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How to build an app: 20 great tutorials | App design | Creative Bloq

How to build an app: 20 great tutorials | App design | Creative Bloq | Marketing & New Media | Scoop.it
Want to know how to build an app? Whether you're looking at building an iOS, Android, Windows, Facebook or cross-platform app, these superb tutorials will help you on your way.
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How to build an app iOS Android etc
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Better Than PowerPoint: 3 Online Tools For Creating Gorgeous Presentations

Better Than PowerPoint: 3 Online Tools For Creating Gorgeous Presentations | Marketing & New Media | Scoop.it
Whether it be for school, your professional life, or pretty much any other reason, presentations are some of the most useful tools for organizing and conveying information to others.
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I was just looking for something!!!! Thank you :)))
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Organize and Monitor the Latest Content from Your Favorite Sites with Headslinger

Organize and Monitor the Latest Content from Your Favorite Sites with Headslinger | Marketing & New Media | Scoop.it

Robin Good: Headslinger is a web app which allows you to organize your favorite web sites into folders that you can easily scan without needing to navigate to each site.

You can also see what other sites other users are looking at and receive recommendations for sources similar to the ones you browse.

 

Free and without ads.

 

Tour: http://headslinger.com/tour/1/

 

Try it out now: http://headslinger.com/

 

N.B.: To suggest new sites to be added to Headslinger go to: http://headslinger.com/submit/source/

 

 

 


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Find, Curate And Recommend Your Favorite Products With Referly Great-Looking Collections

Find, Curate And Recommend Your Favorite Products With Referly Great-Looking Collections | Marketing & New Media | Scoop.it

Robin Good: Referly is a revolutionary curation platform offering the ability to create great-looking thematic collections of products, that you can promote and share online.

 

Referly offers a gorgeous user interface, which makes it very simple to find and collect any kind of product you may be looking for, as well as to create great-looking shopping front-ends.

 

Through an integrated search engine you can rapidly find fashion items, photo and video tools or your favorite books and start listing them inside your most appropriate collection.

In your collections you can easily edit individual items, resize them or drag them easily to new positions. It is next to impossible to make a collection look ugly.

 

Referly connects to a large number of products suppliers and it also allows you to earn rewards when you generate sales on products from anyone of these sites: http://refer.ly/merchants

 

You can also endorse, collect and share just about any product you find online by using the dedicated bookmarklet.

 

This is the future of shopping.

 

Free to use.

 

How it works: http://refer.ly/getting-started

 

Try it out now: http://refer.ly

 

 


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Massimiliano Cammuso's comment, September 7, 2012 8:52 PM
wow Robin!
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New Content Curation Tool: Spundge Lets You Discover, Curate And Create Better Content

New Content Curation Tool: Spundge Lets You Discover, Curate And Create Better Content | Marketing & New Media | Scoop.it

From Official Website:

"Spundge is the end-to-end tool for today's power curator. Connect with the best content creators on the web. Collaboratively curate the web and create relevant, influential content.

 

- Discover and Filter:

Create a Spundge Notebook to stay on top of a topic, person, company or interest. Spundge Notebooks deliver a stream of relevant content from news sources, Twitter, Facebook, YouTube, Instagram and Flickr. Filter and then save the best of what you discover.

 

- Curate and Collaborate:

Invite friends and colleagues to collaborate on Notebooks and discover and save new items. Collaborators receive notifications when new content is saved, and can add comments to Notebook items. Collaborative Curation enables you to track information, while instantly sharing with friends and colleagues.

 

- Stream and Publish:

Transform your Notebook into a real-time stream you can embed anywhere on the web. Share what you’re reading, or curate a real-time newswire about a breaking event or topic of interest.

 

- Get Spundge PRO:

it enables teams and individuals to collaboratively create content and instantly publish to a CMS, email newsletter and social accounts. Writing in Spundge lets you drag and drop images, tweets and videos into any story, effortlessly add attribution, and easily embed and track content."

 

From review article on Nieman Journalism Lab:

"The problem is today’s journalist has to use too many products and applications to do their job, and very few of these were actually built with newsrooms or journalistic workflow in mind...

 

Spundge is a platform that’s built to take a journalist from information discovery and tracking all the way to publishing, regardless of whatever internal systems they have to contend with...

 

The software is free, but an optional $9 monthly fee adds premium features, including the ability to share notebooks with collaborators, who can also add to the notebook and see changes in real time..."

 

Read more on Nieman Journalism Lab here:

http://www.niemanlab.org/2012/09/first-look-spundge-is-software-to-help-journalists-to-manage-real-time-data-streams/

 

Check out Spundge here: http://www.spundge.com

 


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Steven Hughes's comment, September 23, 2012 11:31 AM
Thanks Giuseppe, have to take a closer look
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@Steven...Thank you for appreciation about my post.
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Hi Therese,
thank you for appreciation and rescoop my article.
I confirm that website is in English and French language.
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New Visual Content Curation Platform: Tapiture Is Pinterest For Men

New Visual Content Curation Platform: Tapiture Is Pinterest For Men | Marketing & New Media | Scoop.it

From "About" on official website:

"Tapiture is a social community that allows users to easily save, share and search for your favorite images from all over the internet. It's where the internet begins.

