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Best Free Content Curation Tools 2012

Best Free Content Curation Tools 2012
Content Curation has been on the upside lately, and while there are some who don’t think that it is an ethical form of “content creation”, there are those that think completely the opposite. Whichever side you choose to be, you should know that if you do decide to “curate content”, to always give credit to its original source and never copy an entire article even if you are linking back to its original author. That does not have anything to do with curation and may even be considered as stealing content. While I am at it, creating a list of useless links is also not regarded as curating content. Which side are you on? Do you favor “content curation” as an interesting approach of content creation/marketing, or are you totally against it? Curating content done properly, IMO has its positives. Be the best curator of meaningful contentFind the best information that others have written and posted online—the best articles, charts, tables, infographics, videos, or pictures. That’s it!

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Goodbye iGoogle - Hello Protopage (Click above for larger image)iGoogle Gone, Baby GoneSo, thanks to my amazing mentor @JoyceValenza & Google+ I recently heard the upsetting breaking news that Google is doing away with iGoogle! "iGoogle will be retired in 16 months, on November 1, 2013. The mobile version will be retired on July 31, 2012." What the What!? Now... to be honest I only use iGoogle at school as my start up page & to bypass my district filter for Twitter using the totally awesome TwitterGadget!

Business Blogging - Creating a Successful Business Blog Learn the tips and tricks you need to know to create a successful blog for your business. Whether you want to start a business blog to help you boost sales or simply connect with your customers, the information you need to develop a successful business blog can be found here. 3 Reasons Why Every Company Needs a Business BlogLearn how every company and organization can benefit from a business blog. 10 Questions about Starting a Business Blog AnsweredAnswers to common questions and links to additional resources, so you can start a business blog for your company successfully. Is Content Curation in Your Skill Set? It Should Be. by David Kelly “Curation is an important skill to develop, especially in an environment in which more and more organizations shift towards self-directed learning for their workers. Now is the time for learning and performance professionals to develop this new skill set.” Curation is a term that is rapidly growing in popularity and is directly impacting the world of workplace learning and performance. In a world where the amount of information available to workers doubles every 18 to 24 months, it is impossible to keep up with the seemingly endless supply of it. In his book Curation Nation, Steven Rosenbaum describes it this way: “Curation replaces noise with clarity. And it’s the clarity of your choosing; it’s the things that people you trust help you find.”

Creating a Content Machine: Tools, Models and Tips Curating content is an important activity and central to those brands who are looking to give their audience something useful. By spending time to find, filter and enhance content – which is shared across social media – you’re building interest and value in your brand. But what is the value for your business? Content curation gives your visitors reasons to re-visit, refer and interact.

Business Blogging Articles to Get You Started Start here if you're new to business blogging... Following are key articles about business blogging: how to get started, tips for writing blog posts, how to engage with your readers and more. This series is a good overview of what you need to know if you're new to blogging or struggling to make your business blog work for you. Curation: Beyond the Buzzword - Resources Shared at #ASTD2013 At the 2013 ASTD International Conference and Exposition, I am conducting a concurrent session entitled Curation: Beyond the Buzzword. The session is taking place on Sunday May 19th at 1:45pm, so if you’re attending the conference, please feel free to attend. Here’s a description of the session: Curation is a term that is becoming more and more common in the learning field. Unfortunately, most talking about it do not understand what it is, let alone how to leverage it for their organization. And yet, it is a critical future competency for those in the field.

Content Curation Guidelines for Where to Share By definition, content curation is the act of continually identifying, organizing, and sharing the best and most relevant content on a specific topic or issue online. When evaluating which content curation tool to use, there are three primary areas of consideration: 1. The Inputs – Where does the content curation tool get information from? What type of content will this allow me to curate? Will it help identify and recommend relevant content? Complete Guide to Blogging Welcome to the Complete Guide to Blogging, a 100% free course on everything you could possibly need to know about blogging and setting up your first WordPress driven web site. This guide is currently broken up in nine different chapters and a new sub-chapter goes live every day on the blog. If you click on a sub chapter below that is not working, it probably wasn’t published yet.

How To Curate & Download Your Own Wikipedia Ebook – PDF, EPUB & More Collect a number of Wikipedia articles and create your own eBook. Whether you want an overview of a particular academic topic or just want to read about absolutely every Pokemon, Wikipedia’s Book Creator is the ultimate tool for creating your own primer on any subject. If you’re like me you simply cannot stop reading Wikipedia – it’s endlessly fascinating. 5 Steps of Effective Content Curation Below we share another concise that covers the 5 steps involved in content curation. Here’s the steps with some of our commentary: Step 1 – Goals. Define why you’re curating, is it for authority, traffic, or both?

Blogging For Web Designers: Editorial Calendars and Style Guides Advertisement A few years ago, you might not have pointed out during a meeting with a potential client that you maintained a blog. Over time, though, blogs have evolved from the being a personal hobby to a serious work tool. 17 Essential Content Templates and Checklists By far, the most popular post we have ever published at the Content Marketing Institute is 10 Must-Have Templates for Content Marketers. Though this post is almost two years old, our readers still seem to clamor for this type of information and advice. To that end, we wanted to provide a refresher on the most popular templates and checklists shared by the CMI team and our guest contributors. Some of these are “oldies but goodies” that we included in the first list, and others are new. All are intended to simplify some part of the content marketing process — and all can be customized to your particular needs.

19 Great Web Curation Tools There certainly is no shortage of ways to collect content from the web. Apps make it even easier to sync with your computer and smartphone. Every time I find a resource I love (but don't have time to look at it) I clip it to Evernote. This list has been added to the Teacher-Librarian page. What's your favorite curation tool?