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Scoop.it Introduces New Layout Templates, Full Topic Embeds and Direct White-Label Publishing to WordPress

Scoop.it Introduces New Layout Templates, Full Topic Embeds and Direct White-Label Publishing to WordPress | Content Curation World | Scoop.it



Scoop.it, the content discovery, curation, distribution and publishing platform has recently added some very significant improvements to its offering, that make it service even more interesting for any kind of online publisher, company or agency looking forward to find, vet and curate the best content available online on a specific topic.


The first and long-awaited new feature is the availability of multiple layout templates that Scoop.it publishers can now utilize and which can be swtiched to instantly.

 

The second one is full embedding of curated topics onto any web page to make it easiest for any publisher to rapidly integrate and display scoop.it content directly on their sites.


The third and most powerful new addition is the availability of a new white label direct publishing feature for WordPress-based publishers.


Although I have not had the opportunity to test this new feature, which is available only through a new Marketers subscription plan, it surely looks as the perfect fit for all those publishers who wanted to use Scoop.it more as a backend for producing curated content for their site than as a final publishing destination.


With these new additions Scoop.it consolidates itself as feature-rich, reliable and affordable content curation system that can satisfy many different types of needs: from education, to content marketing, news publishing and community building.



Find out more: http://blog.scoop.it/2014/07/23/introducing-templates-embedded-topics-and-website-integration-through-scoop-it/





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wanderingsalsero's curator insight, September 5, 2014 4:17 PM

Nice to see SI moving along.  I haven't read this and I wonder if it's the news I read a few weeks ago.  At any rate I think SI is getting a bit ahead in the race between them and RebelMouse.  

 

I've had an issue in the UI with RM for almost 2 months and they don't seem inclined to do anything about it....but SI has always worked fine.

Nedko Aldev's curator insight, April 5, 2015 12:25 PM

 

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Why I Don't Like Scoopit Links on Twitter

Why I Don't Like Scoopit Links on Twitter | Content Curation World | Scoop.it

I’m seeing more Scoopit links in my Twitter stream and I’m not crazy about it.  Sure it’s quick and easy to share with Scoopit.  But it not quick and easy to consume. For me it's all about the econ...

Marty Note (here is comment I wrote on Dr. V's blog)

Appreciate Bryan’s and Joseph’s comment, but I rarely use Scoop.it as a pass through. More than 90% of the time I’m adding “rich snippets” to content I Scoop.

Rich snippets are “blog” posts that fall between Twitter and the 500 to 1,000 words I would write in Scenttrail Marketing. I often create original content ON Scoop.it because whatever I’m writing falls in the crack between Twitter’s micro blog and what I think of as needing to be on my marketing blog.


I was taught NOT to pass through links on Scoop.it early on by the great curator @Robin Good . Robin has well over 1M views on Scoop.it now and his advice along with the patient advice of other great Scoop.it curators has my profile slouching toward 150,000 views.


Bryan is correct that some curators new to Scoop.it haven’t learned the Robin Good lesson yet. I agree it is frustrating to go to a link and not receive anything of value back, to simply need to click on another link. Curators who pass through links won’t scale, so the Darwinian impact will be they will learn to add value or die out.


For my part I always identify my Scoop.it links, probably about half the content I Tweet and about a quarter of my G+ shares. I also routinely share my favorite “Scoopiteers”, great content curators who taught me valuable lessons such as don’t simply pass through links but add “micro blogging” value via rich snippets.


When you follow or consistently share content from a great curator on Scooop.it you begin to understand HOW they shape the subjects they curate. I know, for example, Robin Good is amazing on new tools. Scoop.it anticipated this learning and built in a feature where I can suggest something to Robin.


This is when Scoop.it is at its most crowdsourcing best because I now have an army of curators who know I like to comment on and share content about design or BI or startups and they (other Scoopiteers) keep an eye out for me. There are several reasons Scoop.it is a “get more with less effort” tool and this crowdsourcing my curation is high on the list.


So, sorry you are sad to see Scoop.it links and understand your frustration. You’ve correctly identified the problem too – some curators don’t know how to use the tool yet. I know it is a lot to ask to wait for the Darwinian learning that will take place over generations, but Scoop.it and the web have “generations” that have the half life of a gnat so trust that the richness of the Scoop.it community will win in the end and “the end” won’t take long.


