This week, Jen Zingsheim is joined by co-host Bryan Person to discuss the launch of Facebook Groups, the emerging field of content curation, and Howard Kurtz’s decision to leave the Washington Post after 30 years to join The Daily Beast.
- First, Bryan and Jen discuss Facebook groups. Bryan leads off the discussion, and thinks the new functionality of groups will really take off. Jen asks about some of the drawbacks and complaints–such as mountains of email notifications and involuntary joining. On the last point, she mentions Jason Calacanis’s experience of being added to a group in which he has no interest at all. It’s ironic, she points out, that a feature designed to help users share selectively is now being criticized for violating privacy by not allowing for opt-in.
- Next, the two discuss a piece written by Shel Holtz about the emerging importance of content curation, and how this applies to communicators. Bryan and Jen both agree that Shel is absolutely right about this, and that the need to go beyond link collection will grow in importance as ever more content is created.
- Finally, the two discuss the latest occurrence of a mainstream media print journalist moving to an online publication. Howard Kurtz, who has been with the Washington Post for three decades, is moving to The Daily Beast. Bryan focuses on Kurtz’s assertion that he is looking forward to the entrepreneurial opportunities presented by The Daily Beast.