SpecificFeeds is a free web app which allows you to provide the opportunity to your RSS readers to subscribe only to the type of news and stories they are interested into by allowing them to select tags, keywords and authors they want to read about.
You simply submit your RSS feed to SpecificFeeds and the service automatically creates a web page and an icon that you can share or publish on your website to help those that want to subscribe to your news, but who prefer to pre-select topics, tags or authors they like to see.
My comment: SpecificFeeds acts as a RSS filtering and distribution service providing a useful benefit to those using it. Just like on Twitter (until Custom Timelines) the fact that you subscribe to an author or a web magazine, doesn't mean you want to read everything she posts. SpecificFeeds helps both web publishers and readers reduce the noise and increase the signal when using RSS feeds.
Kwout is a web app that allows you to grab any portion of any web page, including text and images and to easily post it on your site, blog or on your preferred social media channel.
To use Kwout you install a Firefox add-on or the Chrome extension and whenever you see content you want to "quote" you click the Kwout button and then you select the part of the page you want to quote with your mouse.
At this point you can select whether to share, tweet or embed your selected quote whereever you like. A unique feature makes it possible for all of the links contained in the part of the page you grabbed to remain fully active and clickable.
Kwout archives also all of the "quotes" you create and can auto-generate a page that shows your history of cited content.
P.S.: This is not a new tool and it has not been updated since 2011 but it is still working fine.
Keepstream is a social media curation tool that helps organize tweets, Facebook posts, and website bookmarks into shareable, embeddable collection pages. Collections are useful for bloggers, marketers, or just about anyone who wants to curate the chatter from a conference or event, a news headline, or a hashtag chat. - See more at: http://keepstream.com/about/#sthash.g7vvqcmb.dpufKeepstream is a social media curation tool that helps organize tweets, Facebook posts, and website bookmarks into shareable, embeddable collection pages. Collections are useful for bloggers, marketers, or just about anyone who wants to curate the chatter from a conference or event, a news headline, or a hashtag chat. - See more at: http://keepstream.com/about/#sthash.g7vvqcmb.dpuf
Keepstream is a social media curation tool that helps organize tweets, Facebook posts, and website bookmarks into shareable, embeddable collection pages. Collections are useful for bloggers, marketers, or just about anyone who wants to curate the chatter from a conference or event, a news headline, or a hashtag chat.
- Curate visual collections of the best web content found on Twitter and other social platforms.
- Organize your tweets.
Whether it's conference chatter, launch buzz, or a fun conversation...Save those tweets. Organize them. Embed on your website.
- Grab tweets from Twitter
Add tweets through search, favorites, or save tweets with our bookmarklet.
- Organize into collections
Add in your tweets and give your collection a name and description.
- Embed in your blog post
Showcase your masterpiece by embedding your collection on a website or blog.
Create a personal startpage with your most important bookmarks and RSS feeds. Easy to use, reliable and completely (ad) free.
Robin Good's insight:
StartMe is an excellent free start page builder which allows anyone to create public (or private) start pages containing bookmarks, links and RSS feeds, organized in groups and easily editable.
StartMe creates clutter-free, well designed and highly scannable editable start pages where you can easily add, edit, move around and re-order and group your favorite links and bookmarks in any way you want.
You can create as many start pages as you want and you can choose to start either from a pre-populated links and feeds page that can be edited and customized or completely from scratch.
Groups and individual items (links and RSS feeds) can be easily edited and dragged around easily. It is possible to decide how many news stories appear in a feed list and you can even switch on a "river of news" option that will combine chronologically all the news of a list of feeds.
It is also possible to integrate a search engine for each start page that will search using your search engine of choice.
StartMe supports OPML allowing full export and import functions with any bookmark collection or RSS feeds list.
Extension for Firefox and Google Chrome are available.
My comment: I can't recommend this tool enough. Easy, fast, effective and elegant. It's a breeze to use and it's so damn useful for creating useful start pages for a thousand different uses: tools lists organized in groups, suggested sites to visit subdivided in sub-topics, collections of people profiles in specific sectors, etc.
Brickflow is a web app which allows you to easly collect content from Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, Tumblr and YouTube and to package it up in a visual tile grid that can be viewed as a slideshow and which can be easily published, shared and embedded on the web.
