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What a Content Curator Needs To Know: How, Tools, Issues and Strategy
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Social Media Curation Is Not Just Sharing Bookmarks: An Introductory Guide [Video]

Video from Curation Module of Social Media for Active Learning Course. http://meme.coe.fsu.edu/smooc #SMOOC2014
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If you are new to content curation and interested in understanding better how social media, bookmarking and sharing fit into the curation conundrum, then this is a useful video to watch. 


Vanessa Dennen, Associate Professor of Instructional Systems at Florida State University, presents in a clear and very understandable 6 minute clip, what social media curation is, how it differs from simple bookmarking and which are some of the tools to get started doing it.


She also offers an excellent definition for "social media curation": Organized and purposeful collecting and sharing of annotated, online content, as well as a six-step process (called FACETS) to effectively curate content online.



Instructional. Informative. Useful for beginners. 7/10


Original video: http://youtu.be/twvNJ5NCLEU 


Duration: 6':10"



via Eric A. Tremblay blog

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Pankaj Jindal's curator insight, May 12, 2014 8:44 AM

Test 6

Mariana Ka's curator insight, May 18, 2015 5:14 AM

The video explains en efficient way of usage the online bookmarks platforms such as Scoop.it and Pinterest

Alice Goddard Library's curator insight, June 7, 2015 2:16 AM

So useful!

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Why Crowdsourcing Future Is Moving To Curation, Synthesis and Things

Why Crowdsourcing Future Is Moving To Curation, Synthesis and Things | Content Curation World | Scoop.it
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Gaurav Mishra does an excellent job in explaining and illustrating in greater depth the concepts and ideas introduced in his presentation: Future of Crowdsourcing: Creation to Curation, Search to Synthesis, Content to Things.


The key axiom in the article is that crowdsourcing is slowly shifting: 

a) in terms of input: from creation to curation,

b) in terms of output: from search to synthesis, and

c) in terms of focus: from content to things.


For example when it comes to input, we are moving from crowdsourcing platforms that helped us to create logos or simple graphic designs to new services that will actually curate for us the best design candidates to take into consideration.


A great enlightnening example of this shift, can be seen by looking at one of the many excellent resources listed in this article: ImageBrief, an online service which connects creatives with photographers, who themselves handpick images from their hard disks to match the criteria listed in the submitted creative briefs. 


My comment: Gaurav comprehensive vision and ability to spot relevant shifts and trends is not only uncanny, but also systematic. No matter which article or presentation you look at in his collection you can be sure to find something always of value. 


Excellent. Insightful. Resourceful. 9/10


Full article: http://gauravonomics.com/future-crowdsourcing-trends/ 





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María Dolores Díaz Noguera's curator insight, November 16, 2013 8:13 AM

Great one.

Olinda Turner's curator insight, November 20, 2013 5:57 PM

Although directed at content marketing, these ideas translate into technical communications where users are trying to help each other find the best technical content. I totally agree that the fundamental way in which we communicate through content is shifting.

irene's curator insight, January 10, 2014 9:16 AM

Perché il futuro del Crowdsourcing va in direzione della cura, sintesi e cose varie.

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Find, Curate and Share Your Favorite Content on Social Media with Sauna.io

Find, Curate and Share Your Favorite Content on Social Media with Sauna.io | Content Curation World | Scoop.it
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Sauna.io is a social curation platform allowing you to easily pick the best content, images and video from your social media connections coming from Facebook and Twitter.

Sauna.io provides Pinterest-like private dashboards in which it surfaces for you the most relevant stories that may interest you, coming from a set of 12 different content themes from which you can elect your favorite ones.


Categories of interest available: http://o7.no/11lB3zp (screenshot)


You can create as many dashboards as you like and feed them with specific Twitter user accounts and/or RSS feeds of your choice.


Sauna.io lets you also comfortably read any potential interesting story by sliding in a side panel in which you can read the content in detail.


You can vote each story, or select to edit / curate it, by working on the title, description, image and tags associated to it, and then easily share it on your Facebook or Twitter accounts.


Free to use.



My comment: A good social discovery and sharing tool for anyone interested in having a pleasing discovery experience and an easy way to also edit and curate each story selected.


Categories are still very limited and broad at the moment.


Good UI and usability. Definitely worth trying.



