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Curate Beautiful-Looking List-Based Slideshows with Quietly

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Quietly is a new web-based app which allows you to create beautiful list-based slideshows which can be shared and embedded on any website.


Each card in a Quietly slideshow can be made up by a:

- website - from which you can pick any image

- an image - which you can search or upload

- a location on the map

- a name, a URL and a description

The user can also customize font styling, the cover image, and many other visual components of his slideshow.


Quietly creates a beautiful profile page for each publisher, from which one can access all of his slideshow lists as well as the main feed. 

Quietly curators can also easily pick any *slide* from other lists and add it to anyone of their existing ones. 


*An excellent tool to organize and present list-based information in a visual slideshow format. Very easy to use. Cool, quiet interface, makes working with it a pleasant task. Creates pro-looking presence for list publishers while allowing to embed created lists anywhere.


Free to use.




Try it out now: http://beta.quiet.ly/ 


Video tutorials: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=94acAlUPHhE&list=PLEDUVwz2J2SWYAAdeZ2JRU4-Wsi3p2uBo&index=1


Example list: http://beta.quiet.ly/list/9095-25-awesome-things-to-do-in-vancouver- 


Similar tools: http://List.ly 


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Lon Naylor's curator insight, October 8, 4:38 PM

Online tool lets you create "lists" consisting of a cover slide, images. website links...might make for some nice content reports and screen capture video.

Jerri Lynn Hogg's curator insight, October 10, 9:42 AM

Excellent visual way to create a list of information from url to location and descriptors.

Linda Kaiser, PhD's curator insight, October 10, 3:25 PM

This video tutorial is one of a series.  This particular tools looks to be another useful curation tool that is image-based.

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Content Discovery: RSS and the Power of Dynamic OPML Subscriptions

Content Discovery: RSS and the Power of Dynamic OPML Subscriptions | Content Curation World | Scoop.it
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If you need to monitor and track content updates from many different web sources, while being able to manage and easily update such sets of content sources, you may want to look into dynamic OPML reading lists.


In this in-depth article, Marjolein Hoekstra explores, reports and illustrates the power of OPML files and their abilities when paired with specific tools. 


Specifically (though not in this same exact order):


  • What are OPML reading lists
  • OPML examples on the web
  • OPML history and Dave Winer
  • FeedShare OPML exchange site
  • Limitations of OPML reading lists
  • InoReader and dynamic OPML reading lists
  • How to create RSS feeds from your own reading lists
  • How to generate OPML reading lists from your RSS reader
  • OPML tools and resources
  • Create a Google custom search engine with an OPML file



The article is a treasure trove of useful information especially for any journalist or researcher in need to continuously and update its news discovery and monitoring abilities. 


N.B.: Organization of the content sections in this article is a bit rough, but if you are not in a rush and dig through it, you can easily make sense of it all-


Informative. Insightful. 8/10



Full article: http://cleverclogs.org/2014/05/rss-reader-inoreader-to-support-dynamic-opml-subscriptions.html


Reading time: 11'

 



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Karen Bowden's comment, June 16, 12:54 PM
This is great! I love it! I can't wait to share some of my own lists. Thank you so much for posting this.
Robin Good's comment, June 16, 1:29 PM
Hi Karen, happy to see that you found this as useful as i did.
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News Discovery: Find Topic-Specific Curated RSS Feed Reading Lists on FeedShare.net

News Discovery: Find Topic-Specific Curated RSS Feed Reading Lists on FeedShare.net | Content Curation World | Scoop.it
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FeedShare is an excellent free online resource to find curated reading lists of RSS feeds on specific topics.


FeedShare is in fact an open-source web app which allows you to easily upload and share your OPML file with others (An OPML file is a collection of RSS feed URLs.)

FeedShare curates a short list of the most interesting and valuable OPML files in its Popular page, allows you to find relevant OPML files by tags, and makes it easy to search across all of its archives



Free to use.


Try it out now: http://feedshare.net/ 


Contribute your list: http://feedshare.net/share/ 



To learn more about OPML files: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/OPML 

Check also: OPML Support for Firefox 



Thanks to @cleverclogs 


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sledderwool's comment, June 13, 1:23 AM
Thats incredible...
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Social Curation with Twitter: a Research Study by NTT

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From the paper abstract:  "Social media such as microblogs have become so pervasive such that it is now possible to use them as sensors for real-world events and memes.


While much recent research has focused on developing automatic methods for filtering and summarizing these data streams, we explore a different trend called social curation.


In contrast to automatic methods, social curation is characterized as a human-in-the-loop and sometimes crowd-sourced mechanism for exploiting social media as sensors."


The paper attempts to analyze curated microblog data and to understand the main reasons why people "participate in this laborious curation process".


It also looks at "new ways in which information retrieval and machine learning technologies can be used to assist curators" and it also suggests "a novel method based on a learning-to-rank framework that increases the curator's productivity and breadth of perspective by suggests which novel microblogs should be added to the curated content."


The paper contains valuable information for anyone interested in having more statistical data about social curation activities and patterns on Twitter, the use of lists and the typical reasons why individuals want to do this. 



Interesting. 7/10


Full original PDF paper:  http://cl.naist.jp/~kevinduh/papers/duh12curation-long.pdf 





 


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Great Examples of Curation Tools and Techniques for Journalists

Great Examples of Curation Tools and Techniques for Journalists | Content Curation World | Scoop.it

"Every act of journalism is an act of curation."

