Internet Curated presents topic-related collections with the best sources from the web. They feature tools, services, inspiration and more. Taking a closer look is worth it.
Internet Curated: Smorgasbord in Its Infancy
is no altruistically motivated collection of the best things on the web. One should know this in advance. There are a quite a few places where you'll find more or less blatant advertising for the premium WordPress theme named Chipmunk. Both Internet Curated and the Chipmunk theme originate from the developer stable of Piotr Kulpinski and Jan Wennesland. This explains why there's a newsletter on Internet Curated which is an essential aspect, and why you are asked to sign up for it. If you don't want to be messaged via mail, just subscribe to the RSS feed, because Internet Curated is based on the advertised premium theme, and thus, it is also based on WordPress.
The very obvious motivation behind the doing does not do any damage to it, however. The collections that you'll find on Internet Curated still have value, and give you a quick insight into different topics. Since Internet Curated relies on the crowd, and actively asks for sources worth curating, there is a potential for fast and uninfluenced growth.
Internet Curated is a collection of different resources which are listed both individually and as part of collections. Here, the operators simply renamed the WordPress categories to collections. Aside from the grid overviews of the individual resources and collections, you are also able to use a free text search to find the content that is interesting to you.
As you know from other sites, there are overviews of the newest and most popular additions, with the popularity being purely determined by page views. The information on the individual list items is restricted to the title and a declarative sentence, as well as a link to the respective website. Comments or ratings are not possible.
Internet Curated: Neither Representative nor Complete
Internet Curated does not restrict itself to design and development topics but claims to cover the complete variety of the web. As such, you'll find links to architecture, information on startups or travels. You have to be aware that there is no nearly complete overview on any of the addressed topics at this point. You also should not rely on the curated projects being the best ones of their topic.
Of course, this sounds very negative, and you might ask yourself why I even bother to present Internet Curated when there is so much to criticize. The answer is simple.
The web grows at such a rapid pace that I consider every attempt to curate it as remarkable. You can only keep a basic overview of the Internet by using tools. Just like at home, you don't need one tool, but an assortment of instruments. Take Internet Curated as a part of your assortment that you use to tap into the web. If you use it that way, the project has already fulfilled its purpose.