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What a Content Curator Needs To Know: How, Tools, Issues and Strategy
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Track and Monitor Your Favorite News Sources with Feedbunch RSS Feed Reader

Track and Monitor Your Favorite News Sources with Feedbunch RSS Feed Reader | Content Curation World | Scoop.it
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If you are looking for a reliable, efficient and easy-to-use RSS feed reader, I do suggest that you give a look to FeedBunch, a free web-based solution that does everything you expect a good feed reader to do.


Feedbunch can easily import RSS feeds, OPML files (collections of RSS feeds), can group your favorite feeds into dedicated folders, and export all of your feed subscriptions for use in another feed reader.


For anyone in need to follow and monitor systematically a great number of sources, a RSS feed reader remains an indispensable tool. Feedbunch offers a no-friction entry to RSS feed reading and content discovery for anyone moving his first steps in this direction. 


Free to use. Requires registration.


Try it out now: https://www.feedbunch.com 


Find more alternative RSS readers here: https://content-discovery-tools.zeef.com/robin.good#block_3280_rss-news-readers 






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Curate and Follow Your Key Favorite Twitter Sources with Happy Friends

Curate and Follow Your Key Favorite Twitter Sources with Happy Friends | Content Curation World | Scoop.it
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Happy Friends is a new free tool created by Dave Winer which allows you to closely follow those Twitter accounts for which you don't want to miss a beat. 


Happy Friends makes it easy for you to add (but not to delete for now) any Twitter account you want and to easily expand it to see all of its most recent tweets. 


The result is a simple interface which lists your favorite Twitter sources and allows you to check rapidly what each one of them has posted. 


What may escape anyone not reading this, is that by clicking on any of the headlines displayed inside Happy Friends you get to see the full Twitter card display, just as it was intended to be seen on Twitter with integrated images and video. 


Happy Friends fulfils for me a true need, as with Twitter typical readers and tools (including lists) it is very difficult to track specific sources postings without doing a few click acrobatics. 


I hope that in one of the upcoming versions, the formatting of the tweets will also be improved as to make it easier for the eye to rapidly scan the information presented. The twitter grey icons on the left do to little to quiet down the noise created by all the the tweet texts and links appearing on the Happy Friends page. Vertical spacing between items and separating text from links would significantly improve legibility and rapid eye-scanning of the content.


Very useful.


Free to use.


Try it out now: http://happyfriends.camp/ 


See also: http://happy.smallpict.com/2014/06/24/welcomeToHappyFriends.html 


and: http://thenextweb.com/twitter/2014/06/28/happy-friends-turns-twitter-mailbox-select-friends/ 






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Stephen Dale's curator insight, July 3, 2014 5:59 AM

A super Twitter utility service for aggregating your favourite Twitter resources,

 

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In-Context Content Discovery with Pugmarks.me

In-Context Content Discovery with Pugmarks.me | Content Curation World | Scoop.it
Pugmarks.me understands your context and guides you to useful information
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Pugmarks is a Chrome web extension which allows you to get in-context references and complementary reading suggestions to any web page you are viewing.


Pugmarks leverages your network of Twitter, LinkedIN and an optional set of RSS feeds (which you must provide in OPML format) to filter and select the most relevant reading resources that it will suggest to you.


When you are on any web page you can click the Pugmarks footprint icon on the Chrome browser extension bar and a strip of relevant information is displayed over the top (or bottom) of your screen.


The extension can be paused and the user has the option to select whether to see the Pugmarks bar appear on top or on the bottom of his browser screen.


When you open a new empty tab Pugmarks suggests relevant content items to check out. 


My comment: Useful to find additional, relevant content resources just-in-time, as you browse. 


Free to use.


Try it out now: http://pugmarks.me/ 


Intro video: http://youtu.be/v4rGEu0hsGQ +

http://youtu.be/tfR1xIRNIoo 


more info: https://pugmarks.me/pugmarklet 




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Search Engines Will Increasingly Be Gateways To Curators & Collections Rather Than To Individual Tracks

Search Engines Will Increasingly Be Gateways To Curators & Collections Rather Than To Individual Tracks | Content Curation World | Scoop.it
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Justin Fowler, co-founder of AudioPress, offers valuable insight into what the future of search and curation may be, by providing a relevant and sound pattern to look at: music.


