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RSS Feed Aggregator Allows To Curate Content Inside WordPress: PressForward

RSS Feed Aggregator Allows To Curate Content Inside WordPress: PressForward | Content Curation World | Scoop.it
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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."


#curation

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 Scoop.it.


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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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 | Scoop.it
News defined by you.
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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: 
http://defcomb.tumblr.com/post/101673641978/introducing-the-defcomb-news-reader  


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 peter@defcomb.com with subject: "Interested in trying Defcomb - Recommended by Robin Good"


Try it out now: http://defcomb.com 

Example of filtered news stream: http://www.defcomb.com/public/scenarios/415 


I have included Defcomb in my T5 tools directory:
http://tools.robingood.com and in the experts tools for journalists here: http://experts.journalism.io




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

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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: http://youtu.be/Gf3SYrt2Jgw 



Bob Boynton's comment, March 31, 2014 12:51 AM
I cannot use my scoop.it 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 scoop.it.
socialcompany's curator insight, May 23, 2014 9:04 AM

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

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Internal News Curation and Resource Sharing For Your Organization with NewsDeck

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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: http://www.newsdeck.com/


 


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Pinterest for News Is Here: It's Called NewsPeg

Pinterest for News Is Here: It's Called NewsPeg | Content Curation World | Scoop.it
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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: http://www.newspeg.com/ 


Read more about it: http://recoveringjournalist.typepad.com/recovering_journalist/2014/01/introducing-newspeg.html



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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Curate Topic-Specific News Channels on Twitter with Custom Timelines

Curate Topic-Specific News Channels on Twitter with Custom Timelines | Content Curation World | Scoop.it
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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 https://tweetdeck.twitter.com/ 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: https://tweetdeck.twitter.com/ 


Check also: https://blog.twitter.com/2013/custom-timelines-in-tweetdeck 







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 scoop.it site for a vast array of curation tools and resources. 

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5 Examples of Web Sites Effectively Leveraging Content Curation

5 Examples of Web Sites Effectively Leveraging Content Curation | Content Curation World | Scoop.it
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: http://maximizesocialbusiness.com/curate-content-like-a-pro-8535/

(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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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 | Scoop.it
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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: http://www.noowit.com/


Preview: http://www.noowit.com/pbeta


Example I created: http://www.noowit.com/RobinGood





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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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 | Scoop.it
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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: http://www.opentopic.com/




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:http://www.opentopic.com/

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



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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: https://editor.flipboard.com/


Bookmarklet: https://share.flipboard.com/


FAQ: https://editor.flipboard.com/faq


Content Curation World sample on Flipboard: http://flip.it/Q4i5d





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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Get the RSS Feed for Any Twitter Account with Twitter RSS

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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.

See: http://mashable.com/2012/09/05/twitter-api-rss/ 

http://sociable.co/social-media/twitter-puts-rss-on-death-row-can-topsy-save-it/ 


Free to use.


Try it out now:  http://www.twitter-rss.com 


(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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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: http://youtu.be/I9dv5QVs2_c






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

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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: http://vip.wordpress.com/plugins/storify/


http://wordpress.org/extend/plugins/storify/faq/




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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Curate Your Favorite Content Into Visual Topic Channels with Topik.in

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Topik.in is a new news curation app, similar in many ways to a much simplified version of Scoop.it. With a dedicated bookmarklet you can basically curate and personalise any content you find online and post it to a dedicated *virtual board* on Topik.in


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


Posts appear in a layout much similar to Scoop.it 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 Topik.in 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: http://www.topik.in/ 


FAQ: http://www.topik.in/content/faq 




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

A news curation tool. A possible alternative to Scoop.it. Easier to use, but not as feature rich (e.g. lacks some of Scoop.it 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 Scoop.it, 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