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Content Curation World
What a Content Curator Needs To Know: How, Tools, Issues and Strategy
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April 27, 2015 11:15 AM!

RSS Feed Aggregator Allows To Curate Content Inside WordPress: PressForward

RSS Feed Aggregator Allows To Curate Content Inside WordPress: PressForward | Content Curation World |
Robin Good's insight:

PressForward is a free open-source, WordPress plugin for curating most any type of content within the standard WordPress publishing workflow.

PressForward is in fact a full-fledged RSS feed reader and aggregator which can capture content coming from any site while allowing full editing and curation abilities. It is an ideal tool for news curators wanting to have a news gathering and discovery tool integrated into their standard publishing and editing environment.

PressForward is designed to be used by multiple users, like in a distributed newsroom, where several individuals or even a small community suggest and submit and others edit, approve and post selected content.

To gather content PressForward offers a standard bookmarklet to capture any content you find on the web, and can also import OPML files to allow you to aggregate and filter all of your favorite RSS feeds. 

Last but not least, PressForward keeps close tabs on the sources you utilise, by automatically creating attribution links for any content you curate and allowing you to have your posts optionally auto-redirect to the original source. 

Free to use. 

A project of Roy Rosenzweig Center for History and New Media

N.B.: Of note the partnership initiative offered to any organisation interested in develop high-quality, collaboratively-sourced and edited publications, which offers up to $10,000 in funding and 

Stephen Dale's curator insight, April 28, 2015 4:18 AM

Via Robin Good: "PressForward is a full-fledged RSS feed reader and aggregator which can capture content coming from any site while allowing full editing and curation abilities. It is an ideal tool for news curators wanting to have a news gathering and discovery tool integrated into their standard publishing and editing environment."


Mike McCallister's curator insight, April 28, 2015 9:27 AM

Curating and sharing content is an important way of building your authority in your writing niche. If you really want to understand how to curate, follow Robin Good's "Content Curation World" on

Robin shared this WordPress plugin that can help you find and post interesting content directly inside WordPress. I'll be testing this soon.

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February 9, 2015 1:40 PM!

Create Custom News Streams Based on Your Specific Sources and Filters

Create Custom News Streams Based on Your Specific Sources and Filters | Content Curation World |
News defined by you.
Robin Good's insight:

Defcomb is a new interesting web app, which while in full development, already offers some valuable features for anyone interested in monitoring and analyzing specific topics.

The app, which is fully free as of now, allows you to: 

1) Add your selected RSS feeds, OPML file or to tap in Defcomb extensive global archive of feeds to determine your content sources. 

2) Determine keyword-based filters by grouping multiple keywords

into sets.

3) Generate a news feed from your selected content sources filtered by anyone of your keyword sets or their combinations.

4) Publish a public RSS feed for each one of your news feeds.

5) Visualise occurrences of your specified set of keywords inside your sources across time

Applications for this tool may include personalised news and content discovery, topic tracking, text mining and data-visualisation.

N.B.: For novices, watch out. This tool is not difficult to use, but it may not so intuitive the first time around. Best thing to do to avoid wasting any time is to watch the short screencast video available on the home page (is video-only, no audio) and to read this short tutorial:  

Great potential. Already useful. 8/10

Free to use.

Update: Due to the high number of requests free signups have been temporarily closed.
** To get an account send an email to with subject: "Interested in trying Defcomb - Recommended by Robin Good"

Try it out now: 

Example of filtered news stream: 

I have included Defcomb in my T5 tools directory: and in the experts tools for journalists here:

Stephen Dale's curator insight, February 10, 2015 11:55 AM

Another excellent personal information management tool, HT to Robin Good for spotting.

Marta Torán's curator insight, February 11, 2015 8:27 AM

Para leer las noticias que te interesan

Len Ferrara's curator insight, February 14, 2015 12:31 AM

This looks great!

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March 30, 2014 1:37 PM!

An Inside Look At News Curation Apps from the RJI Futures Lab

Robin Good's insight:

This short but quite interesting video update looks at emerging news curation apps designed to gather and select the most relevant news for their users. 

Circa's David Cohn, Inside's Jason Calacanis and Newsy's Jim Spencer provide key insight into what their news discovery services are offering and how they use curation to achieve this result.  

The video covers also the value of curation over original journalism and issues of copyright and fair use.

Interesting. Informative. 7/10

Original video: 

Bob Boynton's comment, March 31, 2014 12:51 AM
I cannot use my because I am following you and I do not have adobe flash installed, and I do not want adobe flash installed. But the video will not let me access my
socialcompany's curator insight, May 23, 2014 9:04 AM

stories behind circa, inside, newsy, good short videos.

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February 23, 2014 10:13 AM!

Internal News Curation and Resource Sharing For Your Organization with NewsDeck

Robin Good's insight:

NewsDeck is a news curation app that allows to organize and share breaking news and resources with specific teams and departments within an organization.

Any web page article or resources can be easily collected with a bookmarklet and assigned to a specific group or project.

Collections of saved news appear inside Pinterest-like visual boards.

Users can join the groups they are most interested into without needing to be bombarded with useless info that it's not relevant to them.

News and resources can also be added directly via email.

Free to use.

More info:


No comment yet.
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January 18, 2014 5:07 AM!

Pinterest for News Is Here: It's Called NewsPeg

Pinterest for News Is Here: It's Called NewsPeg | Content Curation World |
Robin Good's insight:

Newspeg is Pinterest for the news. Interface, dialog boxes and most of the superficial stuff you interact with on NewsPeg is 99% identical to what you are used to on Pinterest, making it easy for anyone already familiar with the visual pinning giant to start pinning news in no time at all.

As expected, there is a standard browser bookmarklet, allowing you to capture news content on the fly. Like on Pinterest you can create as many thematic boards as you like and easily add stuff to them with a click of your mouse. All content you pin on NewsPeg can also be easily shared on Facebook and Twitter.

