Being a content curator is all about displaying information. We don't create the content, we display it. We share it - and people read it. But, first you have to display it. There are several skills involved in displaying content.
Approach friends, co-workers, content creators, and others with your Scoop.it feed. Would another blog/website find value in your content and Scoop.it feed and agree to put the code up somewhere on their site? How about content sharing or trade?
If someone is warm to the idea but wavering, offer them a trade. Barter with something they would like — for instance you could give them the featured spot in your Scoop.it feed for a week, a month, etc.
When you share a Scoop.it post do you just share with Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn, or the other popular social media sites? While potentially valuable due to their market size, these sites are plastered with sharing, wall to wall.
Look at other sources where you might actually be heard over the usual chaos. Consider something radical like posting your Scoop.it feed to your own site, or posting a link you found to a relevant forum where people are already discussing the topic. (Use your Scoop.it link instead of the direct link).
A quick trick for sharing to Twitter from Scoop.it
Twitter is my social media feed of choice. However, this means I am careful about what I post there when it comes to having a real post versus sharing and promoting anything. So, I get extra bang for my buck when I do choose to share a link from Scoop.it.
Last month the popular iPad app Flipboard added a great feature that allows everyone to curate their own digital magazines. Today, Flipboard made that option available on Android as well in web browsers on your computer. Flipboard Editor allows you to create and curate digital magazines through your web browser. Those magazines can be shared or kept private. The magazines you create can be read on iPad, Android, or on your laptop. Learn more about Flipboard Editor in the video below.
Heiko Idensen's insight:
... First, I misunderstood & thought, the magazins are available via "every browser", but its only an editor feature, not for readers, the need to have iPad or Android ... (Ecery "true reader" shoukd have :-))
Excerpted from offical website and its "About" page. Here are the key features:
- Content Distribution: Repost lets bloggers, publishers, and brands distribute their content to new audiences. - Content Discovery: Find news, features, videos, and more to repost on your site. And it's free.
Repost allows you to republish complete articles (including images, links, & multimedia) anywhere quickly, easily, and legally – just like video. With Repost, you can distribute your content to other publishers, bloggers, and websites. You can also discover a broad range of content to repost on your own site. Whether you’re distributing, discovering, or both, why do you need Repost? That’s easy: More readers, more reach, more revenue.
Repost: it’s syndication reimagined; it’s the wire service reinvented; it’s changing the way content goes viral."
Excerpted from review article on Mashable: "Repost.Us, a free service that launched earlier this week, provides publishers with a platform to share and embed full articles in the same way that YouTube lets users embed video clips. Websites can add a Repost button to their articles, which others can click on to re-publish all of the content in the article — along with videos, the original publisher's advertising and branding, and any updates to the article that occur afterwards. Repost also provides a directory of content that publishers can search through and publish on their own website.
In short, the goal for Repost, is to make it easy for big and small publishers to profit from sharing complete articles as it is for content producers to share and profit from videos using the embed code from websites like YouTube..."
Curation is an irreplaceable part of the new content consumption and knowledge-sharing cycle just as passive readers are becoming an irreplaceable part of the curation cycle. This union is the ideal environment for smart, immensely valuable, and educational content on the web to proliferate and spread like wildfire, which ultimately what we want. A smarter world is a better world.
I’ve been listening to all the feedback from our awesome community about our newest service offering, the MailChimp Newsletter integration feature, and have been hearing that many people would like the option of sharing the newsletter with their...
I’ve been listening to all the feedback from our awesome community about our newest service offering, the MailChimp Newsletter integration feature, and have been hearing that many people would like the option of sharing the newsletter with their social audiences. This would require hosting the completed newsletter somewhere online with a public link to share. Unfortunately, this functionality doesn’t exist within Scoop.it yet (not to say it won’t shortly), but I’ve concocted a little work-around for everyone who wants to share their newsletter this way. It requires an extra tool, but its all free and pretty easy to do, and the end result is great.
We’ll be using a simple web-page creation tool called Weebly for the posting, and we’ll be using MailChimp to format the HTML for online display. We won’t actually send anything through MailChimp using this process, so no worries if it isn’t your email client of choice or you haven’t built a list yet. The most complicated thing in the process is a simple copy and paste, so don’t be afraid!
Your Social Magazine. Available for iPad, iPhone & Android.
