Curation tools

By becoming a buzzword of 2011, curation has generated the creation of numerous tools to help users curate their interests.


Storify new iPad app

Pretty amazing iPad app. Forget everything else, make it easy to publish content online. No doubt 22 of the top 25 news companies are using Storify, including the White House and presidential candidates this year.

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Magnify.net Gets a Patent for Video Discovery

Looks like much-maligned U.S. Patent and Trademark Office is getting into the holiday spirit and trying to make entrepreneurs swoon. After six years, the agency has suddenly decided to give Steve Rosenbaum, founder and CEO of Magnify.net, the gift he’s been waiting for—U.S. Patent No. 8,117,545, covering a hosted video discovery and publishing platform—complete with a Valentine’s issuance date.

"A hosted system provides any Internet user with the ability to quickly set up and customize a video channel, preferably as a web page or site that can be reached from any Internet-accessible device having a web browser. The solution includes tools for use by channel site creators to customize the look, feel, and page design. A particular web page or site may be associated with a given subject. As used herein, a page or site that has such an association is sometimes referred to as “subject-specific...”

That's a big blow to any startup focusing on video curation. Though who knows if Magnigy will do anything to leverage this against them. As much as it seems a bad thing for competition purposes and eco-system, historically it has been rare that companies leveraged patents to kill their competitors. Though now, we know who's the 800lb gorilla....

And Magnify's valuation just increased tremendously. Large players like Google like to buy startups for:

  • the unique technology
  • the talent/team
  • the patent it owns for a product/service Google has its feet in
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Pinterest Adding Affiliate Links Without Disclosing

Most people who use Pinterest are there for the cool things they can find and re-pin. Many of those find and pint new items themselves, adding to the experience overall. Lots of people have expressed dismay that someone might want to use Pinterest for anything commercial, while other see no problem with it so long as they don’t wind up feeling “sold to” every time they visit the site. Some items pinned on Pinterest are for sale. Not necessarily directly by the pinner, but somewhere. And, Pinterest is taking advantage of this to make money. If an item is available through an affiliate marketing arrangement, Pinterest uses a program called SkimLinks to add their unique identifier to the link, thus generating a commission for themselves if you buy the item.

They've got to make money somehow, and they must be disclosing this somehow... well i hope for them.

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Google+ mobile web app: Content discovery

As Google Plus grows in users and usage, Google should be only months away from being able to present us with content we might have missed and that is interesting and relevant to us.

Personalization at its best, Google knows where you have been, what you read, so it should be a piece of cake to do something pretty neat.

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