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Paul Bradshaw, author, blogger and reference point for anyone doing online journalism, illustrates with a rich series of examples, the different types of content curation tools and techniques that can be effectively used by journalists today.


The article covers basic curation principles and guidelines as well as offering a set of mini-tutorials on curating lists, playlists, image boards, maps and timelines, news magazines and more.


Informative. Resourceful. Examples-rich. 9/10


Full guide: http://onlinejournalismblog.com/2013/09/30/curation-tools-tips-advice-journalism/ 




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rodrick rajive lal's curator insight, January 7, 1:27 AM

How True! "Every act of journalism is an act of curation" - that is as long as what is being reported is accurate and unbiased!

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Ennio Martignago's curator insight, January 7, 3:58 AM

Giornalisti a scuola di Curation

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The Value of List-Making: Three Traits To Make Yours Stand Out From The Rest

The Value of List-Making: Three Traits To Make Yours Stand Out From The Rest | Content Curation World | Scoop.it
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Beth Kanter, one of the key go-to-person for communication strategy when it comes to NGOs, provides a useful reminder of the value of creating lists for content marketing objectives alongside some good links to list-making examples and list-building tools. 



My comment: One thing that differentiates good "lists" from bad ones, is not often visibile by looking just at the surface.


Good lists in my view are characterized by these three traits: 


1) Short - long lists are tiring and not very useful


2) Categorized - "groups" help scanning and finding what you're looking for


3) Commented - excerpts from about pages as list item descriptions are not very useful, as what makes a real difference in a list is your insight, opinion or evaluation into why that item is in that list. 


Without these elements in fact, just about anyone can take a search tool and assemble the "Best of" whatever software category in a ridicule amount of time, while not really providing anything useful or reliable. 


That's the difference between a list and a curated list.


The list "as is" makes you work more to check and verify everything that's in the list, while the curated one saves you time in finding or reminding you rapidly what is exactly that you need.



Useful. Resourceful. 7/10



Original post: http://www.bethkanter.org/lists/ 






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Prof. Hankell's curator insight, September 28, 2013 11:27 AM

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Beth Kanter, one of the key go-to-person for communication strategy when it comes to NGOs, provides a useful reminder of the value of creating lists for content marketing objectives alongside some good links to list-making examples and list-building tools.


My comment: One thing that differentiates good "lists" from bad ones, is not often visibile by looking just at the surface.

Good lists in my view are characterized by these three traits:

1) Short - long lists are tiring and not very useful

2) Categorized - "groups" help scanning and finding what you're looking for

3) Commented - excerpts from about pages as list item descriptions are not very useful, as what makes a real difference in a list is your insight, opinion or evaluation into why that item is in that list.

Without these elements in fact, just about anyone can take a search tool and assemble the "Best of" whatever software category in a ridicule amount of time, while not really providing anything useful or reliable.

That's the difference between a list and a curated list.

The list "as is" makes you work more to check and verify everything that's in the list, while the curated one saves you time in finding or reminding you rapidly what is exactly that you need.

Beth Kanter's comment, September 28, 2013 12:47 PM
Thanks for adding your valuable insights that lead to improved curation practice.
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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 | Scoop.it
Create a personal startpage with your most important bookmarks and RSS feeds. Easy to use, reliable and completely (ad) free. Read more...
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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: http://www.startme.com/ 


Getting started: http://www.startme.com/page/help 





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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, 12:58 PM

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

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Curate Product Collections From Any Online Shop with the Amazon Wish List

Curate Product Collections From Any Online Shop with the Amazon Wish List | Content Curation World | Scoop.it
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The Amazon Wish List system allows you to create collections of any kind of products which can be collected from any online shop and to have them  published on Amazon.


Using the Amazon Wish List system you can create easily lists of any kind of products that can be easily consulted, sorted, and shared with others.


The Amazon Wish List offers a dedicated extension for Firefox, Chrome, Safari, Internet Explorer and for your IPad. Alternatively a standard bookmarklet is also available.


My comment: An excellent alternative and complement to Amazon Collections which allows not just to organize and publish lists of Amazon products, but it extends this ability to any online shop. Wherever you are you can clip and collect any product into an Amazon Wish List. Ideally Amazon Collections and Wish Lists should be one thing and the best features of each merged into one facility.


Wish Lists are less appealing visually but offer the opportunity to be viewed as compact lists (handy for large ones), to be sorted and filtered in a numbered of ways and to be printed. Something you cannot do with Amazon Collections.



Free to use.


Find out more: http://www.amazon.com/wishlist/universal/ref=cm_wl_xt_top_lm_ff_huc


Here is a sample wish list of Portable Wireless Microphones I have recently created: http://www.amazon.com/registry/wishlist/1H58ZIB8Y5N1W/ref=cm_sw_r_tw_ws_MPTasb0JBVQBB




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Urs Frei's curator insight, August 10, 2013 3:26 AM

Amazon-Wunschliste mit portablem Audio-Equipment für Video-Interviews.

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Web Scraping Tools, Services and Plugins: A Comprehensive List

Web Scraping Tools, Services and Plugins: A Comprehensive List | Content Curation World | Scoop.it



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To capture and extract structured data from any web site is one of the approaches adopted to gather more information on a specific topic when there are no easier means to access that data or to export it easily from the site where it was published.


