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What a Content Curator Needs To Know: How, Tools, Issues and Strategy
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Find, Research, Cite, Link and Curate with the Excellent Google Research Tool

Find, Research, Cite, Link and Curate with the Excellent Google Research Tool | Content Curation World | Scoop.it
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Google Research is a little-known sidebar available inside Google Drive documents and presentations which allows you to do just-in-time Google searches and to easily curate relevant results, including images, videos, text excerpts, links with full automatic attribution references, into the document or presentation you are preparing.


The Google Research sidebar facility can be called at anytime up by simply going to the Tools menu and selecting "Research" or by selecting any word in your text and then typing Ctrl+Alt+Shft+I.


Once in view, the mini Google Research sidebar, is ready to search across not just the Google standard web results, including news, images, videos and Google Scholar databases, but is also able to instantly filter and sort for you relevant Quotes, Dictionary items, as well as stuff from your own Google Drive documents and tables.


To identify more rapidly relevant resources inside this search sidebar, Google offers the option to "preview" any result, by opening an additional sidebar showcasing a resized view of the web page in question).


Once identified a relevant resource you can either drag and drop it right into your open Google document / presentation (great for images which will also automatically credit)*, or "insert the resource as a link", or "cite" it (by being able to select between MLA; APA and Chicago citation formats).

I have found the Google Research Tool extremely useful, handy and simple to use. If you are researching, writing or curating any kind of article, presentation or report in Google Drive, I highly recommend you try it yourself and let me know what you think of it.


Free to use.


http://drive.google.com 


*I am not suggesting to freely re-use images of others simply because they are accessible via the Google Research Tool. Generally, It is not a good idea to re-use other people images without appropriate authorization from the author.






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Daniel Compton's curator insight, April 2, 2014 12:28 PM

 

Good Google Drive feature

Lee Hall's curator insight, April 2, 2014 12:38 PM

This is one of my favorite tools. It pulls up images too and with the new image editing tools it is so easy to put in a nice picture. 

Library Staff's curator insight, April 2, 2014 6:31 PM

You do have to log into your Google account to see this content, but it's a worthwhile step. 

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Curate Your Favorite Web Destinations Visually with Wibki

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Wibki is a free web app which allows you to easily organize a series of visual "start pages" from which to access your favorite web sites, resources and apps.


Wibki does an excellent job of making it very easy to add and edit new sites to your visual start pages, and it automatically fetches the logo of each one.


You can create as many "start pages" (or tabs) as you like, so that you can keep your favorite web sites organized into different thematic categories. Individual cells can be easily edited, removed or dragged nto different positions.



My comments: An excellent tool to keep and organize in a handy way your favorite web sites. The web site icons and the simple and clean organization make this apparently simple visual bookmarking tool a very effective start page builder and web destinations manager. 


Free to use.


In private beta. 

Request your invitation here: http://www.wibki.com/ 


Read also the story behind Wibki here: http://www.wibki.com/blog/say-hi-to-wibki-the-future-of-browsing/ 




Related sites: www.startme.com 


 




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Tyler Wall's comment, September 20, 2013 3:24 PM
@Robin Good I never thought about the social aspect and that is relevant enough to make it useful for that aspect.
Tyler Wall's comment, September 20, 2013 3:25 PM
@Robin Good As far as the links all you have to do is bookmark it to your bookmark bar and then navigate to teh tab page and drag that link (in your bookmark bar) to the page and it adds it. Not exactly straightforward but it is simple and works.
Robin Good's comment, September 20, 2013 3:30 PM
@Tyler Wall: thank you for clarifying this to me. I was scratching my head quite a bit to find a way to do it. Got it now. ...and glad to have been of help in surfacing the importance of the social sharing aspect.
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Search, Collect, Sync and Publish Your Favorite Tracks and Videos Into Shareable Playlists with OnePlaylist.fm

Search, Collect, Sync and Publish Your Favorite Tracks and Videos Into Shareable Playlists with OnePlaylist.fm | Content Curation World | Scoop.it
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OnePlaylist.fm is a new web app which allows you to search YouTube videos and the full Spotify catalog for music tracks and video clips and to collect your preferred ones into shareable playists.


You can also import existing playlists straight from YouTube and Spotify. Not only. Once you have created a playlist, you can synch it with your account on YouTube, Spotify, Rdio, Deezer and many other music services.


Newly created playlists can be set to private or public. Public playlists can be shared on social media, embedded on other web sites, and are always published to a dedicated playlist web page that integrates a video player, all the clips in the playlist, related playlists, and a public analytics chart showing views and Facebook shares for that specific playlist.


The service is powered by Spotify.


My comment: Excellent video and music playlist maker. Powerful and speedy search function makes it easy to find any video or track and to arrange it into a publishable playlist. Excellent solution to create/curate valuable, unique and immediately useful content for your audience.



