Don’t you just love the idiom, “Variety is the spice of life”? It reminds me of a connoisseur, a purveyor of the finer things in life. The reality for me? I have champagne tastes and a beer budget. But trust me, the financial limitations do not stop me from dreaming. I recently discovered my personal love for the finer things extends to quality content. As a result of this craving for content, I adopted the process of content curation long before I knew it had a name. The reason? Volumes upon volumes of blogs and articles are written on a daily basis. Content curation allows me to sift and sort, then share some of the best content with my audience every day. It saves them time while allowing me the indulgence of living vicariously through others. As well, I enjoy sharing the spice of life…or content, in this case.
I would like to tell you about a few of my favorite content curation tools. If you are interested in reading and/or distributing quality content, these are some great places to start. A feature which appeals to me (and others on a “beer budget”) is that each of these is free to use.
Want to talk about the spice of life? This site is definitely the place. Triberr is a blogger’s dream-come-true. People form groups, known as “Tribes,” and share one another’s posts. One benefit Triberr provides for people who like to share content is its built-in content curation capabilities. Most tribes are comprised of people who write similar content which makes curation even easier. You have the option to share the spice of life, or at least a portion of it, with your own audience. Another perk Triberr offers its users is an increase in their own blog’s reach. More eyeballs on your content means more traffic to your website.
This tool is a must-have for content curation. Scoop.it’s message, as written on their website, says a lot: “Cut through the noise on social media.” All you have to do is fill in the keywords for the content you desire, then Scoop.it automatically pulls in, or “scoops” content from the entire Internet. With all the content at your fingertips, Scoop.it makes content curation into a quick process. Scoop.it also offers several ways to share content. I personally like Scoop.it because it integrates completely with Buffer and Tumblr. This allows me to distribute different content at different times to different audiences.
Internet Billboards is a website designed specifically for content curation. The curated content covers a multitude of topics: home, business, entertainment, health, social media, technology, travel and society. If you want the spice of life, Internet Billboards site has it. The content is gathered and presented on the website by its curators. The founder and owner, Tom George, describes his site on the home page as ‘a digital hub-spot, featuring curated digital content, as well as fresh new innovative and thought provoking original content.’ I like this site a lot, so I became one of the curators.
These are just a few of the many tools a person can use for content curation. Which curation tools do you prefer to use? I love talking content so feel free to email me via firstname.lastname@example.org or via twitter @jennghanford any time.
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