To my fellow Scoop.it curators we owe Bryan and Joseph thanks for reminding us of what Robin Good taught me – add value or your Scoop.it won’t scale. That lessons is applicable to much more than how we use Scoop.it.


Marty

Added to G+ too
https://plus.google.com/102639884404823294558/posts/TUsNtsAsjWp

 


Via Martin (Marty) Smith
Robin Good's insight:

Well, I can't really agree more with Marty's point.

On the other hand Scoop.it, and a number of similar platforms,  are heavily promoted as a content marketing platforms that promise to a) save you time and b) allow you to post more content.

And then, unless you heavily moderate and surface editorial models that can guide other users, you tend to level down to the lowest common denominator. 

This is what I see happening and I regret it as well.

Thanks Marty for highlighting it. 

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Karen Dietz's comment, August 22, 2014 2:07 PM
Right on Marty! I'm re-scooping this as a way to help that learning along about how to really use Scoop.it well and leverage it.
Karen Dietz's curator insight, August 22, 2014 2:25 PM

FYI Folks -- I trust that the reviews I write about the articles I curate help people along in their business storytelling journey. I know that there are many curators out there who do not add reviews/comments to the articles they highlight. 


As a result, Scoop.it and other curation sites are getting a backlash because audience members are tired of getting a link to an article that brings them to Scoop.it, and then requires another click to get to the article. Now I know that is annoying. And there is nothing of value offered between clicks.


Marty's response to the original blog post is right on. Read it along with all the other comments. Truly illuminating.


Other than a rant for me, what's the value of this post to you and business storytelling?


Namely this -- no matter what medium you use -- blogging, curating, digital storytelling -- make sure you are actually adding value for your audience. Expand their knowledge, give them tools, show them how, and offer your excellent insights. The stories you share have to connect to your audience in these ways. Anything else is a waste.


All of these posts and reviews add up to telling your story in a big picture way. So thanks Marty for addressing this issue, and reminding us about principles for quality curation. I've learned a lot from both you and Robin!


Karen Dietz

Bob Connelly's comment, November 23, 2014 7:11 PM
Being new to Scoop.it, I was glad to read this. I wouldn't have thought about this...
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Sending People To See Other Sites Works: One Million Page Views Just by Curating Content

Sending People To See Other Sites Works: One Million Page Views Just by Curating Content | Content Curation World | Scoop.it

http://www.MasterNewMedia.org/

Robin Good's insight:



I always say: "Traffic is worth zero". In fact, unless I am skilled enough to convert the one million page views that Scoop.it reports on my profile into loyal readers and paying customers this figure by itself could be worth nothing.


What it does say though, to the many of you wondering whether you can reach people interested in your specific topic by curating other people's content is that, Yes, it is very possible to reach a very targeted audience in this way. By using a publishing platform like Scoop.it and having a regular, systematic posting schedule does bring extra visibility, credit and reputation. And the more focus you have, the better.


Robert Scoble was right when he suggested, way before than anyone was even thinking about curation, to send visitors off to other sites by curating the best that is out there. 


But don't look at me as the example to follow. For one thing, I do not think it is a great idea to cover these many different topics like I do. I have now over ten curated channels I maintain on Scoop.it and I really don't think this is a great idea (nonetheless I am very interested in all of them).


In the beginning you always feel constrained, and needing a ton of channels, but then, as you go along, you learn that to maintain even two of them, at a very high level of quality, requires a lot of manual effort and time.


I am very thankful to Scoop.it as I would have not been able to get all of this extra exposure and credit for my work, if I had been doing this curation work exclusively on my own site.


Being showcased inside a social platform, where other people are continuosly looking for new, valuable content, has its own advantages.


As a matter of fact, I will not get tired of saying that Scoop.it HAS its key greatest opportunity for improvement, not so much in adding new features or refining its mobile versions but in really starting to effectively curate and showcase its own treasure trove of stuff and by doing that, modelling for its own larger group of users how to elevate their curation work.


