The 50+ Best Ways to Curate and Share Your Favorite Social Media and News Content There’s so much information online just begging to be curated: news, social media, images, video, websites… the list goes on. Reading great content from my favorite blogs and websites is one of my favorite down-time activities. It’s also an important part of my job as an IT Director because I need to stay on top of the latest trends, announcements and tech news. Just a few years ago, the tools I used to use for reading and consuming content were Google Reader, StumbleUpon, Digg, Delicious… you know all the big names. More recently I’ve discovered some great new tools to read and share my favorite content which I’ve included here in this list. Content Gathering and Personalized Newsfeeds Faveous – The place for everything you like.Trapit – Captures personalized content. iPad Curation Flipboard – Your social magazine.News360 – Next-generation news personalization and aggregation.persona/ – Everything you care about There’s more to this article!
News.me for iPhone Makes Friends the Editors of Twitter & Facebook News.me launched its free iPhone app this morning, which introduces Facebook integration, a saved offline reading list that syncs with the iPad app and Instapaper, and new, simple social dynamics of its own. It digests the links shared by Twitter and Facebook contacts, checks Bit.ly for their popularity, and presents a list of the top news stories in a clean, readable environment. And now, within the News.me network, there is also a menu of simple, text-based reactions: "Ha!" "Wow" "Awesome" "Sad" "Really?" News.me has undergone several transformations, from an in-house New York Times experiment to a standalone Flipboard competitor on the iPad. Personal review time: I have such an established workflow for reading news that I never expect to get much out of a social filtering app like this. I didn't use the News.me iPad app, but I liked it. I follow lots of news people on Twitter, several are on News.me, and I can follow them within the app. This monster team is in an enviable position.
Can News.me become the Instagram for news? We’ve written before about the overwhelming tsunami of content that digital media represents, especially the firehose that comes from Twitter and Facebook, and how this makes it even more imperative that users have some kind of filter or curation system. News.me is one of the services that is trying to solve that problem, but it wants to do more than just filter and recommend: the startup’s new iPhone app is designed to be like an Instagram for news — in other words, a smaller network of friends and connections with whom you want to discuss the latest headlines or events. The question for News.me is whether that’s what news consumers want, and even if they do, whether they won’t just use Twitter or Facebook instead. News.me has an interesting history: It started as a skunkworks project inside the New York Times — an attempt on the part of a couple of NYT developers to come up with a way of filtering Twitter based on a user’s social network.
News.me Is Building A News Social Network Within Its New iPhone App News.me, the news service developed in The New York Times’ R&D labs and incubated at betaworks, is launching its iPhone app today. A bit unusually, the part of the app that you’ll use first may actually be the least interesting. In some ways, the new app is just a redesign of what News.me was already offering through its iPad and email products — a list of news stories, pulled from your Facebook and Twitter streams, then curated based on signals from Twitter and bit.ly, and presented with the context of the initial tweet or Facebook comment. I’ve played with the app, and as a straightforward, curated newsreading service, it’s already pretty useful. To make things easier, you don’t even have to come up with a smart remark of your own. The hope, Levine says, is that users will download the iPhone app and immediately get use out of it through the curated news feed, then over time, build a smaller network of friends who they want to discuss the news with. You can download the app here.
Hands-on: News.me's iPhone app filters your friends' timelines for news Keeping up on the news items that your friends share on Twitter or Facebook can sometimes be a full-time job—especially if you have a full-time job and can't afford to stay on top of the interesting items your friends are linking to all day. Sure, you might add a couple to your Instapaper queue for later, but even just the act of digging through mountains of daily-life status updates for news from your friends can be a chore if you actually care about the links that they're sharing. Enter News.me, an online service that combs through your social network feeds and filters out the cruft to bring you a list of the most important news stories shared by the people you follow. Its genesis in 2011 was an idea out of the New York Times R&D lab that eventually bloomed into a full-on service. We decided to give the new iPhone app the quick hands-on treatment to see how well that idea really works on a 3.5-inch screen. There's a list of predefined reactions, or you can type your own.
If you have news, it will be aggregated and/or curated The Pew Research Center has come out with a massive new report on the state of media as part of its Project for Excellence in Journalism, and it comes to a number of conclusions about where the industry stands — including the fact that Twitter and Facebook are still driving a fairly small amount of traffic to media outlets (although this segment is growing quickly) and that tech giants like Google, Yahoo and Microsoft control almost 70 percent of online advertising. But one other thing that becomes clear from the Pew report is just how big a role aggregators of all kinds — both human and machine-powered — are playing in news consumption. Despite the growing evidence to the contrary, many newspaper companies and other traditional media outlets still seem to think the vast majority of their audience comes to them directly and prefers to read their content above all other sources. Aggregation is a way of life for more news consumers Social sharing is both an opportunity and a danger
How To Track Topics On The Web It's easy to get obsessed with the super-fast, real-time cycle of online news. But don't forget that the Web is a massive treasure trove of information about any topic. With just a bit of work, you can set up tracking and get regular updates about topics you're passionate about. In this how-to article, we share our tips on topic tracking. Google Alerts Let's forget the 'S' word for a minute: Social. Go to Google News and input your search. Select the type of results you'd like and the email delivery frequency. Interestingly, you can create an alert for "everything" - which includes not just Google News, but Google's all-powerful search index. If you use an RSS Reader or personalized start page (such as Google Reader or My Yahoo!) Social Options If you want a more social approach to topic tracking, Google+ and Twitter are your best bets. 1. Search for your topic in Google+ (Google's social network, which you get automatically with a Google account). 2. 3.