Now You Can Create Your Own Magazines on Flipboard
Find everything that matters to you from world news to life's great moments. Just tap the [+] to save anything from the web - stories, photos, audio and more - into your own magazines to flip through later or share with friends
Content curation has been part of my life for several years.
Last month, I had the opportunity to introduce curation to a company whose team was interested in learning more about social media and how they could bring answers to their customers without having to create content all the time.
The slideshow below is an extract from my presentation.
Information overload, information crap,information pollution...are some of the words that are being used now to describe the tsunami of irrelevant information we are bombarded with day and night.In December 2009, Google began customizing its search results for all users, and we entered a new era of personalization. With little notice or fanfare, our online experience is changing, as the websites we visit are increasingly tailoring themselves to us.Everywhere you turn you find information that seems relevant to you but in fact is nothing but crap. This is probably why Eli Pariser recommended what he called Information Bubble.
Exploring Curation as a core competency in digital and media literacy education
In his seminal white paper on participatory culture, media education scholar Henry Jenkins explored the capacity of new media technologies to facilitate critical inquiry, active exploration and vibrant dialog online. Wrote Jenkins et al. (2009):
"Participatory culture is emerging as the culture absorbs and responds to the explosion of new media technologies that make it possible for average consumers to archive, annotate, appropriate, and recirculate media content in powerful new ways. A focus on expanding access to new technologies carries us only so far if we do not also foster the skills and cultural knowledge necessary to deploy those tools toward our own ends" (p8).
Jenkins highlights the type of online activities that participatory spaces enable-archive, annotate, appropriate and recirculate-which occur in real time and in the context of abundant information flow. The habits that participatory technologies facilitate also offer a range of opportunities to facilitate more savvy information navigation, curation and appropriation. Jenkins (2006) identified a core set of key skills that "build on the foundation of traditional literacy, research skills, technical skills, and critical analysis skills taught in the classroom." (p4). The identified skills- play, performance, simulation, appropriation, multitasking, distributed cognition, collective intelligence, judgment, transmedia navigation, networking, and negotiation - have at their core the ability to engage multimodal inquiry, multimedia platforms, and information abundance through curation.
CURATE: The Digital Curator Game is available for download to all Network Members.
The CURATE game is designed to be used as an exercise that prompts players to put themselves into digital project scenarios in order to address issues and challenges that arise when institutions engage with digital curation and preservation.
For the past few months, the team here at Scoop.it has been focusing on “taking curation beyond the platform,” our own little bit of rebellion against computer-only or anti-mobile curation tools and platforms.
Lastly, some great news for you, the curators! We’ve decided to feature Scoop.it curators in the default topics on Read.it, which means every new user of the app could see your curation. Because the Scoop.it community of curators is what powers Read.it, we want to give back and say thank you for the amazing work you do. We think the best way to do that is to help you shine on the web and express yourself to an entirely new, untapped audience.
We are currently hand-selecting the featured users — so do your best curating, let us know about it, and then you could end up being featured too! Feel free to reach out to me (email@example.com) or Ally (firstname.lastname@example.org) about being featured.
We are very excited to announce this next step forward in taking curation “beyond the platform” and as always, are incredibly open to hearing your thoughts, opinions, and feedback. Let us know what you think in the comments!
Heiko Idensen's insight:
.... Interesting comments about the activity of curators:
Apple featuring the Read.it app and subsequent exposure for featured curators is a game changer, for sure.
My question would be: How are the powers that be differentiating between curators who just copy and paste a snippet as their 'insight' and those who genuinely adapt the source material to their niche, add value and enhance the 'curator' profile?
As much as I think curation is a brilliant way of bringing news from your niche to your audience in your own way, I've seen far too many insights from curators that add little or nothing to the original article.
My fear is that this will only lead to the media at large writing the curation sector off as a bunch of spammers and intellectual property (if not copywrite/copyright/plagiaristic) thieves.
What measures are Scoop.it/Read.it taking to ensure the curators they feature won't be infringing some law, some place?
I agree. Most of the scoop.it's I follow don't include any commentary - which makes curation little more than another form of Pinterest. Look for those that show the curator has actually critically read the article
The Scoop.it curation experience has now been simplified to a unified view!
No need go back and forth between different pages anymore: you can now view your topic and access your suggested content on the same unique page. When on your topic page, just click on the "Suggested Content" button to view your suggestions.