Free to use.


Try it out now: http://oneplaylist.fm/


Example of a published playist page: http://oneplaylist.fm/playlists/beach-house-chillout


Video demo: http://youtu.be/VA96RiIwfyc



*Added to Music Playlist Building Tools inside Content Curation Tools Supermap



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More Bonus Tools Line Up for Participants to Content Curation Master Class

More Bonus Tools Line Up for Participants to Content Curation Master Class | Content Curation World | Scoop.it



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Three additional content curation tools have chosen to partner and support my upcoming Content Curation for Everyone Master Class (Mon. July 8th) by providing free special access to their PRO versions to all of the course participants.


These new ones include:


1) Spundge - content curation/publishing platform

60 days access to PRO account for free


2) Listly - create/curate/publish professional-looking embeddable lists

60 days access to PRO account for free


3) Twtrland - find true influencers and experts for every niche, skill or place

60 days access to PRO account for free +

free 30-minute custom demo




These three line up to complete a growing set that already includes:


4) Swayy - news discovery and curated social sharing

direct access to private Beta + PRO plan free for 45 days


5) Scoop.it - content curation/publishing platform

access to PRO account  for free for 3 months


6) OpenTopic - content curation/publishing platform

access to Private Beta


7) Permamarks - permanent archival of web pages

access to Private Beta


8) To be announced shortly.




Participants to the "Content Curation for Everyone" class will also get:

  • early access to my newest content curation tools mastermap, which contains over 300 tools organized by application/use and technology/format type.

  • access to my log of 100 criteria to evaluate any content curation tool


N.B.: Though the official promotion says for "beginners" this is really an "intermediate" class designed for those who already understand the basics and want to go beyond them.


You can sign-up for the class here: http://thenextweb.com/academy/


For more info, contact me directly at: Robin.Good @ masternewmedia.org


(Image credit: Chocolate candies - Shutterstock)



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Capture Anything From The Web and Organize Into Visual Boards with Clipular

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Clipular is Chrome browser extension and web app which is capable of capturing any text, web page, image, video, diagram or any other content you can see on a web page, wile indexing the text it contains and letting you organize it into public/private collections.


The Clipular capturing tool can capture full web pages, or any portion that you specify.


Captured content can be tagged (assigned to one or more categories), commented and easily shared on your preferred social media channels.


Clipular "boards" (collections) can be set to be private or can be publicly shared.


There is an import function to bring in your existing Clipboard.com collections. (Unfortunately, the display of web pages imported in this fashion is quite disappointing as they are forced to appear - even when clicked on - at a thumbnail size).


A unique organizational feature called "Group" lets you easily grab items from your dashboard and throw them easily into a new or existing collection.


A collection can be published / displayed in one of four different modes:

a) Magazine

b) Poster

c) Story

d) Pattern


My comment: This is an excellent content capturing and organization tool, meant for internal work and not for publishing collections to the public (at least for now). The capturing tool is extremely effective, and the organizational features also work very well. The display, in the main dashboard and the four display modes do have some margin of improvement. Good alternative to Pinterest when you need not so much to collect images, but rather web pages, text excerpts, video collections or other materials.



Free to use.


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


Chrome extension (inndispensable): https://chrome.google.com/webstore/detail/clipular-reinvent-screen/cjbjepchlgclmpinlbbeinajphohgfod



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Martin Gysler's comment, June 13, 2013 4:47 AM
Cool tool!
Ernesto Alegre's curator insight, June 14, 2013 5:32 AM

La evolución del bookmarklet en extensión de browser más robusta, dentro de un concepto de curación visual de contenido.

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Find, Select and Post the Most Relevant Stories On Any Topic with ContentDJ

Find, Select and Post the Most Relevant Stories On Any Topic with ContentDJ | Content Curation World | Scoop.it

A news aggregation, curation and social media publishing commercial tool.

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ContentDJ is a commercial web app which allows you to easily monitor your favorite topics via keywords and to share the most relevant ones to your preferred social media channels (Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIN) or to your self-hosted WordPress blog.


In addition to these core capabilities, ContentDJ integrates an excellent social media editorial calendar facility which allows you to schedule and organize your postings to different social media according to your preferences, as well as a clean-cut and well orgamized dashboard of stats covering your social media activities.


ContentDJ has an excellent user interface making easy and intuitive to set up and configure your account in minutes. The app can notify you via email, according to your preferred scheduled time slots, about new content being available for your review.


Pricing starts at $6.75/mo where you get:

  • three trackable keywords ($14.25/mo gives you five)
  • one social account connected ($14.25 gives you two)
  • social media editorial calendar
  • daily email digest


P.S.: ContentDJ promises also a Playlist page, a public web page in which you can organize and showcase your best stuff, but it looks like as this feature has yet to be released, or is not part of what you can presently access through the free trial.