 

Key features are:

- Install the Tapiture button:

You can simply drag and drop the "Tap it" button below directly to your browser's bookmark toolbar and you're ready to start populating your Tapiture account.

 

- How to Tap images:
When you come across a photo on any site that you'd like to save, click theTap itbookmarklet which will activate Tapiture. Find the photo you wanted to save and click the photo. You can then organize this photo into a Chapter that you have created and also give it a description and tag the photo with keywords.

 

- Re-Tap images:
Find an image you like on Tapiture that someone else has Tapped? Hit the Retap button next to the image.

 

- The world's first and largest viral image search engine:
Since users can tag each photo with specific tags, all images are easily searchable.

 

- Follow and meet other Tappers..."

 

 

From review article on TechCrunch:

"The idea of a “Pinterest for men” is something that gets thrown around a lot — a few months ago, it seemed like I’d get a pitch for a new one every day. Tapiture is one of the newer contenders, but its traffic numbers suggest that it has a chance at claiming the title.

 

Leo Resig, co-founder of Resignation Media (which owns both properties) tells me Tapiture has its roots as a photo-tagging system on theCHIVE, before growing into a site of its own, where users can share (or, in Tapiture’s terminology, tap) photos of attractive women, cool products, funny jokes, and anything else.

 

It turns out that mix is a product of human curation, without which the site would probably be nothing but scantily clad women...."

 

Read full review on TechCrunch here:

http://techcrunch.com/2012/09/30/tapiture-john-ellis/

 

Check out Tapiture: http://tapiture.com

 

Read more here: http://tapiture.com/about/

 


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Can You Gamify Content Curation? New Startup Woisio Thinks So | GigaOM

Can You Gamify Content Curation? New Startup Woisio Thinks So | GigaOM | Marketing & New Media | Scoop.it

Excerpted from article on GigaOM:

"Many video curation startups do away with the old-fashioned programming guide to help users find TV shows and online clips. Turkey-based Woisio, which launching its private beta Monday, takes a little bit of a different approach: it keeps the guide – but gets rid of the programmers. Woisio wants to instead use game mechanics and collaborative filtering to compile a new set of channels, and in turn get rid of the traditional middlemen.

 

Here’s how Woisio works: The platform offers viewers a number of different channels, called stages, including comedy, style , music, politics and so on. Each of these channels is programmed to show clips at a certain time, but users can skip forward or go back and catch up on past programming.

 

Videos can be up- and downvoted, much like stories on Reddit.

The votes translate to a virtual currency, which the publisher of a video can then use to bid on future air time for other clips. The basic idea behind this: Publishers get rewarded for popular content, and programming becomes a bit of a marketplace. Think virtual stock exchange, but for content curation..."

 

Read full article here: 

http://gigaom.com/video/woisio-closed-beta/

 

Check out it, read more and request an invite here:

http://woisio.com

 


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Discover, Bookmark And Share Real-World Locations And Events With Grafetee

Giuseppe Mauriello: Grafetee is finnish startup focused on people using location based bookmarking about their geo-location, need, and interest.

 

From official website:

"1)Discover events, places, services and photos around you;
 2)Bookmark real-world events and places - nearby locations with the mobile app or any place or event on any website with the browser bookmarklet - for later reference.
 3) Share your discoveries with your friends - either via in-app functionality or use the app to mirror your Grafetee content to your Facebook timeline.

 

Free, no ads, no registration required!

 

 

From review article on PandoDaily:

"Grafetee has officially launched. The company’s apps, available for free on the App Store and Play Store, make it easier for users to find, bookmark, and share places of interest with their friends, family, and the Finnish police force.

 

Essentially, Grafetee is to places as the bookmarks folder is to Web pages. Users can scout out a few locations that they’d like to visit – for, say, vacationing or house-hunting – and, with the click of a button, save that location to their devices. Though this sounds (and is) fairly simple, it’s much more convenient than finding a location on the computer and hoping to remember it long enough to search for it again later.

 

Alternately, users can take a picture of a location and share it with their friends without having to go through the “search, grab a link, and text it” rigamarole. The system can be used for everyday tasks, like sharing a new restaurant with a significant other, but where it really shines is as a white-label solution that Grafetee can tweak to suit other groups’ needs..."

