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Social Hubs & UGC Curation Tools To Surface and Filter Your Fans Best Content

Social Hubs & UGC Curation Tools To Surface and Filter Your Fans Best Content | SocialMediaDesign | Scoop.it

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Robin Good's curator insight, December 21, 2013 7:05 AM



"Brands know that users share content. In fact, users create and share original content more than any other time in the history of civilization. And, brands understand that there’s an opportunity to surface and collect content related to the brand experiences." 


For this very purpose, a growing number of content curation tools allow brands to gather, aggregate, filter and select the most relevant and interesting content posted by their own fans.


Rebelmouse and Tint are two such examples, but there are several more "social curation" tools that can be of help on this front.


Lindsay Howard provides a short but quite useful introduction to four such tools and to their key traits and characteristics.


  1. EngageSciences
  2. Crowdtap
  3. Curalate Fanreel
  4. Pixlee Photorank 



Informative. Resourceful. 7/10



Article: http://bewelldogood.wordpress.com/2013/12/20/top-4-user-generated-content-curation-tools-for-brands/ 


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69 Free Social Media Monitoring Tools

69 Free Social Media Monitoring Tools | SocialMediaDesign | Scoop.it
If you want to know what’s happening in the social web you need social media monitoring tools. Before you reach for your wallet and start to spend money try out some of the free social media monitoring services.

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Tom Pick's comment, August 8, 2013 4:50 PM
That link works, thanks Neil!
Alexander Abramov's comment, August 8, 2013 7:54 PM
Thanks all !
Alexander Abramov's comment, August 8, 2013 7:54 PM
Thanks all !
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Social Curation: Four Alternative Approaches for Those Just Starting Out

Social Curation: Four Alternative Approaches for Those Just Starting Out | SocialMediaDesign | Scoop.it
With the amount of information online, it often becomes hard to cut through all the noise and get straight to the stuff that you’re interested in.

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Robin Good's curator insight, March 9, 2013 5:00 AM


Nancy Messieh on MakeUseOf has a good introductory article for those interested in find out more about personal content sharing and content curation. 


If you are new to these topics and are wondering what picking out good content and sharing it with others truly involves, this article showcases four different approaches and seven tools that can be used to get your feet wet.


From RSS to link bundles, Storify, Clipboard, Annotary, Pinterest and Scoop.it this is a very basic but nonetheless useful introduction to these approaches and tools.



Informative. 6/10


Full article: http://www.makeuseof.com/tag/curation/



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4 No-Cost Tools for Educators -- THE Journal

4 No-Cost Tools for Educators -- THE Journal | SocialMediaDesign | Scoop.it
Technology doesn't have to be expensive. Just ask John Kuglin, a long-time tech guru who shows educators how to tap into myriad free Web resources that can be used in and out of the classroom.

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Latisha Ford's curator insight, December 12, 2012 2:48 PM

These are good tools for at home or professional use.

Aziz Kapasi's curator insight, December 23, 2012 11:12 AM

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Writing your Kindle Book from an App? Yes! It is possible.

Writing your Kindle Book from an App? Yes! It is possible. | SocialMediaDesign | Scoop.it

I never considered writing a novel from an App! I now know that it is definitely possible with the technology we have available to us today. My memory reaches back to remember a game that we played as kids, where you had several circles of various shapes all attached together with a brad. You spun those circles to land on various word choices, which when put all together, would create a story. This is the logic behind the "Brainstormer" App ($1.99) for the Iphone.

 

If your car battery dies, you can give it a jump start to replenish lost power. Your brain may need the same boost, but it's probably best that you not do it with an electrical charge. :) Filled with thousands of possible combinations between three columns, the app helps create the perfect prompt to get your juices flowing again.

 

How clever!

