The Curation Battle: The Verge vs. The Huffington Post
Here’s what happened. The Verge wrote this great feature and The Huffington Post “curated” it. Editor-in-Chief of The Verge was not pleased.
Matthew Ingram of GigaOm jumped in to ask this very important question:
Then Niley Patel, managing editor of The Verge jumped in:
The Huffington Post has since shortened the post to a single sentence.
Here is my two cents: The Verge is a startup and they produce great stuff. I can’t imagine they have the same resources as HuffPo and they go the extra mile to make the site look great and their work is high quality. The Huffington Post makes great stuff too but they have gotten a bad wrap for over-curating (read: scraping).
This is a fight that has only just begun. Would The Verge care if HuffPo weren’t so massive? Couldn’t HuffPo have at least added a little bit of original content to the story instead of copying and pasting? And what the hell constitutes curation in 2013 anyway?
Even on the social web, we need to abide by a code of ethics. To me, The Verge is fighting the good fight. They curate a lot also but they always add original content/context and they always link to sources. It’s impossible to prevent scraping and it is unfortunate that we can’t rely on big time publishers to follow the unwritten code of the web.
Read a nice wrap-up of this story on Poynter.