 

Check out Grafetee here: http://grafetee.com

 

Watch video about Grafetee introduction here:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=41KfXcpnk2Y

 

Read full review article on PandoDaily here:

http://pandodaily.com/2012/10/19/grafetee-builds-its-location-bookmarking-platform-with-help-from-the-finnish-police-force/

 


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Browse, Search, Filter, Manage Your Lists On Twitter And Get Detailed Analytics With Twitonomy

Browse, Search, Filter, Manage Your Lists On Twitter And Get Detailed Analytics With Twitonomy | Marketing & New Media | Scoop.it

From official website, here are some features:

- Get detailed and visual analytics on anyone's tweets, retweets, replies, mentions, hashtags...;
- Browse, search, filter and get insights on the people you follow and those who follow you;
- Monitor your interactions with fellow users of Twitter: mentions, retweets, favorites...;
- Backup/export any user's tweets to an Excel spreadsheet in just one click;
- Monitor tweets from your favorite users, lists and keyword searches;
- Find out easily those you follow but don't follow you back;
- Easily add & remove people you follow to your lists;
- Get the list of the followers you don't follow back;
- Add and remove people in batch to your lists;
- Browse, search, filter and sort your lists;
- Track clicks on the links in your tweets;
And much more..."

 

Try out it here: http://twitonomy.com

 


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Self-Control, Going Off The Grid, Curation: 3 Habits To Manage Your Social Media Footprint

Self-Control, Going Off The Grid, Curation: 3 Habits To Manage Your Social Media Footprint | Marketing & New Media | Scoop.it

Excerpted from article:

1) Use self-control.

2) Get off the grid.

3 Curation.

These three habits will help you manage your social-media footprint and make you more effective, whether you use the medium for work or pleasure. Here's a functional, easy guide to do just that.

 

1. The Self Control app limits your use of email and social media, locking you out of designated sites for pre-determined periods, while still giving you broader online access. If you can't stop trolling Facebook to see if your latest update got liked. And if you suffer from both afflictions, ranting anonymously and surfing in dangerous water, this could put you on a much needed time-out.

 

2. Let's say you're careful about what you post. Very careful. You know about the risks of over-sharing. But, your'e always ready to respond. Always available. That can be exhausting, and exhaustion often leads to irritation, which usually ends with embarrassment.

What to do?

Get off the grid. Knowledge workers should change their always-on mentality and stop answering email after business hours. Why: It improves your mood. Effective workers enjoy what they do.

 

3. The final habit you should employ could be one of the most important of all. Make sense of all the white noise out there. All the voices. How do we filter it all? Turn to curation, a growing, but misunderstood, concept that can save you tremendous amounts of time directing you to what you need to know.

I like a service called spundge (http://www.spundge.com ), which helps me filter search results so they are more effective, saving me a ton of time. When you're searching for specific, nuanced topics, this site gives you results in an easy-to-digest format that spares me from Google readers and extraneous searches. Now I spend that time on what I should be doing: Working. 

 

This habit I can't stress enough, and it's only getting more refined. The next step in curation is personalization.

Personalization is what Facebook mastered from the get-go. Suddenly, each person's online experience was truly personalized. A company called Gravity (http://www.gravity.com ) is moving this concept further. It uses adaptive artificial-intelligence techniques to make news sites more individually relevant..."

 

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http://readwrite.com/2012/10/26/3-habits-to

 


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2. Firstly is a site with great tips on managing your footprint on social media. The site then has a link to an article of the opposite of what I’m doing this semester; getting away from technology to ground yourself. I included this because I am aware this is important to be clear minded in all aspects of your life and being more effective in the moment.

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News curator Summly launches to help simplify the way we consume news on mobile devices

News curator Summly launches to help simplify the way we consume news on mobile devices | Marketing & New Media | Scoop.it

Excerpted from review article on The Next Web:

"Summly is a free iPhone program that has a back-end that will automatically determine what the relevant facts of a story are and convert it into consumable bites of information (aka short summaries) to give you just enough to know what’s going on.

 

The company was started by Nick D’Aloisio, a 16-year-old founder who some believe to be the youngest person in the world to raise venture capital.

 

Summly launches to the world and anyone can download it for free. All the content on the screen is formatted specifically for the respective device and you won’t have to scroll through multiple screens to get the summary — just tap and read.

 

When you first open Summly, you will find that there isn’t much there. You have the option of creating channels from pre-determined news topics and personal filters.

The pre-determined topics are sourced from at least 300 English-speaking feeds while the news stories under the personal filters are generated through the Microsoft Bing API.

 

Standard Apple device gestures are integrated into this application to allow you to move forward or back, view additional options, and much more. Articles can also be shared through email, SMS, Facebook, and Twitter.

Once you’ve set up all your pre-determined news topics and personal filters, you can set them and watch it update..."

 

Read full article here:

http://thenextweb.com/apps/2012/11/01/news-curator-summly-launches-to-help-simplify-the-way-we-consume-news-on-mobile-devices/

 

Learn more and try out it here:

http://summly.com

 


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New Digital Trends, The Age Of Mobile, Human Curation: The Decline Of Google News

New Digital Trends, The Age Of Mobile, Human Curation: The Decline Of Google News | Marketing & New Media | Scoop.it

Here are some excerpts from this interesting article published on PandoDaily:

"Some publishers – namely AP, AFP, and Rupert Murdoch – have long taken umbrage with Google, whom they have accused of leeching off of newspapers’ content. Cantankerous Murdoch has called Google “content kleptomaniacs.”

