Google just revealed plans to shut down eight of its services as part of what it’s calling an ongoing spring cleaning effort. Some of them are pretty arcane, but among TechCrunch writers, anyway, we’re pretty bummed to see that Google Reader will be shut down on July 1.
In the last week Content Curation Tool Scoop.it announced some new features:
- Google Chrome extension turns your browser into a powerful curation tool. - The Scoop.it widget allows you to embed a slider from your topic pages. - The BufferApp and Scoop.it integration is a way to easily schedule the distribution of your posts to social networks.
The history professor and author of Too Much to Know tells us what researchers have been discovering about how earlier human societies collected, organised and used information...
Amazing read and historical perspective about transmission. Knowledge and information are actually very different concept :
"This book doesn’t actually focus on the term information but it talks about the institutions that made knowledge possible. Its first volume runs “From Gutenberg to Diderot" – in other words, mid-15th to mid-18th century.
A second volume stretches “From the Encyclopédie to Wikipedia”, from the mid-18th century to the 21st century.
Peter Burke is a great cultural historian who has worked on many different aspects of the transmission of knowledge – including, for example, how historians worked, or how ideas about good behaviour at court were transmitted.
In this synthetic pair of books he explores the question: What were the institutions that were collecting, classifying, sorting and disseminating information?"
In our world now where information is everywhere, how you make sure that knowledge is still accessible?
Curation is now not only a great means to express yourself but also an obvious path to become a gatekeeper and a qualitative filter.
This article gives an awesome perspective on an universal and eternal inspiring mission : transmission.
Robin Good: If you are just about to start testing how effective a content curation tool like Scoop.it can be for building your own reputation and visibility in a specific interest area, this 10-step guide by Shirley Williams does provide some important information on how to start with the proper foot.
The guide is illustrated with many screenshots and it pinpoints the key items you need to be paying attention to when starting to curate a dedicated channel.
It'n not the same thing at all - curators are needed exactly because they help their readers (and themselves) see the larger picture, gain a perspective and understand the context and meaning of the information they publish. Curation can be creative when it presents an original viewpoint and new connections between info bits, and then creators can use these create richer content.
Robin Good: Here's another good example of curation at work. Andy Dickinson, has used Storify to create a "curated reference" of his lecture about curation for his first year undergraduate students.
The "storified" reference contains links to tools, video clips, and many contributions which allow any learner interested in this topic, to follow a selected path from which it is possible to wander off and explore in many interesting directions.
"The typical online course is a structured content repository; the instructor has thought about which resources and the student is instructed to move through them in the crudest form possible, read this, do that, and that is the extent of the orchestration.....
We want to see the learning design patterns change, we want to see phy6sical participation in the profession, that is, engagement with the content and the practice, in the rich spaces that we have, and let the content engagement, which can be well-designed online, be the place where content is delivered. "
Hybrid Pedagogy is an academic and networked journal of teaching and technology that combines the strands of critical and digital pedagogy to arrive at the best social and civil uses of technology and digital media in education.
Great article on leveraging the other side of Social Networks - using them to gain business intelligence for your enterprise. A couple of interesting "do not's" in the article as well.
Based on my experience in the field of competitive intelligence research using the internet, here are five quick tips for individuals who wish to use social networks to gather business related information to make the right decisions.
Robin Good: If you are looking for tutorials, instruction and help on how to use Yahoo Pipes to aggregate, filter and splice RSS-feed based content for your news or content curation work, you will find a trove of useful articles, video screencasts, and ready-made Pipes for you to use at Dawn Foster's Yahoo Pipes page.
Most aspects of curation are already compatible with today’s smartphones; we can read content, edit and include short-form commentary, and of course, share to various social networks with a few swipes of the finger. With this in mind, we listened to your feedback and combined all of these elements into the very first mobile curation app, Scoop.it for iPhone, which gives users a simple, efficient, and visually appealing way to curate on the go.