My comment: Supereasy to use and adopt, provides a news curation format that provides more view and less depth than other competitors, and which can have its advantages in many vertical niches. Definitely a good practicing and experimental ground for anyone needing to get his feet wet with news curation. 

P.S.: One small weakness I have run into with NewsPeg is that, news articles, often don't have much in terms of images or video, but NewsPeg, just like Pinterest, won't let you pin something that has no readily available visual content inside of it. I appreciate the value of visuals, but if I need to curate the news, is the tool that you should provide with some alternative solution for when I run into situations like these.

Free to use.

Try it out now: 

Read more about it:

Added to News Curation Tools section of Content Curation Tools Supermap

Daniel Pastor Peidro's curator insight, January 20, 2014 3:02 AM

Se puede utilizar para crear un "periódico escolar".

Una Sinnott's curator insight, January 20, 2014 5:35 PM

This could be very useful for curating news around topics you're covering.

Audrey Nay's curator insight, January 25, 2014 3:51 PM

Curate the news! 

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November 12, 2013 4:00 PM!

Curate Topic-Specific News Channels on Twitter with Custom Timelines

Curate Topic-Specific News Channels on Twitter with Custom Timelines | Content Curation World |
Robin Good's insight:

Twitter has just announced the availability of a new feature that will be gradually rolled out to all Twitter users and which allows you to create custom curated Twitter channels on any topic you want.

But you need not wait.

To start using immediately Twitter Timelines what you need to do is to head over to and to register yourself for the free web app owned by Twitter.

Once you are logged in, all you need to do is to click on the leftmost vertical icon-bar on the + sign, and then to select Create Custom Timelines from the ensuing dialog box. 

Once you have created a Custom Timeline all you need to do to populate it is to manually drag tweets from your others news/tweets gathering columns into it.

Once created in Tweetdeck any Custom Timeline is immediately visible inside Twitter at a dedicated URL and can be easily shared or embedded inside any site or blog.

My comments: The Twitter Custom Timelines feature opens up a universe of possibilities for curated news channels, and other highly specialized thematic channels. Finally there is the opportunity not to have to consume stories and news that are completely irrelevant to your interests simply because they come from someone you follow. By following highly specific custom timelines it is now possible to consume only the type of content you are truly interested into from your favorite trusted curators.

Free to use.

Try it out now: 

Check also: 

Mariale Peñalosa Arguijo's curator insight, November 13, 2013 7:53 AM

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Stephen Dale's curator insight, November 14, 2013 12:47 PM

Hoping this facility will soon be available to use on aggregators other than Tweetdeck (which I don't use).  Looks useful, particularly for themed storytelling. #socmed #curation

Dean Mantz's curator insight, January 1, 2014 12:40 PM

I realize this is old news but it is still relevant and new to a large number of teachers and pre-service students.


I would also recommend folks to follow Robin Good's site for a vast array of curation tools and resources. 

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September 5, 2013 3:14 PM!

5 Examples of Web Sites Effectively Leveraging Content Curation

5 Examples of Web Sites Effectively Leveraging Content Curation | Content Curation World |
Content curation typically employs a mix of tech, process and skills, and should be an important part of any social marketer’s arsenal.
Robin Good's insight:

If you are looking for some good inspiring examples of how content and news curation can be put to good use, Bob Geller has published this past spring a useful article reviewing five different content curation approaches 

that are very successful.

The five sites reviewed in this article "have all been tremendously successful in leveraging third party content, optimizing it, adding value, and building audience. They range from the famous to the obscure. There are some common threads, yet each has a different formula."

Useful. Resourceful. Good examples. 7/10

Prof. Hankell's curator insight, September 6, 2013 11:46 AM

Robin Good's insight:

If you are looking for some good inspiring examples of how content and news curation can be put to good use, Bob Geller has published this past spring a useful article reviewing five different content curation approaches
that are very successful.

The five sites reviewed in this article "have all been tremendously successful in leveraging third party content, optimizing it, adding value, and building audience. They range from the famous to the obscure. There are some common threads, yet each has a different formula."

Useful. Resourceful. Good examples. 7/10

Full article:

(Image credit: Creative stylized web design by Shutterstock)

donhornsby's curator insight, September 7, 2013 11:18 AM

Are there any other sites that have provided good inspiration for your content curation?

Robin Good's comment, September 8, 2013 2:47 AM
Yes. Just stay tuned and you are going to see more good examples.
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June 29, 2013 5:30 PM!

Flipboard-Like Tool Creates Beautiful Curated Magazines for the Web: NOOWIT

Flipboard-Like Tool Creates Beautiful Curated Magazines for the Web: NOOWIT | Content Curation World |
Robin Good's insight:

Noowit is a new curation and publishing platform that allows you to do on the web something very similar to what Flipboard allows you to do with your smartphone or tablet. You can curate a beautiful-looking web magazine, by selecting content from its internal news discovery engine or by clipping any content you find on the web with the dedicated NOOWIT bookmarklet.

On the backend you can select individual topics, authors and specific sources you want to subscribe to, to keep yourself informed. You can provide specific RSS feeds or import your collection of RSS subscriptions.

You can create multiple content sections inside a magazine and when you add new content you can easily decide in which section it is going to end up.

A swift navigation scheme provides almost seamless integration between the excerpted content that appears in the magazine and the full, original resource that you can navigate to without losing touch with the rest of the magazine.

NOOWIT magazines can be set to be public or private and they can be viewed across devices and screen of all sizes.

Like on Flipboard it is not possible to edit, modify or add to content that you pick and select to be added to your magazines.

My comment: NOOWIT easily creates great-looking digital magazines of your selected articles and resources. It is a great tool for anyone wanting to create easily a "splashy" curated digital magazine that looks great across devices with the minimum effort possible.