Web scraping, web mining, data extraction and website scraping include a wide range of applications and uses and nonetheless some malicious use of them, these technologies are very useful for data curation, business intelligence, SEO optimization and to monitor content changes on any web page.


Web scrapers are generally geek tools that require some familiarity with how data is structured inside a database and within a HTML /CSS web page. To scrape information from a web page it is in fact necessary to be able to identify key elements of the data to be extracted in order to teach the scraper what patterns to follow to reliably extract the data you need.


If you are looking for more information on commercial web scrapers available online, their key strenghts, prices and features, the two lists that follow contain everything you may want to know and more.


Included are also WordPress plugins capable of scraping work, a tool to prevent your own web pages from being "scraped" by others, and some coverage of the ethical and legal issues involved.



Very useful. Geeky tools. 8/10


Software for web scraping: http://extract-web-data.com/software-for-web-scraping/


Scraping software, services and plugins sum up: http://extract-web-data.com/scraping-software-services-and-plugins-sum-up/




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Steve Tuffill's comment, July 16, 2013 12:23 PM
Thanks for sharing this, Robin! There are some awesome resources here!
Stephen Dale's curator insight, July 22, 2013 6:03 AM

A useful list of website "scraping" tools. Not mentioned but should be added to the list: https://scraperwiki.com/ ;

Monica S Mcfeeters's curator insight, July 23, 2013 7:06 AM

These are some tools for those serious data gatherers when there appears to be no other way to gather the data.

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Content Curation Tools: Two More Free Bonuses for Monday TNW Master Class

Content Curation Tools: Two More Free Bonuses for Monday TNW Master Class | Content Curation World | Scoop.it



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Good news for those interested in signing up for the Content Curation Master Class coming up this Monday. Two more curations tools have lined up to freely offer their PRO or yet-unavailable features to all participants to the master class organized by TheNextWeb Academy.


These are:


1) Handpick - custom curated email news to your selected contacts

60 days access to PRO account for free


2) NOOWIT - early access to Editor / Publishing features and PRO features for free - as soon as they become available (for blog authors)




These two line up to complete a full bonus-set that includes:


3) Spundge - content curation/publishing platform

60 days access to PRO account for free


4) Listly - create/curate/publish professional-looking embeddable lists

60 days access to PRO account for free


5) Twtrland - find true influencers and experts for every niche, skill or place

60 days access to PRO account for free +

free 30-minute custom demo


6) Swayy - news discovery and curated social sharing

direct access to private Beta + PRO plan free for 45 days


7) Scoop.it - content curation/publishing platform

access to PRO account  for free for 3 months


8) OpenTopic - content curation/publishing platform

access to Private Beta


9) Permamarks - permanent archival of web pages

access to Private Beta




Participants to the "Content Curation for Everyone" class will also get:

  • early access to my newest content curation tools mastermap, which contains over 400 tools fully organized by application/use and technology/format type.

  • access to my log of 100 criteria to evaluate any content curation tool



N.B.: Though the official promotion says for "beginners" this is really an "intermediate" class designed for those who already understand the basics and want to go beyond them.




You can sign-up for the class here: http://thenextweb.com/academy/


For more info, contact me directly at: Robin.Good @ masternewmedia.org


(Image credit: Chocolate candies - Shutterstock)



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Michaela Mati's curator insight, July 7, 2013 7:42 AM

tools per la content curation

Catherine Smyth's curator insight, July 8, 2013 10:59 PM

Links to a range of applications for content curation of topics.

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Curate Your Own Lists of Best Films, TV Shows, Books or Games with Listal

Curate Your Own Lists of Best Films, TV Shows, Books or Games with Listal | Content Curation World | Scoop.it
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Listal is a free web service and a vibrant community of movies and book lovers, who are provided with the tools to collect, rate and comment their favorite films and readings.


Key features include:

  • Rate items and add reviews, tags, images, videos & lists
  • Create as many collections as you like
  • Search and find titles by author,
  • Find people who share your tastes on the basis of your ratings
  • Generate charts based on the ratings of the people you follow
  • Organise your Movie/TV, Music, Game or Book collections
  • Customize your profile
  • RSS feeds for lists
  • Create drag and drop reorderable lists
  • Annotate your lists with notes and images
  • Import and export list data
  • Track loaned items
  • Create flash widgets for your lists and collections
  • Private message other Listal members
  • Discussion forums
  • View statistics about your collections



My comment: Excellent free tool to curate your favorite videos, films, books, music or electronic games. Recommended for anyone serious about creating and sharing this type of information.



Free to use.


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




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Zorka Kovacevich Marketing's curator insight, June 16, 2013 7:51 AM
Insight From Robin Good:

 

Listal is a free web service and a vibrant community of movies and book lovers, who are provided with the tools to collect, rate and comment their favorite films and readings.

 

Key features include:

Rate items and add reviews, tags, images, videos &listsCreate as many collections as you likeSearch and find titles by author,Find people who share your tastes on the basis of your ratingsGenerate charts based on the ratings of the people you followOrganise your Movie/TV, Music, Game or Book collectionsCustomize your profileRSS feeds for listsCreate drag and drop reorderable listsAnnotate your lists with notes and imagesImport and export list dataTrack loaned itemsCreate flash widgets for your lists and collectionsPrivate message other Listal membersDiscussion forumsView statistics about your collections

 

 

My comment: Excellent free tool to curate your favorite videos, films, books, music or electronic games. Recommended for anyone serious about creating and sharing this type of information.