Key strengths:


  • easy-to-use
  • intuitive interface
  • aggregates and visibly rank incoming stories
  • easy to pick or reject content stories
  • publishes directly to Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIN
  • posts directly via XML-RPC to self-hosted Wordpress sites
  • create a post from scratch feature
  • free trial - no credit card required



Limits:


  • no free base level account available
  • no editing for selected stories (possible in editorial calendar)
  • no possibility to input selected RSS feeds or sources to monitor
  • no bookmarklet
  • unclear billing options on purchase page
  • no in-depth tutorials or videos



Review: https://lonelybrand.com/blog/curate-content-more-efficiently-with-content-dj/


Free 14-day trial available.


Find out more and try it out now: http://contentdj.com/




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Joyce Valenza's curator insight, March 10, 2013 2:25 PM

add your insight...

 

Dennis T OConnor's curator insight, April 11, 2013 1:59 PM

I always pay attention to Joyce Valenza's recommendations. 

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Search and Curate News Stories on Specific Topics with StoryCrawler

Search and Curate News Stories on Specific Topics with StoryCrawler | Content Curation World | Scoop.it

Robin Good: StoryCrawler is an upcoming news and content curation platform which allows you to easily track an unlimited number of topics / keywords and to curate selected ones for publication, both on the web, via RSS feed or email.


Selected news stories can be, tagged, categorized and fully edited in each and every aspect before being published.


Inside the Storycrawler backend, a curator can configure and save an unlimited number of persistent searches monitoring online mentions of events, people, brands inside specific types of content sources (e.g.: social media, news, blogs, etc.).


Storycrawler makes your curated news stream available as a RSS feed, as an embeddable javaScript or iFrame code snippet, besides publishing your content directly on your account pages and providing direct sharing options for Facebook and Twitter.

 

From my own limited experience in testing an "unofficial" early Beta version of Storycrawler, it looks like the basics features are all in place while the UI, usability and final output formatting options still having some work to do.


P.S.: The platform seems to be targeted at medium to large size, enterprise companies and does not provide for now indications of its pricing plans. You can contact a StoryCrawler representative here: http://www.storycrawler.com/contact/


Promising.


Find out more: http://www.storycrawler.com/ 



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Collect Any Type of Web Content Into Visual Collections with the New Bundlr

Collect Any Type of Web Content Into Visual Collections with the New Bundlr | Content Curation World | Scoop.it

From Journalism.co.uk: "The content curation website Bundlr has just announced a new version of its service which allows for embedding of content from a wide range of sources.


By partnering with Embedly the site now supports over 200 sources of content, including Storify, Pinterest and Amazon, for users to add to their bundles.


Embedly is the service that the new version of Twitter uses to embed photographs and articles in your Twitter stream and is used by a host of other sites such as Reddit and Bitly and comes as a WordPress plugin.


While Bundlr was originally seen as an alternative to sites like Storify, which can be used to create stories from curated links and content, Bundlr's focus is now on creating a top-level resource for curated content around a story or topic."


(Source: Journalism.co.uk)


Try it out: http://bundlr.com/ 

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Capture, Annotate and Organize Content Into Collages, Books or Flows with Surfmark

Capture, Annotate and Organize Content Into Collages, Books or Flows with Surfmark | Content Curation World | Scoop.it

Robin Good: Surfmark is a new content curation service introducing some innovative and forward-looking features.


Surfmark in fact provides not only standard capabilities to easily capture, collect and organize content from any web page, but it adds intelligently alternative display formats to allow the exploration of such collections in multiple ways.


Another key innovative feature of Surfmark is its ability to generate bibliographies and summaries of content collections.


Surfmark allows social collaborative curation, history of all edits made, and the ability to share publicly or keep a collection private.


Collections can be downloaded in PDF or text formats and all pages saved in a collection are fully preserved with all the formatting and links intact so that you can refer back to exactly what you saw. 


Free to use. 


FAQ: http://blog.surfmark.net/surfmark-help/ 


Try out and more info: http://www.surfmark.com/ 


(thanks to Ana Cristina Pratas for discovering this) 

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Beth Kanter's comment, April 26, 2012 11:49 AM
Could be so useful for research for curriculum development
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Curation Plugin for WordPress Does It All: Curation Traffic

Curation Plugin for WordPress Does It All: Curation Traffic | Content Curation World | Scoop.it

Robin Good: CurationTraffic is a new WordPress plugin that allows anyone to curate a newsradar, a thematic channel or any other type of curated format directly from within Wordpress.


The first thing that stroke me about CurationTraffic is its output template similarity with Scoop.it own magazine format. Very close. See it here for example: http://www.youbrandinc.com/marketing-news/ 


CurationTraffic utilizes a bookmarklet to allow the curator to pull in any content from any web page article, video or even pin. The curators dashboard resembles very much the typical Scoop.it editing panel, though there are now many tools and services using that very same approach. The CuratorTraffic dashboard has a few extra neat features from what you can find in Scoop.it including the ability to automatically integrate specific content you have pre-selected in an article, or the ability to post to multiple channels/sites at once.

