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What a Content Curator Needs To Know: How, Tools, Issues and Strategy
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News Discovery: Find Topic-Specific Curated RSS Feed Reading Lists on

News Discovery: Find Topic-Specific Curated RSS Feed Reading Lists on | Content Curation World |
Robin Good's insight:

FeedShare is an excellent free online resource to find curated reading lists of RSS feeds on specific topics.

FeedShare is in fact an open-source web app which allows you to easily upload and share your OPML file with others (An OPML file is a collection of RSS feed URLs.)

FeedShare curates a short list of the most interesting and valuable OPML files in its Popular page, allows you to find relevant OPML files by tags, and makes it easy to search across all of its archives

Free to use.

Try it out now: 

Contribute your list: 

To learn more about OPML files: 

Check also: OPML Support for Firefox 

Thanks to @cleverclogs 

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Aggregate, Filter and Publish RSS Feeds On Your Site with FeedWelder

Aggregate, Filter and Publish RSS Feeds On Your Site with FeedWelder | Content Curation World |
Robin Good's insight:

Feedwelder is a new web app for news and content curators that allows you to easily aggregate, mix and filter two or more RSS feeds and then to get a reliable JavaScript code to publish them on your website or bog.

Feedwelder does an excellent job of simplifying the need to mix multiple RSS feed together, eliminating duplicates and filtering the resulting mix according to your own specifications.

See part of the "mixing" interface:

Here is how it works:

  1. Find the feeds you would like to show on your web site. (For example, BBC News has a page that lists all their feeds.)

  2. Click on New Mix and give your mix a title (only visible to you).

  3. Click "Add a Feed" to paste in each of your feeds.

  4. Click "Save and Get Code" and you'll see the Javascript or PHP code that you can paste into your web pages.

The key benefits of using Feedwelder to aggregate and publish RSS feeds on your web site are:

a) Faster - Cloud cached feeds for maximum page load speed on your site

b) Simpler - Easy to mix and display feeds

c) Better looking - White label customizable look

My comment: For anyone doing news curation this is as useful as oxygen for humans. Aggregating, mixing and filtering RSS feeds is one of the basic activities of a good news curator and FeedWelder provides a simple tool to do it.

The only limitation of this approach remains the one that you are posting a JavaScript code snippet on your page and not the actual content of those RSS feed items. So, if you are doing this with the specific intention of improving the quality of content that search engines will find on your site, this is not going to help you. On the other hand if your first concern, - as it should - is for the end reader, the service provided by Feedwelder can provide a really useful and easy solution for publishing RSS feeds on your site while keeping control on their look.

Get invited:

Adam Donkus's comment, July 12, 2013 9:44 AM
Sweet..I have been using the free script from Google, which is lacking in a lot in the visual department..I will be checking it out..thanks for sharing..
Adam Donkus's curator insight, July 12, 2013 9:45 AM

cool tool..

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What Are You Going To Do with All of Your RSS Feeds if Feedburner Shuts Down?

What Are You Going To Do with All of Your RSS Feeds if Feedburner Shuts Down? | Content Curation World |
A lot of us around here have blogs and a lot of us use FeedBurner to "host" our RSS feeds. I thought it was worth talking about what might happen if we los
Robin Good's insight:

If you are a curator or web publisher using RSS feeds an Feedburner here is something that you definitely want to pay attention to, as Google may soon close down this service.

Chris Coyer has an informative and useful article analyzing what is going to happen, and what you can do now or later to handle this likely event.

From the comments, Maxime Valette writes: "...sign that FeedBurner is shutting down soon is that the “permanent redirection” on delete is a new option since October. Before that it was only a “30-day redirection”. Update an outdated service like FeedBurner just to improve the deletion service is generally not a good sign."

Useful, informatve. 7/10

Full article:

Stephen Dale's curator insight, March 27, 2013 7:36 AM

It's as well to be prepared, and this article gives some useful tips should Google decide to shut down the Feedburner service (and the omens are not good, following the announcement about the shut down of Google Reader). 