 

 

Free to use.

 

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

 

 

juanjovilar's curator insight, June 17, 2013 7:22 AM

Herramienta para generar tus listas de mejores libros, canciones, discos, películas...

Víctor V. Valera Jiménez's curator insight, June 18, 2013 10:43 PM

Excelente aplicación web que nos permitirá curar nuestras películas, programas de TV, libros o videojuegos para poder organizarlos, filtrarlos y compartirlos en nuestras redes sociales favoritas.

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Automatically Generate Topic-Specific Social Newsradars with Kuratur

Automatically Generate Topic-Specific Social Newsradars with Kuratur | Content Curation World | Scoop.it



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Kurator is a web service which allows you to easily customize one or more visual magazines that automatically aggregate the hashtags, lists, Twitter users, Facebook pages and RSS feeds you specify.


Specifically, you can aggregate from the following sources:

  • Twitter User
  • Twitter List
  • Twitter Keywords
  • Twitter Hastags
  • Twitter Mentions
  • Twitter Top Followers
  • Facebook Page
  • Facebook Keywords
  • RSS Feed


You can also filter and specify specific keywords that you want to be included/excluded.


Kurators offers the ability to title each stream, and to customize somewhat the look of the final magazine by providing a few templates and layouts and access to the controls to adjust the font style, size and color.


The final stream can be published as a web page on Kurator or exported directly to WordPress as a "page".




My comments: Kurator is a useful tool to rapidly aggregate and publish one or more streams on a specific topic and to be able to integrate this content stream into their WordPress sites.


Unless you are a graphic designer or a tech person it is hard to customize and improve on the ready-made look presently available.


Kurator offers no option to manually curate your final stream and it is almost inevitable with this approach to get some duplicate items and some outright spam.


Good for anyone needing to rapidly create one or more rich-content pages on one or more specific topics.


The difficult, curation work here is all in setting up effective filters to aggregate the valuable content you are looking for. Easier said than done.




Free to use.


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


FAQ: http://www.kuratur.com/faqs/


My test page: http://kuratur.com/RobinGood/content-curation-news.html




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Alex Grech's curator insight, May 30, 2013 1:34 PM

Still need to explore this properly, but at face value it promises to be a powerful magazine-style curation tool.  

Michelle Cordy's curator insight, May 30, 2013 4:36 PM

Via Ted Newcomb and Robin Good: a new to me curation tool.

Kai Reinhardt's curator insight, June 6, 2013 9:20 AM

Sehr nützliches Produktivtool

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Connecting Avid Book Readers with Curated Book Lists: Readin.gs

Connecting Avid Book Readers with Curated Book Lists: Readin.gs | Content Curation World | Scoop.it

Bringing curated book recommendations from thought leaders in tech, fashion, and food & wine to the masses. Launching at #StartupBusNYC #SXSW

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Startup Readin.gs is a new startup service devoted to connect avid book readers with curated monthly book subscriptions.

From the official site: "Over 10 curators’ reading lists are available for subscription, including Tony Hseih, Harper Reed, Baratunde Thurston, Aliza Licht, Erik Grimmelmann, PHD, Anthony Calsalena, Erin Quill, Liza Kindred, Ben Huh, and FAKEGRIMLOCK."

Readin.gs offers a monthly subscription that delivers curated books from influencers in industries like technology, entrepreneurship, food, and fashion.


Members pay $20 monthly to receive one ebook or paperback from a curator of their choosing.

For more information: http://readin.gs






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Giuseppe Mauriello's curator insight, March 12, 2013 3:47 PM

From official website:

"At Readin.gs, we believe everyone deserves the chance to hit up their heroes for book recommendations. Once a month, we'll deliver a hand-selected book from a featured thought-leader from the worlds of technology, fashion, and food & wine."

Michael John Freestone's curator insight, March 25, 2013 11:27 PM

Read your latest curated books

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Linda G. Foss's curator insight, February 1, 8:18 PM

Who doesn't have a "to read" list somewhere?

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Curate and Follow Your Key Favorite Twitter Sources with Happy Friends

Curate and Follow Your Key Favorite Twitter Sources with Happy Friends | Content Curation World | Scoop.it
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Happy Friends is a new free tool created by Dave Winer which allows you to closely follow those Twitter accounts for which you don't want to miss a beat. 


Happy Friends makes it easy for you to add (but not to delete for now) any Twitter account you want and to easily expand it to see all of its most recent tweets. 


The result is a simple interface which lists your favorite Twitter sources and allows you to check rapidly what each one of them has posted. 


What may escape anyone not reading this, is that by clicking on any of the headlines displayed inside Happy Friends you get to see the full Twitter card display, just as it was intended to be seen on Twitter with integrated images and video. 


Happy Friends fulfils for me a true need, as with Twitter typical readers and tools (including lists) it is very difficult to track specific sources postings without doing a few click acrobatics. 


I hope that in one of the upcoming versions, the formatting of the tweets will also be improved as to make it easier for the eye to rapidly scan the information presented. The twitter grey icons on the left do to little to quiet down the noise created by all the the tweet texts and links appearing on the Happy Friends page. Vertical spacing between items and separating text from links would significantly improve legibility and rapid eye-scanning of the content.


Very useful.


Free to use.


