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Robin Good's insight:
Newspeg is Pinterest for the news. Interface, dialog boxes and most of the superficial stuff you interact with on NewsPeg is 99% identical to what you are used to on Pinterest, making it easy for anyone already familiar with the visual pinning giant to start pinning news in no time at all.
As expected, there is a standard browser bookmarklet, allowing you to capture news content on the fly. Like on Pinterest you can create as many thematic boards as you like and easily add stuff to them with a click of your mouse. All content you pin on NewsPeg can also be easily shared on Facebook and Twitter.
My comment: Supereasy to use and adopt, provides a news curation format that provides more view and less depth than other competitors, and which can have its advantages in many vertical niches. Definitely a good practicing and experimental ground for anyone needing to get his feet wet with news curation.
P.S.: One small weakness I have run into with NewsPeg is that, news articles, often don't have much in terms of images or video, but NewsPeg, just like Pinterest, won't let you pin something that has no readily available visual content inside of it. I appreciate the value of visuals, but if I need to curate the news, is the tool that you should provide with some alternative solution for when I run into situations like these.
Free to use.
Try it out now: http://www.newspeg.com/
Robin Good's insight:
An excellent reference guide for anyone looking to learn how to extract the best from Pinterest while having lots of relevant examples at hand.
Lots of usefu tips and references.
Useful. Resourceful. 8/10
Robin Good's insight:
Clipular is Chrome browser extension and web app which is capable of capturing any text, web page, image, video, diagram or any other content you can see on a web page, wile indexing the text it contains and letting you organize it into public/private collections.
The Clipular capturing tool can capture full web pages, or any portion that you specify.
Captured content can be tagged (assigned to one or more categories), commented and easily shared on your preferred social media channels.
Clipular "boards" (collections) can be set to be private or can be publicly shared.
There is an import function to bring in your existing Clipboard.com collections. (Unfortunately, the display of web pages imported in this fashion is quite disappointing as they are forced to appear - even when clicked on - at a thumbnail size).
A unique organizational feature called "Group" lets you easily grab items from your dashboard and throw them easily into a new or existing collection.
A collection can be published / displayed in one of four different modes:
My comment: This is an excellent content capturing and organization tool, meant for internal work and not for publishing collections to the public (at least for now). The capturing tool is extremely effective, and the organizational features also work very well. The display, in the main dashboard and the four display modes do have some margin of improvement. Good alternative to Pinterest when you need not so much to collect images, but rather web pages, text excerpts, video collections or other materials.
Free to use.
Try it out now: http://www.clipular.com
Chrome extension (inndispensable): https://chrome.google.com/webstore/detail/clipular-reinvent-screen/cjbjepchlgclmpinlbbeinajphohgfod
Robin Good's insight:
If you are into creating curated collections of websites or web tools you may have been frustrated with Pinterest limited toolset when it comes to clipping not just images present on a web page, but whole web pages that represent a website, a tool or a service.
To create such collections you need to leverage some third-party service that allows you to easily take screenshots of websites and post them to your Pinterest boards without making your life too complicated.
Here's three tools I highly recommend:
Great web-based free tool allows you to grab a full web page screenshot or just a part of it (including time-stamped shots if desired), and to post it to Pinterest or to download it immediately to your computer.
From the same guys who created Snapito a great free tool to integrate website screenshots, quotes, maps, tweets, dates and images with custom text on your Pinterest boards.
3) Shotpin - this is a free Google Chrome extension that allows you take a custom screenshot of any web page and then allows you to post directly to Pinterest.
For iOS users check the Pinterest Bookmarklet guide.
Enjoy your pinning.
Robin Good: eBay has gone the Pinterest way by redesigning its web interface and allowing you to curate your preferred product categories as well as more specific parameters like the price range you are interested in, whether you want new or used items or prefer auctions to "buy-now" offerings.
"Everything now centers on a Pinterest-like feed of featured, personalized, and self-curated products."
WebProNews reports: eBay says that the feed will show users “a collection of items selected for you, based on your shopping history or your own personal interests.” When a logged-in user first accesses the feed, they are given the opportunity to “follow” certain types of product lines as well as connect their feed to their Facebook interests.
eBay officially announced: “Today we begin to introduce a series of significant new features and enhancements for our customers. We’re delivering a cleaner, contemporary look and feel; a more intuitive, convenient way to browse, decide and buy – both globally and locally; and a new personal way to curate your own shopping experience and discover items perfect for you...”
To test the new eBay curated feed, interface redesign and new logo, head to eBay.com (US version) and you will be immediately offered to select five product categories you are interested in.
