we worked together, with our specialists group on Google+, with our power users, collecting hundreds of suggestions, testing and exchanging ideas. We are really grateful and impressed by your involvement. Together we designed this new major release that enables merit-based organization of web content and helps great curators shine even more on the web.
But how to organize content on a meaningful way? Considering the sheer amount of content at stake, we could not do it manually. We needed algorithms: Scoop.it uses a Big Data semantic algorithm to analyze content, to identify “meaning” within your curation.
But as much as we trust robots to help you find content (Scoop.it’s engine suggests content), we do not trust robots to publish or organize content for you (on Scoop.it, you decide what’s published). We believe in humanrithm — robots working together with humans.
3. Interest channels
The first major feature in this release are the interest channels: that’s categories in which the best topics are organized. Interest channels enable interest-based discovery.
How do we build these channels? By means of the humanrithm: when your curation reaches a certain quality score (based on activity, freshness and engagement) our algorithm invites you to categorize it into an interest channel (the algorithm even suggests possible channels, based on semantic analysis).
These channels enable effective navigation along the interest graph. They help you find relevant content and curators.
And when your topic eventually becomes part of an interest channel, its shining power increases dramatically!
How do we then organize these channels? How do we make sure they make sense? Enter peer recommendation.
When one of your topics becomes eligible to join an interest channel, you are rewarded with additional power: The power to recommend other curator’s topics!
Recommending a topic contributes to its quality score. It helps it grow toward an interest channel! And of course, topics in the channels are also sorted by quality score (you’ll see silver and golden badges attached to the best topics). Recommending a topic makes it shine even more!
By being a great curator you earn the power to recommend other topics; and by doing so, you contribute to a merit-based organization of web content.
5. You told us!
Scoop.it is not a place where random users trick scoring algorithms by posting “lol cat pictures” or “twerking videos.” Scoop.it is a place where passionate people, savvy professionals, and serious businesses come to discover, enrich and publish ideas that matter; for their visibility and for their reputation.
Moving toward a merit-based organization was only natural. That was written into our DNA — our core values. And that’s what you told us you needed. 🙂
Discovery of relevant content, connections with people who share your interests and increased visibility based on your merit: all of this benefits the curators, you.
So don’t be shy: use your power, shine; and #curatethecurators!
For the exact details about what’s new with this release, check out our knowledge base article here.