Sharing functionalities have been integrated by utilizing providing a link to Hootsuite, AddThis and Pinterest from within your dashboard, and scheduling ones with a link to Buffer. Much more complex than Scoop.it but ingenious and - although more time consuming - effective.


CurationTraffic offers a lot more control in terms of design and customization of your final layout, by providing several base templates that can be further personalized to the last detail.


Very useful is the integration of custom modules in the basic templates that allow curators to integrate an email subscription form or specific promotions. Also effective and useful is the integration of both a topbar that is always visibile as you scroll through the page - and which can be customized any way you want - and a main menu, which is also completely customizable. 


By comparing it to Scoop.it, CurationTraffic has a few strong key advantages in its favor. These are:

- Your own platform, your own site, your own RSS

- Highly customizable design and look & feel

- Good backend editing dashboard

- One-time cost

- Publishes straight to WordPress


Scoop.it on the other hand maintains its leadership thanks to:

- Immediate search visibility, traffic and audience

- Advanced news discovery tools

- Integrated one-click social sharing and scheduling

- Cooler look and feel out of the box

- Community of curators

- Co-editors


Nonetheless the many advantages that Scoop.it offers I must admit that CurationTraffic appears to have many excellent features and an interesting business model that make it a serious content curation platform contender for those already using WordPress.


If you are willing to make some extra effort in finding and sharing content, already have an established audience and do not need the extra exposure that Scoop.it can give, then CurationTraffic may be a serious alternative to consider.


Pricing: $97 one time. 


More info: http://bit.ly/CurationTraffic 
(note: the above is an affiliate link - I will get a commission if you decide to buy CurationTraffic - thanks for supporting my curation work)

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Laura Brown's comment, April 23, 2012 8:29 PM
I did mean PressThis. It's very simple and free to use for WordPress. I don't have trouble using i for images. I've never tried for video, but I'm not a fan of video posts. It comes with WordPress, no need to download a plugin. It is in Settings (Writing I think). Just pull it up to your bookmark bar in whichever web browser you use. It can post directly to your blog, or you can leave it as a draft until you refine the content to suit you.
peterlakeman's comment, April 27, 2012 2:53 AM
I've bought curation traffic about 3 weeks ago, becouse I used to use Scoopit, but needed more functionality and the pro version of scoopit is way to expensive. I really meen that it is a great tool. I have my own 'scoopit' again, but with all the functions and plugins I want. It works great as you would expect it to work. My 'scoopi'page is at http://www.socialmedia.peterlakeman.nl please have a look to see it.
Robin Good's comment, April 27, 2012 3:05 AM
Thank you Peter for your spontaneous and useful feedback. Would you then recommend this tool to other curators? Do you see all advantages to it or is there some small drawback as well?

Many thanks in advance,

Robin
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Create Curated Expert-Filtered Top Link Lists and Categorized "Best Of" Pages with ZEEF

Create Curated Expert-Filtered Top Link Lists and Categorized "Best Of" Pages with ZEEF | Content Curation World | Scoop.it
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Zeef is a new web service which allows you to create top link lists on any topic and to group them into useful resources pages. 


Each Zeef page contains multiple link blocks, which you can edit and customize to cover different set of resources for your selected topic. Not only you can simply add a URL and have it instantly added to a link block, but you can also search Google inline, see all the relevant results, and flag all the relevant ones for instant import into any link block.


Link items can be easily dragged and dropped in different positions, and link blogs can be also be easily repositioned on the page in your preferred order.


Text blocks can also be created, to create information modules in which you provide textual information only.


These link lists can then be shared and embedded on other sites, and have been designed to behave in a fashion similar to Google AdSense ad blocks. More specifically: link block content would be triggered by the page context and link blocks can carry affiliate or commercial links.


Finally, a supercool feature allows you to import any web site site structure into Zeef, and to have it auto-organized into link blocks, which you can further edit and arrange as you wish. Powerful.



My comment: Useful tools need not be very complicated. Zeef is a very simple but extremely useful tool as it leverages true experts in competition among themselves (there can be more than one page and more than expert for any topic) and crowdsourced metrics (what people click on) to provide highly curated selections of the best resources on any possible topic.


Zeef is excellent for:


a) experts wanting to share and showcase their competence in specific sectors while providing a useful service 


b) bloggers wanting to enrich the value of their content by providing contextually relevant top-ten link lists


c) companies / advertisers desiring to leverage this tool to provide a highly effective access map to their best content, offers, info and services. See: http://apple.zeef.com  


d) affiliate marketers and affiliate networks desiring to select categories / lists of links rated by experts and wanting to place them on their pages


I highly recommend using Zeef to rapidly organize the best resources on any topic in an effective, useful fashion.