By doing this Scoop.it would not only become a true content destination of its own sake but it could also become a model for quality curated content for its own users, by cultivating and exposing outstanding quality over quantity.


http://www.scoop.it/u/RobinGood 


*If you are a subject matter expert and are interested in contributing to the curation of one of my Scoop.it channels, step up and let me hear from you (Robin.Good@masternewmedia.org)





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David Bennett's comment, August 30, 2013 7:37 AM
I put up a post in Light Reading (a WP.com blog) and gave you attribution and a mention:

http://photographworks.wordpress.com/2013/08/30/say-it-with-a-tweet/
Michael Ehline's comment, September 3, 2013 9:04 AM
Man this one has gone viral. I see it everywhere.
harish magan's comment, September 3, 2013 10:21 AM
Ok I agree with you, let it be
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The More You Automate, The Less You Curate: Sense-Making Requires Manual Effort

The More You Automate, The Less You Curate: Sense-Making Requires Manual Effort | Content Curation World | Scoop.it
Robin Good's insight:



Harold Jarche has a good post about curation and PKM on his blog. Nonetheless is from a year back or more, it is definitely worth a read.

The short relatively post has been inspired by a somewhat misleading tweet by Cristina Milos (where she says that "curating is different than aggregating and that's why she is not a fan of Scoop.it pr Paper.li).

The tweet is misleading because, while Paper.li is indeed an aggregator for most, Scoop.it does not automate the process of selecting and publishing a curated magazine, though, I must admit, plenty of its top viewed channels do not go much beyond what Paper.li does, basically reposting other people content "as is". So I definitely sympathize with this issue.


And the key point Harold Jarche wants to make, is that, anytime there is some kind of human intervention to pick, select, re-title, contextualize or introduce some information, then, we are actually "curating" something. Not so, when we strive to automate, simplify and abbreviate the time needed to produce some valuable info.


He writes (read the word "PKM" as if it said "curation"): "...sense-making, or placing information into context, is where the real personal value of PKM lies. 


The process of seeking out information sources, making sense of them through some actions, and then sharing with others to confirm or accelerate our knowledge are interlinked activities from which knowledge (often slowly) emerges.


...The act of writing a blog post, a tweet, or an annotation on a social bookmark all force you to think a bit more than clicking once and filing it to an automated system. Other sense-making routines, like a weekly review of Twitter favourites and creating Friday’s Finds, encourages reflection and reinforces learning.


Automating sense-making is antithetical to the rationale behind PKM."



Rightful. Insightful. Useful. 8/10


Full post: http://www.jarche.com/2012/03/the-pkm-value-add/




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Martin Gysler's comment, May 15, 2013 4:57 AM
Yes Deborah, I totally agree with you.
Robin Martin's comment, May 15, 2013 10:28 AM
Absolutely agree!
Robin Martin's comment, May 15, 2013 10:28 AM
Absolutely agree!
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New Content Curation Tool To Curate Web Content Magazines: Zeen Launches In Private Beta

New Content Curation Tool To Curate Web Content Magazines: Zeen Launches In Private Beta | Content Curation World | Scoop.it

Robin Good: Zeen, the new app from the original founder of YouTube is finally coming, and it has opened its doors to private beta users.

On paper and by looking at the first screenshots, Zeen promises to be a curation-publishing platform similar to the new Paper.li, Storify and Scoop.it, but without any new revolutionary feature or improvement over those existing platforms.


While I am waiting to get in and start testing it myself, I share with you the official launch news as picked up by Giuseppe Mauriello from TheNextWeb review:


"YouTube founders launched a teaser for a new project called Zeen. 

It’s similarly based around the idea of content curation, but whereas Delicious is about tags and bookmarks, Zeen is a more developed version of the ‘social newspaper’ services like Paper.li.

 

After connecting your Twitter, Facebook and Instagram accounts, you get the option to create your first magazine, choosing from a number of template styles and color schemes.

 

You then dive into creating the magazine, without quite so much guidance about what you’re doing or why. Tools along the top of the magazine allow you to add content from the likes of Google searches, YouTube content, Instagram photos, Twitter, RSS feeds (you have to enter the feed URL) – or content you’ve clipped from around the Web using a blookmarklet.

