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What a Content Curator Needs To Know: How, Tools, Issues and Strategy
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Curate Your Personal Web Magazine with NextMags

Curate Your Personal Web Magazine with NextMags | Content Curation World | Scoop.it

Robin Good: NextMags is a new content curation platform that allows you to publish a free and well designed online web magazine on a topic of your choice.


Born out of the curated search app Searcheeze, NextMags offers the typical browser bookmarklet to clip and collect any relevant content you may find on the web, as well as the option to write your own posts / articles.


With NextMags it will soon be possible to import and integrate in your topic-specific web magazine specific content coming from Facebook, Twitter, Google Plus and from other social networks.


Very similar in concept to Scoop.it and similar content curation tools, NextMags is uniquely characterized by its ease of use, good navigation options, clean and white-based look and for a very affordable and competitive pricing approach (kudos to NextMags for getting this in the right track).

Lacking instead for now from this curation platform is a set of features allowing the curator to gather and aggregate raw content coming from different sources in an effective way. While there is the possibility to use the "Suggestions" area to gather some raw content, for now this is limited to tapping only Google News, Twitter and your readers. It is possible to subscribe to other NextMags and to receive direct contet suggestions from other curators, but, as far as I have seen, there is no back-end for news discovery, aggregation and filtering, typical of such curation tools.


NextMags offers multiple service options. From a free level which allows you to create up to five web magazines, but wit the ability to elect only one other editor, import images, schedule posts, check analytics, or use alternative design themes, to a paid one, costing only €44.99 a year (!) where not only you can access all of these extra features but you can also have an unlimited number of web magazine and more than one co-editor.


More pricing info: http://www.nextmags.com/plans


N.B.: Curated article content imported from other sources CANNOT be edited. That's a "first" on this front, but I am quite doubting that this conservative approach will bear much fruits.


Tour: http://www.nextmags.com/tour


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


(Thanks to Roberto Tartaglia for suggesting it)

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Stefano Passatordi's comment, August 10, 2012 6:26 AM
Hi Robin,

Thanks for covering us, it’s always a pleasure to receive feedback from people like you.

I’d like to make some clarifications:

- The social clipping feature (Facebook,Twitter, Google Plus, etc) will be available after the summer;

- In the “Suggestions” area, we already have a suggestion engine based on keywords. For now, suggestions are limited to Google News, Twitter and your readers. We’re working to improve it, in order to give you an effective news discovery engine;

- A FREE user can also have one collaborator for each magazine. We decided to give this opportunity to the free user because we truly believe that collaboration is a key feature for us;

- Other important features such as: custom domain and custom layout (currently not listed in the pricing page) will be available in the next months;

- Regarding the fact that imported content cannot be edited, we think that whenever a curator decides to clip content it’s because he wants to promote it or discuss it. In both cases, he doesn’t need to modify the original content, he may want to add personal comments or images to that content and we give him the opportunity to do so. At the end, the original content plus the curator’s comments look like a new article in which everyone takes credit for its own contribution.

We’ve just launched a few days ago and we’re working very hard on improving the service to make it the best choice for a content curator. Stay tuned, there will be great new features and improvements in the near feature!

Thanks Robin!

Stefano Passatordi
CEO, NextMags
Robin Good's comment, August 13, 2012 2:22 AM
Hello Stefano, thank you so much for your kind comments and clarifications. Much appreciated indeed!
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Curated Brand Magazine Sites Analyzed: Adobe’s CMO and Intel’s IQ

Curated Brand Magazine Sites Analyzed: Adobe’s CMO and Intel’s IQ | Content Curation World | Scoop.it

Robin Good: Third article in a series analyzing great examples of curated content at work. This time is the turn of two great curated web magazines, Intel's recent IQ and Adobe's established CMO.com.


Excellent review and analysis by Justin Lambert on the Intigi blog.


If your company is considering taking on content curation these are definitely good examples to look at.


Good analysis. 8/10


Full article - Part 3: http://blog.intigi.com/lessons-learned-from-top-curating-sites-adobes-cmo-and-intels-iq/ 

Part 1: http://blog.intigi.com/lessons-learned-from-top-curating-sites-techmeme-and-daringfireball/ 

Part 2: http://blog.intigi.com/lessons-learned-from-top-curating-sites-the-huffington-post-and-the-drudge-report/  

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A Curated Web Magazine Showcasing FB Best Stories: Facebook Stories

A Curated Web Magazine Showcasing FB Best Stories: Facebook Stories | Content Curation World | Scoop.it

Robin Good: A few days ago Facebook has launched a new "curated" web magazine, called Facebook Stories, dedicated to showcase "people using Facebook in extraordinary ways".


Anyone can submit their story for review, and the most interesting ones are showcased on this page under a monthly theme.


Facebook Stories, does not have anythng to do with an earlier project, terminated in 2011, which carried a similar name. On th other hand it is very similar to the Twitter Stories and Tumblr Storyboard curated initiatives.


From IBTimes: "In addition to video content, the Facebook Stories introduces several other features such as archival stories from the New Yorker magazine (content normally only accessible through a paywall), a Goodreads curated book list known as "The Bookshelf" and a Spotify-fueled and artist-curated tracklist known as "The Playlist."


The company will also produce a podcast and infographic corresponding to the theme."


Check it out: http://www.facebookstories.com/



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