It’s been interesting to watch how different outlets curate their coverage of the political turmoil in Egypt. As we’ve already noted here, some, like Mother Jones, have gone the route of an informal and accessible explainer; others, like the Huffington Post, are aggregating what they can find. Still others, like NPR’s Andy Carvin, have seemingly dedicated their Twitter accounts to updating news on Egypt. All of this is to be expected as major news organizations try to do what they do best: help readers make sense of what’s happening in the world.
But it’s not just news organizations and individual journalists doing that. You can also find noteworthy coverage on Tumblr’s Egypt page. It’s a real-time example of Tumblr’s curated tag pages, a new feature the company rolled out about a month ago. The feature lets a group of editors (Tumblr users) select the choicest cuts from their feeds for public consumption. The pages originally broke down into areas like fashion, design, long reads, and a general news page. The Egypt page is a step beyond that, an on-the-fly means of developing a news channel from the minds and links of users.