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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: 


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Curate Real-Time News and Video with WordPress Media Explorer

Curate Real-Time News and Video with WordPress Media Explorer | Content Curation World |
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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 users, but it will be soon available as a Jetpack also for self-hosted WordPress sites.

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Hans Heesterbeek's curator insight, September 2, 2013 12:38 AM

This looks interesting 

Mark McMahon's curator insight, September 5, 2013 1:13 PM

this sounds like really useful stuff......

Mariska Botha's comment, September 11, 2013 8:23 AM
Have to be honest that I love this...
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Beyond Collecting and Sharing: Twitter as a Curation Tool

Beyond Collecting and Sharing: Twitter as a Curation Tool | Content Curation World |

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, 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:


  1. Taking advantage of a network of curators working for you (building your own customized network), consuming their curated information

  2. Collecting, organizing, connecting, attributing, interpreting,
    summarizing the vast amount of information that comes across your desk/ feed /books/articles/etc. for YOURSELF

  3. Becoming consciously the curator for others for a particular niche, area of expertise or interest. Disseminate resources, add value, put in perspective, create connections, present in a different light/media/language.

  4. Real time curation allows you to be part of an event, that you physically might not be attending or being on the opposite end allows you to be the bridge for others to participate at an event where you are present, but your network is not."

I think that she's right on the mark.

Well presented article and info. Useful. Good examples. 8/10

Full article:

PDF file reference:

Andreas Kuswara's comment, June 11, 2013 9:22 PM
I supposed twitter can be used or any tool can be used for anything,but some tools are made with certain intended affordance by the creator that would make the tool less effective for certain functions. curation in a way is capturing things void of time (i probably drawing too much from museum), while twitter is fast pace timeline of interactive (or one way) discourse.... they seems to be inherently different.

i'm just automatically sceptical when 'one tool can be use for all' theme appear. but it is an interesting suggestion.
Bonnie Bracey Sutton's comment, June 11, 2013 9:33 PM
Many people learn one tool and then move on to others. I like to analyze each and use the best features of that particular 2.0 project. I use twitter as a push tool to share info for the most part.
Ali Anani's curator insight, June 29, 2013 12:18 AM
The right way to write
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News Discovery and Topic Monitoring via Hashtags: The Best Twitter Tools

News Discovery and Topic Monitoring via Hashtags: The Best Twitter Tools | Content Curation World |

Robin Good: One of the most effective and popular methods to stay abreast of a topic area or to discover new stories about an issue is the use "hashtags" for Twitter seaches.

Here is a bunch of tools that make it easy for you to monitor and  search, one or multiple Twitter hashtags on your preferred topics.

Useful. Resourceful. 7/10

Tools list:

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News Discovery Tools: Get The Fastest Spreading News with NewsWhip

News Discovery Tools: Get The Fastest Spreading News with NewsWhip | Content Curation World |

Robin Good: NewsWhip is a news discovery service that specializes in bringing you only the fastest spreading news stories on Facebook and Twitter.

The news are organized by main geographical areas and by broad key topics, from which you can select your preferred ones.

From the official site: "NewsWhip's technology tracks all the news published by about 5,000 English-language sources –about 60,000 news stories each day. It gathers social data for each story – how many shares, likes, tweets and comments it has – at repeated intervals, building a live picture of how popular it is, right now. With this information, it calculates a social speed at which each story is travelling. The process is unique, new, and patent pending."

My comments: If you are looking to pick up "trendy" stories across the board or on specific general interest areas NewsWhip may be a great companion. Disappointing if you are looking for quality, in-depth stories in specific niche areas.

Also of interest two tools the company is offering to web publishers:

1) Spike - makes it easy to catch stries that are starting to trend

2) Social Amplifier - exposes your most valuable articles by leveraging your readers preferences via Facebook and Twitter

More info:

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Create Topic Specific News Channels By Picking Your Favorite Twitter and FB Sources: NewsMix

Create Topic Specific News Channels By Picking Your Favorite Twitter and FB Sources: NewsMix | Content Curation World |

Robin Good: Similar to, allows anyone to easily create one or more news channels which automatically aggregate news and posts by your selected sources on Twitter (including "lists"), and Facebook.

You simply add the Twitter and FB accounts that you want to aggregate in a channel and your news channel is immediately created.

The look and feel of the final output is made up of a series of vertical blocks that showcase the tweet or FB content of each post and its related image.

P.S.: Unfortunately, rarely a Twitter stream or FB page is ever posting constantly on the same topic, making the aggregated result not as useful as it could be by allowing any source to be filtered for specific keywords.

Interesting. 7/10

Try it out: 

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Content Curators Playing A Larger Role Online

Content Curators Playing A Larger Role Online | Content Curation World |

Curated story by janlgordon.


