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The Ultimate List of Content Curation Tools and Platforms

Summary:  This article is titled: “The Ultimate List of Content Curation Tools and Platforms.”  It is the most comprehensive list I have seen this far.  Since we are going to start to work on our individual curation projects, I think it is an important article.  This list included brief summaries of each curation tools.  Since the summaries are brief, this means that in order to find the perfect tool for you as an individual, a lot more research is needed.  However, I think this comprehensive lists gives each of us a lot of options and shows how limitless content curation really is.  The link is:  http://www.youbrandinc.com/ultimate-lists/ultimate-list-content-curation-tools-platform/

 

Criteria:  The criteria I used to evaluate this source was finding curation tools I have not seen yet.  This article definitely fits the criteria as it is the most comprehensive list I’ve seen yet.

 

Recommendation:  This resource should be read because it gives us a lot of options for choosing how we are going to compile our own curation projects.  There are a lot of options listed here and the challenge will be finding a tool that best fits our individual needs.


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Scoop This: A Comprehensive Guide to Scoop.it for Content Curation

 

http://www.searchenginejournal.com/scoop-this-a-comprehensive-guide-to-scoop-it-for-content-curation/38963/

 

Summary:  This article focuses on Scoop-It for content curation.  This article gives an in depth explanation of what content curation is how you can go about establishing your own content curation project.  Since this is a big part of this course, I find this article invaluable for developing my own project.  This article also explains how to choose a topic for curation.  Scoop-it is a tool that incorporates social media into curation and allows the creator to choose information they think is relevant to their topic.

 

Criteria:  The criteria I used to evaluate this source is:  show me why this tool is better than others in the same field.  This article defines content curation and shows how Scoop-It can be used in developing your own content curation project.  This article seems to go right along with what we have been learning in this class.

 

Recommendation:  The resource should be read if you are considering Scoop-It as a possible curation tool.  The fact that is incorporates so many other social media tools makes it seem like the ideal tool for curation projects.  From what this article says, it will be difficult to find a tool as valuable as Scoop-It for content curation.

 


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Content Curation Tools

 

http://iteachu.uaf.edu/grow-skills/filelink-management/content-curation-tools/

 

Summary:  This source is defines content curation and lists content curation tools.  This resource lists uses of content curation and gives some real life examples of how content curation is used in eduction.

 

Criteria:  I looked for content curation tools that included something more than just descriptions and links to tools.  I wanted to find something that would lead into the next section of class where we develop our own curation projects.

 

Since this source has links to actual examples of content curation, it gives a more in depth look of what we can expect to do in our own projects.

 

Recommendation:  I recommend this source this week because it l think it is a valuable tool in showing how tools can be used in setting up curation projects of our own.  The examples shown are diverse and yet they each have a specific topic just like we will have in our own curation projects.  By looking at these different examples I think we can figure out what things we like about each tool and can figure out the tools we want to use on our own projects.


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The 50+ Ways to Curate and Share Your Favorite Social Media and News Content

 

http://dailytekk.com/2012/03/06/the-50-best-ways-to-curate-and-share-your-favorite-social-media-and-news-content/

 

Summary:  This source takes content curation and divides it into categories including content gathering and personalized news feeds, Ipad curation, social media curation, website bookmarking and collection tools, and topic pages.  Under these categories, the source lists the top tools in each category.

 

Criteria:  I looked for content curation tools that included something more than just descriptions and links to tools.  I wanted to find something that would lead into the next section of class where we develop our own curation projects.

 

Since this site divides curation into categories and lists top tools in each category, I think it fits the criteria of just giving general tools for content curation.  For our own curation projects, this source is valuable depending on our specific preferences for tools.

 

Recommendation:  I recommend this source because it divides curation tools based on purpose.  This gives the user a better way to figure out what tools are most useful for their specific purpose.  For our curation projects, this is valuable since our curation projects are specific to our individual needs and preferences.  This article takes the broad category of curation tools and further breaks them down into more usable categories.

 


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How to Create Curation

Curation is another way to get your image to a mass majority over the internet. Optimizing your potential success starts with curating your blog, PLN, or other. By choosing your niche, picking your prefered platform, and being consistent, you can create curation.

