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Weekly Rejections

As per every week, there are a lot of websites that we search through that do not make the cut into one of our posts. There are many reasons as to why we pick the articles, tools, and websites we reblog and build upon, but some just don’t hit a nerve. This week some of us decided to look at a more international aspect of PLN and curation tools, thus some sites we found were in different languages then what any of us speak. While this is great in terms of having the same information we’re reading translated and used for specific audiences, if we can’t actually read it, we can’t write about it.

http://www.curated.by/

This is a German curation site that actually looks pretty interesting. It is nicely laid out, user friendly, and even if you don’t speak German, you get the picture of what the site is about- curation. I personally had a fun time listening to their podcasts in German. I have no idea what the woman said, but it was interesting to listen to nonetheless.

http://smartr.mobi/

This site prides itself in being “the best way to get your news on twitter” yet it has no other information or how to. It could possibly be a link? Or an App? or who the hell knows! This is a perfect example of what we can come across when searching for the perfect article to post and share about.

Qrait.com

This link has a very fancy logo design that probably cost a pretty penny. Unfortunately their site has been down for a couple days, and possibly forever.

http://wpdrudge.com/

This is a wordpress page that is meant to provide a template (theme) for your curation blog. Now we can put a certain look and feel to everyone’s curations! I thought to point of curation and PLN’s were to make them unique to yourself?

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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.