With Brickflow you can build a visua story either by collecting stories and resources using hashtags or by searching with the integrated facility across all the above listed social media and then dragging and dropping your selected items into your visual grid.
Brickflow works in a similar way as Storify, providing though a different visual publishing metaphor for its final output.
The final bundle looks like a visual grid of tiles, that can also be played as a presentation (also in full screen).
From the official website: "Brickflow is an app for making curated social media slideshows in seconds. Build memorable stories and collections with content from Instagram, Twitter, YouTube, Tumblr and more. It’s just like playing with Legos. The result, a visual summary of a topic, can be embedded into any website or blog"
Very useful to curate visual summaries of breaking news stories, events or to summarize key resources to explore on a specific topic. Easy to use. Provides opportunity to remix existing "flows" into new ones.
OpenTopic is a news curation service which allows you to aggregate, monitor and filter any number of sources and to publish and share your selected ones to you selected outlets: from your WordPress site, to your social media channels and to your email newsletter engine.
Within OpenTopic you can create one or more "Topic" dashboards. These are essentially display pages that aggregate incoming fresh content from the sources you specify. You can jump from one Topic dashboard to the next at the click of your mouse.
To curate stories you simpy select the ones that are relevant to your audience and you are provided with an editing module to modify and personalize the story content. At this point you can also select on which one of your outlets (Channels) that story will be published and you can customize the story differently for each one of them.
There is even an option that allows you to set-up some form of automated curation, by giving you the option to set up a set of simple rules, which when match, will trigger the publishing of a news story.
OpenTopic allows you to hook up to an extended number of possible Channels, making it easy for you to post from one location to your web site, RSS feed, social media and newsletter.
Last but not least, OpenTopic integrates a full analytics service, capable of reporting and showcasing the performance of your curation work across stories and distribution channels.
My comment: Excellent tool for social media and community managers, as well as web marketing specialists in need to support effectively the finding of relevant news on a topic and the easy publishing to different channels from a centralized platform. Easy to use.
Kurator is a web service which allows you to easily customize one or more visual magazines that automatically aggregate the hashtags, lists, Twitter users, Facebook pages and RSS feeds you specify.
Specifically, you can aggregate from the following sources:
Twitter Top Followers
You can also filter and specify specific keywords that you want to be included/excluded.
Kurators offers the ability to title each stream, and to customize somewhat the look of the final magazine by providing a few templates and layouts and access to the controls to adjust the font style, size and color.
The final stream can be published as a web page on Kurator or exported directly to WordPress as a "page".
My comments: Kurator is a useful tool to rapidly aggregate and publish one or more streams on a specific topic and to be able to integrate this content stream into their WordPress sites.
Unless you are a graphic designer or a tech person it is hard to customize and improve on the ready-made look presently available.
Kurator offers no option to manually curate your final stream and it is almost inevitable with this approach to get some duplicate items and some outright spam.
Good for anyone needing to rapidly create one or more rich-content pages on one or more specific topics.
The difficult, curation work here is all in setting up effective filters to aggregate the valuable content you are looking for. Easier said than done.
Excerpted from article by Pawan Deshpande, CEO at Curata: "In this blog post, I am primarily going to focus on the decided on a content curation tool based on the venue – the channels to which your content is curated.
- Microsite. What is it? A dedicated microsite or section of a website populated primarily with curated content. Pro’s: Microsites really create a full-fledged experience with curated content as the center piece and can easily because the hub for a specific topic or issue. Con’s: Because the curated content is not tucked away in a widget and is instead front and center, you will need to pay a lot more attention to what you curate. Who should use it? Organizations that are looking to become an authoritative destination for a topic or issue to position themselves as a key resource or thought leader, or to drive traffic and visibility.
- Personalized Page. What is it? A personalized page is a lightweight, single page microsite filled with curated content. Pro’s: Easy to get up and running and are indexed by search engines. Usually free. Con’s: Only one page is indexed by search engines. Who should use it? Individuals or cost conscious non-profits who want to create an information resource.