Private beta:


Example I created:

Robin Martin's curator insight, July 2, 2013 9:03 PM

Thanks Robin for sharing this! Will definitely have to check this out.

Josette Williams's curator insight, July 5, 2013 4:59 PM

This is the best innovative curation tool for creating your magazine for the web.  Check out NOOWIT.  Thanks Robin Good!

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June 14, 2013 10:31 AM!

Aggregate, Curate and Publish Across Web, Social and Email with OpenTopic

Aggregate, Curate and Publish Across Web, Social and Email with OpenTopic | Content Curation World |
Robin Good's insight:

OpenTopic is a news curation service which allows you to aggregate, monitor and filter any number of sources and to publish and share your selected ones to you selected outlets: from your WordPress site, to your social media channels and to your email newsletter engine.

Within OpenTopic you can create one or more "Topic" dashboards. These are essentially display pages that aggregate incoming fresh content from the sources you specify.  You can jump from one Topic dashboard to the next at the click of your mouse.

To curate stories you simpy select the ones that are relevant to your audience and you are provided with an editing module to modify and personalize the story content. At this point you can also select on which one of your outlets (Channels) that story will be published and you can customize the story differently for each one of them.

There is even an option that allows you to set-up some form of automated curation, by giving you the option to set up a set of simple rules, which when match, will trigger the publishing of a news story.

OpenTopic allows you to hook up to an extended number of possible Channels, making it easy for you to post from one location to your web site, RSS feed, social media and newsletter.

Last but not least, OpenTopic integrates a full analytics service, capable of reporting and showcasing the performance of your curation work across stories and distribution channels.

My comment: Excellent tool for social media and community managers, as well as web marketing specialists in need to support effectively the finding of relevant news on a topic and the easy publishing to different channels from a centralized platform. Easy to use.

Request an invite here:

Josette Williams's comment, June 21, 2013 3:27 PM
Thanks Robin, I love this!
Jose Jordan's curator insight, June 28, 2013 1:48 PM

OpenTopic es un servicio de curación de noticias que te permite agregar, monitorizar y filtrar cualquier número de fuentes para publicar y compartir tu selección en los sitios que prefieras desde WordPress,  canales de Social Media o boletín electrónico.


Dentro de OpenTopic puedes crear uno o más cuadros de mando "Topic". esencialmente muestra las páginas que donde se agregan nuevos contenidos y el contenido entrante de las fuentes que se especifiquen. Puedes saltar de un panel a otro topic con el clic de su ratón.


Para curar historias simplemente tienes que seleccionar los que son relevantes para tu público y se les proporciona un módulo de edición para modificar y personalizar el contenido de la historia. En este punto también se puede seleccionar en los (canales) que la historia será publicada y se puede personalizar la historia de manera diferente para cada uno de ellos.


Incluso hay una opción que te permite configurar algún tipo de curación automática, dándole la opción de establecer un conjunto de reglas sencillas, que cuando coincide, dará lugar a la publicación de una noticia.


OpenTopic te permite conectar a un mayor número de canales posibles, por lo que es fácil enviar de un lugar a tu sitio web, RSS, redes sociales y newsletter.


Por último, pero no menos importante, OpenTopic integra un servicio de análisis completo, capaz de informar y dar a conocer los resultados de su trabajo de curación a través de historias y canales de distribución.



Mi comentario: Excelente herramienta para redes sociales y community managers, así como especialistas de marketing web que necesitan el soporte eficaz para descubrir noticias relevantes sobre un tema y la publicación fácil de diferentes canales de una plataforma centralizada. Fácil de usar.


Solicitar una invitación aquí:

Ness Crouch's curator insight, July 4, 2013 5:36 PM

I'm going to try this out! I could have everything in one place! I'm not sure if it will be as effective as my other tools but I'm willing to experiment.

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May 11, 2013 3:42 AM!

Start Curating Your Flipboard Magazine Without an iPad: Introducing the Flipboard Editor on the Web

Robin Good's insight:

You can now curate your own Flipboard magazine directly from your preferred web browser, thanks to the release of the new Flipboard Editor, which allows you to modify, delete and check stats for your magazines and individual clips.

To add new content to your magazines you can install the "Flip it" bookmarklet which allows you to grab any web page, video or other piece of content you find on the web and that you want to be added to one of your Flipboard magazines.

P.S.: The bookmarklet still leaves something to be desired as it often fails to pick up a relevant image from the web pages you point it to, nor offers the option to associate some other image alternatively. To be improved.

Free to use.

Flipboard Editor:



Content Curation World sample on Flipboard:

Sara's curator insight, May 13, 2013 6:48 AM

Flipboard non solo su ipad ma anche da una pagina web

Stephen Dale's curator insight, May 16, 2013 11:13 AM

Love Flipboard. This new feature opens up a whole new world for content curation.

Víctor V. Valera Jiménez's curator insight, May 17, 2013 7:31 PM

Ahora ya no hace falta disponer de un Ipad o una tablet o smartphone para realizar nuestra propia revista en Flipboard, ya que con el nuevo editor online en la web de esta conocida herramienta, podremos realizar nuestra propia curación desde nuestro ordenador.


Este vídeo nos da una pequeña introducción de como empezar a usar este editor en la web de Flipboard, mediante el botón o "bookmarklet" que se puede instalar en la barra de favoritos de nuestro navegador para ir capturando los contenidos que nos parezcan interesantes para nuestra publicación.

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April 23, 2013 1:18 PM!

Get the RSS Feed for Any Twitter Account with Twitter RSS

Get the RSS Feed for Any Twitter Account with Twitter RSS | Content Curation World |
Twitter-RSS allows you to get in RSS format the latest news of the twitter users choosen by you.
Robin Good's insight:

Twitter is a new free web service which allows you to get the RSS feed for any active Twitter account.