The new eBay also allows users to integrate their Facebook account as well as their PayPal one to make it easier and faster to sell and buy on the popular online marketplace.
Check it out now: http://www.ebay.com/feed
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.
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/
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
Find out more: http://www.trippy.com/
Pinterest has rolled out a newsletter that emails users curated content.
From Mashable: "Users on Pinterest usually have to seek interesting content for themselves, but a new feature quietly rolled out today drives them to even more personalized content.
...many users are sure to appreciate Pinterest’s new weekly email newsletter, making it easier to find even more great pins and helping them keep tabs on how their own pins are doing.
Mimicking the website’s pinboard style, each pin or board in the email is linked to the website, but users are unable to re-pin or like a post directly from the newsletter.
The newsletter lists a few popular boards, pins from friends that might be of interest and a useful feature for brands especially: your most popular pins of the week."
(via Brian Yanish)
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...”
Free to use.
Try it out now: http://www.stylesaint.com
Robin Good: News and content curators are always hungry for RSS feeds, as these are the best vehicle to receive any change-update from a web site without needing to go out and check. But not always, web public services that let users generate content, are open and happy to let you grab a RSS feed.
Case in point Pinterest.
While the service provides a RSS feed for any user that includes all of the updates and posts he has made, these are all uncategorized and mixed together, regardless of which board they were collected in.
"To generate this RSS simply click on the user’s profile and select the RSS icon on the left of the page. Another way to do this is to add feed.rss to the end of the user’s profile; for example, if you want to see the latest pins by Felicia Day your RSS URL would look like this http://pinterest.com/feliciaday/feed.rss."
To get instead the RSS feed for a specific board, here is what you need to do:
"...first open the board (e.g. Felicia Day’s Geekin Board), then, remove the last “/” from the URL and add .rss – your end URL will look like http://pinterest.com/feliciaday/geekin.rss
The RSS feed will show you the last 20 or so pins created in that board rather than the full contents."
Feel free to visit my other topic, Pinterest Watch to learn more about this social network
Here's my commentary based on my experience of using Scoopit and Pinterest
To me, Pinterest and Scoopit go hand and hand. They are both visual and it's important to consider if you're on Scoopit already or thinking about it, expressing yourself on both platforms, (if it makes sense for your business) because it can be very powerful.
Here are some of the reasons it can help your business:
Scoopit is a platform that showcases your expertise, share your hobbies and other interests through content in a beautiful format. It is part of your online personna and it's a vibrant community I have met some wonderful people here.
Pinterest is also a community with some of the same people from Scoopit and many others, (new people are joining everyday). Linking your posts from Scoopit to your pins on Pinterest not only drives traffic to your scoopit site and visa versa but those people can see another side of you that you can't express there.
Pinterest is like a delicious menu of visuals that captivate and attract people to you. I have put all my business boards at the top and my interest boards underneath them.
Pinterest gives people the ability to see who you are beyond your posts. If you're a brand, this is where you can create an online story of text and visuals that gives consumers points of entry through common interests. It's a brilliant way to do business.
I could go on and on but I'll let you see for yourself how I've combined Scoopit and Pinterest together which continues to produce unbelievable results, increase in traffic and brand new relationships from both sites.
Commentary by Jan Gordon covering "Pinterest Watch"
See my pinterest site here: [http://pinterest.com/jangordon/] - Click on the images and they lead you right back to my Scoopit topics.
"...20blinks gives content curation a heady, Dutch twist.
If Pinterest opened people's eyes to the joys of content curation, 20blinks unleashes their souls.
Supposedly, 20Blinks is a place for sharing and appreciating the finer, funkier things across cultures.
Like an ambient content curation platform, 20blinks is dedicated to sharing all things hip.
Many of the collections are a delightful trip. It's a mind-blowing place for sharing and discovery of:
- New music and classic grooves
Try it out now: http://www.20blinks.com/
Robin Good's insight:
Changtao Zhong, Karthik Sundaravadivelan and Nishanth Sastry from King's London College and Sunil Shah from Last.fm have published a research study entitled: "Sharing the Loves: Understanding the How and Why of Online Content Curation".
The study (9 pages) analyzes the behaviour of thousands of individuals pinning images on Pinterest and liking and categorizing songs on Last.fm and reveals a few interesting insights:
a) what people curate as relevant is not generally among the top ranked results according to popular metrics. Good stuff is not the same as what is considered normally popular or authoritative stuff.
b) content curation allows a community to synchronize around specific issues and subjects (as anticipated by Clay Shirky)
c) better and more appreciated curation is of the "structured" kind, providing additional info, meta-data and categorization.
d) curators that are highly appreciated are characterized by consistent activity and by a variety of interests (or viewpoints under the same theme) that they are capable to cover.