Tony reminds us that content curators play a role in information overload - they take time to sort, select, comment on good content that helps keeps you current on your topic of interest.


Tony says:


"With the ever increasing amount of online information from social networks, the need for organizing it has never been greater. Look around and there’s no shortage of aggregation tools to help us filter out the important stuff."


Here's what caught my attention:


**In this world of information overload, there’s now a new layer in the media ecosystem: the curator. If it wasn’t for that person who retweeted the story in the first place, you probably wouldn’t have seen it.


**So naming the retweeters in daily promos is the right course of action. Twitter is like a fire hose and is selecting random tweets that would have otherwise been missed.


**Yes, they’re randomly chosen but I find a lot of value in them because they praise others for their contributions.


**It reminds me that they’re part of my network and I can appreciate their contributions that much more. I know when I’m named in someone’s newspaper it motivates me to continue sharing that type of content.


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Curate Topic-Specific News Channels on Twitter with Custom Timelines

Curate Topic-Specific News Channels on Twitter with Custom Timelines | Content Curation World |
Robin Good's insight:

Twitter has just announced the availability of a new feature that will be gradually rolled out to all Twitter users and which allows you to create custom curated Twitter channels on any topic you want.

But you need not wait.

To start using immediately Twitter Timelines what you need to do is to head over to and to register yourself for the free web app owned by Twitter.

Once you are logged in, all you need to do is to click on the leftmost vertical icon-bar on the + sign, and then to select Create Custom Timelines from the ensuing dialog box. 

Once you have created a Custom Timeline all you need to do to populate it is to manually drag tweets from your others news/tweets gathering columns into it.

Once created in Tweetdeck any Custom Timeline is immediately visible inside Twitter at a dedicated URL and can be easily shared or embedded inside any site or blog.

My comments: The Twitter Custom Timelines feature opens up a universe of possibilities for curated news channels, and other highly specialized thematic channels. Finally there is the opportunity not to have to consume stories and news that are completely irrelevant to your interests simply because they come from someone you follow. By following highly specific custom timelines it is now possible to consume only the type of content you are truly interested into from your favorite trusted curators.

Free to use.

Try it out now: 

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Stephen Dale's curator insight, November 14, 2013 12:47 PM

Hoping this facility will soon be available to use on aggregators other than Tweetdeck (which I don't use).  Looks useful, particularly for themed storytelling. #socmed #curation

Elsie Whitelock's curator insight, November 17, 2013 10:28 AM

Ise Tweetdeck? Then this is for you.

Dean Mantz's curator insight, January 1, 12:40 PM

I realize this is old news but it is still relevant and new to a large number of teachers and pre-service students.


I would also recommend folks to follow Robin Good's site for a vast array of curation tools and resources. 

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Backup, Archive and Search All of Your Twitter, Facebook and Gmail Data with Norton Labs Ditto

Backup, Archive and Search All of Your Twitter, Facebook and Gmail Data with Norton Labs Ditto | Content Curation World |
Robin Good's insight:

Ditto is a FREE, automated weekly backup of Twitter, Facebook and Gmail with integrated search capabilities.

To curate, means also ability to archive, preserve and safely store the data/information/content available in your newsradar/collection/lineup. As a matter of fact, if you decided to follow-up on an academic pursuit of your data-curation interests, you would be immediately confronted with the learning of the best methodologies, tools and workflows utilized to preserve and archive digital data.

In addition, given the times we are in, and who controls our data, you can never know what happens next, and whether you are always going to be able to access both your account and the data that's in it.

For these reasons I think it is relevant for anyone involved in professionally managing content / data, such as a content curator does, to have the ability to easily and automatically backup all of his Twitter / Facebook data as well as his own Gmail.

With Ditto, you can export all of your backed up data from Facebook, Twitter or Gmail, into a handy PDF file.

Free to use. (max 3GB of archive space can be used - if you leave out your Gmail, that's plenty of space.)

Find out more:

Try it out now:

Dr. Michael Simmons's curator insight, May 20, 2013 3:30 PM

Daunting, but probably the direction in which we need to go.

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News Curation Best Practices for Journalists on Twitter

News Curation Best Practices for Journalists on Twitter | Content Curation World |
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If you are a journalist and you are using Twitter to pick and share relevant news for your following, you may want to check out these straightforward suggestions on how to best manage your news curation process.

The Twitter blog team has analyzed back in September of last year, thousands of tweets from over 150 news companies and individual reporters, to distill which are the most important traits of good news curation.

In essence:

  • Tweet content related to your beat; live-tweet 

  • Use hashtags for context and @cite your sources

  • Share what you're reading with your Twitter followers

  • Use the Retweet button to curate

To the point. Useful. 8/10

Original article:

Additional resources at  

Elsie Whitelock's curator insight, March 24, 2013 3:00 PM

Good help here for all.

