More curation tools will pop up as the staggering amount of data we produce increases. Last month, in his article: “We are on track for 518% global growth this half-century,” Ross Dawson reports how the global economy has grown by 60.6% from 2000 to 2012. Consumerization of IT, mobile technology and broadband internet access give each of us the technical potential to become a media publishing house. Blogging, vlogging and digital photography are three ways million of bloggers are contributing to the onslaught of digital information. I remember my first 386 PC with the luxury of a “huge” four megabyte of RAM (Random Access Memory) and 45 megabyte of hard-disk. À propos, twenty five years later, Yahoo’s Flickr offers one free terabyte of data storage to every account owner. What an amazing technological step forward!
Yesterday, we reviewed thirteen curation tools so let’s move on to the second part of the list.
I recently read Christina Walker’s article “Best Content Curation Tools for Entrepreneurs and SMBs, and discovered a comment made by gregarious Facebook Queen Mari Smith mentioning Spundge. Spundge is a platform that helps curate information, collaborate and create new content. I have already opened an account and this far, I am very positive about it, thanks to Mari’s recommendation.
15. Paper.liPaper.li is an interesting and somewhat serendipitous way to curate information. As a publisher, you have the choice between Twitter accounts, RSS feeds, Google + sources of information. You are not limited to one paper, but the consistency of the quality content cannot be guaranteed since the algorithm selects most bits and pieces for you while automating Paper.li‘s daily publishing.
I don’t scoop a great deal of articles but Scoop.it is a great way to aggregate relevant information. Search out the “Scoopers” who aggregate your topics of interest, and just start following them, This will give you additional ammunition for your content marketing strategy and additional information for your Twitter followers.
Guy Kawasaki created Alltop a few years ago. Alltop is a platform that helps you personify your news-feed. I use Alltop as a dashboard for local and international news from my favorite British, American, French and German newspapers. Thanks to a great website layout, Alltop gives you an overview by just hovering the mouse over each headline. This is an ideal way to catch up with the news without having to open every single link. Unfortunately, the choice of topics is limited.
18. PinterestPinterest is the new social media kid in town and my favorite platform for infographics, video and images aggregating.
19. LikeHackLikeHack is a fairly new content curation tool that assist busy people aggregating relevant stories based on your topics of interest.
20. If This Then That
At first sight, If This Then That (IFTTT) might not come across as a very “flashy” tool. It does take a little bit of tweaking and getting used to it, but don’t underestimate this powerful tool and do invest time into getting to know it. You will be very grateful because your invested time will surely pay off. Under its hood, If This Then That hides hundreds of possible recipes/combinations that can trigger all sort of commands combining more than fifty social networks such as Twitter, Flickr, Facebook, Diigo, Evernote, Feedly and Youtube in so many ways:
Here are two personal examples of how I use If This Then That
– File every single tweet I make via Buffer to my Evernote account
– File all other tweets (except Buffer) to my Evernote account
Buffer & HootsuiteBuffer is by no mean a curation tool but a fabulous way to pace your messaging during the day. I use Buffer on a daily basis and recommend it in combination with Hootsuite another heavyweight client that will assist you posting all your messages on Twitter, LinkedIn, Google + and Facebook while spreading them accordingly. Hootsuite and Buffer can also be used as Social Media Measuring Tools (SMMT).