The word content is used a lot surrounding online communication. A colleague recently asked me to define content. After thinking about it, here’s what I came up with. Content is:
- Retrievable information that can be consumed. It’s stuff that can be heard, seen, shared, curated and commented upon.
- A human creation, something translated from the realm of the mind into some tangible form. This could be an idea shaped into a piece of writing or a scene uniquely captured as an image or video. The subjective process of translation is how the view of the mind’s eye becomes content.
- Important because it positions us in an information world. It’s our real estate on the information landscape. Increasingly, our content defines us.
Lee Odden has curated a nice list of definitions that you might find helpful.
What is content to you? And how should my definition be adjusted?