Today, we are very glad to announce our new Android app, which will bring mobile curation on the Scoop.it platform to all Android users.
Much like the iPhone app, the Android app will allow you to leverage the suggestions you’ve configured for your topic as well as suggestions from other users. The publishing window is almost identical to that of the website and, of course, you will have all of your sharing options.
But, what’s the best thing about the Scoop.it mobile app for Android? Well, we’ve taken simplicity a step further as the App adds Scoop.it to your browser’s native sharing menu. Now, to curate content you discovered while browsing, you no longer need to copy and paste the URL from your phone’s browser or install the bookmarklet. Content can be posted to Scoop.it by simply clicking your browser’s share button:
And just like its iPhone counterpart, the app allows to you do perform essentially all of the tasks of curating your topics without telling anyone you did it from your phone. Whether your posts are published from your phone or from your computer, your topic pages will always sport the same fluid magazine layout.
The main goal of mobile internet is to make sure you can do all of the great things you do on your computer from your phone without compromising any quality, and that is exactly what we have in mind when creating our mobile apps.
We know that your passions weren’t developed from sitting in front of your computer all day, so why should you have to do this when you want to share them with the world? Take your curation mobile with the new Scoop.it Android app.
I’m sure a lot of you guys have looked into curation software available ...
Obviously with the radically different price points they all do different things, but here’s the gist – a whole lot of this you can do for free.
Step One – Define your Parameters
Define your parameters by where you want the goods to go. Make sure everything is accessible from the beginning so you can leverage your curated content efficiently from the start.
Step Two – Choose your Weapons
e.g. Timely.is; G+ and FB
Step Three – Be Intentional with your Schedule
I can’t speak to your industry/niche but I can tell you that when I do my curation at somewhere between 6 and 8am EST I find a goldmine of posts that are brand-flipping-new
Step Four – Be Crazy Time Sensitive
I make sure to only curate content that is timely [less than 1% of the time curate something more than 24 hours old]
Open up a google search and type in “content marketing” at the beginning of my day, and set it to the last 24 hours.
Step Five – Be Consistent
As long as you are curating the same general stuff over and over it will work for you.
Notice: Steps 1-5 are all about the setup or protocol. Steps 6-9 are the actual daily work.
Step Six – Prepare for Battle
Open windows to the following places:
Google search Timely.is WP dashboard to my curation site Google + Facebook Twitter I also have a Word document open
Step Seven – Get Rolling
e.g. search for the term “content marketing” in the last 24 hours as shown above; grab 5 or 6 posts that are relevant and make tweets about them and put them on timely/buffer/scoopit
Step Eight – Natural Overflow
Doing twitter first thing after curation is great, if you have the time.
20-30 minutes after you have your automated posts in place to interact with your feed, clean out the spam tweeps, follow back the real people, etc.
Step Nine – Use what you Learn
Use your curation is as the basis for your own blogs
Not regurgitation, but rather letting your new-found knowledge fuel your next post. Or, add to the list of blog ideas you have on a running list somewhere.
Setting aside this 45 minutes a day to get the most relevant pieces of content your industry has to offer can not only fill your feeds, but it can also fuel your entire day. And it should, because you should be talking about the latest things in your industry.
A project funded by the Knight News Innovation Lab, Timeline works great with stories that have a strong chronological narrative. It does not work well for stories that need to jump around in the timeline.
Mashable Sonia Paul writes about it: "Timeline is similar to Storify in that it allows users to aggregate media on the web, it differs in its operation.
With Storify, users can drag and drop content into a post.
With Timeline, users can either embed the code onto their website using JSON, or — if they don’t want to mess with any coding — they can fill in a ready-made Timeline template on Google Docs.
The project is currently hosted on GitHub, and users can find specific directions on how to both embed the code and use the Google Doc template there, too.
Future plans for the project include support of more media type, as well as iPhone compatibility, B.C. time support and better seconds and milliseconds support."