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What a Content Curator Needs To Know: How, Tools, Issues and Strategy
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Future of News: Google Living Stories Still a Great Model for the News To Be

Living Stories provide a new, experimental way to consume news, developed by a partnership between Google, the New York Times, and the Washington Post. In Li...
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Google Living Stories is an experimental project by Google that showcased (over a brief period between 2009 and 2010) how technology could be used effectively to provide a new, richer and more effective way to organize, serve and present news stories online.


In the Living Stories model, each story is a stream that is continuously updated over time with new updates, additional stories, images, and other multimedia resources that are published over time. 


These are organized on the page in a way that provides maximum accessibility to the reader, allowing him to skim, explore, filter or dig in depth into any category or specific item.


Nonetheless abandoned by Google, Living Stories remains a very inspiring example of how automated news aggregation and manual curation, both required in heavy doses to achieve this type of results, could provide a truly innovative mode of producing and offering access to news information.

The greatest news of all is that Google has left the model, examples and infrastructure for using and improving upon it available to everyone for free.


"The Living Stories code is available as open-source for anyone to use on their own sites at: http://code.google.com/p/living-stories/


Must see. 9/10

Free to study, use and adopt.



More info and examples: http://livingstories.googlelabs.com/ 


WordPress plugin: https://code.google.com/p/living-stories/wiki/WordpressInstallation 










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Therese Torris's curator insight, November 27, 2013 5:19 AM

Google extends strengthens its grip on news. Goog luck to small players!

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Content Curation Tools: The Hearsay Social Content Exchange

Robin Good: If you are a company looking for quality content from prestigious and reliable news sources, from which you can pick and choose which stories to publish on your web site, Hearsay may be the solution you are looking for.


Hearsay Social Content Exchange aggregates content from Thomson Reuters, Tribune Media Services and Demand Media.

This new content curation platform makes it quite easy for marketers and sales people to discover engaging third-party and custom content feeds.


In fact, in addition to premium third-party content, Hearsay Social customers can create and integrate custom news channels on the platform such as your company blog, a YouTube channel, or a custom RSS feed tailored to the interests of your organization.


From these they can pick and select their preferred content and share it directly to multiple social media networks such as LinkedIN, Facebook, Twitter and Google+.


Check out this review of Hearsay: http://www.marketingtechblog.com/hearsay-content-exchange/


Schedule a demo: https://info.hearsaysocial.com/ContentExchange_LearnMore.html


More info: http://hearsaysocial.com/product/content-exchange/



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News Curation and Aggregation Guidelines: Add Value, Link, Attribute,

News Curation and Aggregation Guidelines: Add Value, Link, Attribute, | Content Curation World | Scoop.it

Robin Good: Steve Buttry has published a good article on his blog providing very specific suggestions and tips to those needing to aggregate, republish and curate news content for their organization.


Key topics covered:


-> Linking

-> Attributing
-> Quoting

-> Attribution checks


-> Adding value

-> Original reporting

-> Data analysis

-> Commentary


-> Filtering

-> Supplementing

-> Adding related stories

-> Rounding up


Valuable advice. 8/10


Full article: http://stevebuttry.wordpress.com/2012/05/16/aggregation-guidelines-link-attribute-add-value/ 

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Automatically Generate Topic-Specific Social Newsradars with Kuratur

Automatically Generate Topic-Specific Social Newsradars with Kuratur | Content Curation World | Scoop.it



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Kurator is a web service which allows you to easily customize one or more visual magazines that automatically aggregate the hashtags, lists, Twitter users, Facebook pages and RSS feeds you specify.


Specifically, you can aggregate from the following sources:

  • Twitter User
  • Twitter List
  • Twitter Keywords
  • Twitter Hastags
  • Twitter Mentions
  • Twitter Top Followers
  • Facebook Page
  • Facebook Keywords
  • RSS Feed


You can also filter and specify specific keywords that you want to be included/excluded.


Kurators offers the ability to title each stream, and to customize somewhat the look of the final magazine by providing a few templates and layouts and access to the controls to adjust the font style, size and color.


The final stream can be published as a web page on Kurator or exported directly to WordPress as a "page".




My comments: Kurator is a useful tool to rapidly aggregate and publish one or more streams on a specific topic and to be able to integrate this content stream into their WordPress sites.


Unless you are a graphic designer or a tech person it is hard to customize and improve on the ready-made look presently available.


Kurator offers no option to manually curate your final stream and it is almost inevitable with this approach to get some duplicate items and some outright spam.


Good for anyone needing to rapidly create one or more rich-content pages on one or more specific topics.


The difficult, curation work here is all in setting up effective filters to aggregate the valuable content you are looking for. Easier said than done.




Free to use.


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


FAQ: http://www.kuratur.com/faqs/


My test page: http://kuratur.com/RobinGood/content-curation-news.html




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Alex Grech's curator insight, May 30, 2013 1:34 PM

Still need to explore this properly, but at face value it promises to be a powerful magazine-style curation tool.  

Michelle Cordy's curator insight, May 30, 2013 4:36 PM

Via Ted Newcomb and Robin Good: a new to me curation tool.

Prof. Dr. Kai Reinhardt's curator insight, June 6, 2013 9:20 AM

Sehr nützliches Produktivtool

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News Discovery: Here's The Cream of the Crop - Best Apps and Services To Find The News You Like

News Discovery: Here's The Cream of the Crop - Best Apps and Services To Find The News You Like | Content Curation World | Scoop.it

Robin Good: Here is a good and well written overview of some of the best news discovery tools out there.


These services, generally avaliable as mobile apps and/or desktop tools, aggregate a large number of relevant news sources in different categories of interest, and leverage in many cases your Facebook and Twitter network of contacts to suggest the type of stories you may be interested in the most.


Covered in the article:

  • Pulse
  • Zite
  • Google Currents
  • Flipboard
  • Taptu
  • Prismatic
  • News.me
  • LinkedIN Today
  • The Browser
  • Longreads

and more


Excellent overview. 8/10


Full article: http://www.guardian.co.uk/media-network/media-network-blog/2012/jul/17/what-is-new-news-aggregation



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Visual News Discovery Gets Better: Flow Through Your Stream with the Bottlenose Sonar

Robin Good: The new Bottlenose makes it easier and more effective to ride the incoming news wave while suggesting and offering relevant content and new sources.


The new version of Bottlenose relesed yesterday is now capable of filtering "Twitter, Facebook, and RSS, creating a unified stream that puts those networks in one place."


"The goal, though, is not only aggregation, it’s about understanding what each message is about at a granular level so that it can build a robust profile about you and your interests to help you discover relevant information you might have missed, new friends, articles, and so on.


The cool thing about Bottlenose is that it gives you the opportunity to set sophisticated alerts and uses action-based rules to help you get on top of the noise, regardless of whether or not you’re actively engaged in the app or not.

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The app is still in somewhat limited beta, but for those looking to get access (I recommend checking it out), head over to the homepage, sign up, create an account, and if you’re prompted, use “Getsonar” for the access code. Oh, and if you have a Klout score over 30, you’ll get in automatically."


(Source: Techcrunch)


Find out more: http://bottlenose.com/ 

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