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What a Content Curator Needs To Know: How, Tools, Issues and Strategy
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Create Collaborative Multimedia Collections with Springpad

Robin Good: Springpad is both a web and a mobile app that you can use to curate visual collections on any topic.


Unlike Pinterest and similar visual boards, Springpad allows you to add just about any type of content to a collection while it auto-enriches it everytime possible with additional contextual information.


For example if you include a book or a movie into a collection Springpad will gather and display relevant information next to it (author, description, reviews, where to buy it, etc.).


Springpad boards are called "notebooks" and they can be personalized in their look, and made private or public. You can also invite additional contributors and offer a customized providing different views of your collection.


Content can be added to a "notebook" via standard bookmarklet or by using an internal search feature which gathers all types of relevant content.


Works right in your browser and in your favorite smartphone or tablet (iOS and Android).


Free to use.


About: http://springpad.com/about


Download for iOS: http://itunes.apple.com/us/app/springpad/id360116898?mt=8


Download for Android: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.springpad&hl=en


More info: http://springpad.com/



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An Open Infinite Canvas Where To Collect Anything You Want: Murally

Robin Good: Mural.ly is an infinite visual canvas that can be used to create visual maps, digital posters, collections of information resources, images and video clips.

Mural.ly makes it particularly easy to search the web and to import any image, video or content clip you decide to use.

Presently in invitation beta.  

Find out more and see work created with it here: http://beta.mural.ly/  

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Product Curation: Bookmark, Organize And Share Your Favorite Products With Wanelo

Product Curation: Bookmark, Organize And Share Your Favorite Products With Wanelo | Content Curation World | Scoop.it

Robin Good: Wanelo is a product curation platform. Similar to GetVega, Curisma and Polyvore it specializes in facilitating the collection of commercial products images and information, to create wish-lists, shopping lists or grassroots buyer-guides. 


From the official site: "Wanelo is social store curated by the community. Users post, collect and organize products and follow people and stores they like.


Wanelo comes from the words WAnt, NEed and LOve."

 

From the TechCrunch review: "Wanelo is a site that allows users to bookmark and share their favorite products via a grid layout and high-res imagery.

 

The startup allows you to follow your Facebook friends in addition to top site users — resulting in a more personalized product feed than that of just celebrity selections.


To post an item to Wanelo enter a product URL, tag the item with categories, and add price and other details.


Users can browse through Wanelo items by popularity, recency, or by people and stores that they follow."


(Source: http://j.mp/NogblZ)


 

Find out more: http://www.wanelo.com/aboutus

 

Try it out now: http://www.wanelo.com


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Collect Any Type of Web Content Into Visual Collections with the New Bundlr

Collect Any Type of Web Content Into Visual Collections with the New Bundlr | Content Curation World | Scoop.it

From Journalism.co.uk: "The content curation website Bundlr has just announced a new version of its service which allows for embedding of content from a wide range of sources.


By partnering with Embedly the site now supports over 200 sources of content, including Storify, Pinterest and Amazon, for users to add to their bundles.


Embedly is the service that the new version of Twitter uses to embed photographs and articles in your Twitter stream and is used by a host of other sites such as Reddit and Bitly and comes as a WordPress plugin.


While Bundlr was originally seen as an alternative to sites like Storify, which can be used to create stories from curated links and content, Bundlr's focus is now on creating a top-level resource for curated content around a story or topic."


(Source: Journalism.co.uk)


Try it out: http://bundlr.com/ 

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Fashion Curation: Create Your Own Custom StyleBook with StyleSaint

Robin Good: StyleBook is a fashion and glamour curation platform allowing you to easily create rich illustrated stylebooks.


StyleBook looks on the surface like most other visual boards, allowing you to easily follow other users, and to select and repin images to your stylebooks.


From Techcrunch: "To use StyleSaint in its current form, log in with Facebook or Twitter and create an account, once logged on, you can choose from over 55K “tear sheet” images from which to create your own Stylebook, once you’ve got more than ten tear sheets loaded, you can hit the “Create Stylebooks” link in the top right and StyleSaint will automatically import, then publish, the last ten sheets you’ve torn. Alternatively you can drag-and-drop the tears to create a custom stylebook. Click on “Create” to publish to the site.

