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During my interview on Twitter a couple of months ago, moderator Atomic Reach (@Atomic_Reach) mentioned that I used more than 15 services and tools for content curation.
A few people were intrigued and asked me if I could share a list of them. Here it is below.
Note: I have also included a couple of services that allow me to find stuff worth sharing.
- Atomic Reach – “We give brands the power to captivate customers by selecting, publishing and marketing the best social content the web has to offer.”
- BizSugar – “Share small business news, tips, blog posts and information with BizSugar’s community of small business owners and entrepreneurs.”
- Blog Interact® - “Blog Interact® is a blog engagement and interactive social “dofollow” bookmarking site with diverse content for users to vote on and share.”
- Blokube – “Social Media Network and Blogging community. Blokube allows you to submit your Blog Article(s) that will be reviewed by all and will be promoted by me or our visitors to the main page.”
- Chime.in – “Chime.in is the place to discover, read and talk about the things that you love. Try it now.
- Clipboard - “Clipboard helps you save and organize your favorite pieces of the web in a form that’s easy to access and share.”
- Google Alerts – “Google Alerts are email updates of the latest relevant Google results (web, news, etc.) based on your queries.”
- Google+ - “Google+ aims to make sharing on the web more like sharing in real life. Check out Circles, Messenger and Hangouts, just a few of the things we’ve been working on.”
- Inbound.org – “Find The Best Inbound Marketing Content In The World From Inbound.org.”
- Learnist - “Learnist makes it super easy to share what you know by curating the web. You can use videos, blogs, books, docs, images or anything on the web to explain how to learn something.”
- LinkedIn Today - “Discover what the world’s professionals are reading and sharing right now.”
- Listly - “Lists made easy + social + fun! – Listly. Lists = Ranking. List Posts = Traffic. We help bloggers & brands curate, crowdsource, and engage readers via live embedded list content inside blog posts.”
- Ourspot - “A beautiful way to remember and engage with the relationships that matter most.”
- Paper.li – “Be a publisher. Publish Twitter, Facebook, Google+ or any web content into your own online newspaper.”
- Pinterest – “Pinterest is an online pinboard.”
- Scoop.it - “Easily curate engaging magazines. Effectively feed your web presence.”
- Snip.it – “Snip.it is a curation tool for web links and articles.”
- Socl - “Share your Search. Rediscover search through your friends and community on the all new social search experiment from Microsoft Research FUSE Labs.”
- Storify - “Create stories using social media. Turn what people post on social media into compelling stories. Collect the best photos, video, tweets and more to publish them as simple, beautiful stories that can be embedded anywhere.”
- StumbleUpon – “StumbleUpon is the easiest way to find cool new websites, videos, photos and images from across the Web. We make the best recommendations just for you.”
- Trapit - “Trapit scours the web for you 24/7 to discover up-to-the minute, personalized content on your favorite topics and interests.”
- Zoomit Canada – “Zoomit Canada is Canada’s News Chosen by You. Simply put, we think you should have a say in what stories you feel are most important. There are many social bookmarking websites out there, but Canadian news always gets buried among US and world news. Zoomit Canada is where you can come to have your say about what happens in Canada. This is where you can meet your fellow Canadians and talk about Canadian news, Canadian sports, Canadian entertainment, Canadian technology and Canadian life.”
How do I become a great curator?
When it comes to curation, you cannot just copy and paste content. You have to be a little creative at times!
My friend Tom George, the founder and CEO of Internet Billboards, is a pro on the topic of curation. Here are some tips from him:
1. Try changing the title, give it a new catchy headline notice. Try it and have fun with it. It pulls you in.
2. Give it a little narrative. I call this contextual curation, but let your audience find your style and voice and create some extra value.
3. Add a link or two into your narrative to give more props on the content you are covering. Give a twitter link, or drop a link to the author’s actual website, especially if it is a guest post you are covering.
4. Comment on the site for the content you are curating. +Cendrine Marrouat does this a lot. Add a valuable comment. Not “oh I curated your piece”, but just a valuable comment. You will be surprised how your rep will grow as a curator.
5. Support other curators in their discovery and their processes. Makes introductions and suggestions. When you build a valuable community with others, you are part of something much larger then just yourself.
Have you tried the tools and services in this list? If so, which one is your favorite? And do you other tools?
by Cendrine Marrouat
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