With so much content out on the web, the need for curators has never been stronger. Fortunately, a new category of software has emerged to help make the process of curating information easy and fun. Here is part one of my list of some of the best new curation tools out there:
This website lets you create a magazine like page with content.
You log in, think of a topic, grab your url (www.scoop.it/example) and begin adding article you find using your browsers ‘Scoop’ button.
The website does all the work of making the page look nice, but you can customize the style if you wish.
And, if you looking for help finding content, Scoop It will give you a list of recommendations for your topic from around the web.
It has all the social media plugin’s you need, a daily email update on both your topic and other topics you follow and an easy way to explore new topics.
Storify lets you gather content from a variety of social media platforms and order (and reorder) it all into a single stream.
It is an ideal platform for following a Twitter conversation and quickly pulling out good tweets, adding some comments, and slotting in any relevant media. It is also offers to send a notification to anyone mentioned in the Storify project.
Because of it’s ease of use and clever design, Storify is seeing vast adoption across the web. Popular website ReadWriteWeb use Storify to curate answer to their regular ‘Big Question’ from across Facebook, Twitter and their own comments section. It is also the ideal way to curate an event that has a strong Twitter engagement.
A Pearl Tree is an attractive and elegant way to display the relations between webpages of content.
A pearl is an item of web content (YouTube video, webpage etc) which you link to other pearls which contain similar content to create a pearltree.
It’s ideal application would be as a visual guide to a topic, taking people through different networks of thought. For example – this pearltree explores the concept of the virtual currency of BitCoin.
Projeqt seems to be a very polished and stylish way of curating content. It’s functionality is quite basic and works in a similar way to a Powerpoint presentation.
You arrange your content (videos, pictures, text, RSS, Twitter) onto a series of slides and let the user glide through the story.
This platform would be ideal for showcasing a series of pictures with short comments in between. For a good example of the possibilities, check out this example by Brain Pickings.
Pinterest dubs itself as an online pinboard. You pin things you find to your own virtual pinboard page and find other people to connect to with similar interests.
The layout is both simple and appealing. It looks suitable for visual based curation and has seen early adoption within the craft and art worlds.
Promotionally, Pinterest is aimed at the casual user, and not so much the professional curator. Uses include planning a wedding, redecorating your home and sharing recipes.
I’ve been looking for a service like this for a while! Redux is a curation tool for video. Create your own channel and curate videos around your theme.
The user experience is pretty sleek. After clicking on a channel you are taken straight through to a full screen video with controls to move on to the next one or pause.
As a curator, you can add videos to pre-existing channels or create a channel of your own. The screen for curators isn’t quite as stylish as the viewer screen, but functional enough.