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Let Your Readers Select What They Want To Get From Your RSS Feed with SpecificFeeds

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SpecificFeeds is a free web app which allows you to provide the opportunity to your RSS readers to subscribe only to the type of news and stories they are interested into by allowing them to select tags, keywords and authors they want to read about.

You simply submit your RSS feed to SpecificFeeds and the service automatically creates a web page and an icon that you can share or publish on your website to help those that want to subscribe to your news, but who prefer to pre-select topics, tags or authors they like to see.

My comment: SpecificFeeds acts as a RSS filtering and distribution service providing a useful benefit to those using it. Just like on Twitter (until Custom Timelines) the fact that you subscribe to an author or a web magazine, doesn't mean you want to read everything she posts. SpecificFeeds helps both web publishers and readers reduce the noise and increase the signal when using RSS feeds.

Free to use.

Try it out now:

Here is my "specific feed" that you can customize: 

malek's curator insight, November 17, 2013 2:56 PM

Worth a try, easy to customize was my first impression

Stephen Dale's curator insight, November 18, 2013 6:11 AM

A useful app for syndicating RSS content using tags, author or keywords. Fills a gap in the market for this type of functionality (not available in Feedburner) and nice to see that some people still see RSS as a viable means of consuming information. 

Adam Donkus's curator insight, November 18, 2013 10:01 AM

Cool app

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Enterprise-Level Content Curation and Auto-Publishing: Lingospot

Enterprise-Level Content Curation and Auto-Publishing: Lingospot | Content Curation World |

Lingspot is an enterprise level content curation platform capable of automatic content aggregation, filtering and in-depth content editing.

The Lingspot platform is made up by two key components: 

The Mixer, which allows you to aggregate unlimited content sources via RSS or via direct API hookup and to filter them according to your own specific criteria. More info:  

The Editor, which makes it easy even for the non-technical publisher to turn the curated content streams into complete self-updating pages. More info: 

Key Features:

a) Through a variety of third party relationships, Lingospot can aggregate topic-targeted multimedia, including photos and videos from professional sources (such as the Associated Press, Bloomberg, NBC, CBS, Forbes, etc.), as well as user generated photos and video, such as from Flickr and YouTube.

b) Whether it's books on Amazon or auction items on eBay, Lingospot can aggregate product information related to a specific topic. This topic-specific merchandise can be purchased by your readers with only a few clicks.

c) Lingospot allows your readers to initiate a conversation about a specific topic on the page where you are aggregating content about the topic. This turns every Topic page created by Lingospot into a micro community, where readers can connect with other readers interested in that topic.

Key features and tech specifications: 

Case studies and examples and examples of companies using Lingospot: 

Pricing: a basic account starts at $500/month.

See more info here: 

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An Introduction To Filtering for Would-Be Content Curators

An Introduction To Filtering for Would-Be Content Curators | Content Curation World |
It's clear that content curation is increasingly being talked about as an important role for learning professionals (in the context of self-provisioned learning, scaffolding, learing environment de...
Robin Good's insight:

The thing that amazes me most when it comes to what is supposedly "news and content curation" on platforms like, is that some of the most popular and trafficked channels have nothing to do with curating a topic for a specific audience.

Why? Because if you look at the supposed "curation" done on these channels, it is nothing but simple and often very superficial picking and unrestrained sharing of links with absolutely no concern for checking, verifying or let alone reading what is being posted.

This is how I long lost trust for many such curators. Because they are literally doing the opposite of what a true content curator should do: vet, verify, analyze, explore, check, add, inform, contextualize and reference.

In this light, I am not actually despising their work, because without them even realizing it, they are slowly creating the best opportunity and conditions for whoever does quality curation to shine a million times brighter.

As noise-generators they provide tremendous opportunity to those who know for real how to filter noise out.

Catherine Lombardozzi writes: "Filtering is an early step in the curation process, but a critical one.

Our learners count on us to cut through the noise and find the most useful materials to support their learning.

If they find that we have collated material that is inaccurate, out-dated, or relatively useless, they’ll go back to using their own search methodologies for finding materials, and our attempts to support them will be for naught."

And I must holeheartedly agree with her about the importance for curators, to be true, effective filters.

In this article, she offers some valuable guidelines and suggestions to help anyone interested in curation and in learning how to become an effective filter.

Rightful. 7/10

Full article:

(Image credit: Polarizing filter - Shutterstock)

digitalassetman's comment, March 13, 2013 11:46 PM
And they need to have their discernment filter set on high alert.
Letitia Owens's comment, March 14, 2013 9:34 AM
Ok, Thanks, this is very helpful. :)
Lamccainreed's comment, March 17, 2013 11:44 AM
For now, I think I'm curating just for myself.I'd love to find the time to make my efforts more useful for other people. This article offers some helpful guidance.
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What Curators Need: Finding More Of What They Are Interested In - Technology Forecast

What Curators Need: Finding More Of What They Are Interested In - Technology Forecast | Content Curation World |

In issue 3 of PwC’s Tech Forecast there is a great video illustrating what is going to change in the near future when it comes to finding the right information.

"The Navigational phase of online information is just now emerging.

Within three to five years, finding more of the information we need--not to mention opportunities for more effective collaboration--will become possible. Social tools will help."

The animated video explains how making network and interest-based connections more visible will allow easier and more effective filtering and navigation of information spaces in the near future. 

Insightful. 8/10

Watch the video here: 

Beth Kanter's comment, January 8, 2012 11:55 AM
Fantastic find! Thank you as always