Here is the collaborative annotation in action: A List Apart This link is an annotated link. In other words you don't need to install Diigo to view it. Here is the group to join in order to be a part of the fun: P2PUDigitalCurationArticleAListApart You will have to join Diigo in order to play.
Here are some random but I trust related tips, tools, and strategies.
One suggestion you can make for blogs is to curate your own posts. Maybe that seems silly, but I think it is a potent reflective activity. One of my favorite blogs is Rao Venkatesh's 'ribbonfarm'. Recently he 'curated' his posts over the last five years. I asked him what his workflow was in curating those posts. He replied:
Nothing profound. Just gruntwork. I put all the links from my annual roundup list into a spreadsheet, filtered for quality, did a rough clustering by theme, then sequenced and wrote a post about each cluster.
Then I went through the list and pulled out words to put in the glossary. More gruntwork.
All useful curation is tedious gruntwork that cannot be automated. There isn't as much deep thought required as people think, assuming you know the material and have confidence in your judgment, which is easy when it comes to your own stuff.
But it doesn't even have to be that complicated if you would rather just do things by hand. Use a social bookmarking service or just your browser's bookmarking. Create a folder for the curation task. Bookmark to the folder. Then comment/reflect/discover.
I did a self-curation of my Scoop.it site Tech Pedagogy here using Kevin's guiding question:
What aspects of technology (online/offline, computers/cell phones, etc.) make it possible for more people to take control of the tools and create their own content?
If you use Gmail, then perhaps you 'star' items. Everyday I do email triage that seems curatorial to me. I star those emails I want to look at. I open the 'starred' folder. I scan and act on those and then I archive them. Isn't this curation on the low end of the continuum.
One of the most interesting aspects of curatorial behavior reminds me of Mrs. Malaprop in the Sheridan play, The Rivals. She has a revelation when it occurs to her that she has been speaking dialogue all her life. Similarly, we have been curating all our lives. Scrapbooking is curation. Re-arranging/adding to/removing the pictures on the fridge door is curation. Revising a playlist on iTunes or Spotify or You Tube is curation. Creating a shadow box is curation. Collecting anything is very idiosyncratic curation.
If you want to improve your searching then I heartily recommend Google's new Massively Online search course. I also recommend playing about with Scoop.it. I think it is the best tool yet for social curation.
As for a specific strategy, you have probably already got a personal learning algorithm of your own: Gmail-->GReader-->Twitter--> etc. In order to fit these tools into what already exists for you, there is one tool that makes it a pretty seamless prospect--bookmarklets. Most of these curation tools have these. Scoop.it does and as I go through my 'morning search algorithm' if I find something relevant to my curated topics I click the bookmark and a column opens up on the right hand side of my screen which allows me to not only put the site in context (big boy/girl curation) but to share it with others (auto post to your own blog, Twitter, FB, LinkdIn).
Happy to screencast any of this if you are interested.