 

Now, politicians and newspapers in Europe and South America are engaging in fresh revolts. 

Their reasoning: When Google News offers a headline and part of the first paragraph of a story, users are less inclined to click through to read the actual article.

...

One possibility is that Google News is in decline because of converging digital trends that are lessening its influence. The Web’s big shift to mobile coupled with the explosion of social sharing, the increasing importance of human-powered curation, and tougher competition may be making the now old-school aggregator less potent.

 

There are a lot of strong forces at play in the ever-tumultuous news industry that could compromise Google News’ dominance. First, we now live in the Age of Mobile, and it’s not clear how well Google News performs on smartphones. From its iOS search app, the “News” tab does sneak into the homescreen, in the form of a button in the bottom-right-hand corner, but it is not especially prominent. 

...

Another challenge for Google News has been the emerging mania for curation. Spotify founder Daniel Ek said that the next step in the music company’s evolution will be helping people “make sense” of the abundant content.

He flagged the Pinterest-led curation wave as an important phenomenon. Pinterest proves that a mix of algorithms and human judgement can provide a superior content consumption experience.

 

Indeed, there’s evidence to suggest that many Web users are becoming more curatorial in their consumption habits, a point supported not only by Pinterest’s rise, but also by the growing prevalence of services such as Foursquare’s “Explore” feature, Twitter’s “Discover” section, Reddit, HotelTonight, Longform, Longreads.

...

As mobile and apps accelerate the proliferation and accessibility of content, it’s likely that we’re going to rely more heavily on filters to navigate this era of abundance.

 

Finally, these days Google News just faces much more competition than ever before, from startups, apps, websites, and even traditional publishers, who have become more digitally savvy. Now that we’re in an era in which reading on smartphones and tablets is a norm, apps such as Flipboard, Pulse, Feedly, Prismatic, Zite, Flud, and Sumly, just to name a few, are all vying for attention, providing news reading experiences that are not only competitive with Google News but also better looking.

...

This means that readers have more, and sometimes better, options for discovering and reading news, and publishers have other viable traffic-generating options. Perhaps that is why publishers in Europe and Brazil are acting now to slay the search beast. They sense a vulnerability that Google News didn’t have even a year ago..."

 

Read full and long article here:

http://pandodaily.com/2012/11/10/newspapers-take-aim-at-google-news-again-maybe-because-theyre-no-longer-scared/

 

 


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Discover, Follow And Obtain Information About Products Releasing In The Future With Hypejar

Discover, Follow And Obtain Information About Products Releasing In The Future With Hypejar | Marketing & New Media | Scoop.it

Excerpted from review article by The Next Web:

"There’s no shortage of apps and websites to help guide consumers’ decision-making. But what about products and services that have yet to hit the market?

Hypejar wants to organize the world’s upcoming products, making them more accessible and easy-to-find.

 

“We strive to be the go-to website for movies, music, video games, gadgets, cars, and anything else with a future release date,” explains Grant Yim, one of the company’s four co-founders. “Users can keep track of products and be notified of their releases....”

 

When you first visit Hypejar, you’ll be greeted with a long page of content, with categories including ‘Releasing Soon’, ‘Most Hyped’, ‘Recently Seen’ and ‘Just Added’ featuring prominently.

Across the top of the page you’ll see a series of menus, one of which is ‘Browse’, which lets you filter out content by category – such as movies, music, video games and so on.

 

A core facet of Hypejar is its community – it is what helps to populate the content. As such, if you have a good scoop on an upcoming launch, you can choose to add a new item yourself.

You’re given the options of category, sub-category, product name, manufacturer, launch date and so on.

 

It’s also worth mentioning a key Hypejar feature…your own personal jar. It’s akin to ‘Liking’ or ‘Favoriting’ a product, with all your top upcoming launches viewable in the ‘Products In My Jar’ tab, after you’ve clicked on an item’s ‘Add To My Jar’ button. You will also receive email notifications around your interested products.

 

So, Hypejar is like a cross between Pinterest and Wikipedia for upcoming products..."

 

Read full article:

http://thenextweb.com/apps/2012/11/26/hypejar-an-online-repository-for-upcoming-product-lauches/

 

Check out Hypejar: http://www.hypejar.com

 

Learn more: http://www.hypejar.com/about

 

Official promo video: http://youtu.be/ZioMQuFUSLU

 


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How to Create Stunning Infographics in 30 Minutes or Less

How to Create Stunning Infographics in 30 Minutes or Less | Marketing & New Media | Scoop.it

Learn how to create stunning infographics - without spending hundreds of dollars on a graphic designer or losing your mind - in just 30 minutes or less.