 

In addition the resulting books are Facebookable, tweetable and embeddable, the embeddable stylebooks function as an overlay on embedded sites, preventing traffic re-direction. 

 

The most compelling thing about StyleSaint is that co-founders Brian Garrett and Allison Beal eventually want to use the collective data from the style booking activity to come up with its own line of clothing. “StyleSaint is the only company editorializing the phenomenon of image discovery and curation and combining it with a manufacturing, vertical eTailer ecommerce model...


(Source: http://j.mp/Mj5m1o) 


Free to use.


About: http://www.stylesaint.com/about 


Try it out now: http://www.stylesaint.com  

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Visual Curation: Collect, Search and Find Inspiring Images with Piccsy

Visual Curation: Collect, Search and Find Inspiring Images with Piccsy | Content Curation World | Scoop.it

Robin Good: Piccsy has relaunched its web service and it now provides a visual curation board, allowing you to create your own "galleries" and to populate them with images you upload or find on the web.


Piccsy is free to use, and offers like most curation tools a bookmarklet that makes it easy to capture any image from any web site and place it inside anyone of your Piccsy galleries.


Individual images or entire galleries can be easily shared on Facebook, Twitter or Tumblr.


Try it out: http://piccsy.com/ 

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The Future of Retail Will be Curated: 13 Sites That Help You Discover What Other People Like

The Future of Retail Will be Curated: 13 Sites That Help You Discover What Other People Like | Content Curation World | Scoop.it

From the article: "What retailers need to understand is that there is no direct path to online consumer sales.


Consumers desire to broadcast and share their lives, and their web behaviors therefore strike out on a non-linear path to purchase.


The whole concept of social commerce is now realizing that every platform and network is a potential lead for an online sale.


Social discovery platforms are developing cult followings because they allow users to establish their authority in a certain subject area and to showcase their ability to create inspirational collections of products, items and even destinations.


Simple self-expression through the curation of products should be considered every retailer’s dream.


As a retailer, all you have to do is supply images and ideas in a way that’s accessible to the online user/consumer and sparks their desire to do all this work for you.


In one swift addition to a consumer “pin, post or add,” retailers can build brand awareness, increase online engagement and create direct links to product pages that lead to purchase conversions.


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The future of e-commerce, search, social marketing are now tied to consumers attempting to curate experiences that represent their personalities."


Find also in this excellent article by Macala Wright thirteen product curation sites reviewed.


Very good. 8/10


Full article: http://fashionablymarketing.me/2012/02/social-discovery-product-curation/ 

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Collect Travel Ideas and Cool Destinations with Trippy

Collect Travel Ideas and Cool Destinations with Trippy | Content Curation World | Scoop.it

Robin Good: Trippy is Pinterest-like social platform dedicated to the collection and sharing of travel and destination ideas.


Just like Pinterest, Trippy offers the opportunity to create thematic boards by either capturing unique content and images from the web

as well as by repinning other people's cool ideas.


From the About page: "So we're back, to change the way people travel once again. There are hundreds of travel sites made for you to plan your trip. Doesn't make much sense though, considering you're probably not an expert on places you're visiting, especially if you've never been before. Plus, travel sites are typically an unfortunate mix of questionable content from crowd-sourcing, "local experts" (aka, strangers), and people paid to write fake reviews. Trippy is the first site designed to offer a "friend-sourced" solution to the long-standing problem of untrustworthy and irrelevant travel content."


From the official site: "Trippy's trip planning tool allows you to create a trip itinerary based on the places you're considering, which can be shared with your friends to collaborate on ideas and recommendations.


Trips also work with our full-featured iPhone app so that you can view your travel plans and create trip albums on the go."


Some board examples: http://www.trippy.com/About_Trippy/friends.html


FAQ: http://www.trippy.com/About_Trippy/FAQs.html


iPhone app: http://itunes.apple.com/us/app/trippy/id462526146?ls=1&mt=8


Find out more: http://www.trippy.com/


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Curate Your Art Collection with Pictify

Curate Your Art Collection with Pictify | Content Curation World | Scoop.it

Robin Good: Pictify is a new web-based curation service which allows you to put together, publish and share, visual art collection of any kind.


This is a great tool for those in love with art, as much as for those who need to organize, present and promote artists' work.


At Pictify, most curated collections are built around paintings, sculptures, photography and drawings created by users who are passionate about a specific artist, genre or historical time. 


