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What a Content Curator Needs To Know: How, Tools, Issues and Strategy
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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: 

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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. 

Rescooped by Robin Good from Social Media Content Curation
April 26, 2012 2:28 AM!

Twitter Curation From Within WordPress: Dashter

Robin Good: If you are searching for a way to curate Twitter content from within WordPress, this new plugin called Dashter provides all you may be seeking and a lot more.


Key features include:


1) LISTEN to real-time conversations and tweets on Twitter, with an ear towards listening for topics & conversations that are related to the content you post on your website. Filter out the noise and use Dashter’s listening tools to discover tweets that matter to you.

- You can control your entire Twitter account from within your WordPress dashboard;

- View trends in your social circles, use your content as a springboard for searches, and stay connected with your lists;

- Reply, ReTweet, Quote, Favorite, and all your favorite Twitter actions are available throughout your blog. Listen in on any search, list, or hashtag – or just explore.

- Unlimited listening posts in the stream.



2) CURATE with Dashter by utilizing its own set of collecting, organizing, and creating fresh content tools. Unlike third-party “curation” tools – the curated content originates on your domain and from your website, and not from your curation service web site. 

- When you curate a tweet using Dashter, not only is the tweet content pulled in to your post, but we also import the people who were included.

- Dashter will automatically import any #hashtags from the tweets you curate as WordPress tags.

- Curated Tweets can be embedded using basic formatting, the Twitter Embed method, or using the popular Blackbird Pie plugin.

- Unlike other curation tools on the market, Dashter focuses on driving traffic back to your website.



3) CULTIVATE social relationships on Twitter with far greater depth and precision than ever before.

- Targeted interaction;

- Dashter shows you not only the latest connections but the most substantial ones – giving you insight and intelligence ahead of any social engagement.



4) AMPLIFY your site’s social reach.

Dashter includes a built-in social scheduler to help ensure the broadest reach possible.



More info: 



Pricing: License $65.00 one time, on 1 domain / website.


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Via Giuseppe Mauriello
The Write Connection's comment, April 25, 2012 9:50 PM
Thanks Giuseppe, this was very interesting
Scooped by Robin Good
June 14, 2012 4:12 AM!

Algorithms Coupled with Human Curation Can Generate a Great User Experience: The Twitter #NASCAR Experiment

Algorithms Coupled with Human Curation Can Generate a Great User Experience: The Twitter #NASCAR Experiment | Content Curation World |

Robin Good: As you have probably already read somewhere else, this last weekend, Twitter launched a first-of-a-kind type of page.

The page, which you can see here: revolves around the last NASCAR car racing event, that took place last Sunday and it apparently aggregates interesting tweets and comments from a group of passionate NASCAR fans.

The interesting thing is that this page is in fact not an automatically aggregated page of tweets having a specific hashtag. There have been plenty of tweets in here with no hashtag at all, or not even mentioning explicitly NASCAR.

This is a human-curated page of tweets, selected from a curated list of relevant people for this topic.

This is the real news.

GigaOm writes about it: "The NASCAR page may not seem like anything to be concerned about, since it appears to be just a typical grouping of tweets collected by hashtag.

But there is editorial control behind it as well as algorithms, with an editor choosing which messages — including photos, videos and commentary from NASCAR insiders — were highlighted during the event, and which streamed by unacknowledged."

By mixing and matching technology-powered identification of relevant people and tweets for a specific topic, with an active layer of human curation allows Twitter to generate a page that's filled with value.

Here's what Twitter itself wrote on his blog before launching it: "...throughout the weekend – but especially during the race – a combination of algorithms and curation will surface the most interesting Tweets to bring you closer to all of the action happening around the track, from the garage to the victory lane."

And while this is only a first experiment from Twitter, I would bet that it will not be the last.

The value provided by adding a human curation layer, both to the selection of the sources as well as to the selection of the actual tweets, is huge.

What's your take?

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