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Robin Good's insight:
Automattic, the company behind WordPress has just released a tool which allows WordPress users to curate real-time news coming from Twitter and YouTube video clips without ever leaving the standard WP posting dashboard.
From TheNextWeb: "Akin to having Storify right in your WordPress platform, users can click on the “Add Media” button while they’re editing a post and see options to insert either a tweet or a YouTube video.
Being able to embed social content like this isn’t new — both Twitter and YouTube have made it possible for a long time, but WordPress is now streamlining it so that you can simply query based on keyword, hashtag, user, or geographic location, and it will populate the relevant content."
My comment: Sign of the times. Soon most publishing tool will integrate curation facilities that allow easy searching and integration of excerpts from articles, videos and other content types into original content. The WordPress Media Explorer confirms this trend while providing thousands of small independent publisher with ready-to-use simple curation facilities.
N.B.: At present the Media Explorer is available only for WordPress.com users, but it will be soon available as a Jetpack also for self-hosted WordPress sites.
Find out more: http://en.support.wordpress.com/media-explorer/
Robin Good's insight:
What's the difference between "collecting" and "curating"? How can Twitter be used as a "curation" tool?
What are some examples and ideas to put real-time news curation to effective use for those working as educators?
In this good article by Silvia Rosenthal Tolisano (published 1/2012) of Langwitches.org, you can find lots of useful info about the use of Twitter as a curation tool.
Here for example are a few key benefits of using Twitter for picking, selecting and organizing content on a specific topic:
I think that she's right on the mark.
Well presented article and info. Useful. Good examples. 8/10
PDF file reference: http://langwitches.org/blog/wp-content/uploads/2013/01/Twitter-Curation-Tool.pdf
Robin Good: PublishThis is an enterprise level full content curation and publishing platform allowing news and content discovery, topic monitoring, full editing and curation capabilities as well as social media sharing and monetization options.
Alternative "plans"/solutions: http://www.publishthis.com/plans/
(pricing not publicly available)
Register for private Beta here: http://www.publishthis.com/platform/starter-kit/
More info: http://www.publishthis.com/
Robin Good: Steve Buttry, who has already written several articles on content curation (see the end of his original article), just published this in-depth essay celebrating the launch of a new curation team at Digital First Media and pointing to many of the critical factors neeeded for a content / news curator to be effective.
He covers a lot ground while giving a particular emphasis to the importance of linking and attribution. He writes: "Where you can’t learn much about the source of content you’re curating, consider crowdsourcing the question: Note the name and organization, tell readers what you’ve found and that you’re continuing research and ask them what they know about the source.
Where the source of online content is unclear, you should be clear about what you know and where you found the material."
"Sometimes the name of a person or organization is not sufficient attribution.
If the person or organization is not well-known, do a little research (Google will provide quick answers in many cases; sometimes an “about us” page will help).
Especially in political content, you want to note whether you are linking to partisan sources. A liberal or conservative think tank or political action committee is an entirely different kind of source from a professional media outlet or an independent fact-checking site."
Steve Buttry also includes some valuable key guidelines on "how to add value" when curating content and suggests several types of curation approaches that can be used in the newsroom.
Good advice on curation and practical tips. 8/10
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Robin Good: SeeSaw is a new web app which allows you to easily monitor social media news streams on any topic and in real-time.
You can pick and select which news stories to find by using hashtags, or specific search keywords. Once Seesaw starts visualizing the live social stream on that topic you can begin to save, pull together into collections and/or share them on your social media channels.
Each search you make can be saved and labelled and reloaded and updated in real-time with one click.
Very useful for monitoring specific topics and finding relevant stories to collect, share or post.
Free to use. Login with Twitter.
Try it out now: http://sees.aw/
Excerpted from the original article on GigaOM: "While video lovers have gotten more and more social services that serve up interesting clips from friends, it’s still not easy to construct a more comprehensive look at video news by topic. That’s the gap that New York state startup Newslook is trying to fill with a new iPad app that allows users to construct channels of their favorite news subjects on the fly.
