The Daily Curator

By Felix Salmon
December 30, 2009
Daily Curator. And I love it. Mick says it's a "pre-pre beta", but I hope he doesn't change too much besides the range and depth of content, because the gorgeous simplicity of the site makes it a joy to use.

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Mick Weinstein, the editor-in-chief of Seeking Alpha, has unveiled his latest side project, the Daily Curator. And I love it. Mick says it’s a “pre-pre beta”, but I hope he doesn’t change too much besides the range and depth of content, because the gorgeous simplicity of the site makes it a joy to use.

The Daily Curator is basically a TechMeme for business and finance: Mick is scouring his Twitter and RSS feeds for the buzziest stories of the day, and aggregating the smartest discussions surrounding those stories. His Twitter list alone is invaluable; the Daily Curator homepage itself is like a beefed-up, real-time version of daily link blogs like Tadas Viskantas’s Abnormal Returns.

I suspect that this kind real-time, human-powered aggregation and curation (see also: Atlantic Wire) is going to become increasingly popular over the next year or two: it’s powerful, it’s relatively cheap (compared to the cost of sites producing original content), and there’s an increasing number of early-stage investors looking to make bets on disruptive content, especially as big financial sites like wsj.com and ft.com remove themselves from the conversation by putting up paywalls. I very much look forward to seeing sites like this one evolve, thrive, and multiply.

Update: Well, it was fun while it lasted. It’s down now.

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