Try it out now: http://happyfriends.camp/ 


See also: http://happy.smallpict.com/2014/06/24/welcomeToHappyFriends.html 


and: http://thenextweb.com/twitter/2014/06/28/happy-friends-turns-twitter-mailbox-select-friends/ 






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Stephen Dale's curator insight, July 3, 5:59 AM

A super Twitter utility service for aggregating your favourite Twitter resources,

 

#socmed

#twitter

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Online Film Boutique Curates Unique High-Quality Editions: The Criterion Collection

Online Film Boutique Curates Unique High-Quality Editions: The Criterion Collection | Content Curation World | Scoop.it
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The Criterion Collection is an online specialty shop that offers selected films that have been individually licensed, re-mastered to digital for highest quality (Blu-Ray) and bundled with unique additional materials including video interviews, uncut scenes, commentary tracks and additional features.


To give a practical example, you can find the recent Oscar winning The Great Beauty in a uniquely remastered 2K edition, bundled with:

  • New conversation between Sorrentino and Italian cultural critic Antonio Monda
  • New interview with actor Toni Servillo
  • New interview with screenwriter Umberto Contarello
  • Deleted scenes
  • Trailer
  • New English subtitle translation
  • PLUS: A booklet featuring an essay by critic Phillip Lopate


Each film release at Criterion is a true work of curation: "Each film release has a producer who oversees the entire process, from restoration to supplemental features to packaging. The producer researches available materials, conceives of original supplements, and decides which features truly add value to the appreciation of the film."


Navigation and content discovery inside the Criterion Collection is facilitated by a set of curated galleries organized around 1) top 10 titles lists, 2) authors / directors, 3) themes / topics


At Criterion, you can also create your own online collections of favourite films, by selecting and saving your preferred ones into custom lists.


Criterion is a wonderful example of how much value can be added to existing content, even where, like in a film release, you would think that nothing, beyond the packaging can be added.



Free to explore, comment and contribute to. 


Check it out now: http://www.criterion.com/ 


Explore contents: http://www.criterion.com/explore 


FAQ: http://www.criterion.com/help#q1 

 




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A Curated Newsletter of Little Gems: VLS a Very Short List

A Curated Newsletter of Little Gems: VLS a Very Short List | Content Curation World | Scoop.it
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VLS, or VeryShortList is an email newsletter and website, that brings in each daily issue a few selected high-value resources from a different human curator.


Each day of the week has a color and a theme.

Each edition of VSL lists three unique resources on that theme.
See: http://www.veryshortlist.com/about/  


An excellent and well tested example of curation at work, VLS is alive since 2006 and the quality of its curation work allow for a discrete sponsorship presence to support this unique quality publication.



Check it out now.


Free to use: http://www.veryshortlist.com/ 


Archives: http://www.veryshortlist.com/lists/ 


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Beth Kanter's comment, April 9, 12:21 PM
Does this answer your question about whether the web can be hand curated or not?
Pippa Davies @PippaDavies 's curator insight, April 9, 11:24 PM

Great idea for curating via email newsletter.  

LLatipi's curator insight, April 9, 11:28 PM

#VeryShortList

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Content Discovery: Find RSS Feed Reading Lists and OPML Collections with FeedShare.net

Content Discovery: Find RSS Feed Reading Lists and OPML Collections with FeedShare.net | Content Curation World | Scoop.it
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Feedshare is a free web service which allows you to publish and share publicly any RSS feed or OPML file (a collection of RSS feeds) for everyone to check and subscribe to.


You can also discover, search and explore other interesting RSS feeds by keyword, author or tags or by the most popular ones: http://www.feedshare.net/popular/ 


Free to use.


Try it out now: http://www.feedshare.net/ 


Search it: http://www.feedshare.net/search/ 



Added to Content Discovery Tools directory here: http://content-discovery-tools.zeef.com 


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Warner Carter's curator insight, January 17, 10:58 PM

looks like an interesting resource 

http://www.feedshare.net/popular/

Stephen Dale's curator insight, January 18, 12:28 PM

Useful as a backup to your regular feed reader (I use Feedly - export as an OPML file) or to share your RSS subcriptions, or to discover, search and explore other interesting RSS feeds by keyword, author or tags or by the most popular:  http://www.feedshare.net/popular/ ;

 

Search it: http://www.feedshare.net/search/ ;

 

Excellent curation tool.

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Curate Your Learning Playlist on Any Topic with Gibbon.co

Curate Your Learning Playlist on Any Topic with Gibbon.co | Content Curation World | Scoop.it
Almost all the knowledge is available on the web, all you need is someone to guide you to it.
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Gibbon is a new web app which makes it extremely easy to create beautiful-to-look-at learning playlists by simply adding specific article or video links to your custom-made content compilation. 


Gibbon actually goes the extra mile by grabbing the full content from each original source you curate, by integrating it into your learning playlist, and by stripping out of any design distractions it may have been accompanied by. 


Learning playlists can be easily edited, arranged and shared with others. 


Gibbon offers a wonderful and elegant design, providing a clutter-free, elegant and very effective way to present and organize content lists.


Furthermore Gibbon adds a few specific touches that make this curation tool particularly fit for learning a topic, by providing reading time estimates for each link in a list, striking out titles of completed readings, highlighting with simple icons the type of content showcased (articles, video, etc.), and creating a focused and distraction-free reading environment.


My comment: Gibbon looks very promising to me, as it attempts not to be another generic curation tool but addresses a very specific need and application while providing a very well designed and usable tool.