Newslook is now getting even more into the consumer video space with its first iPad app. The app, which will debut at the paidContent 2012 conference Wednesday, allows users to build their own channel using video from more than 50 sources including the AP, Reuters, Bloomberg, National Geographic and others.
Newslook takes in hundreds of videos each day from its sources and applies a bunch of metadata to a smaller number of clips, putting them into various taxonomies that can be searched. Users who look for Barack Obama or The Hunger Games can pull up a stream of professional videos that are tied to the topic and can create an instant channel based on that topic.
Newslook adds more than 150 new videos a day that have been hand selected and tagged with metadata. In addition to search, there’s also tabs for finding top videos and clips that are trending and featured. Users who view one video can also see a list of relevant metadata terms to construct a similar channel. And they can share their videos on Facebook, with Twitter and Pinterest support coming later..."
Read full original article:
Check out Newslook: http://www.newslook.com
Via Giuseppe Mauriello
Robin Good: The new Storify news curation tool is now available for the iPad, bringing the ease of drag and drop to the curation world.
"Founded in 2009, this seven person company has done a remarkable job surviving the market and being one of the major players in the world of content curation.
[Storify has been adopted by] 22 out of top 25 news sites in the United States...
Just like Twitter has their trending topics, Storify’s service allows people to keep track of the relevant social media trending topics. Users are able to tell their own story about these major events (like Whitney Houston or Greece’s economic downfall or even Madonna’s Super Bowl halftime performance), and embed them on their own website.
Be your own crowd-sourced storyteller, by dragging in tweets, status updates, photos, and videos from a variety of social networks in order to help you create a better story and telling experience."
Check out this video interview shot yesterday with the Storify team demonstrating the new app: http://youtu.be/u-Ua4LIbzMY
The Storify app is free to download right from the iTunes store: http://itunes.apple.com/us/app/storify/id488223180?ls=1&mt=8
Find out more: http://storify.com/storify/storify-for-the-ipad-is-here
Robin Good's insight:
OpenTopic is a news curation service which allows you to aggregate, monitor and filter any number of sources and to publish and share your selected ones to you selected outlets: from your WordPress site, to your social media channels and to your email newsletter engine.
Within OpenTopic you can create one or more "Topic" dashboards. These are essentially display pages that aggregate incoming fresh content from the sources you specify. You can jump from one Topic dashboard to the next at the click of your mouse.
To curate stories you simpy select the ones that are relevant to your audience and you are provided with an editing module to modify and personalize the story content. At this point you can also select on which one of your outlets (Channels) that story will be published and you can customize the story differently for each one of them.
There is even an option that allows you to set-up some form of automated curation, by giving you the option to set up a set of simple rules, which when match, will trigger the publishing of a news story.
OpenTopic allows you to hook up to an extended number of possible Channels, making it easy for you to post from one location to your web site, RSS feed, social media and newsletter.
Last but not least, OpenTopic integrates a full analytics service, capable of reporting and showcasing the performance of your curation work across stories and distribution channels.
My comment: Excellent tool for social media and community managers, as well as web marketing specialists in need to support effectively the finding of relevant news on a topic and the easy publishing to different channels from a centralized platform. Easy to use.
Request an invite here: http://www.opentopic.com/
Robin Good: NewzSocial is a free iPad curation app which allows you to instantly create topic-specific channels and to easily curate the content stories that you deem appropriate for each.
Curators can work in teams and collaboratively organize one or more news channels.
From the App Store download page: "NewzSocial is a free social news reader app that allows you to follow, create and share broad and niche news streams on your topics of interest.
The app has unique social curation features using which you can tap into your network of ‘topic expert’ friends and get the news you want selected by the experts you know."
A reviewer on the App Store left this comment: "What blew me away is the number of great articles the app has. I just searched for latest fashion trends & got really great articles. With flipboard, after reading 5-7 articles, it's the same stories from yesterday. "
Free to use.