Highly useful for news and content curators wanting to subscribe with their RSS reader or content curation tool to specific Twitter accounts.

From March 2013 Twitter has in fact disabled its own RSS feed service.


Free to use.

Try it out now: 

(Thanks to Ana Cristina Pratas for discovering it)

Stephen Dale's curator insight, April 24, 2013 5:31 AM

Glad to see that RSS is not dead, despite waht Google think!

DJ Halp's comment, April 24, 2013 7:26 AM
anyone remember when it was easy to discover an RSS feed right from any twitter page? the source would just be based on some unique id...a string of like eight or nine numbers. that ability went away last october. this looks a lot cleaner, and it's a great find...still i wonder why simpler feed discovery isn't possible anymore.
wanderingsalsero's comment, April 25, 2013 12:17 AM
I'll admit I'm not really skillful with twitter and I know almost nothing about RSS but it does instantly seem apparent to me that most Twitter feeds just have so much total crap on them that saving/collecting is totally a waste of time.
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April 1, 2013 3:07 PM!

Curating Digital Magazines with Flipboard 2.0: More Noise or True Resources?

Flipboard founder Mike McCue gives you an inside look behind 2.0.
Robin Good's insight:

If you haven't tried it yet, here is a cool video with Mike McCue from Flipboard, where he showcases all of the new features that make Flipboard 2.0 such a cool new publishing tool.

I think anyone who doesn't have an iPad should check this video clip out as to get a basic idea of what FlipBoard now does, when it comes to curation and publishing, and HOW it does it.

From my own viewpoint I can't disagree with the fact that there is no easier way today to create and put together a good looking curated magazine. At least if you have an iPhone or iPad.

If you listen closely to the things that Mike McCue says, the focus is clearly on creating a cool-looking magazine in the easiest and fastest possible way.

This is the critical point.

The fad to put together cool looking magazines may not last very long, as we have already seen that the quality of curated publications that require little or no effort to be put together is generally very shallow.

Curation requires time, attention to details and no desire to do things in the least possible time. It's like collecting stamps while driving. Something is not right.

So the question is open: is FlipBoard going to generate a tsunami of cool-looking image-based "noise", or after the initial rush, these newly mint curated magazines could actually become valuable resources and "points of reference" in their respective industries or interest niches?

What do you expect? What do you see?

Original video:

Jeff Domansky's comment, April 1, 2013 6:14 PM
Thanks for this post Robin. Sadly, curation without purpose is just noise. It's not the tool, it's the talent.
Robin Good's comment, April 2, 2013 2:10 AM
Can't disagree with that.
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March 31, 2013 4:53 AM!

Curate the News Directly Inside WordPress with the new Storify VIP Plugin

Curate the News Directly Inside WordPress with the new Storify VIP Plugin | Content Curation World |

Robin Good's insight:

The new Storify VIP for Wordpress plugin allows anyone having a Wordpress account to collect stories, images and video clips appearing on social media platforms and to integrate such content into their website news section and within their blog posts.

If you are not familiar with Storify, this is a news curation platform that allows you to easily find and re-post tweets, photos and video clips coming from Twitter, Facebook, YouTube, Instagram and other major social networks.

Key features include:

  • Easily embed Storify stories into your site

  • SEO-friendly

  • Formatting optimized for WordPress posts

  • Extensive API to customize the plugin’s functionality

With this new WordPress plugin you can use Storify’s popular drag-and-drop curation tools directly inside your WordPress dashboard and seamlessly post Storify stories on your blog with our plugin.

Without you having to do anything about it, Storify automatically maintains proper display and attribution of original sources, and lets you notify the people whose tweets were included in a story.

Storify stories can now be updated in real-time with new info or changing data and can be utilized for liveblogging events.

To Activate the Storify VIP plugin:
Click Plugins on your WordPress admin dashboard
Activate the Storify plugin

Free to use.

More info:

Stephen Dale's curator insight, April 1, 2013 2:11 PM

Appears to be quite a slick integratoon with Wordpress. However, the $3750 per month (min) will put a lot of people off - including me!

Jeni Mawter's curator insight, April 1, 2013 9:39 PM

Storify great for content creators using WordPress.

Josette Williams's curator insight, April 6, 2013 1:17 AM

A great plugin for your WordPress site called Storify.

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April 26, 2015 12:40 PM!

Curate Your Favorite Content Into Visual Topic Channels with

Robin Good's insight: is a new news curation app, similar in many ways to a much simplified version of With a dedicated bookmarklet you can basically curate and personalise any content you find online and post it to a dedicated *virtual board* on

There's none of the advanced backend content discovery engine features, nor the powerful embedding, domain name mapping, social sharing and publishing options that offers, but is also much simpler and for anyone who would find too complex or feature-rich for his initial needs, it could be a potential starting point.

Posts appear in a layout much similar to two-column magazine vertical layout. Content can be easily shared on all major social channels, and when a reader clicks on a curated post, the full original content page loads up under a frame that maintains context and reference to the original curated post.

It is possible to follow other boards and to repost content posted by others. During Beta each user can create up to 8 curated boards on different topics.

Good for anyone wanting to get his feet wet with news curation without needing to get a more complex tool and without needing to spend anything. 

English and Spanish languages supported.

Free to use.

Try it out now: 


Stephen Dale's curator insight, April 27, 2015 8:34 AM

A news curation tool. A possible alternative to Easier to use, but not as feature rich (e.g. lacks some of social sharing and publishing options)


Reading time: 5 mins

Joyce Valenza's curator insight, April 27, 2015 8:39 AM

A new curation tool, similar to, without the discover features.  Simple and promising for creating on-the-fly boards and organizing topical content. via @robingood

Stephanie Diamond's curator insight, April 27, 2015 11:33 AM

Worth a look

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June 27, 2014 1:22 PM!