Asil's curator insight, March 29, 2013 10:18 AM

I moved all my RSS to Feedly when Google nerfed their reader last year, a sacrafice to the Google+ initiative.  Feedly is, in many ways, superiour to the old reader if you are only using it for solo-reading, It doesn't have a social media component.

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News Discovery Tools: The RSS Feed Search Engine

News Discovery Tools: The RSS Feed Search Engine | Content Curation World |

Robin Good: If you are looking for new RSS feeds of quality news sources to curate your own newsradar, the RSS Search Engine by Digital Inspiration may come to the rescue.

This free and easy to use RSS search engine, makes it very easy to search for your preferred keywords-keyphrases and it spits out instantly a selection of ten RSS feeds covering, at least in part, that very topic.

From the official site: "The RSS search engine will help you discover the most popular feeds on the web around your favorite topics. You may find blogs, news websites, podcasts, Twitter accounts and more."

Try it out now:  

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How To Create a RSS Feed for Any Topic You Need

How To Create a RSS Feed for Any Topic You Need | Content Curation World |

Robin Good: Amit Agarwal of Digital Inspiration has done a wonderful job in bringing together, in one page, all of the syntax queries you need to create an RSS feed for just about anything.

Particularly useful are the syntax queries to create "persistent searches" on Twitter, Facebook, YouTube, Pinterest, Flickr, Instagram, Picasa, Tumblr where you can easily specify a user, a tag/hastag or specific search terms.

Useful. 8/10

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Let Your Readers Select What They Want To Get From Your RSS Feed with SpecificFeeds

Robin Good's insight:

SpecificFeeds is a free web app which allows you to provide the opportunity to your RSS readers to subscribe only to the type of news and stories they are interested into by allowing them to select tags, keywords and authors they want to read about.

You simply submit your RSS feed to SpecificFeeds and the service automatically creates a web page and an icon that you can share or publish on your website to help those that want to subscribe to your news, but who prefer to pre-select topics, tags or authors they like to see.

My comment: SpecificFeeds acts as a RSS filtering and distribution service providing a useful benefit to those using it. Just like on Twitter (until Custom Timelines) the fact that you subscribe to an author or a web magazine, doesn't mean you want to read everything she posts. SpecificFeeds helps both web publishers and readers reduce the noise and increase the signal when using RSS feeds.

Free to use.

Try it out now:

Here is my "specific feed" that you can customize: 

malek's curator insight, November 17, 2013 5:56 PM

Worth a try, easy to customize was my first impression

Stephen Dale's curator insight, November 18, 2013 9:11 AM

A useful app for syndicating RSS content using tags, author or keywords. Fills a gap in the market for this type of functionality (not available in Feedburner) and nice to see that some people still see RSS as a viable means of consuming information. 

Adam Donkus's curator insight, November 18, 2013 1:01 PM

Cool app

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Why Google, Yahoo and Others Are Making You Think RSS Is Dead: Lockdown

Why Google, Yahoo and Others Are Making You Think RSS Is Dead: Lockdown | Content Curation World |
Robin Good's insight:

Marco Arment the creator of Instapaper, has an excellent and provocative piece on why Google is closing down all of its RSS appendages (they just closed also the RSS feeds in Google Alerts) and the logic behind this strategy.

He writes: "Officially, Google killed Reader because “over the years usage has declined”.1 I believe that statement, especially if API clients weren’t considered “usage”, but I don’t believe that’s the entire reason.

The most common assumption I’ve seen others cite is that “Google couldn’t figure out how to monetize Reader,” or other variants about direct profitability. I don’t believe this, either. Google Reader’s operational costs likely paled in comparison to many of their other projects that don’t bring in major revenue, and I’ve heard from multiple sources that it effectively had a staff of zero for years. It was just running, quietly serving a vital role for a lot of people."