Niche:

Your niche is defined by your interests, what you can talk about for hours, your personality, but most importantly, what is sellable. There are probably a lot of mommy blogs, food blogs, beauty blogs, sports blogs, etc. So what makes yours stand out from the rest? You need to define your interest, then refine your niche. Taking my own business for example, I found a need for sex education for all sexual orientations, and I filled it with a multifunctional platform that includes sex toys. The point is, your niche is going to set you a part from the rest of the content on the internet, and there is a lot! An interesting way to come up with a niche could be by putting two opposing forces together. Like peanut butter and marshmallow. Here are some other creative choices to choose from:

  • Cruelty free leather chair making
  • One handed cooking
  • Public speaking for mutes

You get the idea. By putting two seemingly opposite traits together, like honest and politician, you can form your very own niche that stands out from the rest. This is fundamental to curating a blog. No one wants to read 20 different blogs all on the same subject. You need to become 3 dimensional in a 2 dimensional platform.

Platform:

Choosing your platform is the same as choosing your PLN platform. Where are you going to publish your content? Is your platform user-friendly and accessible? How can your audience find you? These questions should be guidelines into how you will ultimately chose the platform that works best for your content curation. WordPress was used here for its user friendly functions that seem more complicated than they actually are. There are plenty of tools on this very blog to look through for curation tools. Seriously, we have many weeks worth of curation tools to browse through. Choose wisely.

Consistency:

Once you have your niche in place, your platform secured, it’s time to adhere to a schedule that is consistent. Updating your project regularly with similar tone and formatting is key to obtaining an audience. You don’t want to talk about one subject for several posts, then switch to something in the opposite direction. Being on track and consistent is an important aspect to not overlook. People are less likely to come back to your blog/website/etc if it’s not consistent.

Curating your project is a relatively simple idea with a big outcome. Going down the correct path from the beginning is a lot easier than starting in the middle of a project. This site :http://www.makeuseof.com/tag/how-to-create-a-successful-curated-blog/ is a great example of expanding on the same premise here.


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Drag.dis–Literally

The silly title actually does a great job explaining the purpose of Drag.dis: drag images, texts, and video to save them for later. This in particular works well as a content collection site, especially for users are not as interested in saving entire pagse (though this is an option). Naturally, Drag.dis might work best for those whose curation projects reflect visual, as opposed to text-based, interests. If articles, however, constitute your idea of curation, maybe a traditional reader would work better for you.

Where Drag.dis works better than other sites:

The content on Drag.dis is actually more inclusive than that of sites like Pinterest or even Tumblr. Content isn’t limited to what others post–you can pull from any website and visit Drag.dis at a later point.

Downsides: 

There’s not as much opportunity to network on Drag.dis, but then again, the point is to hang onto useful information until it can be used at a later point, especially for curation projects.

Final Thoughts: 

What’s important to remember is that there isn’t a single best curation tool or platform. Many work similarly but with minor changes that suit some curators better than others. The only way to find out is to address needs, establish some kind of “wish list,” and test sites out.


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Skloog.com as a Curation Tool

skloog.comAbout:

Skloog says, ”

Welcome to Skloog, the most convenient bookmarking site on the web! The web puts a world of information at your fingertips; Skloog puts it in your pocket! Using Skloog, you can easily create shortcuts to all of your favorite sites; bookmark pages that you’d like to refer back to in the future; and organize and arrange all of this information so that you can access it instantaneously. Combining cutting-edge technology with incredible user-friendliness, Skloog is everyone’s Favorite Site!”

Summary:

Skloog is a convenient way to bookmark web sites in an easy, user friendly format. Skloog is designed to accommodate and adhere to the viewers needs, making things more organized and efficient for the user. The most interesting aspect of skloog is you can log into it from anywhere in the world. Meaning, the site itself is not blocked in any country, which can be a great resource to have when traveling but you want to stay up to date with your curations. This is especially awesome for travelers in Ch!ina who are typically blocked from facebook, google, blogger, etc. Keep your favorite sites bookmarked with Skloog, and have the ability to access it from anywhere in the world.

Criteria:

For this curation tool, I really looked for universal curation tools and not just in the States. As a constant traveler, I’m always looking and bookmarking articles and websites that can be relevant to my traveling needs, and Skloog fits that perfectly. I also looked at the web page itself and how it added up to the other tools I’ve written about. Does this site do what it says it’s suppose to? Is it user friendly? And this week, is it accessible in other countries? All these questions have been answered, and that’s why I think Skloog is a important curation tool that should definitely be considered.

Recommendation:

I recommend Skloog because it is different from everything else that is more mainstream. It combines every component to make a website mainstream, but it relates to more people across the world and doesn’t just appeal to an American” audience. There is an international vibe to the site, but of course you can add and bookmark the sources you like. I think this would be a great website to use, especially while traveling.