Request an invite here: http://www.sauna.io/



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Ken Dickens's curator insight, April 19, 2013 1:33 PM

Revisiting content curation for non-profits. Still the way to go.- Ken

 

www.2080nonprofits.org

malek's curator insight, April 19, 2013 5:43 PM

Worth trying

Ron VanPeursem's comment, April 20, 2013 12:27 AM
Looks like Sauna also uses an intelligence algorithm to improve its filtering over time. A VERY helpful feature!
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Find, Share and Measure Your Favorite Content on Social Media with Swayy

Find, Share and Measure Your Favorite Content on Social Media with Swayy | Content Curation World | Scoop.it
Swayy gives you the content that engages your audience
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Swavy is a new web app which allows you to easily find the best content available in one of your categories of interest, and to share with your network of contacts on Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIN.


Similar to Rallyverse, it allows you to connect to your Facebook Profile or to one of your Facebook Pages, and in a future version you will be able to manage multiple dashboards where you monitor and find content for different sets of social accounts.


Swavy allows you to schedule your social media posts and it suggest the most relevant hashtags and @handles to utilize in each one.


Swavy integrates powerful and easy to understand analytics highlighting your key best sources, content types, trending keywords, and stats for all of your posts.


Swavy also allows you to invite other team members to work on fnding and curating the best content on your selected social media channels.


Check out this review on TheNextWeb: http://thenextweb.com/apps/2013/03/21/swayy-discover-curate-content/



Free to use.


Try it now: http://www.swayy.co/



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Drew Carter's comment, April 4, 2013 7:51 PM
Coming soon to a link near you. I see Swayy as a tool that will help guide me in how to deliver content. I need all the tools I can get to help me navigate and select the things most relevant to my professional needs.
gigicogo's curator insight, April 16, 2013 9:27 AM

I'am using and enjoy it

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The Japanese Tumblr for Personal Sharing and Social Curation is Naver Matome

The Japanese Tumblr for Personal Sharing and Social Curation is Naver Matome | Content Curation World | Scoop.it



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If you re looking for examples of content curation platforms outside of the popular ones, you may want to give a look to what appears to be the most popular curation platform in Japan: Naver Matome.


From what I gather and can see, this is something very similar to Tumblr, providing an intuitive publishing platform supported by easy-to-use features to easily grab, capture, credit and republish most any kind of content or social stream.


"Naver Matome is a very simple curation platform that launched back in July of 2009. To date it has accumulated over 41 million users and over 1.2 billion page views per month. The platform is now operated by NHN Japan (perhaps best known as the company behind the Line chat app) after a merger with Naver in November of 2011.


On the site, users are able to create pages that bundle images, links, and videos under a topic of their choice, ranging from dieting, to politics, to web services.


There are many reasons behind the platform’s sucess including its friendly user interface, the wide genre of topics curated, compatibility with different social networks (especially Twitter), and strong SEO for both Yahoo and Google with 70% of its traffic coming from the two search engines."


Source: http://www.startup-dating.com/2013/03/navermatome-curation




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Social Curation Is The Future of Successful Community Engagement

Social Curation Is The Future of Successful Community Engagement | Content Curation World | Scoop.it

What is Social Curation? Social curation involves aggregating, organizing and sharing content created by others to add con...

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Gaurav Mishra has authored an outstanding piece on social curation, as Part 6 of the Future of Engagement series being published by the MSLGroup.


Check the PDF / presentation here: http://www.slideshare.net/mslgroup/6-social-curation-ten-frontiers-for-the-future-of-engagement


In this extended article, the author:


a) introduces the concept of social curation


b) explains how social curation works


c) talks about social curation for brands


d) provides an extended set of social curation case studies in which Pinterest, The Fancy, Curators of Sweden, Pepsi Pulse and IQ by Intel are taken as social curation examples and analyzed.


e) hints at the future of social curation


while providing a truckload of relevant links.



Interesting. Useful. Resourceful. 8/10


Full guide: http://gauravonomics.com/future-of-engagement-6-social-curation/



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Stephen Dale's curator insight, March 6, 2013 5:05 AM

Social Curation is not limited to marketing, brands and "the web". Many of the principles described here can equally be applied to enterprise (workplace) communities by the Community Manager (or Facilitator). The role is all about helping the community achieve it's goals...by aggregating, organizing and sharing content created by the community, i.e. "Social Curation"!

Joyce Valenza's curator insight, March 6, 2013 7:42 AM

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Dawn Adams Miller's curator insight, April 13, 2013 11:22 AM

This is definitely a major role for a community manager which is why I love learning about these two topics: community management and curation.  They are inseparable.  I think this is what makes the difference between a community that has members and a community that has ACTIVE members, which, of course, is the POINT!  Enjoy!

