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Content Curation World
What a Content Curator Needs To Know: How, Tools, Issues and Strategy
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September 21, 2013 3:34 PM!

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

Create Curated Expert-Filtered Top Link Lists and Categorized "Best Of" Pages with ZEEF | Content Curation World |
Robin Good's insight:

Zeef is a new web service which allows you to create top link lists on any topic and to group them into useful resources pages. 

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

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

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

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

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

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

Zeef is excellent for:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Free to use.

Find out more / try it out now:  





My first Zeef page on Content Curation Tools (in progress): 

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

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


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


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


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


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


Le applicazioni didattiche sono numerose:

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

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

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

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





ESEMPIO: la pagina Zeef realizzata da Robin Good relativamente alle risorse per la content curation

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August 20, 2013 2:35 PM!

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

Curate & Publish Lean Start Pages with URLs and Feeds on Any Topic: StartMe | Content Curation World |
Create a personal startpage with your most important bookmarks and RSS feeds. Easy to use, reliable and completely (ad) free. Read more...
Robin Good's insight:

StartMe is an excellent free start page builder which allows anyone to create public (or private) start pages containing bookmarks, links and RSS feeds, organized in groups and easily editable.

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

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

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

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

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

Extension for Firefox and Google Chrome are available.

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

Ad free.

Free to use.

Try it out now: 

Getting started: 

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

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

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

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