- Email Newsletters. What is it? An email newsletter or digest containing the latest curated content that is sent out on a regular interval. Pro’s: Email newsletters are a great way to continually educate an audience on a regular basis without fail. Con’s: Email newsletters have two drawbacks: 1. They are not indexed by search engines. 2. They are not real time. Who should use it? Email newsletters are a great medium for curated content for curators with an existing captive audience.
- Twitter & Social Media Channels. What is it? Posting curated content on Twitter and other social media channels such as Facebook and LinkedIn through status updates. The curated content could be links to blog articles or other web content, or curated tweets. Pro’s: Posting curated content is different from other mediums, because it’s a very time sensitive medium. Con’s: The drawback of sharing curated content on social media is that if you don’t have a lot of curated content on your topic, then it’s hard to get noticed. Because social media is content is so fleeting, if you are not constantly and consistently posting your curated content, then your impact will be minimal. Who should use it? Curators who have topics with a sufficient throughput of content. Curators with an existing or potential audience on social media channels. Curators with content that has a likelihood of being shared virally.
- Feeds. What is it? Content that’s shared through RSS feeds or other data feeds. Pro’s: People with RSS readers can subscribe to them – who are usually visitors who return regularly. In addition, some search engines crawl RSS feeds. Con’s: Social media these days has in many ways taken the place of RSS feeds and provide more room for annotation. Unlike social media, it’s also difficult to annotate your content as a curator and add your own context. Who should use it? Curators with an audience that prefers this medium.
So what’s the right answer? Which venue should you choose as you evaluate content curation tools? A sound content curation strategy utilizes all of the venues and channels, but drives all visitors back to a single microsite. If you’re using a robust content curation platform then you should be able to easily syndicate your content to all channels with ease..."
Waywire is a new video curation tool which allows anyone to clip, collect, share and organize into video channels. You can edit the information relative to any video including title, description and relevant tags/hashtags.
Waywire lets you also clip any video you find on the web through a dedicated bookmarklet, upload any video you have on your computer or record your own clips right while you are logged in.
Channels, which are called "wires", are presented as Pinterest-like video boards with the unique advantage of being editable (you can move and position your video pins as you like), can be played back as a full continuous stream, and you can create as many of them as you want.
Every video clipped as well as you "wires" can easily be shared on your Facebook or Twitter social media channels, and you can follow individual curators and "wires" that interest you.
Waywire works also as an excellent video search and discovery tool.
With the introduction of analytics into the visual design of written content, we are on the cusp of an era of incredible evolution: one where the design of information changes in real time in response to data about the readers consuming it. New technologies from Amazon, Apple, Google, WordPress and Tumblr already provide a preview of Intelligent Content. In essence, it won’t be long before the media we consume knows us better than we know ourselves.
Curation will guide content. So the short-term impact of the Intelligent Content movement will feel something like the music industry since 2000. MP3′s meant the end of curated CDs. Now, playlists are compiled and shared with the help of Pandora, Spotify or Songza. Thus magazines and books could soon become the Pandora of dynamic content, with artificial intelligence applets that choose and adapt content, then tailor it to the reader’s context and taste. We see the beginnings of this with Flipboard, but it will only get more advanced.
Our future might be filled with mash-ups of video, audio, real-time updates, new navigation interfaces and even content that interacts with a reader’s environment (such as augmented reality). Digital publishers can experiment with new hyper-responsive designs as well as back-end databases that mine your other web activities to determine what you’ll like. For example, QUARTZ (qz.com), a digital only news site launched in September last year, uses WordPress and responsive design to customize the reader’s experience on a device level. Companies such as GRAVITY, CONTEXTLY and SAILTHRU offer digital publishers new tools to create more personalized experiences based on a visitor’s profile and previous reading behavior.
The algorithm will be the new editor. For focused, long-form content, algorithms will sort out content discovery, delivery and presentation. Google already conquered discovery with algorithms, and now content aggregators such as ZITE and PRISMATIC offer readers an elegant, gated magazine-like design using data from the reader’s social networking profiles, past reading habits and current location.
Intelligent Content can also help publishers create content on demand in a more cost-efficient way. One of the main challenges publishers face is predicting which content will be popular. Analyzing the big data that comes from reading and search behavior will help them predict which articles will bring in a much-needed audience. Recently, researchers at MIT developed an algorithm that can predict topics that will be trending on Twitter hours in advance. Similarly, startups such as Content Fleet and Parse.ly use algorithms to identify emerging popular topics on search engines. This way, a publisher will be able to create content with almost a certain return on investment.