My comment: Valuable insight into the essential traits of curation emerge from this interesting study of two popular content sharing and curation sites. In my eyes it highlights how inevitable is that curation will gradually match and replace search and what successful curators need to do to become more visible.
Original PDF: http://www.inf.kcl.ac.uk/staff/nrs/pubs/icwsm13.pdf
Robin Good's insight:
Iceber.gs is a web app which allows you to easily clip any text, image, video clip or entire web page and to store into a dedicated private visual collection by simply clicking a button.
Iceber.gs unlike Pinterest allows to clip not just images present on a web page, but allows to select specific text passages, to capture video clips and to save entire web pages from top to bottom. You can also upload multimedia files directly from your computer by simply dragging and dropping them in your favorite collection.
Iceber.gs collections are meant to be created for private use, and are not indexed by major search engines. Its main applications are in situations where you work in a team in which you need to share relevant research stuff, or when dealing with a client to whom you need to show drafts and layout examples.
An extension to capture new content is available for Chrome, Firefox and Safari: https://iceber.gs/iceframedownload/index.html
My comment: Useful alternative to the many visual curation boards out there for those in need specifically a "private", not publicly shared solution.
Free to use.
Try it out now: https://iceber.gs/
(Thanks to Francesco Guglielmino for first discovering it)
Robin Good's insight:
If you were looking for a way to create a Pinterest-like board, that can integrate web sites, images, video clips and files, and that you can embed within your content, like this, then you should give a good look to LookBooks.
LookBooks is a web service which allows you to curate embeddable visual information boards in which you can organize all content types.
A LookBook looks somewhat like a Pinterest board in which you can manually arrange individual tiles and integrate multiple types of information items, alongside your notes and comments to tell a story or to contextualize the different items presented.
LookBooks can be easily shared, published on the LookBookHQ web site or embedded on any site or blog and can be easily measured in terms of traffic and usage analytics.
Free 30-day trial.
Paid plans (targeted at enterprise customers): $250-2500/mo
My comment: There is a long-standing and growing need for a curation tool, that while extending Pinterest style visual collection abilities provided the ability to manually arrange board items, to include information objects beyond simple images and to be embedded on any web site or blog.
LookBooks fulfills therefore a growing need that Pinterest may not be interested in leveraging yet. Unfortunately LookBooks has chosen a pricing strategy and free-trial strategy (someone has to contact you to get you in) that cuts it out of getting any early traction through early adopters and, as a consequence, I think it may remain a model for other newcomers to exploit more than a useful tool that I can recommend you to take on your toolkit right away.
More info: http://lookbookhq.com
LookBook example integrated in an article: http://contentmarketinginstitute.com/2013/06/essential-content-templates-checklists/
Other LookBook examples: http://lookbookhq.com/content/#section=example
Robin Good's insight:
In my humble opinion, Clipboard is the best capture and clipping tool for curation work that you can use today. This is the real Pinterest on steroids. This free web app allows you to easily grab any text, image, area or full web page from any web site and to save it in your collection.
To be specific "you can clip text, photos, animations, videos, or all of the above mixed together. You can clip entire web pages or strip them down to just text. You can drag-and-drop images and text files from your desktop to Clipboard. You can create your own notes directly in Clipboard and save them as clips. You can also - if you are using a Google Chrome browser - bookmark entire PDF web pages (but you cannot clip sections of PDF files)."
The Clipboard browser extensions for Chrome and Firefox and the generic bookmarklet which can work on any browser is a little technology gem, making the capture work an absolute breeze.
Clipboard allows your collections to be set for public or private use, and it makes it easy to invite you other people that you want to contribute to your curation work.
Clips can be tagged, commented, annotated and shared with specific users (via mentioning their name handle). Clipboard collections can be easily shared on all major social networks, or embedded in any web site or blog.
On the display and navigation front good news too. Collections can be viewed in one of three possible modes (tile, item and list view).
Free to use.
Profile example: http://clipboard.com/LHSMediaCenter/boards
Board example: http://clipboard.com/LHSMediaCenter/boards/epicpoetry
WordPress Plugin: http://clipboard.com/downloads/clipboard-wp-1.0.5.zip
Also available in the App Store: http://itunes.com/apps/clipboardforclipboardcom
Robin Good: A curated collection of Pinterest-like web sites, in perfect Pinterest-like style.
"Pinterest Pinterest Pinterest. It’s spread like a hot, juicy rumor over Twitter, infecting (or improving, depending on how you look at it) the way we use the Internet. Think of it as the Pinterest-ifictation of the Web.