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Social Curation Replaces Publishers Stamp of Quality

Social Curation Replaces Publishers Stamp of Quality | Content Curation World | Scoop.it

Robin Good: Opinion sells more than a big brand publisher stamp of approval, and the fact that retailers allows book buyers to rate, comment and promote their favorite buys, makes the future of book selling thrive on merit and audience true appreciation.


This is what Ben Galley writes in his article on Social Curation, from which I have extracted these few paragraphs: "Curation used to be what the publishing houses were solely responsible for.


The idea was that by having a selection process where the Houses choose what and what not to publish, they can curate, or manage, what comes to market.


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Readers essentially see a traditionally published book as a book that has passed some sort of test, and therefore must be good enough to read. A stamp of quality, if you will.


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But times are changing. As Self-Publishing gets better and better, the 'quality stamp' of the traditional industry is losing its potency.


More and more people are trusting to what their fellow readers are saying rather than to where it came from or how it was published.


People just want a good read, and curation, it seems, has suddenly become the reader's job.


Thanks to retailers allowing customers to rate and comment, the readers themselves are now becoming the reason why other people buy books.


...


At the moment, it seems to be a fair and unbiased method. It’s based solely on merit, quality, and trusty old “good-readability”.


The question of who published it hardly ever seems to be a factor in reader comments."


Insightful. 8/10


Full article: http://www.bengalley.com/BenGalley.com/Marketing/Entries/2012/6/13_SOCIAL_CURATION.html 

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Twitter Curation From Within WordPress: Dashter

Robin Good: If you are searching for a way to curate Twitter content from within WordPress, this new plugin called Dashter provides all you may be seeking and a lot more.

 

Key features include:

 

1) LISTEN to real-time conversations and tweets on Twitter, with an ear towards listening for topics & conversations that are related to the content you post on your website. Filter out the noise and use Dashter’s listening tools to discover tweets that matter to you.

- You can control your entire Twitter account from within your WordPress dashboard;

- View trends in your social circles, use your content as a springboard for searches, and stay connected with your lists;

- Reply, ReTweet, Quote, Favorite, and all your favorite Twitter actions are available throughout your blog. Listen in on any search, list, or hashtag – or just explore.

- Unlimited listening posts in the stream.

http://dashter.com/tour/listen/

 

 

2) CURATE with Dashter by utilizing its own set of collecting, organizing, and creating fresh content tools. Unlike third-party “curation” tools – the curated content originates on your domain and from your website, and not from your curation service web site. 

- When you curate a tweet using Dashter, not only is the tweet content pulled in to your post, but we also import the people who were included.

- Dashter will automatically import any #hashtags from the tweets you curate as WordPress tags.

- Curated Tweets can be embedded using basic formatting, the Twitter Embed method, or using the popular Blackbird Pie plugin.

- Unlike other curation tools on the market, Dashter focuses on driving traffic back to your website.

http://dashter.com/tour/curate/

 

 

3) CULTIVATE social relationships on Twitter with far greater depth and precision than ever before.

- Targeted interaction;

- Dashter shows you not only the latest connections but the most substantial ones – giving you insight and intelligence ahead of any social engagement.

http://dashter.com/tour/cultivate/

 

 

4) AMPLIFY your site’s social reach.

Dashter includes a built-in social scheduler to help ensure the broadest reach possible.

http://dashter.com/tour/amplify/

 

 

More info: 
http://dashter.com/introducing-dashter-1-1-start-screen-and-curation-projects 

 

 

Pricing: License $65.00 one time, on 1 domain / website.

  

Start Dashter tour: http://dashter.com/tour 

Watch demo video: http://vimeo.com/33056090 

 

Sig-up and try-out: http://dashter.com

 


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The Write Connection's comment, April 25, 2012 9:50 PM
Thanks Giuseppe, this was very interesting
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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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Socially Curated Search Engine Makes It Easy To Find and Share Trendful Content Across All Media Channels: Enginuity

Socially Curated Search Engine Makes It Easy To Find and Share Trendful Content Across All Media Channels: Enginuity | Content Curation World | Scoop.it



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Enginuity is a socially curated search engine targeted at content marketers, bloggers and other content publishers who want to easily find already socially vetted and interesting / trendy content on a specific topic and share it to their preferred social media (Facebook, Twitter, G+, etc.) channels, publishing platforms (WordPress, Tumblr, Blogger, etc.) or social management tools (Hootsuite, Buffer, etc.).