He writes on TheNextWeb:

"Context is key for music, and that is where services like Songza and Beats Music are picking up tips from FM radio. These services are essentially using algorithms to help people discover new playlists, instead of discovering new songs. This allows for a marriage of both technology and human curation."


Accordingly, as time goes by, I expect to see search engines increasingly highlight and direct searchers to quality curators, hubs and on-topic collections and specialized resources, rather than to individual, one-topic-only pages.


Search engines will increasingly be gateways to curators and content collections rather than to individual tracks and pages.


This will be particularly true especially when you will query a topic, a theme or interest, or better yet, a musical genre.

In all of these situations, where you want to dive, discover and learn more about a topic, it is much better to be offered a selection of playlists, compilations, collections or hubs covering that theme rather than a specific song, product or artist.

That is, search and discoverability of content will rely more and more on intermediaries that will take on the load to make sense and organize in the best possible way, a specific realm of information (it can be a music genre, or the analysis of a biological topic) rather than  - as it happens today - provide a linear list of individual web pages that is supposed to cover that topic.


If the music industry, is, like other times before, an early indicator of how things will work out in the future, it makes a lot of sense to expect that the future of content discovery and search will be increasingly in the hands of curators, greatly helped and supported by sophisticated, but hackable and adjustable algorithms.


What do you think?



Rightful. Indicative of things to come. 8/10


Full article: http://trove.com/me/content/Cc1qT


Reading time: 4':20"










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Content Discovery: RSS and the Power of Dynamic OPML Subscriptions

Content Discovery: RSS and the Power of Dynamic OPML Subscriptions | Content Curation World | Scoop.it
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If you need to monitor and track content updates from many different web sources, while being able to manage and easily update such sets of content sources, you may want to look into dynamic OPML reading lists.


In this in-depth article, Marjolein Hoekstra explores, reports and illustrates the power of OPML files and their abilities when paired with specific tools. 


Specifically (though not in this same exact order):


  • What are OPML reading lists
  • OPML examples on the web
  • OPML history and Dave Winer
  • FeedShare OPML exchange site
  • Limitations of OPML reading lists
  • InoReader and dynamic OPML reading lists
  • How to create RSS feeds from your own reading lists
  • How to generate OPML reading lists from your RSS reader
  • OPML tools and resources
  • Create a Google custom search engine with an OPML file



The article is a treasure trove of useful information especially for any journalist or researcher in need to continuously and update its news discovery and monitoring abilities. 


N.B.: Organization of the content sections in this article is a bit rough, but if you are not in a rush and dig through it, you can easily make sense of it all-


Informative. Insightful. 8/10



Full article: http://cleverclogs.org/2014/05/rss-reader-inoreader-to-support-dynamic-opml-subscriptions.html


Reading time: 11'

 



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Karen Bowden's comment, June 16, 2014 12:54 PM
This is great! I love it! I can't wait to share some of my own lists. Thank you so much for posting this.
Robin Good's comment, June 16, 2014 1:29 PM
Hi Karen, happy to see that you found this as useful as i did.
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Curate Educational Content Discovery and Collection with instaGrok Search

Robin Good: Instagrok is a web-based app that makes it easy to find relevant information on a specific topic, and to collect the bits that are of most value to you.


Instagrok presents itself with a search interface in which the results are represented as a dynamic mindmap whose nodes can be explored by simply clicking on them.


In addition, on the right side of the screen Instagrok provides an aggregated selection of:

a) key facts

b) educational web sites articles on the topic

c) video clips

d) images

e) quizzes

f) glossaries


Any information item in these sections can be easily collected and stored inside your personal Journal, an automatic bibliography-builder which captures any and all of your peferred items.


Key facts, web site content, glossaries, images and video sections offer lots of useful materials instantly, while I am a bit more skeptical about the value and effectiveness of quizzes.


Though the interface leaves lots to be desired and has a typical "academic" feel, the content and results that were offered me in my tests were quite good and the use of pins to build an annotated journal of resource son a topic seems to me to be very effective.


Free to use.


Blog review: http://gettingsmart.com/blog/2012/08/smart-searching-just-got-smarter-instagrok/


PDF brochure: www.instagrok.com/brochure.pdf


Try it out now: http://www.instagrok.com



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