If Tumblr were designed today it might look like Pinterest. All Pinterest did was take the Tumblr feed — a mishmash of uploaded, reblogged and remixed words and images — and make it easier to skim. Rather than scroll endlessly through a single feed of content, Pinterest displays it in as many columns as your browser width can handle..."
You can submit your own here: http://pinteresti.st/submit
RSS feed: http://pinteresti.st/rss
(Thanks to Guillaume DeCugis for discovering this)
Robin Good: Clipix is a Pinterest-like clipping and collection app which allows you to capture images and content from any web page and to organize it in custom visual boards.
Other key features include a "Price Drop Alert" which emails you when the price of one of the commercial products you have clipped drops and
"...For example you might have a multiboard that you call “Recipe Ideas” and inside you’d have 3 clipboards: Baking Recipes, Soup Recipes, and Health Recipes.
The easiest way to create a multiboard is by dragging one clipboard from the icon in the lower right-hand corner into another clipboard."
Video promo: http://youtu.be/4heBUKnDb-w
Try it out now: http://www.clipix.com/
From the official website: "Shopcade is a social shopping application on Facebook that connects people to shop and recommend products together and get rewarded for it.
You can shop trending products recommended by your friends and people you trust, as well as become a trendsetter by recommending products you love. Whenever you buy via others Shopcades, or others buy via yours, you both get rewarded."
From the review on Search Engine Watch: "...Think of Shopcade as the gender-neutral, retail version of Pinterest. Users can quickly and easily create themed boards to showcase their favorite products from a variety of e-retailers.
Nearly 260 million products are on Shopcade. That's a pretty impressive feat for a startup still in beta mode.
Perhaps one of the biggest advantages of Shopcade is the ability for consumers to shop through the clutter of the web.
Many shoppers are bombarded and overwhelmed with offers but aren’t confident in merchants or even the product itself. On Shopcade, however, users can quickly identify sales and deals, while also seeing which members of their networks have acknowledged or recommended the product.
Users can also follow specific product categories, brands, and other users to totally personalize their Shopcade feed.
Additionally, users will earn cash for shopping. Anytime a product is purchased via Shopcade, users will receive a predetermined amount (which is shown to the user prior to the purchase). If a product is purchased via another person’s Shopcade account, that person will also receive the same amount..."
Check out Shopcade: http://www.shopcade.com
Via Giuseppe Mauriello
Heiko Idensen reports in his curated newsradar "Online Curating & Social Learning Tools and Applications": "Learnist is a new pinboard where users can organize their learning materials. It resembles Pinterest except that Learnist is just for sharing learning resources.
The website is still in beta but looks really very promising for both teachers and students.
Here is a set of the main features that Learnist offers to its users :
Free to use.
Try it out: http://learni.st
Robin Good: If your company is looking for ways to facilitate users exploration of your product catalog and sharing on other social media channels, Evershare provides a complete suite of tools, targeted at medium to large-sized companies that does this and more.
From the site: "EverShare provides everything a retailer needs to take full advantage of frictionless sharing on both Facebook and the ecommerce site while removing the hassle of maintaining Facebook APIs...
EverShare combines the power of frictionless sharing and social curation to drive dramatic increases in referral traffic (from frictionless) and on-site conversion (from socially curated content)."
Find out more: http://www.sociablelabs.com/frictionless/
Robin Good: If you are looking for ways to let your scoop.it content to reach more people and to get discovered by those who are not yet aware of you, the new Pinterest integration in Scoop.it should certainly be a welcome addition.
With this new addition, not only you can share your curated stories inside your Scoop.it newsradar with your Facebook, Twitter, Linkedin, Tumblr and Wordpress friends, but you can also "pin" selected ones to create alternative "collections" on Pinterest.
N.B.: To access the new "Pin it" button on Scoop.it, click the sharing button below any scoop and you will find it there next to the G+ one.
Robin Good: Chill, the video sharing and discovery site, has just introduced a new feature that allows anyone to clip and share, on a Pinterest-like thematic board, all of the video clips he finds on the web.
The new Chill bookmarklet works very much like the Pinterest one. When you click it, a page shows you all of the video clips found in that page and offers you to clip and "post" the one you want, with your comments.
It's as easy as that.
The generated "curated" Chill video boards are easy to scan and browse, though, in my view, a great boon would be the ability to check a few of those videos and to click a play button that plays them full screen back to back. This way I have the best of curated content, my own selection, and the final lay-back and watch gratification option.
Go try it out now: http://chill.com/bookmarklet