The search results in Enginuity are pre-grouped into web, news, reviews, images, video clips and viral results and ranked by their trendiness and level of sharing on social media channels.


Enginuity also supports direct export to your selected stories to a set of dedicated RSS feeds which you can create and name freely.


My comment: Useful tool for content marketers who are not subject matter experts looking for trendy content that can be easily posted to their media properties. Easy to use. Very broad sharing and distribution options.


Free plan available. Requires registration.



Find out more: http://theenginuity.com/index.php


Plans & pricing: http://theenginuity.com/plans.html



*Added to the Content Curation Tools Supermap in the section: Search Curation




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Sue Neal's curator insight, July 21, 2013 1:01 PM

Looks interesting....

Robin Good's comment, July 21, 2013 4:41 PM
Grazie a te Giuseppe, terrò senz'altro conto dei tuoi consigli in merito.
Hans Heesterbeek's curator insight, July 30, 2013 2:00 AM

This could be helpfull. 

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Visual News Discovery for Social Curation with Faveeo

Visual News Discovery for Social Curation with Faveeo | Content Curation World | Scoop.it
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Faveeo is a news discovery web app which makes it easy to set up sophisticated queries to monitor specific topics, industries or issues.


A visual map of topic modules facilitates identifying relevant topics and building complex persistent searches by simply dragging and dropping relevant modules.


Faveeo then provides you with relevant news and web suggestions as well as with on-topic PDFs found on the web which you can either discard, save, or immediately share on your favorite social networks (Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIN, Tumblr) or with your own internal community or team.


Inside Faveeo you can create several separate "magazines", which are nothing else but individual dashboards monitoring the queries you have set up and suggesting interesting news and stories for you to share.


Last but not least Faveeo is a collaborative tool which allows you to invite and collaborate in curating specific topics with your selected teammates or fans.


My comments: while the interface, query buildup and overall usability are quite OK, if not altogether innovative and effective (like in the case of the query buildup), I did not find the results being suggested as well as the alternative keyword-categories in the map being proposed to be of high value-relevance for my needs.

It may have been my topics, but it felt like there's more work needed to make the discovery engine surface more relevant and useful stuff.


I also missed more relevant meta-information in the "news evaluation area" that would help me scan more rapidly and effectively the incoming stories (date, source, author).


This doesn't mean you shouldn't give it a try immediately and see if it can fit your news discovery and sharing needs.




Free 30-day trial available.


Find out more: http://www.faveeo.com/


More info: http://www.faveeo.com/about-faveeo


Check this useful video intro by CEO Alexis Dufresne (the UI has changed but the basic ideas remain the same): http://youtu.be/xbLBj9bnkyc



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Martin Gysler's comment, April 23, 2013 9:12 AM
As promised Robin : I just had a hangout with Alexis from faveeo about the possibilities and the evolution from the tool. I think the idea is great and, this very easy to use tool, an interesting alternative for monitoring, curation as well as information in an particular topic. Further, it's possible to filter in various ways, like relevance or date, and also geographics, sources, concepts and social. Really a very interesting tool, where I'll to keep an eye on, for sure.
Michiel Gaasterland's comment, April 23, 2013 9:15 AM
@alexis Sorry I haven't tried it out yet. Mad busy week. But will DEFINITELY check Faveeo out and let you know.
Dave Turner's curator insight, September 22, 2013 1:58 PM

3 other languages to be added to Faveeo

in addition to English this fall.  

 

 

 

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Find, Select and Post the Most Relevant Stories On Any Topic with ContentDJ

Find, Select and Post the Most Relevant Stories On Any Topic with ContentDJ | Content Curation World | Scoop.it

A news aggregation, curation and social media publishing commercial tool.

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ContentDJ is a commercial web app which allows you to easily monitor your favorite topics via keywords and to share the most relevant ones to your preferred social media channels (Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIN) or to your self-hosted WordPress blog.


In addition to these core capabilities, ContentDJ integrates an excellent social media editorial calendar facility which allows you to schedule and organize your postings to different social media according to your preferences, as well as a clean-cut and well orgamized dashboard of stats covering your social media activities.


ContentDJ has an excellent user interface making easy and intuitive to set up and configure your account in minutes. The app can notify you via email, according to your preferred scheduled time slots, about new content being available for your review.


Pricing starts at $6.75/mo where you get:

  • three trackable keywords ($14.25/mo gives you five)
  • one social account connected ($14.25 gives you two)
  • social media editorial calendar
  • daily email digest


P.S.: ContentDJ promises also a Playlist page, a public web page in which you can organize and showcase your best stuff, but it looks like as this feature has yet to be released, or is not part of what you can presently access through the free trial.