From word clouds to network data visualizations, infographics have become a primary format for content in a relatively short period of time. Although the ‘infographic’ is nothing new, its proliferation and evolution has been nothing short of exponential in the past few years.

Whether you love them or hate them, the rising popularity of infographics can’t be denied.


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Jeff Domansky's curator insight, January 7, 2013 4:29 PM

Really excellent how-to using the impressive Piktochart infographic tool.

Neil Ferree's curator insight, February 26, 2013 10:05 AM

Infographics done right and done well can generate lots of traffic to your http://bit.ly/RichSnippet and build your brand

Charles-Louis Mazerolles's curator insight, March 8, 2013 3:28 AM

good tool to know :-)

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Curate, Filter And Publish Your Streams Of Information With State

Curate, Filter And Publish Your Streams Of Information With State | Marketing & New Media | Scoop.it

Excerpted from review article on ReadWriteWeb:

"As streams of information become more popular on the Web, we need better ways to consume and manage them. Apps that allow you to aggregate content from different sources - Twitter, Facebook, blogs, news websites and more - may become very popular: State is trying it.

 

State is currently in private beta. At first glance, it looks part FriendFeed, part TweetDeck, part iGoogle, and part something wholly new.

 

Co-founder Joshua Lewis said:

"what the future of the web looks like when you replace static content with streams of data.

...State is "a general purpose tool to manipulate, filter and publish streams of data."

 

How State Works:

You can add streams of content from up to four services (so far): Twitter, App.net, Instagram and Dropbox. This is the part that reminds me of a start page, like early Netvibes or iGoogle, because you end up with panels of content across the web page. You can also connect to Instapaper, enabling you to save content for later reading.

 

Then, like TweetDeck, you're able to view various aspects of the stream. For Twitter, you can select to view content by home timeline, mentions, user, place, tag, search and list. The same principle applies to content from App.net and Instagram.

 

While State only connects to five services so far, you can imagine it eventually hooking into many more.

 

One feature I really like in State is the ability to "follow" a page of streams that someone else has created.

Each page - or "workspace" to use the service's parlance - is made up of many different streams of content.

There is limited ability to filter - for example, you can select to view only images from a stream. But I imagine more filtering options will be added over time.

 

By default your pages are private, but you can choose to share or make them public..."

 

 

Read full original article here:

http://www.readwriteweb.com/archives/first-look-state-a-streams-app-of-the-future.php

 

Check it out here: https://www.sharingstate.com

 

Request an invite: https://www.sharingstate.com/signup

 

Check out demo: https://www.sharingstate.com/demo/Home


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Robin Good's comment, August 29, 2012 2:57 AM
Pino your title is pretty unambiguous to me: "Curate, Filter And Publish Your Streams Of Information With State". I read "curate" as the first word.
You can check yourself.
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Giuseppe Mauriello's comment, August 29, 2012 3:04 AM
Hello Robin,
Co-founder Joshua Lewis said:
....State is "a general purpose tool to manipulate, filter and publish streams of data."
Manipulate is not similar to curate?
Robin Good's comment, August 29, 2012 3:52 AM
Pino: Manipulation has nothing to do with curation.

I think that we should not mislead readers or sell a tool for what it is not. Credibility is everything in this realm.

Re Joshua Lewis: if he wanted to say "curate" he would have. But he didn't. The choice to put "Curate" as the opening word in the title above was yours, not his.

If it was my post, I'd revise the title as I wouldn't want to lose any of the trust I have earned from those who read me. To be credible for me is much more important than being first, or popular.

My two cents. :-)

(Best of all would be for you to test it and to write for us what it does and whether you consider that curation or not). :-)

My two cents.
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Create Photo Galleries From Social #hashtags With Picsho

Create Photo Galleries From Social #hashtags With Picsho | Marketing & New Media | Scoop.it

Robin Good: Picsho is a free web app which allows you to search for images on Flickr, Tumblr, Instagram, Twitpic (and on other services too) by using simple hashtags, and to pull in your favorite ones into a public image board on the web that can be shared with anyone.

 

Free to use.

 

Try it out now: http://picsho.com

 

 


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Beth Kanter's comment, September 7, 2012 12:03 PM
Robin, this sounded like an awesome idea, but when I played with it and tried to only capture a few photos that I wanted into a collection, it created the collection with all the photos in the hashtag .. seems like some glitches
Picsho's comment, December 23, 2012 11:50 PM
Hi, Beth. Sorry for the (extremely) delayed response! It definitely sounds like what you experienced was a glitch and/or a flaw in the UX, as Picsho was very early in the beta stage when this was originally shared by Robin Good. We're sure this has been fixed, and we've added lots more features since then. We would be glad if you'd check out the web app again and give us more feedback. Thanks!
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Insights Into the Hot Trend of Social Media Content Curation

Insights Into the Hot Trend of Social Media Content Curation | Marketing & New Media | Scoop.it

Excerpted from article:

 

"Online content curation is a hot trend as business owners and professionals realize that content is vital to add value to their customers and prospects.

