As digital technologies continue to expand and mature, the volume of information and ideas seems to grow exponentially. To help individuals separate the social media wheat from the cyber-chaff, content curation (i.e., pre-screening, distilling and analyzing) is becoming increasingly vital and will be a major theme in 2011. In addition, as later adopters begin to climb their social media learning curves, they will seek out and rely on the insights and guidance of individuals and organizations with more advanced knowledge and experience.
SMinOrgs is committed to providing the highest quality content to its members, through both curation and creation.* In September 2010, we added a new feature: S.M.A.R.T. News Digests, which are posted regularly to the SMinOrgs S.M.A.R.T. Blog. Visit the S.M.A.R.T. News page to learn more about this feature, including why we created it, how it works, and how folks can leverage it to meet their goals and objectives.
We have also created unique content and thought leadership through the Social Media Primer, blog posts by SMinOrgs’ Founder Courtney Hunt, and white papers. Visit the Social Media Primer page and the S.M.A.R.T. Resources page to learn more and access samples of the work that’s been created to date.
If you love to research, read, think, and write, there are many opportunities to apply your interests and skills by becoming an SMinOrgs content curator or creator.
In addition to helping SMinOrgs, pursuing one of these opportunities can also benefit you by enabling you to:
- Leverage existing skills and learn new ones
- Explore subjects of professional interest
- Demonstrate expertise and thought leadership
- Promote your professional and/or organizational brands
- Advance your career and/or increase your job qualifications
- Extend your academic endeavors
- Expand and enrich your professional network
Listed below are ways in which you can become engaged as an editor, author, and/or researcher. If you’d like to pursue one or more of these possibilities, please contact SMinOrgs’ Founder Courtney Hunt at email@example.com to express your interest and share your credentials.
CREATE/EDIT NEWS DIGESTS
We welcome help creating and editing our S.M.A.R.T. News Digests, including:
- Compiling and editing general digests based on items shared via other Community members (see the January 3, 2011 News Digest for a sample).
- Compiling a general digest using a variety of items recently shared in the digital press.
- Creating a focused digest on a trending topic (see the Social Leadership I News Digest for a sample).
Our greatest need currently is for folks to create/edit focused digests on the following topics (listed alphabetically):
- Business-to-business applications
- Career management
- Case studies and best practice examples
- Community management
- Education (can be separated between primary and secondary)
- Enterprise 2.0
- Government 2.0
- Health care
- Human Resources (can be separated by functional area)
- Intranet 2.0
- Knowledge management
- Leadership and strategy
- Legal and policy issues
- Non-profit sector
- Public sector (all countries; can be divided into levels (e.g., federal/state/local in US))
- Social issues (e.g., privacy, distraction, human relationships)
- Special topics (e.g., Enterprise 2.0 conference reflections, Altimeter’s Social Media Strategist report, 2011 projections)
We’ve already collected plenty of items to get editors started on most of the subjects above, and people are welcome to search for their own items as well. We’re also open to additional topics.
BE A GUEST BLOGGER
We'd love to have folks serve as guest bloggers on the SMinOrgs S.M.A.R.T. Blog. Are you an expert who'd like to share your insights? Do you have a great case study or personal experience with the organizational implications of social media? Do you want the opportunity to reflect on what social media means for your organization or career?
You can create blog content uniquely for SMinOrgs and/or share content you’ve already created with a new audience.
Two posts we know we'd like to add as soon as possible are
- An annotated list of social media books
- A list of recommended web-based resources on social media (e.g., websites, bloggers)
As with the news digest ideas above, we've already collected the necessary resources. We just need someone to put it all together. Depending on how extensive the results are, these resources could also evolve into white papers.
BE A WHITE PAPER (CO)AUTHOR
As described on the S.M.A.R.T. Resources page, SMinOrgs began producing white papers in late 2010. In addition to expanding the Social Media Primer, there are multiple white papers queued for development in 2011, and we have identified several research projects to initiate. Here are some of the papers and projects with which we could use help:
- Providing guiding principles and rules of engagement that will enhance social media success.
- Identifying the legal and policy issues organizations will need to address, and assessing them from a business perspective.
- Addressing the social media “ownership” question, as well as governance and human resource allocation issues.
- Identifying training needs and the best means for educating both employees and managers about how to leverage new technologies in appropriate ways.
- Determining the best approaches to creating and developing communities and increasing engagement among community members.
- Creating examples and case studies to demonstrate how digital technologies can enhance organizational efficiency and effectiveness.
On the Sponsors and Partners page we indicate we are actively seeking academic partnerships in 2011; however, you do not need to be a faculty member, student, or even affiliated with an academic institution to become an SMinOrgs author or researcher.
OTHER WAYS TO GET INVOLVED
If you’re not quite ready to commit to being an SminOrgs content curator or creator, you can still increase your involvement in SMinOrgs, a unique community poised for significant growth in 2011. Visit the Get Involved page to learn more about how you can contribute to the SMinOrgs dialogue, spread the word, recruit new members, identify sponsors and partners, and more.