Key strengths:


  • easy-to-use
  • intuitive interface
  • aggregates and visibly rank incoming stories
  • easy to pick or reject content stories
  • publishes directly to Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIN
  • posts directly via XML-RPC to self-hosted Wordpress sites
  • create a post from scratch feature
  • free trial - no credit card required



Limits:


  • no free base level account available
  • no editing for selected stories (possible in editorial calendar)
  • no possibility to input selected RSS feeds or sources to monitor
  • no bookmarklet
  • unclear billing options on purchase page
  • no in-depth tutorials or videos



Review: https://lonelybrand.com/blog/curate-content-more-efficiently-with-content-dj/


Free 14-day trial available.


Find out more and try it out now: http://contentdj.com/




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Joyce Valenza's curator insight, March 10, 2013 2:25 PM

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Dennis T OConnor's curator insight, April 11, 2013 1:59 PM

I always pay attention to Joyce Valenza's recommendations. 

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A Great Platform for Curating and Publishing On Any Topic: RebelMouse

A Great Platform for Curating and Publishing On Any Topic: RebelMouse | Content Curation World | Scoop.it
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RebelMouse may be one of the best free tools out there to do news, social or content curation for your personal brand, company or organization.


Beneath the appearance of a social media aggregation app, lies a super-powerful curation and publishing infrastructure which allows you to aggregate and monitor any social media stream from Facebook to Instagram and Pinterest, and lets you import RSS feeds and add specific filters to get exactly what you want.


While most reviewers will see RebelMouse as a tool to "quickly assemble a Web page populated with links from your Facebook and Twitter streams, using a slick graphical presentation that looks quite a bit like Pinterest" (source: HuffPo), I think this social aggregation and publishing has indeed a lot more to offer and it has all of the required features to become a great content curation and publishing solution.


With RebelMouse you can do seven key things. You can:


  1. pick any content you find on the web and you can curate it and post to your rebelMouse site by using the freely available bookmarklet

  2. aggregate any number of Facebook and Twitter streams, including specific searches, users and hashtags, as well as any RSS feed you want.

  3. filter this content according to your own rules

  4. auto-publish any of this content, or

  5. set individual sources to be manually "curated" by you. 

  6. "embed" your RebelMouse generated site on your website or "map" (by paying a small fee) your own domain to it.

  7. create multiple sub-pages with RebelMouse and a dedicated navigation system that can point also to your own existing web properties. Each of these sub-sites can be customized to focus on a specific topic or event.


On the design and "look and feel" front, RebelMouse provides a set of alternative templates, but the look is basically the same across the board with variants relating to the font styles and colors.


It is also true that you can personalize your RebelMouse site and alter the design however you'd like with the custom CSS option that is already available.


But it is certain, that providing a set of advanced, professional-looking templates, where users could for examples decide manually the size of certain tiles, would provide enormous added value to users who would see RebelMouse as a possible direct gateway to publishing their own site.



Rebelmouse site examples:





Check also these other RebelMouse reviews:




Free to use.


For $9.99/month you can also "map" your RebelMouse pages to your own domain, so that your RebelMouse content stays on your own site.

https://www.rebelmouse.com/rebelmouse/power_your_domain_with_rebelmo-119834938.html

In addition you can also further customize the RebelMouse page look, by being able to remove the "Following" and "Featured" modules from your pages.



Here is how to embed Rebelmouse in your site: rebelmouse.com/faq/id_like_to_have_rebelmouse_pow-62050623.html




FAQ: https://www.rebelmouse.com/FAQ/


Try it out now: https://www.rebelmouse.com/



*Highly recommended to all would-be curators out there.


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Robin Good's comment, November 12, 2013 9:03 AM
RebelMouse was born to build a social media hub, but it does have strong aggregation, filtering and curation capabilities. SEO-wise it is not a great choice, but also Scoop.it has quite a few limits on this front. <br><br>Rebelmouse doesn't offer all of the extras Scoop.it has, from scheduling, to sharing to an extended number of social networks, to integration with newsletter and to the backend dashboard. <br><br>Scoop.it has also a better, cleaner and more legible format, that better lends itself to more in-depth reading than just browsing titles, images and tweets.
Stan Smith's comment, November 12, 2013 9:22 AM
While I still use RebelMouse I have disconnected all inbound links because it posts it wacky and I was always having to go back and edit stuff. Now that I post stuff manually with their applet it isn't so bad. I still prefer Scoop.it though.
Terheck's comment, November 12, 2013 4:12 PM
I use Rebelmouse for a while now, and I like it as a complementary tool to other Social Media tools. You can have a look at it on https://www.rebelmouse.com/Terheck/
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Curate Your Social Magazine with Convozine

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Convozine is a web publishing app which allows you to curate your own social, collaborative digital magazine.