 

The trend was already evident in 2011 but 2012 saw an outright explosion of the phenomenon.

 

Content curation is the art of selecting content that is appropriate and then organising and publishing it in a way that is relevant for the topic of choice.

 

Editors with the aid of journalists create and collect content then edit and then publish.
Journalism is shifting more and more from the quest for the perfect “scoop” to a more organized and reasoned activity of content curation.

 

The technology of the web and the rise of the social media networks is providing sources of content that can provide curation in ways that were not previously possible.
The content curation platform Scoop.it is an example how we can all become magazine editors and content curators without the overhead of hiring editors or journalists. Scoop.it was established in 2011 with the goal of making content curation easy and accessible to everyone...."

 

 

In the guest post pubblished by Jeff Bullas' blog, Intervistato.com's Maria Petrescu interviews Scoop.it's co-founder Marc Rougier.

Read full article and watch video here:

http://www.jeffbullas.com/2012/09/26/insights-into-the-hot-trend-of-social-media-content-curation/

 




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Curated Music Stations Radio Created By Real People: FUZZ

Giuseppe Mauriello:

The founders of Blip.fm this week launched the beta version of its brand new service FUZZ, a site that offers a new slant on interacting with songs you like and the people who share your tastes.
The site focuses on creating a very social experience that allows users building their own radio station(s) around a unique theme or custom genre using audio files from their own music collections.

 

 

From review article on CNET:

"Fuzz bills itself as great radio made by real people. What that means is that it's a site where anyone who participates becomes a DJ. You upload music you own (legally, of course), and it all lives on Fuzz's servers; Fuzz, in a sense, becomes a digital locker that let's you showcase your music. You create playlists, people follow you, and they give you "props," all of which ups your social standing and surfaces your playlists. The listeners decide what's most popular and which DJs are best in any number of genres.


"Our thing is that everybody can be a DJ," says FUZZ co-founder Jeff Yasuda. "But just because we let you be a DJ doesn't mean you're good."


In short, while other Internet radio services -- think Pandora or the lesser known Slacker -- are designed to let software help you discover music, Fuzz is about finding the people who share your musical tastes. At the core of the business is Yasuda's belief that algorithms just don't cut it when it comes to creating great radio.


"Give people a voice, give people a platform, and they'll do tremendous work for you," he says. "It's a lot more egalitarian, and it's a lot more interesting. The best recommendations -- for anything -- often don't come from people who aren't professionals, whether it's for music or wine."

 

 

Read full review article on CNET here:

http://news.cnet.com/8301-32973_3-57518579-296/internet-radio-fuzz-style-where-humans-upstage-the-algorithms/

 

Check out FUZZ: http://fuzz.com

 

Read more on FUZZ's Blog: http://blog.fuzz.com/?p=54

 

Watch FUZZ Intro Tutorial Video: http://vimeo.com/50043025

 


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How to Consistently Out-Curate Your Competitors | Outspoken Media

How to Consistently Out-Curate Your Competitors | Outspoken Media | Marketing & New Media | Scoop.it

Excerpted from this interesting article on Outspoken Media:

"The facts are:

***Content curation is a needed skill that will only grow in importance as more big brands and publishers flood the Internet with all kinds of content.
***Curation can be a fun, rewarding and highly effective part of your online marketing mix.
***Curating content requires skill, tenacity and, above all, an unflinching focus on the needs of your audience.

 

The biggest temptation all search marketers face is to sell our souls to the Borg and AUTOMATE EVERYTHING.

 

An effective curation strategy requires a healthy variety of sources. If you expect any one tool to do all of the work for you, you’re going to miss a lot of remarkable content.

 

So, use a fancy tool as one of your filters, if you wish. But don’t fool yourself into believing you can just put it on autopilot and watch it magically send you everything you need to succeed.

 

If your goal is to curate content that provides true value for your audience, you’ve got to out-hustle all of the namby-pamby posers in your niche who claim to be curating, however half-heartedly.

 

Here is a collection of solid strategies and tasty tactics that will help you consistently out-curate your competitors.

1) Create Twitter lists of experts and thought leaders in your niche.

2) Save Twitter searches for relevant keywords.
3) Build customized MyAllTop pages to keep up on industry blogs.
4) Set up Google Alerts for targeted keywords.
5) Subscribe to blogs by RSS and view them in Google Reader.
6) Create topical lists on Facebook.
7) Perform keyword searches in Trackur.
8) Explore Regator’s curated blog directory.
9) Hunt down content by category on StumbleUpon.
10) Find applicable articles and experts with Topsy.
11) Join relevant LinkedIn groups.
12) Search Scribd’s documents database.
13) Dig into the bookmarked items on Delicious.
14) Keep an eye on curated niche sites that serve your audience, like Inbound.org.
15) Scour the Web with Snip.it and Scoop.it.
16) Drop your keywords into Bottlenose.
17) Scan the curated lists on List.ly.
18) Sign up for a personalized email digest from YourVersion.
19) Say hello to your little friend: Social Buzz.
20) Swing by Ice Rocket and ROCKZi once in awhile.
21) Ignore Google+ at your own risk. I dare you. #smooches.