Curate Your Favorite Content with the ExpressCurate WordPress Toolkit

Curate Your Favorite Content with the ExpressCurate WordPress Toolkit | Content Curation World |
Robin Good's insight:

ExpressCurate is a free WordPress plugin which allows you to capture any content you find online, and to edit and curate it directly inside WordPress.

Key features include:

  • Grab and load any URL content
  • Provides editable title, image and content areas
  • Pre-loads multiple key content chunks from original content and meta-data and makes them ready for insertion

  • Offers SEO dedicated fields 
  • Auto-suggests relevant tags
  • Can add annotation and text boxes into curated posts
  • Auto-link to original and personalized attribution text

ExpressCurate also provides:

- a Chrome extension to easily capture and curate content as you browse, which provides an editing interface similar to what provides with his bookmarklet. The extension also adds a cool "curate" link to your Twitter interface which allows you to curate also any content on the 140 character platform. See this screenshot: 

- a free WordPress theme for curated news and magazines sites.

A good and easy-to-use content curation tool for anyone using WordPress. Excellent free solution for authors and journalists who only need an easy and effective solution to start curating without needing to learn or adopt a new platform.

Free to use.

Try it out now: 


Sharise Cunningham's curator insight, June 28, 2014 1:22 PM

It's always good to have an effective, easy-to-use tool, especially if you're more creatively-minded than technical.

Mike Power's curator insight, July 7, 2014 5:37 AM

Although I don't use WP that much this looks very useful. I'll check it out on one of my WP test sites. 

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February 24, 2014 4:55 PM!

The Future of News Is Not About Facts: It's About Context, Relevance and Opinion

The Future of News Is Not About Facts: It's About Context, Relevance and Opinion | Content Curation World |

"News sources can't just give us the facts. They must tell us what those facts mean."

Robin Good's insight:

Here's a refreshing look at the future of news that highlights the importance of going deeper into creating value for readers by providing more focus, relevance, context and opinion.

These are the characters that properly define what we now refer to as "curation" when it comes to content and news.

The following passages, extracted from the book, The News: A User's Manual, are by Alain de Botton, and have been excerpted from a lengthy article on The Week entitled "The Future of News".

"News organizations are coy about admitting that what they present us with each day are minuscule extracts of narratives whose true shape and logic can generally only emerge from a perspective of months or even years — and that it would hence often be wiser to hear the story in chapters rather than snatched sentences.

They [news organizations] are institutionally committed to implying that it is inevitably better to have a shaky and partial grasp of a subject this minute than to wait for a more secure and comprehensive understanding somewhere down the line.


We need news organizations to help our curiosity by signaling how their stories fit into the larger themes on which a sincere capacity for interest depends.

To grow interested in any piece of information, we need somewhere to "put" it, which means some way of connecting it to an issue we already know how to care about.

A section of the human brain might be pictured as a library in which information is shelved under certain fundamental categories. Most of what we hear about day to day easily signals where in the stacks it should go and gets immediately and unconsciously filed.

... the stranger or the smaller stories become, the harder the shelving process grows. What we colloquially call "feeling bored" is just the mind, acting out of a self-preserving reflex, ejecting information it has despaired of knowing where to place.

...We might need help in transporting such orphaned pieces of information to the stacks that would most appropriately reveal their logic. is news organizations to take on some of this librarian's work. It is for them to give us a sense of the larger headings under which minor incidents belong."


The call for understanding how much greater value can be provided by curating news and information in depth, rather than by following the shallow, buzzy and viral path beaten by HuffPo, Buzzfeed and the rest of the gang, is clear.

But beyond context and depth, real value can only be added if we accept the fact that going beyond the classic "objective fact reporting", by adding opinion and bias in a transparent fashion, can actually provide greater value in many ways, as Alain de Botton clearly explains:

"Unfortunately for our levels of engagement, there is a prejudice at large within many news organizations that the most prestigious aspect of journalism is the dispassionate and neutral presentation of "facts."


The problem with facts is that there is nowadays no shortage of sound examples. The issue is not that we need more of them, but that we don't know what to do with the ones we have...

...But what do these things actually mean? How are they related to the central questions of political life? What can they help us to understand?

...The opposite of facts is bias. In serious journalistic quarters, bias has a very bad name. It is synonymous with malevolent agendas, lies, and authoritarian attempts to deny audiences the freedom to make up their own minds.

Yet we should perhaps be more generous toward bias.

In its pure form, a bias simply indicates a method of evaluating events that is guided by a coherent underlying thesis about human functioning and flourishing.

It is a pair of lenses that slide over reality and aim to bring it more clearly into focus.

Bias strives to explain what events mean and introduces a scale of values by which to judge ideas and events. It seems excessive to try to escape from bias per se; the task is rather to find ways to alight on its more reliable and fruitful examples. 

There are countless worthy lenses to slide between ourselves and the world." 

Overall, these ideas offer a truly refreshing look at the future of news and at the relevance that context and opinion could play in transforming this medium from a vehicle of mass distraction to one of focused learning and understanding for those interested. 

Must read. Rightful. Insightful. 9/10

Full article: 

Reading time: 10':20"

Javier Antonio Bellina's curator insight, February 25, 2014 2:36 PM

El futuro de las Noticias no es sobre los Hechos, sino sobre contexto, relevancia y opinión.

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February 17, 2014 10:22 AM!

Social Curation with Twitter: a Research Study by NTT

Robin Good's insight:

From the paper abstract:  "Social media such as microblogs have become so pervasive such that it is now possible to use them as sensors for real-world events and memes.

While much recent research has focused on developing automatic methods for filtering and summarizing these data streams, we explore a different trend called social curation.

In contrast to automatic methods, social curation is characterized as a human-in-the-loop and sometimes crowd-sourced mechanism for exploiting social media as sensors."