 

Once you’ve added as much content as you like, one piece of content per page, you can publish your magazine to share with others..."

 

Full original article here:

http://thenextweb.com/apps/2012/07/27/youtube-founders-new-magazine-focused-web-curation-app-zeen-opens-in-beta/

 

Reserve your username on Zeen here: http://zeen.com

 



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Mike Ellsworth's comment, September 27, 2012 3:26 PM
Thanks for the reScoop!
Robin Good's comment, September 27, 2012 3:48 PM
Mike, you are very welcome.

By the way, if I may ask, which is the original scoop that you are referring to with your thanks?
Mike Ellsworth's comment, September 27, 2012 7:06 PM
Robin, good question, as your original scoop has been reScooped several times in this thread. I was thanking RPattinson-Daily for reScooping my reScoop, and so on, down to your original scoop. So thanks for this scoop, and for all the great scooping you do!
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Content Curation Special Edition on Collected Magazine

Content Curation Special Edition on Collected Magazine | Content Curation World | Scoop.it

Robin Good: The School Library Association of New Zealand Aotearoa (SLANZA) publishes "Collected", a professionally-designed and written digital magazine.


This issue is dedicated to content curation and it includes several articles on how to reuse content with confidence, a great checklist for curation and a really nifty piece on a newbie's experience with Scoop.it.


Informative. Highly recommended. 8/10


Web edition: http://www.slanza.org.nz/collected.html 

Downloadable PDF: http://www.slanza.org.nz/magazine/May2012.pdf  


(thanks to Alison Harrison for first discovering it)

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Scoop.it Helps Curators Find Each Other: Visual Search and New Features Help Your News To Get Discovered

Scoop.it Helps Curators Find Each Other: Visual Search and New Features Help Your News To Get Discovered | Content Curation World | Scoop.it

Robin Good: Scoop.it has just launched a new set of features that help curators find more easily other content by introducing a new visual search feature, while enhancing individual post display, sharing options and addig a dedicated user search option.


The new features, are definitely a plus providing some long due oxygen to some of the more asphitic Scoop.it areas: news and curators discovery.


There is a lot more to do on this front, but these apear to be definitely some good initial steps in the right direction.


I am particularly fond of the new individual post display and layout, which truly expands the opportunities to lean more about related the topics, comments and the curator behind the channel.


Good joob Scoop.it team!


Go check all the new features in your account, or dwell in a bit more details and screenshots about these four new features: http://blog.scoop.it/en/2012/03/15/be-discovered/ 

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Leverage Your Scoop.it Best Picks on Pinterest: Jan Gordon Shows You How

Leverage Your Scoop.it Best Picks on Pinterest: Jan Gordon Shows You How | Content Curation World | Scoop.it

Jan Gordon: This is a post after my own heart, brought to my attention by gdecugis, thanks Guillaume, you know I love Scoopit, glad to spread the word about this winning duo, Pinterest and Scoopit.

 

Feel free to visit my other topic, Pinterest Watch to learn more about this social network

 

Here's my commentary based on my experience of using Scoopit and Pinterest

 

To me, Pinterest and Scoopit go hand and hand. They are both visual and it's important to consider if you're on Scoopit already or thinking about it, expressing yourself on both platforms, (if it makes sense for your business) because it can be very powerful. 

 

Here are some of the reasons it can help your business:

 

Scoopit is a platform that showcases your expertise, share your hobbies and other interests through content in a beautiful format. It is part of your online personna and it's a vibrant community I have met some wonderful people here.

 

Pinterest is also a community with some of the same people from Scoopit and many others, (new people are joining everyday). Linking your posts from Scoopit to your pins on Pinterest not only drives traffic to your scoopit site and visa versa but those people can see another side of you that you can't express there.

 

Pinterest is like a delicious menu of visuals that captivate and attract people to you. I have put all my business boards at the top and my interest boards underneath them.

 

Pinterest gives people the ability to see who you are beyond your posts. If you're a brand, this is where you can create an online story of text and visuals that gives consumers points of entry through common interests. It's a brilliant way to do business.

 

I could go on and on but I'll let you see for yourself how I've combined Scoopit and Pinterest together which continues to produce unbelievable results, increase in traffic and brand new relationships from both sites.