 

Constantly Refine and Refocus Your Curation Strategy:

I like to cram tons of different sources into my content funnel at the beginning of each new curation project. Then, once I’m convinced I’ve cast my net wide enough, I begin the crucial process of whittling down those sources into a much more manageable list.

 

Be the Pickiest, Little Curator Allowed by Law:

If you’re going to out-curate your competition, every piece of content you serve to your audience has to be exactly the right piece of content.

Set high standards and strive to exceed them...."

 

 

Read full, long and interesting article here: 

http://outspokenmedia.com/online-marketing/how-to-consistently-out-curate-your-competitors/


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Martin (Marty) Smith's comment, October 2, 2012 7:08 AM
Great note Giuseppe. I moved it to Curation Revolution this morning. Marty
Giuseppe Mauriello's comment, October 2, 2012 7:22 AM
@Marty...I have seen your rescoop few minutes ago. Thanks for appreciation my curated article.
massimo facchinetti's comment, October 5, 2012 7:48 PM
I am far from being namby-pamby
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eBay Goes The Pinterest Way and Allows You To Discover and Curate Your Favorite Products

eBay Goes The Pinterest Way and Allows You To Discover and Curate Your Favorite Products | Marketing & New Media | Scoop.it

 

Robin Good: eBay has gone the Pinterest way by redesigning its web interface and allowing you to curate your preferred product categories as well as more specific parameters like the price range you are interested in, whether you want new or used items or prefer auctions to "buy-now" offerings. 

 

"Everything now centers on a Pinterest-like feed of featured, personalized, and self-curated products."

 

WebProNews reports: eBay says that the feed will show users “a collection of items selected for you, based on your shopping history or your own personal interests.” When a logged-in user first accesses the feed, they are given the opportunity to “follow” certain types of product lines as well as connect their feed to their Facebook interests.

 

eBay officially announced: “Today we begin to introduce a series of significant new features and enhancements for our customers. We’re delivering a cleaner, contemporary look and feel; a more intuitive, convenient way to browse, decide and buy – both globally and locally; and a new personal way to curate your own shopping experience and discover items perfect for you...” 

 

To test the new eBay curated feed, interface redesign and new logo, head to eBay.com (US version) and you will be immediately offered to select five product categories you are interested in.

 

The new eBay also allows users to integrate their Facebook account as well as their PayPal one to make it easier and faster to sell and buy on the popular online marketplace.

 

Check it out now: http://www.ebay.com/feed

 


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plerudulier's comment, October 13, 2012 7:39 AM
glad to see you back and scooping again.
Robin Good's comment, October 13, 2012 7:41 AM
Thank you Pascal! I am still inside an hospital but I am slowly regaining control of my time. Hope to be fully back in a few weeks time.
sahyteam's comment, July 1, 2013 8:09 AM
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Content Curation Tool Scoop.it Introduces New Features: Apps And Extras

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.

 

 

Check out full and new features here:

http://www.scoop.it/extras

 

Watch video tour about them: 

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=q635eCVivUA

 


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Pickie Uses Social Data Regarding Products To Generate Personalized iPad-Based Magazines For Shopping

Pickie Uses Social Data Regarding Products To Generate Personalized iPad-Based Magazines For Shopping | Marketing & New Media | Scoop.it

Excerpted from article on GigaOM:

"Tech-savvy shoppers who look to their friends for purchasing inspiration, can already turn to platforms like Pinterest, Fancy, Fab and plenty of others. But with a Flipboard-like app for the iPad that aggregates social activity across shopping sites, New York-based Pickie believes it can get in on the social commerce action, too.

 

Pickie’s pitch was that consumers would want one destination that would filter through all of the social recommendations and highlight the most interesting and relevant items. In addition to showcasing the products at the center of social activity, Pickie layers in original content, as well as eventually more content from publishers, to give it an editorial identity.

 

“Long-term, the plan is to build out content and make it feel more like a magazine than a catalog,” said co-founder and CEO Sonia Sahney Nagar.

 

When users first sign in to the app, they indicate their gender and top categories of interest. Then, Pickie integrates with Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest and other social sites to identify the products that are attracting the most attention from users’ friends. From that social data, the app generates a custom magazine of items, enhanced by relevant articles. For now, Sagar said, most of that additional content is produced in-house. But over time they plan to expand with more content from third-party publishers..."