The paper attempts to analyze curated microblog data and to understand the main reasons why people "participate in this laborious curation process".

It also looks at "new ways in which information retrieval and machine learning technologies can be used to assist curators" and it also suggests "a novel method based on a learning-to-rank framework that increases the curator's productivity and breadth of perspective by suggests which novel microblogs should be added to the curated content."

The paper contains valuable information for anyone interested in having more statistical data about social curation activities and patterns on Twitter, the use of lists and the typical reasons why individuals want to do this. 

Interesting. 7/10

Full original PDF paper: 


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November 26, 2013 10:46 AM!

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...
Robin Good's insight:

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:

Must see. 9/10

Free to study, use and adopt.

More info and examples: 

WordPress plugin: 

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October 26, 2013 1:19 PM!

From News as Reporting To News as a Gateway To Learn In Depth About a Topic

From News as Reporting To News as a Gateway To Learn In Depth About a Topic | Content Curation World |
Robin Good's insight:

It's the second time that I go back to this insightful article by Jonathan Stray, dating back to 2011, but which was visionary and rightful then as it is still now. The first time I did, right after it came out, I didn't actually realize in full how relevant and important was the idea being communicated through it.

On the surface the article talks about an hypotethical Editorial Search Engine as a desirable news app. But if you look just beyond the surface, which is by itself fascinating, in essence, Mr. Stray indicates how useful and effective it would be if news publishers moved on from reporting and into 100% curated coverage of a certain topic, issue or story, opening a fascinating discovery gateway around each story and allowing in time for these streams to intersect and interconnect with each other.

By doing this, we can not only make the news much more interesting and relevant, but we can transform them into instruments for in-depth learning about anything we are interested in.

In this light the future of news could be very much about Comprehensively Informing an Audience on a Specific Topic. And if you stop enough time to re-read it and think about it, this is a pretty powerful and revolutionary concept by itself.

He specifically writes: "Rather than (always, only) writing stories, we should be trying to solve the problem of comprehensively informing the user on a particular topic."

"Choose a topic and start with traditional reporting, content creation, in-house explainers and multimedia stories. Then integrate a story-specific search engine that gathers together absolutely everything else that can be gathered on that topic, and applies whatever niche filtering, social curation, visualization, interaction and communication techniques are most appropriate."

Jonathan Stray makes also a very inspiring connection to Jay Rosen of NYU and his idea of covering 100% of a story which in my view correctly anticipated the niche content curation trend while going beyond it in its effort to explore gateways to innovation. 




Insightful. Visionary. Inspiring. 9/10



Michael Britt's comment, October 27, 2013 12:27 PM
I think the points above are excellent. I only wish "content consumers" if you will, agreed with this message. I say that because I have been critisized by one consumer because he didn't feel that I gave him ENOUGH content on a topic. In other words, in many content consumer's minds, A LOT OF CONTENT = VALUE. Hopefully the public is going to realize that this is not true.
Stephen Dale's curator insight, October 29, 2013 1:56 PM

A useful article on the  role of journalists by Jonathan Stray. He postulates that rather than writing stories, journalists should be trying to solve the problem of comprehensively informing the user on a particular topic, by applying filtering, social curation, visualistion and interaction with their audience. I think the professional press has woken up to this, and commend the Guardian for their insightful reporting. 

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August 2, 2013 8:34 AM!

Curate Great-Looking Web Magazines From Mobile or Desktop with Flipboard 2

Now you can enjoy Flipboard magazines on the Web. Here's a quick tutorial about their basic features. To start browsing Web magazines, go to: https://flipboa...
Robin Good's insight:

If you want to curate a cool-looking visual magazine on a specific topic, Flipboard offers a free, and very easy-to-use solution, potentially reaching a very large audience.

The real news is that the mobile-born app, is now available also on the Web, both for creating and editing new magazines as well as for reading them on any standard browser.

Use is extremely simple and straightforward. After you have created a new magazine on the topic of your choice, you can easily a) search through Flipboard curated content and "reflip" relevant items to your magazine, or b) use a dedicated button / bookmarklet to add "on-the-fly" web articles or videos to one or more of your mags.

The trade-in for all of this simplicity is very little opportunity for editing and personalization. You can't edit the title, add your image, or format your introductory comments, nor you can decide anything about how your curated content will be laid out and presented.

It is possible to invite other users to collaborate and contribute to your own magazines and  it's easy to share what you post in Flipboard also on your preferred social media (Facebook, Twitter).

Flipboard does an excellent job of curating the hundreds of thousands of visual magazines being created by picking, organizing and surfacing the best and most interesting ones. This approach provides a very effective solution to filtering out shallow, superficial and spammy content, in favor of truly memorable visual collections of pointers to great content.

My comment: Content curation on Flipboard is a 4-step process that even non-technical people can understand quite easily.

Flipboard it's as easy and simple to use as Pinterest. You find an interesting an article on a topic you cover? You tap the "+" button (on your smartphone) or click the "Flip it" button (desktop), you select an image, add a comment, pick in which magazine of yours to place it and you're done. 

Flipboard is a powerful tool because it makes it extremely easy to pick content and repackage it into a stunningly beautiful visual magazine that can be read and edited across any type of device.

The skills and ability of the Flipboard internal curation team makes all of the difference in making Flipboard a unique "open" source of high-quality curated content, organized by topics, presented in a stunning visual format. In this respect Flipboard is a significant step ahead of its direct competitors. That is, if you are looking for a quality source of content curated by users, Flipboard has something of value to provide.

Excellent solution for anyone who has an interest in curating a very elegant looking web visual magazine without having to learn anything new.

Limiting for anyone in need to have more control over sources management, content editing and personalization, distribution and white labelling options.

Free to use.

