Curation tools

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


Faveeo.com - Social Web Filter and Magazine

Faveeo.com is a news-oriented web service that follows users interests, tastes and opinions about specific topics, and connects them automatically to other related users that then act as a human "curation" network.

By leveraging the collective intelligence hidden in social networks, Faveeo is able to enhance the process of information and network management for news addicts, and businesses alike by suggesting quality and interesting content.

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StumbleUpon's Makeover Emphasizes 'Curated Content'

A major redesign and rebranding of StumbleUpon refreshes the site with a new look, more tailored content, and customized ways to explore what's on the Web.

The refreshed appearance, alongside a few new choice features, show how the site is learning toward intelligent curation of content and moving farther away from the "roulette-wheel" method of random exploration.

When asked about the influence of social media, Marc Leibowitz, vice president of business development and marketing at StumbleUpon, said, "We weren't trying to follow anyone other than our users. We heard consistent feedback from users that they wanted a way to specifically identify the things that they wanted to discover content and information in."

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Paper.li's Widget: Embed Any Story

Interesting format.

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Coming Soon: Scoop.it Pro Plan $12.99/mth

Scoop.it listened to their community and plan to release a new plan called Scoop.it Pro for $12.99/mth (details bellow).

This will be the third plan available for the service following the FREE plan and Business plan available for $79/mth.

It looks like the company is testing pricing plan models that fits their community.

Scoop.it Pro, as we’ll call it, will thus offer :

  • Of course all the features of the free version
  • 10 topics/account
  • Share to multiple Twitter/Facebook Accounts (*)
  • Analytics: both Google Analytics and the Scoop.it Analytics
  • Rich-text edition
  • Direct link to source in RSS feeds

The intent here is not to be limited to these platforms and we know some of you have requested multiple Tumblr or Wordpress accounts as >well as G+ pages: bear with us. Just like the Free and the Business version, this plan will continuously be improved.) For just $12.99/month.

Availability will be asap which means by or before mid-December.

[Via Scoop.it.]

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Content Marketing Strategy: Curation, Community, Rubrics

  • Curation: Rather than reinvent the wheel, curation is a continual approach to judiciously finding and presenting relevant, topical and current content on a given topic, industry or area.

  • Community: Build it and they will come – and create content for you. OK, maybe it’s not that simple, but plenty of companies have benefited tremendously from creating communities in which consumers can gather to discuss given topics.

  • Rubrics: Develop regular, repeatable content units: an events calendar, expert opinion columns, how-tos, a video of the week. Make it original, repeatable, and schedule it to appear regularly.

  • But by now, you should get the idea: sustainability.

Great post.

[Via RebeccaLieb]

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It's Not Curation It's Reporting

This post was originally written by Randy Murray and this is a must-read.

There are times when our use of language shifts and the meaning of words is altered. I typically don’t fight against it. But this current hijacking of the word “curation” to mean “a list of things on other web sites

I have come to think the same way about it: what most people do when they refer to "curation", which is essentially sharing interesting content they find online: posts, articles, media, products, etc... is not curation.

They are "reporting" on something, like Boing Boing, Buzzfeed, HuffPost, Mashable, etc...

Be honest. Providing links and commentary is a valuable service. It is an art form, but it is not curation. Some of my favorite daily reads do just that: sites like Boing Boing, Fark, and MinimalMac are terrific. But they’re not museums or libraries or zoos. They exercise no care or control over the things that they link to. They spread the word, but they preserve nothing.

There’s another, better term that is more accurate, a better fit. It doesn’t sound as highfalutin’, though.

It’s called “reporting.” All of these sites are doing journalism. It’s news, not a museum.

People are reporters/editors, citizen journalists not curators. And that is okay, it's just time to recognize what they really do and call it the right way. Understanding what they do enables service providers to build the tools they need in a format that makes sense for the users.

I think Ben Huh has been right for a while, blogging platforms will shape into reporting/newspaper type of platforms, allowing people to share interesting things they find online (since that is what most do) and not label their efforts as curation. This is what's fun, to feel like you are cresting a newspaper or magazine about topics/subjects you like.

One thing: design will be essential to carry this to the users.

Companies, small or big, bloggers, or individuals will find a platform that fits their needs, not to curate, but to report/share things that matters to or interests them.

Source: http://whowritesforyou.com/2011/11/28/the-case-against-curation/

EDITED:

Others suggest using "editorializing" over "reporting" which i guess makes sense.

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Flavors.me - Jumps In Curation Market But Why?

Today, startup Flavors.me, which boasts 750,000 users and has raised roughly $5 million from angel investors including David Tisch and Dave Morin, launches a new version of the service aimed at tackling our social media A.D.D.

This was unexpected for me from this service. I thought they aimed at becoming a about.me type of site? Curating my social stream, what for? There are services out there that specializes in this arena and can/will do a better job than flavors.me.

I want a website that showcases me and those close to me in a visual way [...]

It's becoming a mix of about.me and friendfeed rather than building its own personality.

Think about this: if Google or Facebook decide to "curate your social stream" tomorrow, it will take them no time to do it, and i think this will happen.

I am still not impressed by it, i thin About.me has far more appeal by focusing on doing one thing well: showcasing who i am.

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Interesting platform build on Drupal.

Mukurtu - Platform for Museums

A free and open source community archive platform that provides international standards-based content management tools adaptable to the local cultural protocols and intellectual property systems of Indigenous communities, libraries, archives, and museums.

Example: http://openfolklore.org/

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Search VS Discovery Engines

This is a post about search engines vs content discovery engines.

It's important to notice the difference between the 2, as mentioned in the article:

  • Search provides answers
  • Discovery provides awareness

As a user i'll go to Google to give me results on a search.

As a content writer, i'll go to content discovery engines to find ideas.

Can both engines co-exist? I think it's hard to say.

Discovery engines' goals are to provide freshness in their results, which is not what you would expect from search engines.

Discovery facilitates unexpected findings.

So essentially, if i am searching for a specific item, product, service, location or answer, a search engine will do a better job providing me with the right result.

Source: [http://www.darwineco.com/blog/bid/74792/Search-and-Discovery-How-They-Complement-Each-Other

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