 

Commentary by Jan  Gordon covering "Pinterest Watch"

 

See my pinterest site here: [http://pinterest.com/jangordon/] - Click on the images and they lead you right back to my Scoopit topics.

 

Read post here: [http://blog.scoop.it/en/2012/02/24/you-can-now-share-your-scoops-on-pinterest/]


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janlgordon's comment, February 24, 2012 7:23 PM
Thanks so much Robin, I appreciate it!
Otir's comment, February 25, 2012 11:25 AM
Great insight, thank you! In the constant stream of innovations - sometimes fads too - it is comforting to find complete write-ups that give enough "meat" to what is going on online, and why some tools get traction.
Beth Kanter's comment, February 25, 2012 1:32 PM
Jan, thanks for bringing G's post to our attention. I'm excited about the combination of the two tools like you are! And thanks for including me in your collection!
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Curation for Content Marketing: Sharing Is Not Enough You Need a Content Hub

Curation for Content Marketing: Sharing Is Not Enough You Need a Content Hub | Content Curation World | Scoop.it
Robin Good's insight:



Guillaume De Cugis, co-founder of Scoop.it, hits the nail right on the head for content marketers with a good article on the Business2Community.com site, where he highlights the declining benefits of social media marketing efforts on Facebook and correctly identifies:

a) quality and
b) engagement

as key content variables that do make a difference in remaining visible online.


He writes: "...if you’re just tweeting links, you’re missing out.


Why?


Because:

  • Your content is short-lived (the lifetime of a tweet is in minutes; a few hours at best).
  • You have no or limited opportunity to provide context.
  • You drive your audience away from you; not to your own site.
  • No opportunity to convert.
  • No opportunity to show related content.
  • No traffic from search.
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Instead, if you curate your own content hub on a specific topic:
 
  • Your curated content is now archived somewhere and can be discovered and re-shared in the future 
     
  • Your curated content receives targeted traffic from search 
     
  • You can add conversion & engagement CTA’s (subscribe, contact me, request a demo, book services, etc…).


Good basic analysis and advice for content marketers.
De Cugis is right. 7/10



Read more at http://www.business2community.com/social-media/death-social-media-publishing-know-0920508 


See the slide deck: http://www.slideshare.net/Scoopit/content-is-king-easy-simple-ways-to-curate-relevant-content 





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Caroline Baldeyrou's curator insight, June 30, 2014 3:58 AM

Très bon article du fondateur de Scoop It, qui explique pourquoi la curation sur Twitter (= "juste" partager des liens en moins de 140 caractères) ne suffit pas pour un content marketer, et pourquoi il faut créer son propre "hub de contenus". Une démonstration logique et imparable, à appliquer concrètement dès maintenant !

Caren Taubman Glasser's curator insight, July 11, 2014 10:33 AM

This article highlights the declining benefits of social media marketing efforts on Facebook and explains why quality and engagement are key to remaining visible online

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Embed Your Scoop.it Stories Anywhere

Embed Your Scoop.it Stories Anywhere | Content Curation World | Scoop.it
Robin Good's insight:



Out of total serendipity I noticed this morning an <embed> button now available below every single story curated on Scoop.it. The link, labelled "Embed this Scoop" provides a code snippet which can be copied and pasted into any web site or blog, much like what you can do Storify.


The feature should is available to all Scoop.it users.


Try it out now by clicking the "Share" button below any scoop and you will see this: https://dl-web.dropbox.com/spa/782adzfe036gp2y/l-v3szom.png 


Scoop.it: http://scoop.it 





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Robin Good's comment, September 4, 2013 3:11 AM
a CTA is a "Call to Action". Something you ask your readers to do specifically.
Treathyl Fox's comment, September 4, 2013 9:46 AM
Oh! Thanks! I just figured all my comments were CTA. Sort of. :)

This has been a really good discussion.
Treathyl Fox's comment, September 4, 2013 11:14 AM
You noticed the embed button. I just noticed the Thumbs Up button. :)
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How To Find Great Relevant Content for Your Niche Audience

How To Find Great Relevant Content for Your Niche Audience | Content Curation World | Scoop.it
Content curation: tools to help you find and share great content from other people alongside your own content.
Robin Good's insight:



Ian Cleary on Social Media Examiner has published a useful guide on how to use Feedly, Newsle and Scoop.it to find and discover great relevant content to curate and share with your industry readers.