Find out more:

Flipboard for Android

Flipboard for iOS

Web bookmarklet:

with this bookmarklet installed on your browser you can use any Mac or PC to add new content, comments to your Flipboard-based visual magazines.

Flipboard magazine examples:


Video tutorials:

P.S.: Even if you intend to use Flipboard from the web, you need a tablet or smartphone to sign-up and register for the service.

trendspotter's comment, August 9, 2013 9:42 AM
Since Flipboard launched on the web the audience of my Flipboard magazine ( ) has grown from 1000 people to 8000 people. So for me this was a huge shift.
Robin Good's comment, August 9, 2013 10:00 AM
Thank you Trendspotter for sharing this valuable info. Much appreciated indeed.
trendspotter's comment, August 14, 2013 12:00 PM
To be fair. First the CEO of Flipboard had added my Future magazine to his personal list of his favorite magazines. Then some weeks later the team at Flipboard added my magazine in their new overview of officially recommended Flipboard user magazines, where I'm still listed here ( that is when my readership grew to 8000 people. Now I've noticed that my magazine is also showing up in the recommended list of tech magazines in the Flipboard app, next to large media sites like Ars Technica or Giga OM or TNW. That is when I grew to 10.000 readers.

So my point is: Flipboard starting the web version was not the only effect why I got so many new readers there. Basically the reason was their promotion of my magazine, which started when they started their web version.
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June 15, 2013 11:52 AM!

The Basic Flipboard Curation Guide

The Basic Flipboard Curation Guide | Content Curation World |
Robin Good's insight:

Flipboard, as you probably already know, is a great app (available on iOS and Android) which not only allows you to read and keep yourself updated on your favorite topics in a fresh and highly visual experience, but, since recently, it also offers you the ability to become a "curator" of whatever topic you are into.

Your job is simply to pick great stuff you stumble upon and to save it into the appropriate magazine you have created. It's not conceptually much different than clicking a Facebook "like" button and adding your comment, but we the added option of generating in the meanwhile a beautifully laid out digital magazine.

The secret here, to do something that it is of some value, it is to choose on a very specific "theme/topic" and to get picky about what you choose to publish in your magazine(s).

In this useful article Sue Waters collects and curates some of the best tips, video tutorials and techniques to make the best of your Flipboard curation experience in a step-by-step guide.

Useful. Resourceful. Media-rich. 8/10

Full guide:

Stephen Dale's curator insight, June 16, 2013 5:05 AM

tephen Dale's insight:

Flipboard (an App available for iOS and Android) is my favourite app for consuming and sharing inrormation. Relevence is improved by being able to choose the topics you want to follow, and liking or favouriting specific articles.


The recent addition of the Flipboard Editort now enables you to create and curate your own magazine, which you can share with others, or keep simply as a place for bookmarking.


In this article, Sue Waters provides a step by step guide on how to use and make the most of the Flipboard features. 

Nick Mortel's curator insight, June 21, 2013 7:32 AM

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MTD's curator insight, June 24, 2013 4:10 AM

We like Scoopit, but Flipboard is good too. Take a look!

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May 15, 2013 4:51 AM!

Why Do You Curate Content? Here My Five Top Reasons for Doing It

Why Do You Curate Content? Here My Five Top Reasons for Doing It | Content Curation World |

Robin Good's insight:

Why do you curate content? Are you doing it because you didn't know anymore what to write about or are you doing it because it feels like you can save a lot of time by curating instead of writing?

What drives your desire to republish, mention or introduce other people's content? The ever-growing need for fresh content? The desire to become more visible on seach engines thanks to more content and on-target use of relevant keywords?

What is it really that makes you curate?

Cendrine Marrouat has a short but stimulating article, where she invites you to do just that. Stop and think why curation is something that you value so much?

I don't know what your reasons may be, but I have decided to stop and list at least my five top reasons for curating content as I do.

You can read them in the comments of Cendrine stimulating article, right here:

Stimulating. Valuable questioning and modelling. 7/10

(Image credit: Thinking man - Shutterstock)

Carmenne Kalyaniwala's curator insight, May 19, 2013 11:24 AM

This short article provides five solid reasons why one needs to curate. Needless to say, I've bought into the idea anyway

ghbrett's curator insight, May 19, 2013 6:08 PM

Read the other comments, they are better that what I could write. See below.

唐瑶's curator insight, May 31, 2013 5:45 AM

Why I choose this topic to be my thesis topic? When I first heard this topic, I found it very attractive. In this world full of digital information, how can we find good content we need. Later I found and Robin Good which strengthen my view that content curation is so useful. Because I found many valuable information in his topic and it really saves me a lot of time.



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May 10, 2013 11:54 AM!

Create Custom News Discovery Bots and Collect the Best Content with

Create Custom News Discovery Bots and Collect the Best Content with | Content Curation World |
Robin Good's insight: is a new web app which allows you to create custom newsbots that automatically aggregate and filter news according to your own search and popularity criteria.

Such user-engineered custom feeds are called Probes, and you can create or subscribe to, to as many as you want. Such custom Probes can, for example, scout a selected set of sites/RSS feeds and distill from them only posts that contain certain keywords, and/or that have reached a certain popularity on social media (Facebook or YouTube).

Check some cool "probes" here:

Notably, on, not only you can create "probes" that work for you, but the "probes" you create are also useful for others as well, who can put them to their own service.

Additionally you can also "ping" any story you find on the web (with the associated bookmarklet) and, optionally, associate it to a very specific "news collection" that you have created.

"pings" example:

"news collection" example:

Ping it is the first news discovery and curation app that has finally introduced more control for the user in building and customizing, easily, the way news are found, discovered, filtered and aggregated. Not only, it has introduced the idea that such customized bots/search-algos, can be re-used by others effectively.

