4 Unique Content Curation Tools to Help You Think Outside the Box
A good content curator will be able to come up with different and unique ways when it comes to finding good content to share with their readers. Any tool that allows you to search the web are useful when it comes to content curation. But let’s take a look at a few specific tools that will give you a unique way to find content to share with your readers.
This is a pretty cool tool to use because of the crowdsource option it gives you. It also collaborative meaning that it lets your users either contribute or comment on your content. Managing access to your content is done through the dashboard section. And you can also add all the different lists you’re subscribed to, to the dashboard area.
But the real kicker about List.ly and what makes it an better tool is the fact that it gives you the option to add your organized content to your website/blog. You can also customize the tags and description and of course you want to make sure you use a keyword or two here because this is searchable.
Social Media Tools
While social media can be an awesome way to find great content to curate, it can be a bit time consuming. You have to spend some time going through posts to find things relevant to your readers and worth sharing. However, there are some social media tools such as Tweet Deck, Hootsuite, and Postano you can use that will help make sifting through all the ‘noise’ a lot easier.
These tools give you the option to view only the things you want to see. These different dashboards that were mentioned, make it possible to bring several different streams of social media together all in one place so that you can organize and filter what you see. By using keywords and categories, this will help you keep track of the content you’re looking to curate and share with your readers.
Pinterest is a tool you can use to find visual content. It’s like a big bulletin board where people pin all sorts of different things. From recipes, quotes, and do it yourself projects you’ll find a little of everything on Pinterest. By tagging the things you share on your board it makes them searchable so that other people can find them.
So, when it comes to content curation, Pinterest can be a good tool to use to help you search out some visual content to curate. You can search for keywords or follow other users whose content you find useful. Then you can share the content you find that is valuable, useful and relevant to your audience both on your own boards and on other platforms, such as Facebook or your blog.
I have only played around with Search-Cube for a few minutes but it was pretty cool. When you enter in the content you’re looking for, Search-Cube shows you the results in a very unique 3D cube of screenshots. This is really neat because you can see several things at once.
Hovering over an image will pop up a larger image so you can find a bit more detail about it. And then once you find content you want to share (or go back and look through more thoroughly later) you can save it with one click.
Here’s a screenshot image of a search for blogging that I did using Search-Cube:
It’s hard to see in the image, but you have the option to choose what content they bring up for you – all, images, videos or webpages.
As content curation continues to become more and more popular, developers are busy creating new tools. They’re even starting to create more niche-specific, business related tools to help with content curation. You can try doing a search every so often for content curation tools to see if anything new is available.
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