The guide has been written for the content marketing type, looking specifically for solutions that allow to find interesting content more easily and to spend less time doing this.



Useful. Pragmatical. Broadly illustrated. 8/10


Full guide: http://www.socialmediaexaminer.com/3-tools-to-find-great-content-to-share/



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Jeff Domansky's curator insight, July 1, 2013 2:25 PM

Tools highlighted include Scoop.it, Newsle and Feedly.

AraujoFredy's curator insight, July 2, 2013 10:32 AM
Cómo encontrar contenido relevante para su audiencia de nichoDesde www.socialmediaexaminer.com - 1 de julio de 13:55
Curaduría de contenidos: herramientas para ayudarle a encontrar y compartir un gran contenido de otras personas junto con su propio contenido.
Stephen Zimmett's curator insight, September 7, 2014 12:16 AM

Some good informaion

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Distribute Your Curated News via Newsletter: Scoop.it Integrates Mailchimp Functionality

Distribute Your Curated News via Newsletter: Scoop.it Integrates Mailchimp Functionality | Content Curation World | Scoop.it



Robin Good's insight:



This is great news for Scoop.it curators: a newsletter functionality is now available in all Scoop.it accounts which allows instant integration with Mailchimp and the ability to select which of your curated news you want to distribute via email.


The new "Create a newsletter" feature allows you to decide also how many stories to include in each email, if to link directly (bypassing Scoop.it) to original articles curated, whether to show social sharing buttons, and an option to personalize the look of the newsletter with your own logo.


To try this new feature out, go - once logged in your Scoop.it account, go to "Manage" -> "Create Newsletter" or go to the equivalent of this URL: http://curation.masternewmedia.org/exportByEmail


A very welcome addition.




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antonbundle's curator insight, March 12, 2013 4:00 PM

L'intégration mailchimp et scoop it... Que du bonheur !!!

Luciano Giustini's curator insight, March 12, 2013 8:46 PM

Distribute Your Curated News via Newsletter: Scoop.it Integrates Mailchimp Functionality

Kim Flintoff's curator insight, March 31, 2013 8:01 PM

An effective way of distributing reading lists - for focussing students attention on current/relevant/conected issues... a range of uses for creative educators.

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On Content Curation: Jane Hart in Conversation with David Kelly

Robin Good: This is a one-hour recording of a webinar, where Jane Hart interviews David Kelly on curation.


I am reporting about it, because Jane's has lot of visibility and a good reputation, but while there is a lot of good, basic, introductory information about curation in this interview, some of the critical information contained in it, is at best incorrect if not altogether misleading to those seeking to understand the actual differences between the different curation tools presented.


The "expert" guest is David Kelly, a workplace learning enthusiast writing his own blog and sharing interesting info on his Twitter channel. His specialty, is actually collecting and sharing relevant links emerging in the backchannels of key conferences.


While he does a good job of introducing what is curation (tapping fully into Rohit Barghava model but never acknowledging/ or referencing it), the different types of approaches that can be used, and dismantling the myth of "personal curation", he insists on a few of points that, in my humble view, are in need of review. 


Specifically: 


1) Know your data sources (not just one though).

Mr Kelly insists that one of the top skills a curator needs to have, is the ability to manage and skillfully use your key data source (in his case Twitter). True. But in reality, any good curator needs to be able to tap and be able to find and retrieve relevant information coming from anywhere. Limiting your source to Twitter, YouTube, or Facebook may actually be very limiting if your goal is to not to curate a "technology platform output", but what people are saying on a specific topic, no matter where they say it. 


b) Everybody can be a curator. By clicking the "Share" button on Facebook makes anyone a curator as much as saving a file in Photoshop makes you a digital artist.  No specific competence needed. As long as the stuff is cool and interesting.


c) Tools. Mr Kelly claims that while Storify, helps you to manually curate stories by picking and selecting individual pieces of information coming from different sources, tools such as Paper.li and Scoop.it do not provide such ability, as they automatically generate a news-magazine based on criteria you have provided. 