The only addition I'd make to Zeef, would be an optional description-opinion one-liner that an expert can associate to each link he provides. This short info, even within 144 characters, could provide a lot of additional value to the already useful link blocks.


I sincerely hope that the commercial / revenue-making component of Zeef doesn't corrupt on otherwise very promising tool.



Free to use.


Find out more / try it out now: http://zeef.org/  


FAQ: http://zeef.org/faq/ 


Benefits: http://zeef.org/benefits/


Vision: http://zeef.org/vision/


Review: http://startupbeat.com/2013/09/19/featured-startup-pitch-zeef-id3454/ 




My first Zeef page on Content Curation Tools (in progress): https://contentcuration.zeef.com/robin.good 






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Klaas Joosten's comment, September 22, 2013 4:33 PM
Hi, indeed this is a risk, we will offer this download this is very good feedback. But there are not many curated directories with a real business model. Because we are going to use the links blocks on external websites (blogs) like widgets and fill them with affiliate links we give people the opportunity to make money. Most curation websites don't have any way of monetizing their traffic. Our business model is based on a dutch competitor how does 20 million of revenue only in the dutch (Netherlands) market. So if people use your subject page to make their purchasing decision you have helped them and earn some money to keep the platform alive.
Rick Boerebach's comment, September 22, 2013 4:54 PM
Brian, white labeling is on our roadmap, but not yet implemented, what type of features would you like to see?
Gianfranco Marini's curator insight, November 4, 2013 1:06 PM

Zeef è una applicazione web che genera categorie e sarebbe piaciuta molto ad Aristotele e a  Kant.

 

Il suo utilizzo è semplicissimo, basta indicare il nome della nostra collezione di Link, dedicata a uno specifico tema, e quindi procedere a creare, all'interno di quel tema e argomento delle categorie, che sono rese graficamente come blocchi di liste di indirizzi. Aggiungere ai blocchi nuovi indirizzi è altrettanto semplice, basta copiare e incollare l'URL del sito o della risorsa che ci interessa.

 

I blocchi possono essere collocati nell'ordine che preferiamo semplicemente trascinandoli con il mouse nella posizione che più ci piace ed è sempre possibile aggiungere nuovi blocchi.

 

Le liste di Link possono essere condivise e incorporate in altri siti. L'utilizo di questo servizio web è gratuito previa registrazione. 

 

Si tratta di unos trumento utilissimo per organizzare i propri indirizzi in relazione a un tema/argomento specifico in modo da disporre di un archivio specifico, disponibile online, cui poter sempre fare riferimento.

 

Le applicazioni didattiche sono numerose:

1. creare archivi ordinati di risorse web su arogmenti disciplinari o transdisciplinari

2. far realizzare tali archivi dagli studenti in modo da abituarli alla ricerca delle fonti sul web

3. realizzare raccolte di risorse per l'apprendimento di una disciplina o di argomenti di una disciplina da utilizzare in ambito blended learning o flipped learning

4. Si possono creare raccolte, stile top ten, di risorse rilevanti su un dato argomento per arricchire il processo di insegnamento/apprendimento

 

LINK UTILI

INDIRIZZO:  http://zeef.org

FAQ. http://zeef.org/faq/

ESEMPIO: la pagina Zeef realizzata da Robin Good relativamente alle risorse per la content curation https://contentcuration.zeef.com/robin.good

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Curate & Publish Lean Start Pages with URLs and Feeds on Any Topic: StartMe

Curate & Publish Lean Start Pages with URLs and Feeds on Any Topic: StartMe | Content Curation World | Scoop.it
Create a personal startpage with your most important bookmarks and RSS feeds. Easy to use, reliable and completely (ad) free. Read more...
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StartMe is an excellent free start page builder which allows anyone to create public (or private) start pages containing bookmarks, links and RSS feeds, organized in groups and easily editable.


StartMe creates clutter-free, well designed and highly scannable editable start pages where you can easily add, edit, move around and re-order and group your favorite links and bookmarks in any way you want.


You can create as many start pages as you want and you can choose to start either from a pre-populated links and feeds page that can be edited and customized or completely from scratch.


Groups and individual items (links and RSS feeds) can be easily edited and dragged around easily. It is possible to decide how many news stories appear in a feed list and you can even switch on a "river of news" option that will combine chronologically all the news of a list of feeds.


It is also possible to integrate a search engine for each start page that will search using your search engine of choice.


StartMe supports OPML allowing full export and import functions with any bookmark collection or RSS feeds list.


Extension for Firefox and Google Chrome are available.


My comment: I can't recommend this tool enough. Easy, fast, effective and elegant. It's a breeze to use and it's so damn useful for creating start pages for a thousand different uses: tools lists organized in groups, suggested sites to visit subdivided in sub-topics, collections of people profiles in specific sectors, etc.  