Notwithstanding the beauty and simplicity of the UI I felt the need for an integrated search tool that would facilitate me in grabbing those content items I wanted to add into a learning playlist. 


I also had several problems in trying to add new content to my test playlist. New URLs would "time out" easily while being fetched and all of the content added via the bookmarklet or the Google extension didn't show up in my collection.


A very promising tool to effectively curate content learning playlists.


Free to use.


Try it out now: https://gibbon.co/ 


Added to the Curation for Learning Tools section of the Content Curation Tools Supermap.



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Gust MEES's curator insight, January 3, 1:37 PM

 

Learn more:

 

http://www.scoop.it/t/21st-century-learning-and-teaching/?tag=Curation

 

M Dolores Solé Gómez's curator insight, January 4, 5:56 AM

Great! Thank you for sharing this tool.

Terry Yelmene's curator insight, January 5, 2:35 AM

This may be useful, if it proves easy enough.

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

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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: http://apple.zeef.com  


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: http://zeef.org/  


FAQ: http://zeef.org/faq/ 


Benefits: http://zeef.org/benefits/


Vision: http://zeef.org/vision/


Review: http://startupbeat.com/2013/09/19/featured-startup-pitch-zeef-id3454/ 




My first Zeef page on Content Curation Tools (in progress): https://contentcuration.zeef.com/robin.good 






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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

 

LINK UTILI

INDIRIZZO:  http://zeef.org

FAQ. http://zeef.org/faq/

ESEMPIO: la pagina Zeef realizzata da Robin Good relativamente alle risorse per la content curation https://contentcuration.zeef.com/robin.good

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Guiding Customers To The Best Possible Products: That's What Retail Curation Is All About

Guiding Customers To The Best Possible Products: That's What Retail Curation Is All About | Content Curation World | Scoop.it

"The Motley Fool - As choice becomes overwhelming, the winners of the future retail war will be the ones who can help guide customers to the perfect products."

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Motley's Fool contributor Andrew Marder   has written about the critical importance that curation will have for the retail universe by citing as relevant examples Netflix and Amazon.


Netflix for example officially states: "...instead of trying to have everything, we should strive to have the best in each category."


In short, curation looks to provide customers with the best possible products instead of the most products possible.


"Amazon has dabbled in curation through its lists system, which allows other users to make curated lists, and through its "customers who viewed this item also viewed..." capability.


...


The success of curation is going to come from the combination of massive selection and systematized suggestion.


The model that Amazon is skirting the edges of gives consumers the ability to both drive their own choices and discover new ways to spend their money. As the algorithms that choose these recommendations become more powerful, the businesses will find higher strike rates with the suggestions.


My comment: Undoubtedly, a growing trend emerging for online retailers is the need to focus on selecting and curating the most relevant products, rather than all of those available, for their specific tribe. This is why those retailers capable of finding and hiring quality curators (or leveraging their users passions) to organize and showcase their product line-ups will be enjoying greater conversions and sales than those simply using algo-based selections.  

Expert advice and trusted suggestions work a lot better than any algo.



Rightful. Insightful. 8/10


Full article: http://www.fool.com/investing/general/2013/05/23/the-future-of-retail-is-curation.aspx


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Prof. Hankell's curator insight, August 11, 2013 7:27 PM
Robin Good's insight:

 

 

Motley's Fool contributor Andrew Marder   has written about the critical importance that curation will have for the retail universe by citing as relevant examples Netflix and Amazon.

 

Netflix for example officially states: "...instead of trying to have everything, we should strive to have the best in each category."

 

In short, curation looks to provide customers with the best possible products instead of the most products possible.

 

"Amazon has dabbled in curation through itslists system, which allows other users to make curated lists, and through its "customers who viewed this item also viewed..." capability.

 

...

 

The success of curation is going to come from the combination of massive selection and systematized suggestion.


The model that Amazon is skirting the edges of gives consumers the ability to both drive their own choices and discover new ways to spend their money. As the algorithms that choose these recommendations become more powerful, the businesses will find higher strike rates with the suggestions.

 

My comment: Undoubtedly, a growing trend emerging for online retailers is the need to focus on selecting and curating the most relevant products, rather than all of those available, for their specific tribe. This is why those retailers capable of finding and hiring quality curators (or leveraging their users passions) to organize and showcase their product line-ups will be enjoying greater conversions and sales than those simply using algo-based selections.   

Expert advice and trusted suggestions work a lot better than any algo.

 

 

Rightful. Insightful. 8/10

 

Full article:http://www.fool.com/investing/general/2013/05/23/the-future-of-retail-is-curation.aspx

Phyllis Shapiro's curator insight, July 13, 8:02 PM

Here it is!

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Curate Your Favorite Products Into Shareable Sets with Amazon Collections

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Amazon has made available to everyone a new Pinterest-like facility that allows you to easily collect and organize into separate sets, Amazon product items that you are interested into or want to recommend to others.

To add a product to anyone of your Amazon collections you only need to click on the "+ Add to Collection" button that appears below the product on the left side of any Amazon page. (See the button at the bottom of this Amazon page screenshot here: https://dl-web.dropbox.com/spa/782adzfe036gp2y/eowjyl6s.jpg - not all products pages sport yet this button as this is a new feature).


A dedicated bookmarklet is also available which makes it a breeze to also add products that do not sport yet the "+ Add to Collection" button. Collected items and collections can be easily shared on Facebook and Twitter or via email.