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Kippt is a web app which allows you to easily capture any type of content from the web (images, articles, video clips, etc.) and to organize them into visual collections that can be shared publicly or be set to remain private.
Readers can comments, fave, save, share and report any content they find in your collections.
Kippt can automatically import all of your existing booksmarks from an extended number of services and browsers, including:
Google ChromeFirefoxSafariDeliciousDiigoGoogle bookmarksInstapaperPinboardPocketHistorious
Kippt can be used by as a collaborative visual communication to review project drafts and updates as well as a library in which to save work resources or important reference work. It is also possible to write and post your own notes next to the items you collect.
Kippt can therefore be used as Pinterest-like visual library organizer of all your bookmarks, references, resources, sites and content, in which you can both private, collaborative and public items.
The Pro version, which costs $25/year, offers an ad-free version and a full text search feature across all of your libraries content.
Browse hand-picked collections of webpages and curate your own.
Robin Good's insight:
Nextly is a free web app which allows you to create collections of web pages that can be easily navigated as a tour on any device.
Via the integrated Add Page feature or the accompanying bookmarklet you can add just about any web page to one of your collections, as well as content coming from Twitter, Facebook or RSS feeds and other social media.
A unique characterizing feature of Nextly is that the content of a collection gets pre-loaded when accessed by a user, making the browsing through elements of the collection quite fast.
When browsing through a Nextly collection all original web pages are reproduced as they appear on the web, and are rapidly pre-fecthed to provide a faster loading experience.
My comment: Potentially a valuable content curation tool to organize specific sets of articles and distribute them in a format that is effective ad easy to access. It can be used also as an effective new reader and news discovery tool.
Free to use.
Try it out now: http://nextly.com/ ;
Sample collection: http://nextly.com/hackernews ;
Breaking News from The New York Times and their most emailed articles.Technology news from Techmeme (http://nextly.com/techmeme) or Techcrunch
Wibki is a free web app which allows you to easily organize a series of visual "start pages" from which to access your favorite web sites, resources and apps.
Wibki does an excellent job of making it very easy to add and edit new sites to your visual start pages, and it automatically fetches the logo of each one.
You can create as many "start pages" (or tabs) as you like, so that you can keep your favorite web sites organized into different thematic categories. Individual cells can be easily edited, removed or dragged nto different positions.
My comments: An excellent tool to keep and organize in a handy way your favorite web sites. The web site icons and the simple and clean organization make this apparently simple visual bookmarking tool a very effective start page builder and web destinations manager.
Free to use.
In private beta.
Request your invitation here: http://www.wibki.com/ ;
Read also the story behind Wibki here: http://www.wibki.com/blog/say-hi-to-wibki-the-future-of-browsing/ ;
Feedolu is in public BETA from September 5th. It is an RSS feed reader that makes it easily to read, organize and share content.
Excerpt from review article by Shelly Kramer on V3 Blog: "Feedolu uses advanced feed reading technology and combines that with social features commonly used on sites like Facebook, Twitter and Pinterest.
Feedolu users will have a public profile with their own URL (feedolu.com/username). You can customize your background, create a bio and attach a link to a website (like Twitter) and website RSS feed as well. When a user attaches an RSS feed to their profile, other users can then go and subscribe to that RSS feed, giving that user the opportunity of increased website traffic via subscriptions.
Here are key features: - User Following; - SEO; - Unlimited Feeds and Feed Walls; - Back-End Processing.
Therese's comment: Blogger Marcela De Vivo's list of tools for creating custom online magazines goes beyond content curation leaders (Storify, Paper.li, Scoop.it etc.) to include: Collected.info http://collected.info/, Issuu http://issuu.com and Storination (still in beta) http://storination.com/ -- which I did not know before.
If your Google Alerts is not working as it used to be and you are getting only a notification every once in a while, you not alone. In fact rumours say that Google Alerts may be dismissed soon and that its service is not actively maintained since quite a while.
Enter TalkWalker Alerts, a Google Alerts clone that replicates almost faithfully the Google tool original layout, UI and features.