 

From the website: "There's no perfect formula for crafting a novel. In fact, some of the best tales that withstand the tests of time are the ones that break the rules and invent a new narrative. The simplest of ideas can blow up into 100,000 words of masterfully crafted storytelling with proper development. While the words are the most important part of any novel, what is a craftsperson without his or her tools? We've collected eight apps that will help you turn aspirations into novelizations. "

 

This review was written by Penelope Silvers for her curated content on Ebook Promotion and Marketing at www.scoop.it/philosbooks


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Katherine Conner's curator insight, March 29, 2013 1:39 PM

Everyone, without exception, requires a tool to complete the task that they were employed to do. Often, when writing, people may not know where to begin. They may not have any idea as to how to organize their thoughts. The applications suggested by AJ Dellinger on Mac Life seem like an excellent way to structure not only the key points within your story, but also helps you structure your time in order to incorporate those key points. The application "Novel in 30" allows the user to set a word count target, and a deadline goal. It also allows you to sync the document between itunes and allows the use of Dropbox for easy access. "Writers App" helps structure all ideas dealing with plot, character, and setting. "MindNode"allows the user to create a literal map of their thoughts, and therefore allowing the user to re-create or continue their previous thought process at a later time. Other applications discussed in this article assist with research, brainstorming, timing, and even publication! I think these applications will prove to be powerful tools not only for aspiring novelists, but also authors who are veterans of the writing and publication processes. Each story that a person decides to tell is individual, so each journey to bring that story to an audience is just as individual.

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20 useful web 2.0 teaching tools | Free Resources for Early Learning

20 useful web 2.0 teaching tools | Free Resources for Early Learning | SocialMediaDesign | Scoop.it
With a new school year upon us I thought I’d put together a list of some of the most useful web 2.0 teaching tools for primary school teachers.

Via Manuel F. Lara, Antonio Piedra, Roselink, Cristina Reyes, Renee Maufroid, Maria Margarida Correia, juandoming, Miguel Gajete
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How to Create Your Own Online Course: 100 Tools, Guides, and Resources

How to Create Your Own Online Course: 100 Tools, Guides, and Resources | SocialMediaDesign | Scoop.it

Via Ana Cristina Pratas, Gust MEES, Dennis T OConnor, Alejandro Tortolini, Ramon Aragon, juandoming, Maite Goñi, Lynnette Van Dyke
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Tesacu's comment, April 7, 2013 6:46 PM
Gracias por compartirlo. Excelente aporte ;-)
Tesacu's comment, April 7, 2013 6:46 PM
Gracias por compartirlo. Excelente aporte ;-)
Adriana Favieri's comment, April 7, 2013 7:14 PM
de nada!! espero les sirva!!
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100 Ways to Become a Twitter Power User

100 Ways to Become a Twitter Power User | SocialMediaDesign | Scoop.it

That's a must read post, it'll learn you how you will become a Twitter power user! [note Martin Gysler]

 

CNNFortune reported 100 million Twitter users log in at least once a month. Half of those, 50 million, log in every day. About 55% check in with mobile devices, while about 40% just check in without actually tweeting.

 

Those numbers are huge for anyone who’s marketing online. But that’s not all.

 

Thirty-four percent of marketers who use Twitter have generated leads from its use…with 20% of those closing deals.

 

But how do you take advantage of this growing audience of Twitter consumers? You have to become a power user. So here are 100 proven tips to help you do just that.

 

And to make it easier to follow along, I’ve broken them up into 10 sections that each contain 10 tips.

 

Read more: http://www.quicksprout.com/2012/01/30/100-ways-to-become-a-twitter-power-user/


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40+ Social Media Dashboard Tools for Tracking Stuff

40+ Social Media Dashboard Tools for Tracking Stuff | SocialMediaDesign | Scoop.it

As part of my on-going work developing social media for business units, I’m often asked about what types of tools I used for tracking all that ‘social media stuff.’

 

Let me talk about how I go about creating a social media dashboard

 

The basic answer is that I don’t have one tool (I have dozens, if not hundreds.)

 

The real answer is that I am not tracking social media.
I am tracking key performance indicators (KPI)
I don’t care if it is a shipping problem or a viral YouTube video.
I simply want to know how I can track it, manage it, and maximize results.

 

With that said: when I think about creating a social media dashboard or using a platform to track results… I am looking at several unique business identifiers that define what tool I need for the job at hand...


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40+ Social Media Dashboard Tools for Tracking Stuff

40+ Social Media Dashboard Tools for Tracking Stuff | SocialMediaDesign | Scoop.it

As part of my on-going work developing social media for business units, I’m often asked about what types of tools I used for tracking all that ‘social media stuff.’