While this is mostly true for Paper.li, it is definitely not true for Scoop.it, a tool that has no automatic publishing feature (like paper.li does) and which requires manual intervention from the user to select, edit and post whichever content items are most relevant to their audience needs. 


Yes, I am an avid Scoop.it user, I am not posting this to defend this platform or to try to make it look better. Storify is a great curation tool indeed, but it has no better research, filtering or aggregation or content curation support than Scoop.it does. Scoop.it technology requires as much human intervention to curate content than Storify does.

May be more. Not less.  


For one, and to meet Mr Kelly on his own grounds, Scoop.it provides a lot more opportunities to source and gather valuable content in its backend than Storify does, providing a richer set of filters and pre-set persistent search engines hooks than Storify does.

 

Therefore Mr Kelly recommendation of Storify, not only is founded on incorrect information, but it shows that Mr Kelly has clearly never used (beyond using it for news discovery) at least one of the tools he is using to make his evaluations, making his recommendations unreliable (this is how much he has used Scoop.it before evaluating it: http://i.imgur.com/AoaOU.jpg)


N.B.: I watched this whole video, from beginning to end, twice, to make sure I had not missed anything important. 


For Jane: I would love you to exercise more pro-active curation of your interviewees, as asking questions to someone who may be passionate, but who has a limited experience in a specific area, can instantaneously dent into YOUR credibility and trust by those who know and appreciate you most, even when, most of the information being shared is of value.


I would question how someone who transparently admits not to include any opinion in his curation work can be considered a curator to whom to go and ask for advice.

What selection criteria are you using to elect someone as your guide in a field you do not know well? Which way would it be best to frame an interview like this one without running into the risk of becoming a promoter / supporter for the things being said? (You keep complimenting him, but wouldn't it be better if you acted more like a skeptical investigator rather than as a very accomodating and complacent host?) 
 

Maybe I would frame this differently, as for example having an open conversation with someone starting to explore this field (given the amount of time he has spent and researched this area by his own admission), and everything said in here could become suddenly fully acceptable. But if you serve this as an "expert" voice to listen to, I have all the right to ask proof for this "experience".


Complacency is not for the curator-publisher of tomorrow. Explorers, questioners, guides, critical commenters are what I need.
 

I may be a demanding perfections but I think that interviews must maintain a level of critical judgement whereby the answer you receive are not just opportunities to compliment your guests, but also vital spots to ask difficult questions, demand examples and some kind of proof of what is being claimed. 


For David: I actually think you did a great job, as you introduced and well explained some of the basic concepts of curation clearly.


Tools and their use is an area where there is a lot more to explore and I look forward to a more precise re-evaluation of the tools you have selected.


I really have nothing against you, but I feel it is my role to use this space also to be constructively critical of anything that I see could be improved. I probably make more mistakes than you do, and you are welcome anytime to highlight them. 


P.S.: For readers: The overall length of the webinar is one-hour but there are only a few slides to see. You are not going to miss much if you just listen to it.


Some good things tainted by some incorrect information. Opportunity to reflect on those curating curators. (A little bug can rot a great apple.)

5/10


Video: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Vv9NZL5LfQ4&feature=colike 

Reference post: http://sociallearningcentre.co.uk/blog/2012/06/21/recording-of-my-webinar-with-david-kelly/  

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Robin Good's comment, June 25, 2012 8:27 AM
Thank you Terry for reporting this: "the video is now private"

What do you make of it?

Do you think it would have been better for the authors to provide a feedback or a comment to these issues rather than closing down the video for everyone?

In a situation like this, what is more appropriate to do, in your view?
Take down the material that may have some disputable parts, or discuss openly the issues with everyone while fully acknowledging possible overlooks and mistakes?

Terry Elliott's comment, June 25, 2012 8:45 AM
Robin, I actually went to Jane Hart's Social Learning Centre site (http://sociallearningcentre.co.uk/) and registered thinking that I had to be a member-still private. Then I joined the group that was based upon the webinar (http://sociallearningcentre.co.uk/groups/in-conversation-with-david-kelly-webinar/). No joy--still private. I left a comment on the video asking for help, but it has only been a short while.