Like on Pinterest, Amazon Collections allows you to comment any of the items you post, to follow other "collectors" (not individual boards), to like items and to repost any them into another collection. You can decide whether a collection is public or private and you can also easily rename or delete any collection created.



My comments: Excellent and long due upgraded version of the Wish List (which remains available and also allows creation of product lists)

No ability to embed collections elsewehere. No ability to re-arrange items in a collection. Fresh out of the gate, this feature may provide lots of economic benefits and insight to Amazon and a more effective way for users to find relevant and related products via their trusted curators and guides.


Key differences with Wish Lists: Visual layout and social features are the key differentiators. The display of Collections is very much like a Pinterest like collection while a Wish List offers a vertical linear list mode or a text-only compact alterative. In addition, Amazon Collections allow for the collector to provide a comment / description to any product listed, to like and report other collectors' items, and to easily share these on FB and Twitter.



Free to use.


See what others are collecting here: http://www.amazon.com/gp/river


Find out more: http://www.amazon.com/gp/ssx/learn_more_popup?selected_tab=learn-more-1&navigated_from=Recollect+Own+Dialog#


A set of sample collections I have created:
http://www.amazon.com/gp/customers/A38C60NLGR35X6/collections 



*I've added Amazon Collections to the section "Product Curation Tools" inside the Content Curation Tools Supermap.




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Robin Good's comment, August 8, 2013 7:29 AM
Ecco il link Giuseppe: http://www.amazon.com/gp/river
Robin Good's comment, August 8, 2013 7:30 AM
Scoop.it ha cambiato oggi il colore dei link. Penso dipenda da quello.
Giuseppe Lunardi's comment, August 8, 2013 12:59 PM
Grazie Robin, gentilissimo.
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Aggregate, Filter and Publish RSS Feeds On Your Site with FeedWelder

Aggregate, Filter and Publish RSS Feeds On Your Site with FeedWelder | Content Curation World | Scoop.it
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Feedwelder is a new web app for news and content curators that allows you to easily aggregate, mix and filter two or more RSS feeds and then to get a reliable JavaScript code to publish them on your website or bog.


Feedwelder does an excellent job of simplifying the need to mix multiple RSS feed together, eliminating duplicates and filtering the resulting mix according to your own specifications.


See part of the "mixing" interface: http://o7.no/154QOLH


Here is how it works:


  1. Find the feeds you would like to show on your web site. (For example, BBC News has a page that lists all their feeds.)

  2. Click on New Mix and give your mix a title (only visible to you).

  3. Click "Add a Feed" to paste in each of your feeds.

  4. Click "Save and Get Code" and you'll see the Javascript or PHP code that you can paste into your web pages.


The key benefits of using Feedwelder to aggregate and publish RSS feeds on your web site are:


a) Faster - Cloud cached feeds for maximum page load speed on your site


b) Simpler - Easy to mix and display feeds


c) Better looking - White label customizable look



My comment: For anyone doing news curation this is as useful as oxygen for humans. Aggregating, mixing and filtering RSS feeds is one of the basic activities of a good news curator and FeedWelder provides a simple tool to do it.


The only limitation of this approach remains the one that you are posting a JavaScript code snippet on your page and not the actual content of those RSS feed items. So, if you are doing this with the specific intention of improving the quality of content that search engines will find on your site, this is not going to help you. On the other hand if your first concern, - as it should - is for the end reader, the service provided by Feedwelder can provide a really useful and easy solution for publishing RSS feeds on your site while keeping control on their look.



Get invited: http://feedwelder.com/



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Sharilee Swaity's comment, July 11, 2013 6:00 PM
I could use something like this for my sites. Thanks for the information
Adam Donkus's comment, July 12, 2013 9:44 AM
Sweet..I have been using the free script from Google, which is lacking in a lot in the visual department..I will be checking it out..thanks for sharing..
Adam Donkus's curator insight, July 12, 2013 9:45 AM

cool tool..

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More Bonus Tools Line Up for Participants to Content Curation Master Class

More Bonus Tools Line Up for Participants to Content Curation Master Class | Content Curation World | Scoop.it



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Three additional content curation tools have chosen to partner and support my upcoming Content Curation for Everyone Master Class (Mon. July 8th) by providing free special access to their PRO versions to all of the course participants.


These new ones include:


1) Spundge - content curation/publishing platform

60 days access to PRO account for free


2) Listly - create/curate/publish professional-looking embeddable lists

60 days access to PRO account for free


3) Twtrland - find true influencers and experts for every niche, skill or place

60 days access to PRO account for free +

free 30-minute custom demo




These three line up to complete a growing set that already includes:


4) Swayy - news discovery and curated social sharing

direct access to private Beta + PRO plan free for 45 days


5) Scoop.it - content curation/publishing platform

access to PRO account  for free for 3 months


6) OpenTopic - content curation/publishing platform

access to Private Beta


7) Permamarks - permanent archival of web pages

access to Private Beta


8) To be announced shortly.




Participants to the "Content Curation for Everyone" class will also get:

  • early access to my newest content curation tools mastermap, which contains over 300 tools organized by application/use and technology/format type.

  • access to my log of 100 criteria to evaluate any content curation tool


N.B.: Though the official promotion says for "beginners" this is really an "intermediate" class designed for those who already understand the basics and want to go beyond them.