 

Read full article here:

http://gigaom.com/2012/10/29/techstars-backed-pickie-raises-1m-for-flipboard-like-app-for-shopping/

 

Check out it and request an invite here: http://www.pickie.com

 


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Google Now: Behind The Predictive Future Of Search | The Verge

Google Now: Behind The Predictive Future Of Search | The Verge | Marketing & New Media | Scoop.it

Excerpted from article:

"For decades, visions of the future have played with the magical possibilities of computers: they'll know where you are, what you want, and can access all the world's information with a simple voice prompt. That vision hasn't come to pass, yet, but features like Apple's Siri and Google Now offer a keyhole peek into a near future reality where your phone is more "Personal Assistant" than "Bar bet settler." The difference is that the former actually understands what you need while the latter is a blunt search instrument.

 

Google Now is one more baby step in that direction. Introduced this past June with Android 4.1 "Jelly Bean," it's designed to ambiently give you information you might need before you ask for it. To pull off that ambitious goal, Google takes advantage of multiple parts of the company: comprehensive search results, robust speech recognition, and most of all Google's surprisingly deep understanding of who you are and what you want to know.

 

With Android 4.2 Google has updated the feature with new information cards in new categories, but Google Now isn't important for what it does, well, "now," but the building blocks are there for a radically different kind of platform in the future.

 

1) A deeper understanding:

You may not be familiar with Google Now, primarily because it's only available on the sliver of Android devices.

It's essentially an app that combines two important functions: voice search and "cards" that bubble up relevant information on a contextual basis.

One favorite example is a voice search for something that pulls from all those multiple sources and turns it into a comprehensible and useful result.

 

The first category involved Gmail integration. With your permission, Google will keep an eye on your inbox and recognize flight confirmations, hotel reservations, restaurant bookings, event tickets, and package tracking emails.

The new features are part of Google’s growing efforts to provide relevant results based on the knowledge it’s accumulated about you. As search gets better, so do people’s expectations for what it provides.

 

 

2) Neural networks:

Speech recognition is a very difficult problem to solve, as anybody who has dealt with voice search knows all too well. Recently, Google has changed its approach to making it work in a fundamental way, replacing a system that was the result of years of effort with a new framework for understanding the spoken word. Google has shifted to using a neural network that's much more effective at understanding speech.

 

A neural network is a computer system that behaves a bit like the actual neurons in your brain do. Essentially, the computer is designed with layers of software-based "neurons" that do the same thing actual neurons do: take input in and "fire" off to other neurons based on the data they receive.

The approach "led to about between 20 to 25 percent reduction in the error rate in our system,".

 

 

3) Knowledge Graph:

In a very real way, Google is trying to get its computers to actually understand what it is you're asking them. Part of that comes from a relatively new initiative called the "Knowledge Graph," the company's effort to compile a database of "entities" in the world.

n truth, Google only knows those details because it is so adept at crawling the web — but the additional layer of abstraction created by putting that information into the structured Knowledge Graph means that Google can do more with search results.

Having something to talk about and talking to somebody are two different things, and with regard to the latter Google is again taking a Google-esque approach.

 

 

4) In a single app, the company has combined its latest technologies: voice search that understands speech like a human brain, knowledge of real-world entities, a (somewhat creepy) understanding of who and where you are, and most of all its expertise at ranking information. Google has taken all of that and turned it into an interesting and sometimes useful feature, but if you look closely you can see that it's more than just a feature, it's a beta test for the future..."

 

Read full, long and interesting article here:

http://www.theverge.com/2012/10/29/3569684/google-now-android-4-2-knowledge-graph-neural-networks

 


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Find Nice Scene From TV, Caption It And Share With Friends: Social TV Miso Launches Quips App

From official Miso Blog about launch of Quips:

"Quips is the best way to talk about TV. It incorporates the social activity you love with incredibly beautiful images from the very shows you watch.

 

Quips lets you find a great scene from a TV show, caption it with your thoughts, and share it instantly with friends on Facebook, Twitter, or on your Quips feed! You can follow your friends and interact with them through Quips. The best part – it doesn’t matter how, when, or where you watch TV. Quips just works..."

 

 

Read original article:

http://blog.gomiso.com/2012/10/30/miso-launches-quips-the-best-way-to-talk-about-tv/

 

Check out it: http://quipsapp.com

 

Watch introducing Quips video: http://vimeo.com/52719782

 

Learn More from review article on TechCrunch:

http://techcrunch.com/2012/11/05/miso-quips/

 


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Collect, Organize And Share Your Interests With Collective.li

Collect, Organize And Share Your Interests With Collective.li | Marketing & New Media | Scoop.it

Robin Good: Collective.li is a new web-based curation platform which allows anyone to pull together images, text, web clippings and video into one curated set, that can be published and shared on social media.

 

Content can be gathered via a browser clipping extension, as well as from your cloud-based storage via a dedicated importing tool or by simply uploading your favorite files from your computer.

 

Collections are as easy to create as a file folder, and any collection can be made part of another one, allowing for more complex and hierarchical topical structures.

 

Multiple "themes" / layouts are available for publishing any collection, which can be set to "public" or "private" depending on need.

 

Free to use.

 

More info: http://www.collective.li/AboutUs

 

Try it out now: http://www.collective.li

 

 


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