The platform allows you contribute original content or to curate existing content by simply adding a link to an existing story. Zines can be moderated so that you as the publisher can select which contributions get to be pubished to your zine.


Users can follow any magazine and contribute to it, as well as participate in discussions started by the publisher.


Publishers can decide who can contribute to each zine and whether their contributions will be moderated or not.


A magazine can be customized in its look by having the possibility to select a cover image, fonts and the content sections that will be displayed on its front page.


Free to use.


Check this intro video here: http://vimeo.com/24297555#


FAQ: http://convozine.com/zine_forum/17646


Find out more and try it out now: http://convozine.com/



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Groupe5_panist's curator insight, February 3, 2013 6:00 AM

Un outil de curation doublé d'un forum, le tout sous forme d'un magazine en ligne dont l'éditeur jouerait un rôle de modérateur. Vu d'ici, cela semble intéressant: à tester!

REwebCentral's curator insight, February 4, 2013 10:18 PM

This is an outstanding tool for realtors to create hyper local social web magazines for their farm areas. It's a very glossy, engaging, easy to use tool.

Dolly Bhasin 's curator insight, February 11, 2013 11:12 PM

Looks good, need to try!

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The Curated Set Model: Socially Curated Structured Sets Growing Fast

The Curated Set Model: Socially Curated Structured Sets Growing Fast | Content Curation World | Scoop.it

Robin Good: In an ocean of possibly relevant information, what interests us most beyond the infinite stories and gossip inside our social graph, is what is relevant and close to our own specific interests.


Excerpted from Bari's blog at Netsquared: "It seems we may finally be ready to acknowledge that we are already too bloated to gorge on what the Internet can and will feed us non-stop if we let it.


Like my two-year old son, I am forced to accept that I will have to get some structure and discipline in my life (online). And like my son, I may at first resist that structure, in my case due to some vague but deep-seated notions of freedom, liberty, democracy and whatnot. But at the end of the day, I know it’s good for me.


Might I actually like the structured rabbit hole with some guiding lights on its walls? It does give me some sense of control and direction about where I am going."


Right-on-the-mark. 7/10


Full article: http://www.netsquared.org/blog/bari/look-down-rabbit-hole-interest-based-dis

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The Future of Collaborative Social Video Curation Is Here: Zeeik Paves The Way

Robin Good: Zeeik is a new web-based video curation site with a unique slant and some very innovative ideas.


Its key features provide some very stimulating ideas on how in the future you may go about curating, navigating and collecting video to create a guide or make sense of a specific topic.


1) Collaborative Curation

First of all, Zeeik is designed in a way that puts the topic of curation at the center, while allowing multiple users to contribute, search, find and select which video clips would be most appropriate for it.

"Users collaboratively make zeeiks in request-and-replay manner." Zeeiks are also similar to what a video wiki would probably be like, as they allow multiple editors to contribute and shape the final content.


2) Topic and Level Navigation

Second, Zeeik introduces (thank you guys for showing curation startups where is the next gear) a rudimental but still highly effective navigational gizmo, allowing any topic to be easily segmented into many sub-topics and levels. This new visual navigation addition is of the essence in providing a feature that expands the potential of curated content of orders of magnitude. A navigational tool that allows you to intuitively navigate from topic to topic and from high-level view to a very detailed one is exactly what I would like to see show-up across the board of content curation tools in the near future.  


3) Search, Collect and Excerpt Video Content

Third, Zeeik makes easy and effective to search video content on any topic, to tap into your video assets rapidly and to trim and excerpt specific sections from any video you decide to include. 


These ingredients by themselves make Zeeik a truly innovative content curation tool, and while its interface and usability may leave a lot to be desired, I think it deserves high praise for finally breaking new ground. 


Zeeiks can be easily linked or embedded into any web site or blog and can be used to create catalogues, guides, tutorials, textbooks, music album, or just about anything that is video-based.


Sample Zeeik: http://zeeik.com/zeeik/1764512127 


More info and sign-up: http://www.zeeik.com 

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