You can sign-up for the class here: http://thenextweb.com/academy/


For more info, contact me directly at: Robin.Good @ masternewmedia.org


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Lists and Image Curation Comes To Instagram with InstaFeed



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Instafeed is a iOS app which allows you to create custom lists of Instagram users and to re-post easily (with auto-credit) great images from other Instagram users to your own account.


Instafeed offers a growing set of pre-packaged feeds, on popular topics like fashion, pets and food, to which you can add your own curated set of custom feeds in which you decide who are your specific Instagram sources.


I would have loved to see a feed creation option based on hashtags rather than just on Instagram people, as it is very rare to find Instagram authors that post sistematically on a specific topic / theme / style.


Usability-wise I wasted a lot of time trying to understand how to watch any existing feed. Beyond that there are only a couple of extra commands only. But for me the need to double tap on the home page feed to view it was a frustrating barrier. I'd click each time only to be brought into seeing the list of sources for that channel. Other than this InstaFeed is as easy as sneezing.


The option to repost (with credit) Instagram pics you find in InstaFeed channels directly to your Instagram account is invaluable as it opens for the first time the opportunity for "curating" other people images on Instagram.


Given the huge quantity of visual material being created daily on Instagram, it is only going to be a matter of time before you will start seeing many other new services attempt to offer tools to more easily find, pick, group and republish relevant Instagram (or for that matter Flickr, Picasa, etc.) images to a theme or topic channel.


Free to use.


App store: https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/instafeed/id632821847?mt=8


More info: http://www.appiphanyinc.com/


Read more about it on TheNextWeb: http://thenextweb.com/apps/2013/06/07/instafeed-an-instagram-client-that-lets-you-build-custom-feeds-based-on-topic/


Digital Trends: http://www.digitaltrends.com/social-media/instafeed-wants-to-make-you-a-curator-of-instagram-pics/




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Tom George's curator insight, June 9, 2013 6:48 PM

Thanks to Robin Good for sharing this

Fabrizio Faraco's curator insight, June 10, 2013 4:02 AM

Robin Good has always something excellent to suggest to those who love curating

Henrik Safegaard - Cloneartist's curator insight, June 10, 2013 4:10 AM

 You can repost any snaps you like directly to Instagram, which is a nice touch, and you can post comments too.

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Local News Curation + Community Support: The Breaking News Network Winning Formula

Local News Curation + Community Support: The Breaking News Network Winning Formula | Content Curation World | Scoop.it
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If you were wondering how likely it is that news curation may become a key strategy for offering quality local news, you should check out this three-year old project called The Breaking News Network.


BNN, founded by Pat Kitano, already covers 350 cities worldwide by curating the most interesting local news stories from indigenous blogs and RSS feeds and having a unique focus on supporting community voices and interests.


BNN, in its own words is an active, community-sourced and locally driven information network, that uses curation to provide just-in-time relevant info and news to its communities.

From the official site: "The Breaking News Network delivers social media sourced news and information to over 350 cities and neighborhoods worldwide.


We’re unique to local publishing because we curate and publish the most interesting media and blog feeds in each city (that means less petty crime and accidents, more events, opinions and commentary) to create an aggregate real time ticker tape of literally everything happening in a city.


Every city’s WordPress based website (example: BreakingSFNews.com) broadcasts more than just the usual daily news; it curates news by category: Things to Do, Sports, Food, Culture, etc. so users can find breaking news by topic of interest.


We utilize the curation and presentation tools by Rebelmouse to display content in a visual format.


We deliver localized news streams through Twitter and Facebook for each city and have amassed over 400,000 fans/followers who appreciate our real time local content."


One interesting aspect of The Breaking News Network is its strategic positioning, throughout all of its instances, as a collector and amplifier for the news coming from relevant local institutions and communities providing them with extra visibility and a very relevant context to reach out to interested people.


From Journalisaccelerator.com: "When BNN was launched three years ago to give voice to community causes, Kitano brought a unique knowledge from early experiments using Twitter (2006 – 2009) and social media to develop hyperlocal community information networks for the real estate market.


Focusing on social at the outset, Kitano was “cobbling together” segmented lists on Twitter before Twitter had even created “lists.” (For context, Twitter launched in July of 2006.)


Kitano sees BNN providing a shared social channel – one community, one voice, one cause at a time – with promise of doing good for others by supporting civic groups, local causes and arts organizations."


Here, in more detail, some of the community support they provide: "We provide free access for local institutions to our 350+ Twitter feeds via our unique Community Retweet Program.

We also provide this access to local politicians and local media so they can broadcast their most important messages to our communities.


We create national campaigns and build brand advocate networks for good causes.


We create unique ways for our readers to interact with their local institutions, like the National Aquarium and Chicago’s International Beethoven Festival."


SF Breaking News example: http://thebreakingnewsnetwork.com/


Review by Journalism Accelerator: http://bit.ly/JATBNN


More info: http://thebreakingnewsnetwork.com/


City directory: http://thebreakingnewsnetwork.com/city-directory/





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Fernando Zamith's curator insight, April 5, 2013 10:44 AM

Vale a pena seguir estas experiências. Já há edições na Europa (UK e Paris) - http://thebreakingnewsnetwork.com/city-directory/.

 

Quem se quer aventurar na criação do Breaking Lisbon News ou do Breaking Porto News?

 

Socius Ars's curator insight, April 10, 2013 12:20 PM

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