Ad free.


Free to use.


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


Getting started: http://www.startme.com/page/help 





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JudyGressel's curator insight, August 21, 2013 1:53 PM

Great for student and teacher ipad users to put everything in one place.

Breda Kansrijk's curator insight, January 29, 2014 12:58 PM

Start me up! Word we like to hear.  Save this page as a starting point. @leankansrijk #lean #startup #startXYZ

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Curated Visual Storytelling with Brickflow

Curated Visual Storytelling with Brickflow | Content Curation World | Scoop.it

"Create curated social media slideshows in seconds with Brickflow."

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Brickflow is a web app which allows you to easly collect content from Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, Tumblr and YouTube and to package it up in a visual tile grid that can be viewed as a slideshow and which can be easily published, shared and embedded on the web.


With Brickflow you can build a visua story either by collecting stories and resources using hashtags or by searching with the integrated facility across all the above listed social media and then dragging and dropping your selected items into your visual grid.


Brickflow works in a similar way as Storify, providing though a different visual publishing metaphor for its final output.


The final bundle looks like a visual grid of tiles, that can also be played as a presentation (also in full screen).


From the official website: "Brickflow is an app for making curated social media slideshows in seconds. Build memorable stories and collections with content from Instagram, Twitter, YouTube, Tumblr and more. It’s just like playing with Legos. The result, a visual summary of a topic, can be embedded into any website or blog"


Here is one good example: http://brickflow.com/landing/project/51d356739f252#/51d356739f252


More inspiring examples: http://blog.brickflow.com/


My comment: Very useful to curate visual summaries of breaking news stories, events or to summarize key resources to explore on a specific topic. Easy to use. Provides opportunity to remix existing "flows" into new ones.




Free to use.


Find out more: http://brickflow.com



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Anabela Santos's comment, September 2, 2013 4:29 PM
Thanks! Have to try :)
Anabela Santos's comment, September 2, 2013 4:29 PM
Thanks! Have to try :)
Randy Bauer's curator insight, September 14, 2013 7:03 PM

See my Brickflow example here:

http://rbauerpt.blogspot.com/2013/08/start-lean-fitness.html

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Clip Anything from the Web and Organize Into Collections with Memit (Web + iOS)

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Memit is a content curation app that allows you to clip any web page (as is) text, image or video available online and to save it inside a collection.


Collections can be set to be private or public, and you can invite as many other people as you want to collaborate and contribute to it.


Individual items clipped can be commented, tagged and can be shared on your preferred social media channels. You can follow other Memit users and see their stream of clipped items just like similar tools do.


Each user gets a Profile Page showcasing his work and publicly saved items.


My comments: Good flexible clipper allows easy grabbing of what you are interested in and easy storing into your categories and tags. Good actegorization functions. Good for collaborative use around the collection of texts, excerpts or video clips. Not so great at collection display (only a linear, vertical list format is avaiable for now), publishing or exporting (no embed feature).


P.S.: If you have backed up your Clipboard.com collections, you can import them directly into Memit.



Free to use.


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


Video tutorials: http://www.youtube.com/user/runealblas/videos


iPhone app: http://itunes.apple.com/app/memit/id542209884



Similar tools: Clipular, Iceber.gs, Keeeb



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Jeff Domansky's curator insight, July 1, 2013 2:13 PM

Robin Good assesses pros and cons of Memit, a new content clipping and saving tool.

Patricia Stitson's curator insight, July 1, 2013 4:13 PM

Interesting tool!

Jose Jordan's curator insight, July 2, 2013 1:38 PM

Memit es una aplicación de curaduría de contenidos que te permite recortar cualquier página web (tal cual) de texto, imagen o video disponible en línea y guardar dentro de una colección.

 

Las colecciones pueden configurarse para que sean privados o públicos, y usted puede invitar a todos los demás como quieres colaborar y contribuir a ella.

 

Los elementos individuales recortadas pueden ser comentados, etiquetados y se pueden compartir en sus canales de medios sociales preferidas. Puedes seguir a otros usuarios Memit y ver su flujo de artículos recortado igual que otras herramientas similares hacen.

 

Cada usuario tiene una página de perfil mostrando su trabajo y los elementos guardados en bolsa.

 

Mis comentarios: Buen clipper flexible, permite un fácil recorte de lo que le interesa y fácil de almacenar en sus categorías y etiquetas. Buenas funciones categorizacion.Bueno para el uso de entorno de colaboración para colección de textos, extractos o clips de vídeo.La pantalla de colección no es muy grande (sólo un formato de lista lineal, vertical  disponible por el momento), la edición o exportación (sin función de inserción).

 

PS: Si usted ha realizado una copia de seguridad de sus colecciones Clipboard.com, puede importarlos directamente en Memit.

 

 

De uso libre.