RWW Recommends: The Best Mobile RSS Reader RSS lives! Not everything is a real-time stream of status updates from Facebook, Twitter and Google+. Subscribing to an RSS feed is still the best way to closely monitor your favorite blogs and topics. So where to check your feeds? Google Reader is the undisputed king of RSS Readers for the desktop, mostly because it's the Last One Standing. However, there is much more competition among RSS Readers for smartphones and that means there are some great options out there. RSS in a nutshell:RSS stands for 'Really Simple Syndication' and it allows you to subscribe to the updates of a website. In order to make a single recommendation that will be useful to as many people as possible, we applied the following criteria: With those criteria to guide us, there was one mobile RSS Reader that stood out... Our Recommendation: Feedly Feedly is basically a better user interface for your Google Reader feeds. For the river of news fans, Feedly has the option to view your feeds chronologically.
Google I/O Fireside Chat: How Google is Pulling an Apple with Google+ One year in, Google is flying the banner of Google+ higher by the day. But what's next? Last week at Google I/O, the Google+ platform team met onstage for a fireside chat, fielding developer frustrations and hinting heavily at how Google's plans for its social network might be bigger than anyone had imagined. Here are some highlights from the Google+ Platform Team fireside chat. The talk, moderated by Google engineer David Glazer, was a summit between Google+ Circles engineer Joseph Smarr, VP of Product Management for Google+ Bradley Horowitz, and a few other members of Google's social side. With a patient, Apple-like eye for perfection, refinement and the big picture, the Google+ team discussed why it's handling its year-old social network with kid gloves. How Google+ Will Cure What Ails Google Google is big. Horowitz: "One of the things I think we could have done better at is thinking more holistically about an endgame. Why Developers Still Don't Have a Google+ API
We’re entering a golden age of news geekery Jason Calacanis announced a new proof-of-concept site called Launchticker today. At first glance it’s just an overloaded Google Doc with a bunch of tech news summaries and links streaming down the page. Look at the blog post explaining the site though and you’ll see there’s a lot more going on here. It’s an attempt to improve on the fabulous half-human/half-machine edited tech news site Techmeme. Specifically, by limiting the areas of editorial coverage to startups, technology and features – excluding a lot of financial news, hardware and maybe enterprise stuff. Just like Calacanis’s tech news site Launch helps pull in traffic that converts to promotion of his startup conference Launch, so too will this new tech aggregator serve as content marketing for other money-making business concerns. In the meantime…what a lot of fun! European news editor Robin Good used to write all the time about a concept he called Newsmastering. How many of these can prove as awesome as Techmeme?
Prismatic Architecture - Using Machine Learning on Social Networks to Figure Out What You Should Read on the Web This post on Prismatic’s Architecture is adapted from an email conversation with Prismatic programmer Jason Wolfe. What should you read on the web today? Any thoroughly modern person must solve this dilemma every day, usually using some occult process to divine what’s important in their many feeds: Twitter, RSS, Facebook, Pinterest, G+, email, Techmeme, and an uncountable numbers of other information sources. Jason Wolfe from Prismatic has generously agreed to describe their thoroughly modern solution for answering the “what to read question” using lots of sexy words like Machine Learning, Social Graphs, BigData, functional programming, and in-memory real-time feed processing. The result is possibly even more occult, but this or something very much like it will be how we meet the challenge of finding interesting topics and stories hidden inside infinitely deep pools of information. A couple of things stand out about Prismatic. Stats Platform Data Storage and IO Services Data Ingest - Backend
The ins and outs of Instapaper It’s easy to take simple, powerful tools for granted. Turns out I started using Instapaper back in 2008, when the service was quite young and you didn’t have nearly the options you do today. Back then, I’d scour the web looking for stories to write up, and save them to Instapaper instead of Delicious because I didn’t need to keep them forever, just until I wrote up whatever piqued my interest at that moment. What is Instapaper and why use it? So what is Instapaper? Note that Instapaper is for reading specific articles. Marco Arment, the creator of Instapaper, subtly hints at the long form angle throughout the Instapaper website, although it is most powerfully reflected in a curated portion of Instapaper, which we’ll get to in a bit. Using Instapaper, the basics First of all, you may have read what Instapaper does and immediately dismissed it. Using the Add button in your queue, you can paste in a link, name it and add a little description if you like. Instapaper workflow example
Never Lose Another Link: The Uber-Geek's Guide to Reading Online One problem that people who live online do not have is a dearth of reading material at their fingertips. This should be the most exciting era in the history of reading, yet humankind's favorite leisure activity is mired in an ever-expanding swamp of unread links, forgotten URLs, buttons and bookmarklets. So I've hacked together a half dozen tools into a method for managing reading madness. Here it is, in three easy steps. Step 1. Browsing The number-one problem I didn’t know I had with online reading was keeping track of everything I started to read, whether or not I finished it. I track this using Reading.am. I don’t post everything. Step 2. When and where I actually do the reading depends on what device I’m using and what time of day it is. Reading Immediately Unlike every other nerd, apparently, I’m still a big RSS user. If I’m reading something immediately on the desktop, my preference is to read the article directly in the browser. Reading Later Step 3: Sharing & Archiving Sharing