 

Let me talk about how I go about creating a social media dashboard

 

The basic answer is that I don’t have one tool (I have dozens, if not hundreds.)

 

The real answer is that I am not tracking social media.
I am tracking key performance indicators (KPI)
I don’t care if it is a shipping problem or a viral YouTube video.
I simply want to know how I can track it, manage it, and maximize results.

 

With that said: when I think about creating a social media dashboard or using a platform to track results… I am looking at several unique business identifiers that define what tool I need for the job at hand...


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Need To Explain Content Curation To Someone Else? Here Are 5 Special Resources

Need To Explain Content Curation To Someone Else? Here Are 5 Special Resources | SocialMediaDesign | Scoop.it

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Leah Lesley Christensen's curator insight, December 2, 2013 1:37 PM

Never heard of it - must be worth sharing :)

Robin Good's insight:Introducing content curation to someone who doesn't know anything about it is not always an easy task. There are so many different articles, opinions, definitions and recommendations about content curation that it is quite difficult for someone just getting familiar with the topic, to easily find out where to start and what to trust. To help out anyone needing to support the explanation of content curation to others, here are five comprehensive resource collections I have put together over the course of the last year. 1) Content Curation - Definitions a collection of the best and most useful definitions of what content curation is http://bundlr.com/b/content-curation-definition 2) Content Curation - What is it? Video Intros 30+ short video clips that introduce the need, practice and purpose of content curation http://huzzaz.com/collection/content-curation-what-is-it 3) Content Curation Visualized 110+ infographics, visuals, illustrations and diagrams explaining what content curation is www.pinterest.com/robingood/content-curation-visualized/ 4) Content Curation Tools Directory - Tools Directory 100+ of the best content curation tools organized in a directory for immediate access http://contentcuration.zeef.com/ 5) Content Curation Tools Supermap - Tools Collection 600+ content curation, discovery, filtering and publishing tools organized by categories for doing content curation http://bit.ly/ContentCurationToolsSupermap All free to use and share.
John Thomas's curator insight, February 9, 11:53 AM

Need To Explain Content Curation To Someone Else? Here Are 5 Special Resources

Maria Richards's curator insight, March 29, 4:50 PM

This link is invaluable to support an understanding of content curation. 

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10 Best Social Media Management Tools

10 Best Social Media Management Tools | SocialMediaDesign | Scoop.it

Social media is one of the most effective ways for you and your business to get more traffic and generate new leads. Having a presence on all the major networks like Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn is a necessity these days for any business. But what tools are the social media gurus actually using to manage these multiple accounts?


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academiPad's comment, April 20, 2013 10:50 AM
I see... I am using the Mac version of Tweetdeck. Will have to check out these other hootsuite features again and digg deeper
Martin Gysler's comment, April 20, 2013 10:52 AM
Thank you for your very useful information Wendy. I think you said what many people need to know to find their way in the social media world where the plethora of tools makes things, sometimes, complicated.
Anthony Burke's comment, April 21, 2013 1:22 AM
All these tools keep "leap-frogging" each other in terms of functionality so I just keep an eye on several of them which is where this community comes in useful to see what others think and are using :)
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20+ Tools to Create Your Own Infographics

20+ Tools to Create Your Own Infographics | SocialMediaDesign | Scoop.it
A picture is worth a thousand words – based on this, infographics would carry hundreds of thousands of words, yet if you let a reader choose between a full-length 1000-word article and an infographic that needs a few scroll-downs, they’d probably...

Via Rosário Durão, Luciana Viter, Evdokia Roka, sarspri, Juergen Wagner, Chris Jaeglin
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9 Tools to Create E-magazines and Newspapers for Your Class

9 Tools to Create E-magazines and Newspapers for Your Class | SocialMediaDesign | Scoop.it

I am pretty sure as you introduce the idea to your students everyone will want to have a say in their next e-magazine. There is nothing much more rewarding to students then to have a proof of their hard work recognized in a publication of some sort.

 

Most of the tools cited here are easy to use and have user friendly interface and they will let you create your own e-magazine or newspaper in few simple steps. Yet I would recommend your discretion as you use them with your students.