 

Pruébelo ahora: http://memit.com/

 

Tutoriales de vídeo:http://www.youtube.com/user/runealblas/videos

 

iPhone App:http://itunes.apple.com/app/memit/id542209884

 

Similar tools: Clipular, Iceber.gs, Keeeb

 

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Curate Rich Visual Information Pages On Any Topic with Etceter

Curate Rich Visual Information Pages On Any Topic with Etceter | Content Curation World | Scoop.it



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Etceter is a new content curation tool which allows you to create and arrange information pages on any topic, by bringing and organizing together web site links, video clips, images and/or original texts.


Any curated information page, containing as many media elements as you need, is called a Pill. You can group and assign different Pills (which are by themselves collections) to broader categories you define and which are called Boxes.


On Pills pages you have the option to organize contents into one, two or three columns and you can easily re-arrange items by simply dragging and dropping them into new positions.


Etceter Pills and individual media items can be easily shared on social media networks and are directly integrated with Facebook comments under each page.


Etceter also provides intelligible SEO-friendly URLs and personal profile pages, all relevant traits of a good curation tool.



My comment: Though Etceter looks still in early development (FAQ and other pages are still in Spanish + the Clipboard import feature does not work yet - no bookmarklet) the features and curation approach offered is interesting. In particular the nesting of media items into Pills and Boxes is quite valuable and the possibility to arrange individual items in any way desired is very useful. Video collections work particularly well as well as multimedia info pages on specific topics.



Free to use.


More info: http://www.etceter.com/en/


Promo video: http://vimeo.com/64688269



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Lydia Gracia's comment, June 11, 2013 4:09 AM
Some months ago they were in beta version. Effectively they're Spanish. I will go into the tool attracted by the Visual personnalization of the content.
Andreas Kuswara's comment, June 11, 2013 7:37 AM
looks promising
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Collect, Organize, Share and Collaborate on Multimedia Collections with Moxtra



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Moxtra is a new app which allows anyone to easily create multimedia collections called "binders" and to share them with selected collaborators or to publish them publicly on the web.


Moxtra can easily import most any type of file you may have sitting on your hard disk, as well as web pages, documents, PDFs, images, files you have online inside Box / Dropbox, and anything you can "clip" from the web with its dedicated bookmarklet.


Moxtra integrates powerful annotation capabilities, allowing Moxtra collectors to add both visual and audio annotations to any item collected as well as the ability to meet and conference around a specific binder in real-time thanks to a dedicated live meeting facility supporting also text chat and VoIP.


Available both on the desktop and on your iPhone or iPad, Moxtra is completely free to use.




Free to use.


Key features: http://www.moxtra.com/features/


Downloads: http://www.moxtra.com/download/


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




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Robin Good's comment, March 7, 2013 5:31 AM
Wanderingsalsero, name one other platform that gives the same features across devices and OSes and also name one that integrates a real-time meeting option supported by VoIP. Then we can discuss further.
ghbrett's curator insight, March 7, 2013 9:30 AM

Note: Have a look at Robin's comment below. As usual he is spot on. Plus this review includes some related links. Thanks and a tip-of-the-hat to Robin

Rod Murray's curator insight, March 11, 2013 8:49 AM

Content Curation on Mobiles

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Curate Large Information Collections Into Navigable Presentation-Maps with Mindomo

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Robin Good: If you are looking for a content curation, mindmapping and presentation tool rolled into one, I strongly suggest you give a good road test to Mindomo.

I have been a passionate fan of mindmaps since 2007, and have created tons of them to curate my many collection of "best tools" in specific niches or learning maps on dedicated topics. You can see some of them here: http://www.mindmeister.com/users/channel/RobinGood


But with time, and the increased size of my collections, I have been searching for valid alternatives which provided greater speed, better ways to display and view the mapped info and more options to extract value from my collections.


Mindomo, which I have been heavy-testing for the last six-months, is my new reference tool not just for mindmapping but for a) curating large collections of information into a navigable cohesive whole, b) creating prezi-like presentations without needing to become an engineer.


Specifically, Mindomo integrates lots of unique and very valuable features to the basic mindmapping toolset, including:


- Capture content via browser bookmarklet

- Navigate and zoom in-out easily

- Search and embed video clips
- Search and embed images

- Search and embed audio clips

- Automatically credit all media sources utilized

- Customize look of maps in many ways

- Create presentations from your mindmaps

- Import and export to different formats + embed

- Works and syncs on iPad and Android

- Collaborative editing

- Cross-platform offline desktop app

- Custom URLs for your mindmaps

- just to name a few.


Here's a good example of what I have been able to "curate" with Mindomo:


1) http://bit.ly/ContentCurationUniverse

a very large collection of content curation tools


2) www.mindomo.com/mindmap/content-curation-for-education-98ccaad217074a07b9bff8b76effab8e 

a navigable "presentation-map"


MindMeister and other mindmapping tools still provide good value, but in my humble opinion Mindomo, with its own limits and idiosyncracies, has earned my trust as being the most effective, powerful and feature-rich visual curation tool.