I suppose what anyone makes of it depends upon how much slack is deserved. Jane Hart has been a serious asset in my search for answers to social media questions especially lately with her work at Internet Time Alliance, but...

1. Perhaps they realized that the webinar was a bit off the cuff. Half-baked might be less charitable, but I don't know because it's PRIVATE. I cannot make my own judgment and that is not good.

2. It might be painful, but sunlight is always best in public conversation. I would not take down the disputed parts but rather view them as starting points for another webinar

3. Don't you think they are missing a wonderful opportunity to drive traffic to their site? I do. It isn't too late. I would love to follow that, perhaps a Hangout on Air? I am working with a study group on P2PU that will open a discussion of curation for the National Writing Project's Digital Is network that is considering some of what you have already spoken to (https://p2pu.org/en/groups/curating-our-digital-lives/). Our goal is teacher-centered curation and I know my teaching fellows would value this conversation. Hell, we might just have it ourselves.

I don't think you are wrong in your critique but without a public conversation we will never really know for certain, will we. Perhaps it would be a dialectic and a grander truth than yours or Kelly's would evolve from it.
Robin Good's comment, June 25, 2012 9:03 AM
Terry, I couldn't agree more with your excellent comments and thoughts.

I second them all and you have all of my support in promoting them.

Thank you.
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How To Setup Your Curation Channel on Scoop.it: A Mini-Guide by Shirley Williams

How To Setup Your Curation Channel on Scoop.it: A Mini-Guide by Shirley Williams | Content Curation World | Scoop.it

Robin Good: If you are just about to start testing how effective a content curation tool like Scoop.it can be for building your own reputation and visibility in a specific interest area, this 10-step guide by Shirley Williams does provide some important information on how to start with the proper foot.

 

The guide is illustrated with many screenshots and it pinpoints the key items you need to be paying attention to when starting to curate a dedicated channel.

 

Informative. Useful for novices. 7/10

 

Full mini-guide: http://socialmediapearls.com/10-steps-to-curate-your-social-media-content-with-scoop-it-for-increased-value


Via Shirley Williams (appearoo.com/ShirleyWilliams)
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Ken Morrison's comment, May 21, 2012 3:32 AM
Hi students (and visitors). If you are having trouble with your profile photo changing every time that you post a new scoop, you can fix it by following these directions that a representative from Scoop.it sent me:
Indeed there's a setting to avoid that. Tell your students that on their Curate page, click on Manage>Customizations>untick "Last Post Image" box and click on Save.
Ken Morrison's comment, September 29, 2012 9:34 PM
Thank you for the rescoop. It looks like you have a great site. If I spoke Spanish, I would follow it.
Robin Good's comment, September 30, 2012 2:41 AM
Hi Ken, no need to speak Spanish to follow me or read my stuff.
Just check:
http://www.masternewmedia.org

;-)
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Pin Your Scoop: Create Visual Collections From Your Best Scoops

Pin Your Scoop: Create Visual Collections From Your Best Scoops | Content Curation World | Scoop.it

Robin Good: If you are looking for ways to let your scoop.it content to reach more people and to get discovered by those who are not yet aware of you, the new Pinterest integration in Scoop.it should certainly be a welcome addition.


With this new addition, not only you can share your curated stories inside your Scoop.it newsradar with your Facebook, Twitter, Linkedin, Tumblr and Wordpress friends, but you can also "pin" selected ones to create alternative "collections" on Pinterest.

One potentially good approach is the one of leveraging Pinterest to do what Scoop.it is not (yet) so good at. For example, after you have been curating a newsradar for a while, you can easily create "greatest hits" collections out of the best ones, or sub-thematic digests on specific topics, and Pinterest is a perfect tool to do that.

In essence you can "re-curate" your own curated news, in alternative ways which take advantage of Pinterest strength in building "visual collections" rather than news channels.


N.B.: To access the new "Pin it" button on Scoop.it, click the sharing button below any scoop and you will find it there next to the G+ one.

More info: http://blog.scoop.it/en/2012/02/24/you-can-now-share-your-scoops-on-pinterest/  
 

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janlgordon's comment, February 25, 2012 11:37 PM
Thanks you, great insights and suggestions Robin!