Adam Townsend has an intriguing take on curation; that if it were good enough, that is, if it were personalised to the recipient, it could be a chargeable service. Could it be though that the problem is not just that content curators are (necessarily) building around their own interests?
It could be that a curator does not does not really bring anything to the party; they do not add to the collective intelligence and as a result, a curated feed is simply not interesting enough.
By being able to present their thoughts on an article, Passle users give another point of view. And we are all a little wiser for it.
I am getting too many emails of curated content when I would like to only get one. One that selects precisely what they expect I will like based upon knowing me, on an initial checklist and then a phone call with their personal shopper of sorts (read salesperson) and an occasional check up call should my preferences change. That’s worth something to me. Is it $5 a month or $50. I don’t know. Maybe someplace in the middle.