But Pictify offers a tremendous opportunity to museums and art gallery owners, managers and curators, as it offers them an easy way to showcase their existing collections as well as upcoming ones.


From the official site: "As a gallery or museum you can feature your artists and the works in your collection on Pictify. You can show individual art works, preview an upcoming exhibition, and organise works in albums by artist or medium."


P.S.: Just like Kullect.com, Pictify is a specialized content curation service catering to a specific type of content and user interested in art. Much less generic than Pinterest, and much more focused on a specific area.


Expect more special-interest curation sites to emerge soon in other fields.


The service is free to use.

Getting Started: http://pictify.com/about/getting-started/  


More info / Sign-up: http://pictify.com/ 

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Visual Curation Board Bets on Community and Collaboration: LoveIt

Robin Good: LoveIt is a Pinterest-like new image curation app which allows you to discover, collect and organize visual collections either alone or with the help of others.


"LoveIt is a visual, powerful platform for individuals & groups to discover, collect, organize, and share the things they love, in public or private collections."


Key features include:


  • Collaborate on "private" collections.
     
  • Re-order items in your collections easily, using "drag n' drop". Select multiple images and drag them from one collection to another easily.
     
  • Follow feeds and sources of your favorite collections.
     
  • Get recommendations from other users.


Try it out now: http://loveit.com/


(via Jan Gordon)

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Clip, Tag and Collect Any Image or Text From The Web with Glue

Clip, Tag and Collect Any Image or Text From The Web with Glue | Content Curation World | Scoop.it

Robin Good: Glue is a web app which makes it extremely easy to "clip" any text, image or combination of both from any web page while saving it for you in a tag-based visual board.


Collected items can be easily shared on your Twitter channel.


As of now Glue works only through a Google Chrome browser extension.


Free to use.


 More info: http://incredibleglue.com/ 

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Contemporary Art Curation with Kapsul.org

Contemporary Art Curation with Kapsul.org | Content Curation World | Scoop.it

Robin Good: Kapsul is a web-based platform for the collaborative creation and editing of contemporary art images, and other art-oriented, visual artworks.


Kapsul allows you to easily add any image, text, PDF, video or artist information to any Kapsul, either manually or via a dedicated bookmarklet.


From the official site: "Kapsul is a platform for collaboratively creating collections of images, videos, and texts online.


Kapsul aims to help contemporary art curators, artists, educators, and enthusiasts find, organize, and share elements of visual culture in collaborative units called Kapsuls.


Kapsuls can be used for planning exhibitions, organizing research, making presentations, or publishing soft exhibitions online.


Kapsul is a project of the Kadist Art Foundation, a nonprofit organization based in San Francisco and Paris..."


Kapsul collections can be made "private" or "public". A special "share link" can be used to invite other people who you want to contribute to your collections.


Free to use. 


More info: http://www.kapsul.org/ 


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Collect and Organize Any Kind of Content on an Infinite Visual Board with Spaaze

Collect and Organize Any Kind of Content on an Infinite Visual Board with Spaaze | Content Curation World | Scoop.it

Robin Good: Thanks to the guys behind Mind42 and SimpleMeet.me who created a new kind of collection, gathering and curation space, that looks like at first, as an infinite cork board on which you can stick anything. 


"Each board is an infinite space which resembles a virtual cork board - hence the default cork background, but other backgrounds are available.


On these boards, items can be put.


Currently Spaaze offers 7 different items:

  • Labels
  • Notes
  • Bookmarks
  • Images
  • Files
  • Videos and
  • HTML.


These items can be edited in place, moved via drag and drop and positioned freely on the board.


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To add some structure to the board it's possible to "remember" certain points (around which items have been placed) by creating hotspots (e.g. one per topic of a bookmark collection)."


Spaaze is also a collaborative service, allowing board owners to invite others to collaborate and contribute to any specific board.


Spaaze works across all browsers (IE7+, FF4+, Safari4+, Chrome) and on the iPad too.


The basic service is free, but to use it without any kind of limitation it requires buying credit points or activating a very inexpensive ($3/mo) subscription.


Pricing: http://www.spaaze.com/pricing 


Demo: http://www.spaaze.com/demo/bookmarks-snippets 


More info: http://www.spaaze.com/about 


(Thanks to Heiko Idensen for discovering this)

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