I think curation, in and of itself, is something that experts do. Beginners need time to acclimate and learn what they do and don’t like about a particular thing. With art, for example, we need to sample a wide variety of works before we know what we prefer and can curate for ourselves. The same applies for wine, whisky, or whatever wonderful object you wish to collect.

For beginners, services push the act of curation as a way to educate, build interest, and create engagement. Like getting a flight of beers every time you go to a restaurant. It’s an important process to learn what your preferences are.

For experts, though, this forced act of curation is intrusive. When I order my Rochefort 8, I don’t want the waiter to keep dropping IPAs at my table. Curation is an active task that is often treated as (and seen as) an act of intrusion to those that have already gone through a lot of curation. It sours the experience.

Jonathan Snook on experienced experiences.

Snook’s post is about social media, particularly why people seem to be less and less enthused about algorithm-sorted timelines.

For the record, I don’t use Facebook, only use Twitter through TweetDeck or a third-party app, and only use Tumblr with XKit. For everything else, it’s Mastodon or plain ol’ RSS, neither of which make any attempts at intrusive curation. It is true that all of this requires quite a lot of manual curation—I only follow the people I want to follow and make liberal use of blacklists, whitelists, and muting—but honestly I kinda enjoy doing that. And the net result is that, well. I quite like my social media feeds. Because they’re mine; it’s content I want to see, not content some company has decided I should.