Find out more: http://www.newzsocial.com/
Other info: http://www.newzsocial.com/support/
Video intro: http://youtu.be/sD0pzSthVrA
Download NewzSocial in the App Store: http://itunes.apple.com/us/app/id546527255
Robin Good: If you want to question your well-established assumptions about how we may want to satisfy our insatiable craving for news in the age of filters, algorithms and personalization, this is an article I highly recommend you to read.
Jonathan Stray, on NiemanLab, looks into a tough question: assuming we really need to keep ourselves updated via the news, in this age of superabundance of information, "who should see, what, when?".
In his effort, he does an excellent job of clarifying two very critical points, that both journalists and media tend to easily overlook when they try to look at the future of news journalism and its business models:
1) There is more than one audience.
2) The news isn't just what's new.
"...journalism came to believe that only new events deserved attention, and that consuming small, daily, incremental updates is the best way to stay informed about the world.
Piecemeal updates don’t work for complex stories.
Indeed the context and the level of personalization does determine the usefulness and value of any news service to its end users. Thus,
as he rightly writes, "Journalism could be a reference guide to the present, not just a stream of real-time events." and it is hard not to agree with such a vision.
Mr Stray suggests then the use of three specific criteria to identify which news we should be exposed to. He writes: "Three key words should determine who gets served what: Interest, effects, and agency" and then provides a detailed explanation of the "why" behind these.
Finally, he goes on to suggest that: "...we’ll need a combination of human curators, social media, and sophisticated filtering algorithms to make personalized feeds possible for everyone.
Yet the people working on news personalization systems have mostly been technologists who have viewed story selection as a sort of clickthrough-optimization problem.
If we believe that news has a civic role — that it is something at least somewhat distinct from entertainment and has purposes other than making money — then we need more principled answers to the question of who should see what when."
I agree wholeheartedly.
Must read. 9/10
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Robin Good: As you have probably already read somewhere else, this last weekend, Twitter launched a first-of-a-kind type of page.
The page, which you can see here: https://twitter.com/hashtag/nascar revolves around the last NASCAR car racing event, that took place last Sunday and it apparently aggregates interesting tweets and comments from a group of passionate NASCAR fans.
This is a human-curated page of tweets, selected from a curated list of relevant people for this topic.
This is the real news.
GigaOm writes about it: "The NASCAR page may not seem like anything to be concerned about, since it appears to be just a typical grouping of tweets collected by hashtag.
But there is editorial control behind it as well as algorithms, with an editor choosing which messages — including photos, videos and commentary from NASCAR insiders — were highlighted during the event, and which streamed by unacknowledged."
By mixing and matching technology-powered identification of relevant people and tweets for a specific topic, with an active layer of human curation allows Twitter to generate a page that's filled with value.
Here's what Twitter itself wrote on his blog before launching it: "...throughout the weekend – but especially during the race – a combination of algorithms and curation will surface the most interesting Tweets to bring you closer to all of the action happening around the track, from the garage to the victory lane."
And while this is only a first experiment from Twitter, I would bet that it will not be the last.
Twitter blog announcement: http://blog.twitter.com/2012/06/off-to-races-with-nascar.html
Robin Good: SeeJay is an upcoming aggregation, editing and publishing platform to curate real-time news content gathered from citizen journalists, reporters, bloggers on the scene.
From the official site: "SeeJay organizes and publishes your selections online. You can instantly post them in galleries, infocharts & timelines in your website/app."
Robin Good: As the gathering and discovery of news and stories leverages increasingly the adoption of technology tools that scan, search, find and monitor specific topics or geolocations in real-time, it seems only natural that a new breed of real-time photo/image search engines are beginning to appear.
From the article intro: "Thanks to services like Twitter and Instagram, and the global 'smartphone saturation' phenomenon, live reporting from big events has never been easier.
No longer do we have to rely on professionals delivering content and images from these events, we have our extended social networks doing this for us.
And, because so many of these updates get fired into the 'public' timeline, virtually any update from anywhere can be found and shared in a matter of seconds.
With the London Olympics on our doorstep, expect to see 'real-time photo curation' explode into popularity and we've got some tools to help you be at the forefront of this revolution."
Useful. Resorceful. 8/10