 

Read more:

http://www.educatorstechnology.com/2012/11/9-tools-to-create-e-magazines-and.html

 


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Peter Parise's comment, November 25, 2012 9:02 PM
Wow this is a good collection!
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The top 20 data visualisation tools

The top 20 data visualisation tools | SocialMediaDesign | Scoop.it

From simple charts to complex maps and infographics, Brian Suda's round-up of the best – and mostly free – tools has everything you need to bring your data to life...

A common question is how to get started with data visualisations. Beyond following blogs, you need to practice – and to practice, you need to understand the tools available. In this article, get introduced to 20 different tools for creating visualisations: from simple charts to complex graphs, maps and infographics. Almost everything here is available for free, and \you may have installed already...


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Randy Rebman's curator insight, January 28, 2013 12:33 PM

This looks like it might be a good source for integrating infographics into the classroom.

Louise Robinson-Lay's curator insight, March 12, 2013 3:40 AM

A great tool for building infographics.

Caroline Matet's curator insight, April 22, 2013 4:08 PM

Le top 20 des outils pour faire ses propres data visualisations

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10 Free Web 2.0 Tools And How To Easily Use Them In Your Classroom

10 Free Web 2.0 Tools And How To Easily Use Them In Your Classroom | SocialMediaDesign | Scoop.it
If you're short on time but looking to learn about some of the coolest and most engaging web 2.0 tools, you're in luck! From Today's Meet to Socrative, there's plenty here for a teacher on the go but in the know.

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17 Little Known Social Media Tools You Should Be Using (and Why)

17 Little Known Social Media Tools You Should Be Using (and Why) | SocialMediaDesign | Scoop.it
Everywhere you look there is social media. It seems that every week there is a new social site launched. To make matters worse, for every social site launched, there seems to be two or more services created to measure, track and monitor that service.

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The 14 Best WordPress Plugins for Social Media and SEO for 2012

The 14 Best WordPress Plugins for Social Media and SEO for 2012 | SocialMediaDesign | Scoop.it

The New Year is a great time to either start a brand new blog or revamp your exiting website. One of the ways to improve your blog in 2012 is by using plugins that make it more social media optimized and SEO friendly.

 

Having the right plugins can give you an edge over other blogs and can also assist you in gaining the extra functionality you need for your WordPress-powered site, especially if social media is an important part of your marketing strategy. Let’s have a look at the top plugins that I recommend you utilize in 2012. There’s a few new plugins in the mix together with several plugins that I recommended in my Best 2011 WordPress Plugins for Social Media and SEO that you’ll want to reference if you haven’t done so.

 

Social Media WordPress Plugins for 2012


There are many ways to utilize the power of social media to help spread the word about your blog posts. The 3 essential types of plugins you need to have here that I cover below are social sharing, social commenting, and integrating Twitter:

 

Read more: http://windmillnetworking.com/2012/01/10/best-wordpress-plugins-social-media-seo-2012/


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TuristicaCO's comment, January 17, 2012 10:03 AM
nice Thnaks
Martin Gysler's comment, January 18, 2012 10:19 AM
Thank you Chuck and your welcome Lino :-)
Martin Gysler's comment, January 18, 2012 10:19 AM
You're welcome TuristicaCO :-)
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The Most Effective Tools To Enrich Reader Engagement On Your Site

The Most Effective Tools To Enrich Reader Engagement On Your Site | SocialMediaDesign | Scoop.it

What do we mean when talking about reader engagement? Well, in terms of blogging the first things that come to mind are comments, sharing, questions, conversion rates. To sum up we could compare reader engagement with building a community. A community where readers care about each other, where action doesn’t stop after reading the final paragraph and where exciting discussions are born. Unfortunately, good content and neat design aren’t the only factors which affect reader engagement. You need to learn to focus readers attention and start a conversation. Developing an engagement is a win-win situation. Your visitors will want to explore more and join the conversation but you, as the publisher, will be looking at higher conversion rates.

 

Gamification is a whole branch in reader engagement which brings together game mechanics and marketing to create engagement and solve problems. What do we understand with game mechanics from a web standpoint? Well, that doesn’t necessarily has to be the traditional online games as we are used to seeing them...


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jeevanand's curator insight, July 3, 2013 3:17 PM

Does outbrain really increase reader engagement? In most of the sites i hv seen Outbrain (taboolaa and similar others), they show quite unrelated and random stuff!