If you are not familiar with this kind of tool, its key purpose is one of actively and persistently search for a set of keywords you specify and to report to you, via RSS/email of any instances of new content mentioning your selected keywords.
You can specify within what type of content these keywords need to be found (discussions, news, blogs, everything), in which language sites they appear, and how often and how many of the results found should be sent to you.
If you have used Google Alerts you will find yourself at home instantly, with the added ability to import your old set of alerts from Google. (Just login in your Google Alerts account, click on Export under your list of alerts, and then when you are in TalkWalkerAlerts click on Import. Voilà all your Google Alerts now work also here.)
As in Google you get both a RSS feed for each query / alert, as well as the possibility to receive email alerts as things happen or in a daily or weekly digest.
This is an excellent replacement for Google Alerts. Easy. Intuitive. Essential.
The most common and fundamental questions that come up about content curation (especially in the context of content marketing) is how “How can you use other people’s content? How does that work with copyright, fair use and more generally ethics?”
The article is about overlapping interests of publisher and curator, fair use, and best practices with examples.
RSS Reader Reimagined; Everything you want to read - news, your favorite blogs, art and more - in one convenient place designed for you.
Robin Good's insight:
Developed by Kosmaz Technologies, MultiPLX is a truly excellent web-based RSS newsreader, that is worth, together with Feedly, the crown of best Google Reader alternative.
The great thing of MultiPLX is that you don't have to know anything about RSS to be able to extract immediate value from it. For example, by using the available bookmarklet, you can easily subscribe to any web site that you want to follow, without having to find its RSS feed. You click on the bookmarklet as you vist the site that interests you and from that moment on, anytime they publish something, you are going to get it inside MultiPLX.
Just like in Google Reader you can create folders and use them to group together relevant feeds / publications / sites. Better than G Reader each folder and its set of sites / feeds can be visualized as a Pinterest-like dashboard that you can easily browse to scan incoming news. News that you have read get a fade-out look that makes it easier to look for what you haven't read yet.
You can visualize entire folders as a visual stream of news as well as individual feeds by selecting exactly what you are interested into from a drop down menu.
Like Google Reader you can "like", "favorite" or "share" any news story to any social media channel among Twitter, Facebook, Google+, LinkedIN, Tumblr, Pinterest and Instapaper or send it directly to any email.
Each story can be read properly in a clean, unclettered interface (whether windowed or in full-screen) allowing the information curator to dive into specific stories without many visual distractions.
It is also possible to add any number of additional RSS feeds by specifying their URLs, as well as importing your full set of existing Google Reader subscriptions directly as an OPML file. Export functions are also fully available for all types of items shared, favorited, liked or subsscribed to.
N.B.: Managing folders and deleting stuff you don't want may still be quite a bit more cumbersome than it used to be in Google Reader, but hopefully this part will be improved soon.
Note: I have just checked again the latest release of Feedly, and - no doubt about it, Feedly interface, backend management, features, display options and UI are a step above the excellent Multiplx good traits, but still, this is a great alternative to be supported.
Reelsurfer is a web app which allows you to find, discover and clip (in the sense of extracting from a larger item) videos into either a thematic reel, or into a collection of diverse stuff.
ReelSurfer provides a browser bookmarklet to make it easy for you to grab any interesting video clip you find online whether on YouTube, Vimeo or on one of the other tens of sites supported.
PandoDaily reports: "...create reels of multiple videos, either from within a single longer video or reflecting a theme across multiple videos. All ReelSurfer videos link back to the original content source allowing the viewer to watch full length video should they choose. Because ReelSurfer doesn’t host videos, but rather links through to source content, all videos on its platform retain their native advertising such as pre-rolls and mid-rolls."
From my viewpoint, and having seen quite a few of these tools, I have to say that ReelSurfer is the easiest to use. Add to this the fact that ReelSurfer doubles up as a video discovery tool and all of the responsibility for the kind of video that you can produce with it falls onto your shoulders. That is: ReelSurfer is great, but it's up to you to curate and pull together great stuff, that creates new meaning and value for your audience.
ReelSurfer is public for all users, but there also is a new program called "ReelSurfer for journalists". It is currently still in private beta. You can request an invite here: http://news.reelsurfer.com