Experience Curating Updates

Because of the rapid evolution of curating thoughts, resources, and tools, Experience Curating is updated as often as necessary. There's a version number listed on the copyright page of every book so that you can compare your version to the current version (and see the book's evolution).

Any updates since version 1.0 – the first publicly available version – are listed here.

Version 1.1 Changes: High-Level

  • Created a print and audio version of Experience Curating (along with many subtle tweaks because of it).
  • Added numerous new examples throughout the book to make abstract concepts more practical.
  • Rewrote three of the four Profiles in Curating case studies to highlight a person or group's curating achievements instead of their general impact to an industry, era, or culture.
  • Removed about thirty exclamation points and toned down the bombast because they were giving off too much artificial enthusiasm. The book is now moderately more serious than version 1.0 (with plenty of silliness left).
  • Formalized my rules about hyperlinks to people, ideas, websites, products, services, and other items.
  • Removed broken links and changed the remaining links to ones that could be redirected from my side (e.g., if the link becomes broken or the website page moved).
  • Implemented suggestions from a ninety-minute conversation with Robin Good about the shortcomings of version 1.0.

Version 1.1 Changes: Chapter or Section Specific

Chapter 1

  • Changed the chapter-opening quote from a Tyler Tervooren one to a Nicole Antoinette one.
  • Added examples of how I use Experience Curating in my day-to-day life.

Chapter 2

  • Moved the explanation for my preference of “curating” over “curation” to the Introduction.

Chapter 3

  • Added many real world examples to the Emotional Fulfillment section.

Chapter 5

  • Added a personal story to the Refine Your “Why” Filter section about my high school girlfriend and inner DJ.

Chapter 6

  • Added information about why PDFs make poor archiving tools in the Convert and Transform section.
  • Added an example of five million Springpad users being left high and dry when they suddenly closed down their service (HT Erin Kurup).

Chapter 7

  • Added Amazon, Wikipedia, and Quicken case studies to help you determine how intricate your curating categories should or could be.
  • Rewrote the Logic section and made it a lot more actionable.

Chapter 8

  • Added more information about why it's a bad idea to leave an experience's details to your memory.

Chapter 9

  • Rewrote the entire chapter. The original story about accessing experiences at World Domination Summit 2013 has been replaced by two stories: a personal one about how the Everywhere Doctrine came up big for me before the start of SimpleREV 2014 and a general one about using the Everywhere Doctrine for business.

Chapter 10

  • Added examples and practical tips to the Don't Get Sucked into the Twitterverse section.
  • Added specific examples to the Set Clear Rules about Sharing Your Stuff section.
  • Added words of warning to the Have a Lifetime Reputation in Mind section (so you don't end up like Anthony Weiner or Pete Hoekstra).
  • Deleted the Beware Deadlines and Metrics section because, in hindsight, it was rather pointless.

Chapter 13

  • Restructured how I reviewed each of the tools, drastically expanded my reviews with new standard categories, and added a “Common Deal-breakers” sub-section for each tool.
  • Removed the tips on digital data security, Internet connections, experience syncing, and use of electronics to consume experiences because it wasn't advancing the central ideas of the book.

Chapter 14

  • Removed a rather stupid second example about real-time curating at a conference in the Curating Frequency section.
  • Removed the When In Doubt, Don't section because it was too general to be practical.
  • Removed the content about sharing thumbnail-sized images vs. full-sized images in the Ethics Stronger Than an Ox section because it wasn't relevant to the vast majority of people.
  • Revised the Aggregating ≠ Filtering section to add more examples and nuance.

Chapter 15

  • Removed the chapter-opening David Cronenberg quote.
  • Moved the Curate and Create section here from Chapter 14 and expanded upon the Maria Popova and Hans-Ulrich Obrist examples.
  • Removed Steve Rosenbaum from the Experience Curating Hall of Fame because I've reassessed his role and significance compared to the other members.
  • Clarified the contributions of the Experience Curating Hall of Fame members.

Appendix A

  • Added a bunch of new resources, insightful blog posts, and other relevant links.
  • Added a 1-2 sentence description of each link so a reader knows whether it's useful to them without clicking through.


  • Added a definition for “experience medium.”