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News Discovery Tools: Slices for Twitter Organizes and Auto-Curates Your News Stream Into Categories

News Discovery Tools: Slices for Twitter Organizes and Auto-Curates Your News Stream Into Categories | Content Curation World |

Robin Good: Slices is a news discovery app that allows you to find the news that interest you by "slicing" the Twitter timeline into topic-specific categories, making it much easier to find what you are looking for.

From Pandodaily official review: "Slices offers 21 searchable categories – humor, technology, sports, and so on – that lead you to people and lists to follow. Included among those top-level categories is the “Live Events” option, which allows you to select an event – a football match, say, or a TV show – and follow Tweets from a curated list.

Also of note: " synchronizes between mobile devices and the Slices website (, which means it knows which Tweets you’ve already read, no matter where you access it from.

...The “Timeline Slicer” also outdoes Twitter’s Lists as a way to organize the people you follow into specific categories. They’re easier to set up and easier to access, ..."

Source: Pandodaily

Slices is available on iOS, Android and the Web.

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Prasanth (WN)'s comment, August 2, 2012 6:57 AM
malek's comment, August 3, 2012 11:26 AM
I'm still working on it...looks promising.
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Algorithms Coupled with Human Curation Can Generate a Great User Experience: The Twitter #NASCAR Experiment

Algorithms Coupled with Human Curation Can Generate a Great User Experience: The Twitter #NASCAR Experiment | Content Curation World |

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: 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.

The interesting thing is that this page is in fact not an automatically aggregated page of tweets having a specific hashtag. There have been plenty of tweets in here with no hashtag at all, or not even mentioning explicitly NASCAR.

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.

The value provided by adding a human curation layer, both to the selection of the sources as well as to the selection of the actual tweets, is huge.

What's your take?

Twitter NASCAR page: 

Twitter blog announcement: 

Check also: 

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Auto-Curate Your Twitter Stream: Twylah Showcases Your Best Content "In Context"

Auto-Curate Your Twitter Stream: Twylah Showcases Your Best Content "In Context" | Content Curation World |
Robin GoodTwylah is a web service which "auto-curates" your Twitter stream by generating a full web site which auto-organizes and visualizes your tweeted content around a set of specific topics.

Here is a real-world example of my own tweet-stream "auto-curated" by Twilah: 

Key Features:

- Harnesses the SEO power of all your tweets by grouping them into relevant topics

- Creates a more engaging space for your followers and fans 

- Provides a high-value content platform on auto-pilot for any author

- Facilitates subscriptions to your Twitter channel

- Integrates a PowerTweet function which not only allows to Tweet from any web page, but it "auto-creates" a  thematic web page just-in-time around your very tweet topic.

(Now that Twylah has kicked out a few bugs that were preventing based curators like me to extract the best from this new service, I am very impressed by what I see.)

This is one of the best examples of how much MORE value can be extracted by "curating", organizing and "presenting" appropriately what IS ALREADY out there. 

Check some of Twylah "featured" pages here: 

If you want to drive engagement beyond the single tweet, and show others what you cover and are all about, at-a-glance, I am hard-pressed in finding something better than Twylah.

If you use Twitter and you share lots of valuable news across different topics, I strongly suggest you request an invite to Twylah right now:  

To get the complete picture on Twylah and what it is all about check out this video: 

(Reviewed by Robin Good)

planetMitch's comment, January 14, 2012 8:33 AM
Wow Robin - really cool and I appreciate you exposing twylah to me! I've already applied. Should be a great way to engage people. Are you somehow now sending people to twylah instead of your twitter home page?
Robin Good's comment, January 14, 2012 8:48 AM
Hey Mitch, first my compliments to your great channel. Great stuff!

Yeah, Twylah looks good. I'm glad you have applied, with your content it is going to be great as well.

If you tweet with the Twylah "Power Tweet" function your readers are automatically taken to your Twylah property, but otherwise yes, I am going to see what are all of the best ways to take them there.
planetMitch's comment, January 14, 2012 9:16 AM
Thanks Robin, I'm impressed by your channel as well, your success is one of the main reasons why I've ended up loving and am now a 'business' user and have integrated it into my own domain now.

I've been doing 'curation' with my blog for 3 years, but now has helped me solve a problem that I haven't been able to deal with - and that is a way to share news that doesn't 'qualify' for me to spend time writing a full blog post about.

The 'power tweet' is a brilliant idea and one I can see using a lot - maybe too much.

I might like to see twylah expand to do one thing scoop does well - and that's to let me post the power tweet to facebook, g+ etc.

Thanks again for exposing me to so many great ideas!