"The bigger problem is that they’ve abandoned interoperability. RSS, semantic markup, microformats, and open APIs all enable interoperability, but the big players don’t want that — they want to lock you in, shut out competitors, and make a service so proprietary that even if you could get your data out, it would be either useless (no alternatives to import into) or cripplingly lonely (empty social networks).

Google resisted this trend admirably for a long time and was very geek- and standards-friendly, but not since Facebook got huge enough to effectively redefine the internet and refocus Google’s plans to be all-Google+, all the time.4"

Provides better perspective on RSS, Google, FB and Twitter and your future relationship with RSS.

Must-read article. 9/10

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(Image credit - RSS logo - Shutterstock)

Ashish Rishi's curator insight, July 4, 2013 11:49 PM

Love you Marco!!!  Agreed  and couldn't have asked for more. Internet to me was the ultimate democratization tool , a leveler, a ground playing field that challenged all institutions that had unnecessary walls around them - say educational institutions , you loved them, but they were for a fortunate few. Internet platforms  ( including google) were formed for the love of internet, they have milked it enough and why not ? but now these guys are trying to become to old school walled gardens, I just hope that in doing so , they don't lose the charm that defines them.

Laura Brown's comment, July 6, 2013 2:43 PM
This is like the AOL model of the Internet which they offered years ago. People thought they were online but they were only online via AOL which mean AOL controlled what they say, how they saw it, etc. Many people were fine with the AOL version of the Internet. People who just wanted to look at email and use chat forums for personal reason and put up a personal home page, etc. However, the people who did not like being restricted or confined choose to opt out of AOL and use other ISP's (Internet Service Providers). I'm not surprised Google wants to take several steps back and go that way, take control of what people are allowed to see and make sure the ads are featured versus having the option to block them. They have already gone several steps backwards in bringing back pop up ads. No one seems to protest those, or the video and other bulky ads which take up a lot of bandwidth. People had a large voice against all that when it was still the artists, scientists and other geeks who ruled online. Now it is the marketers and the Internet reflects the change in a big way. It's like one big ad soup. Google just wants to tie it all up in a neat bundle.
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Create RSS Feeds for Any User or Search Query on Google+: Feed+

Create RSS Feeds for Any User or Search Query on Google+: Feed+ | Content Curation World |

Robin Good: If you are looking for a way to create RSS feeds from Google profile listings and Google+ searches, here is a working solution: Feed+ for Google Chrome.

Feed+ supports two different types of feeds:

a) Public user feeds: this turns all public messages of a selected user on Google Plus and turns it into an RSS feed. To create the feed, you either need to enter the profile ID which you find on the public profile page on Google+, or the full profile url.

b) Search results: this creates an RSS feed from a selected search term. It combines all public posts that include the search phrase.

Go get it here:

(Alternative tool: Google Plus Feed)

Sigalon's comment, September 28, 2012 11:46 PM
Get well! See you soon on Atb, Sigalon.
ChaplainAl Kolades's curator insight, June 26, 2014 2:26 PM

Its all here at Come and learn, Come and share, come and be motivated. Come also to be used by God.

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Create an RSS Feed for Any Facebook Group or Page: Wallflux

Create an RSS Feed for Any Facebook Group or Page: Wallflux | Content Curation World |

Robin Good: Wallflux is a tool which helps you to export Facebook Page and Group Walls to RSS 2.0 feeds, which you can then subscribe to in your RSS reader / aggregator for final curation.

Wallflux works for Facebook Groups, Pages and Events and Users.

"When you need to import Facebook group posts, comments & images into your blog, Wallflux is the service of choice with custom #atom-feeds."

Wallflux also integrates a search feature which allows you to search right inside those Facebook Pages ad Groups.

P.S.: Due to privacy settings, Wallflux does not work out of the box for closed or secret Facebook Groups., but with a small action from your side (adding the service to the group) you can access those Wallflux-feeds just like those of regular Facebook Groups.

Note: To prevent abuse there is a charge €5 in handling to enable your closed or secret group.

Wallflux is free.

Find out more: 

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