Google is getting into the personalized news delivery app game with Google Currents, a new product available Thursday for Android and iOS devices.
Google Currents is a slightly different product than Flipboard or its ilk, since it doesn’t draw links directly from social networks like Twitter and Facebook. Instead, it grabs content from discrete sources. Currents offers many sources to choose from (including GigaOM) in a variety of categories, and even allows you to follow individual content curators, like Robert Scoble and Guy Kawasaki, or any Google+ public stream.
Content is a little more organized than in Flipboard or other apps, and publishers have more control over how it appears thanks to a self-service platform also launched Thursday that allows them to brand and customize their content, even without developer know-how. It’s a very nice way to both encourage small producers to get on board with Currents, and also help expand Google’s available content library for readers....
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A tutorial on the features of a Google Site. Sites is Google's free tool to create custom websites. Similar to a wiki, you can develop the site by yourself or choose to collaborate with others on the creation and content of the pages. Then, you can decide on the level of sharing you would like to permit. You can determine who the owners are, whom you would like to give permission to edit and revise the site, and whom you would like to give permission to view the site. You can limit viewing your site to a small, private group or you can choose to publish it so that it is accessible to anyone in the world.
I like this article. It provides some good insight for posting material!
Excerpt from article:
Blog readers have a myriad of reading options for almost every topic you can think of. In fact, within your niche, potential customers may be enjoying blog posts written by your competitors while they ignore your blog like the plague.
There are 12 ways for your blog to survive and thrive.
1. Be the best teacher in your niche... (content curation strategy)
2. Be more personal than the others...
3. Be funnier than the others...
4. Say what everyone else thinks...
5. Be the expert on a specific sub-niche... (content curation strategy)
6. Have a bigger vision...
7. Be more extreme than the others...
8. Be more creative than the rest...
9. Cross-pollinate better than the others...
10. Be the best curator of meaningful content:
Find the best information that others have written and posted online—the best articles, charts, tables, infographics, videos, or pictures. Collect it in a logical, easy-to-use navigational structure on your blog. Make sure you link to and give credit to your sources and only summarize (or take small portions of) the articles you link to. Content curation is a way to share great information that is already available and to become seen as a key source of great information.
11. Be the news source for your industry... (content curation strategy)
YouTube Annotations have always been a hard tool to grasp for both user and viewer...Many users have taken to using the clickable video URL YouTube allows, to make their videos look slick, professional and a great way to showing off more of their impressive content.
Sharing your scoops to your social media accounts is a must to distribute your curated content. Not only will it drive traffic and leads through your content, but it will help show your expertise with your followers.
How to integrate my topics' content to my website?
Integrating your curated content to your website or blog will allow you to increase your website visitors’ engagement, boost SEO and acquire new visitors. By redirecting your social media traffic to your website, Scoop.it will also help you generate more qualified traffic and leads from your curation work.
Distributing your curated content through a newsletter is a great way to nurture and engage your email subscribers will developing your traffic and visibility.
Creating engaging newsletters with your curated content is really easy.