Although the "probe" feature it is still very limited in functionality at this time, its introduction is a milestone event for news curators, as more control, on the user-side is exactly what information hunters really need. I expect that many more tools, large and small will need to follow on foosteps.

Hats to Ping for introducing this feature, with the wish that they will further refine it and improve it as to make it really flexible and usable for many different types of needs.

Review on TheNextWeb:

Free to use.

Try it out now:

ghbrett's curator insight, May 15, 2013 11:57 AM

Have a look at Robin Good's extensive comments about They are very helpful and detailed.

ghbrett's comment, May 15, 2013 11:57 AM
Thanks Robin for your in depth comments!
Robin Good's comment, May 15, 2013 1:44 PM
Glad to be of help GH!
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April 2, 2013 5:59 AM!

Local News Curation + Community Support: The Breaking News Network Winning Formula

Local News Curation + Community Support: The Breaking News Network Winning Formula | Content Curation World |
Robin Good's insight:

If you were wondering how likely it is that news curation may become a key strategy for offering quality local news, you should check out this three-year old project called The Breaking News Network.

BNN, founded by Pat Kitano, already covers 350 cities worldwide by curating the most interesting local news stories from indigenous blogs and RSS feeds and having a unique focus on supporting community voices and interests.

BNN, in its own words is an active, community-sourced and locally driven information network, that uses curation to provide just-in-time relevant info and news to its communities.

From the official site: "The Breaking News Network delivers social media sourced news and information to over 350 cities and neighborhoods worldwide.

We’re unique to local publishing because we curate and publish the most interesting media and blog feeds in each city (that means less petty crime and accidents, more events, opinions and commentary) to create an aggregate real time ticker tape of literally everything happening in a city.

Every city’s WordPress based website (example: broadcasts more than just the usual daily news; it curates news by category: Things to Do, Sports, Food, Culture, etc. so users can find breaking news by topic of interest.

We utilize the curation and presentation tools by Rebelmouse to display content in a visual format.

We deliver localized news streams through Twitter and Facebook for each city and have amassed over 400,000 fans/followers who appreciate our real time local content."

One interesting aspect of The Breaking News Network is its strategic positioning, throughout all of its instances, as a collector and amplifier for the news coming from relevant local institutions and communities providing them with extra visibility and a very relevant context to reach out to interested people.

From "When BNN was launched three years ago to give voice to community causes, Kitano brought a unique knowledge from early experiments using Twitter (2006 – 2009) and social media to develop hyperlocal community information networks for the real estate market.

Focusing on social at the outset, Kitano was “cobbling together” segmented lists on Twitter before Twitter had even created “lists.” (For context, Twitter launched in July of 2006.)

Kitano sees BNN providing a shared social channel – one community, one voice, one cause at a time – with promise of doing good for others by supporting civic groups, local causes and arts organizations."

Here, in more detail, some of the community support they provide: "We provide free access for local institutions to our 350+ Twitter feeds via our unique Community Retweet Program.

We also provide this access to local politicians and local media so they can broadcast their most important messages to our communities.

We create national campaigns and build brand advocate networks for good causes.

We create unique ways for our readers to interact with their local institutions, like the National Aquarium and Chicago’s International Beethoven Festival."

SF Breaking News example:

Review by Journalism Accelerator:

More info:

City directory:

Fernando Zamith's curator insight, April 5, 2013 10:44 AM

Vale a pena seguir estas experiências. Já há edições na Europa (UK e Paris) -


Quem se quer aventurar na criação do Breaking Lisbon News ou do Breaking Porto News?


Socius Ars's curator insight, April 10, 2013 12:20 PM

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April 1, 2013 11:39 AM!

Curation: The Future of News Is All About Separating Junk From Gems

Robin Good's insight:

At the start of 2012 Steve Rubel, EVP of Edelman, published a very interesting slide deck entitled "Insights on the Future of Media" - Volume 1.

In it he analized five key trends that had emerged from his numerous talks with CEOs, startup founders, technology vendors and reporters about what would be the key, most important best practices to emerge in the near future.

The first such practice analyzed in his presentation is "news curation" under the heading "Curate to Dominate.

Steve Rubel writes: "...what I discovered is that vertical curators like SBN may soon play a larger role in how we consume content than many of us may realize.

This has ramifications for both journalists and communicators.

Sports is one of the largest and oldest online interest verticals.The category is dominated by large brands - sites like and Yahoo Sports, which rose to prominence during the 1990s.

Suddenly, however, the edges are fraying.

First, athletes and teams are becoming their own media channels. Beyond that, new curators are moving in and disrupting the business. SBN, for example, rolls up the best independent blog voices covering individual teams into a carefully curated network.

The Bleacher Report, meanwhile, takes a more open, crowd- Jim Bansourced approach. Today its the 12th largest sports site, koff, Vox Media according to comScore.

Both SBN and Bleacher Report are demonstrating that there's a huge opportunity for new media brands to emerge that focus on separating art from junk.

This is all a result of too much content and not enough time."

And if you are asking what's the future of a curator as a paid resource or as a business per se, here is his answer:

"...what about breaking news, which is more of a commodity these days? Can a curator win in news too?

According to the 3.3 million people who follow the MSNBC- owned @breakingnews account on Twitter - the sub-140-character answer is "yes."

That's where we pick up the story. To learn more, I sought out fellow Hofstra University alum Lauren McCullough. She recently joined @breakingnews from AP as a Senior Editor.

...MSNBC has turned it into a 24/7 news operation that curates links faster than anyone else."

Find more valuable insight, names and brands already "walking the talk" on slides 4, 5 and 6 of this very interesting deck  (Insights on the Future of Media - Volume 1, January 2012).

Recommended. Insightful. Informative. 8/10

Here the original slideshow:

Full PDF:

Mariale Peñalosa Arguijo's curator insight, April 4, 2013 8:07 AM

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