Give it a try and let me know what you think.



Pricing plans: http://www.mindomo.com/pricing.htm


Find out more: http://www.mindomo.com/




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Beth Kanter's comment, September 7, 2012 11:57 AM
Robin, on the second map, I'm not able to see the whole map in one view - only each section .. is that a settings thing?

One thing I don't like about Prezi and the presentation in Mindomo is the zoom in and zoom out - it gives me vertigo .. maybe I'm just old school .. (LOL) .. but I imagine it gives you different transition effects.
Robin Good's comment, September 7, 2012 12:26 PM
Great Beth, superhappy to have been of help. I really like what you can do with Mindomo. Let me know what you think once you have explored it.
enrique rubio royo's comment, September 7, 2012 2:19 PM
thank you for this
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Listen To Your Favorite Kind of Music Curated by the World Best DJs: TheFuture.fm

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Robin Good: If you want to listen to the music curated by the world best DJs, your search is over.


TheFuture.fm helps you find the best music, promote the DJs who curate it, and hook up with the artists who created it.


From the official site: "Thefuture.fm is your access to the best music in the world - recorded live at exclusive events in New York, in the nightclubs of Berlin, at festivals in Ibiza, and hand-picked from all over the net. All of this, right here, for free.


...there’s too much of everything on the net.


We believe that curation is the answer.


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We want to give you the most professional DJs; DJs that not only play at the most exclusive events, the best clubs and the biggest festivals around the world, but also up and coming producers scouted from all over the net.


... you learn what songs you’re listening to, and buy them if you love them."


Try it out now: http://www.thefuture.fm 

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Curate Any Web Content With WordPress Default Plugin PressThis

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Robin Good: If you are looking for an easy and simple way to start curating content from other sources on the web, with the minimum of additional technology and expense, you may want to look into Wordpress default plugin PressThis.


PressThis is essentially a bookmarklet that can be dragged and dropped on your browser bookmarks bar and then used to capture the content of any web page you are on.


PressThis automatically captures the URL, title, and site name of the page you are on, while providing you inside an editable WordPress post, any original text you may have selected on the page.


Not only. PressThis has also two dedicated functions to capture also any image (along with the text) from any web page (you can choose the one you prefer from a scrollable viewer) as well as any video clip present.


PressThis is available inside any installed copy of WordPress inside the Tools menu.


Free to use for all WP users.


Tutorial + video: http://en.support.wordpress.com/press-this/ 


Find out more: http://codex.wordpress.org/Press_This 


(Thanks to Laura Brown and Alex Briscese for bringing this valuable plugin to my attention)

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Laura Brown's comment, April 24, 2012 2:00 PM
You're welcome. Thanks for the credit/ linkback. If you run the Link Library plugin http://wordpress.org/extend/plugins/link-library/ (which doesn't come with WordPress) you can also run a bookmarklet which lets you add new links in this same, quick way. Not everyone does much with the blogroll or links now. But I still use mine. Link Library also lets you set up your links like a web directory. Though you do have a lot of background work to do for setting it up. It may not be for anyone who wants something fast and easy. But, it is a free plugin and you could just use it for adding links.
Laura Brown's comment, April 24, 2012 2:03 PM
I don't know if any of the tutorials mention this...

Once you have your PressThis loaded on your bookmark bar you can right click it and select Properties. Then change the name the button shows to anything you like. This is great if you have more than one blog you want to send content to. It helps to know which blog is which.
Robin Good's comment, April 26, 2012 5:53 AM
Thanks a lot Laura for tis additional info about Link Library and the tips on personalizing the PressThis bookmarklet.

Much appreciated indeed!
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A Great Way To Curate Your Newsletter: Handpick

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Handpick is a great new service which allows you to curate a set of selected links to send out each day/week to your favorite groups of fans.


Though the use of a simple browser bookmarklet you can easily pick and save all of the most interesting resources and then have them sent out to your relevant subscribers.


How it works: "When you find a link you want to share, you click it, and it pops up a simple form for a title, link, description and a checklist of recipient groups you've created.


When you click 'share,' it doesn't buzz all your friends' phones right away. It collects links for you all day and sends an email digest to each group in the evening."


"Recipients of your Handpick links only get one message, and it arrives late in the day, when there's more time for thinking.


You create groups of contacts using whatever criteria you choose, and each group gets one message around 5 p.m. Pacific Time.


It has support for desktop and iPhone browser bookmarklets, a Chrome extension, and it can link with Instapaper."


Read the full review from ReadWriteWeb here: http://www.readwriteweb.com/archives/handpick_selective_social_sharing_without_the_nois.php 


Sing up for the beta here: http://handpick.me/ 

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