30+ Cool Content Curation Tools for Personal & Professional Use As the web becomes more and more inundated with blogs, videos, tweets, status updates, news, articles, and countless other forms of content, “information overload” is something we all seem to suffer. It is becoming more difficult to weed through all the “stuff” out there and pluck out the best, most share-worthy tidbits of information, especially if your topic is niche. Let’s face it, Google definitely has its shortcomings when it comes to content curation and the more it tries to cater to all audiences, the less useful it becomes. The demand for timely, relevant content that is specific to our unique interests and perspectives has given rise to a new generation of tools that aim to help individuals and companies curate content from the web and deliver it in a meaningful way. These new tools range from simple, application-specific types such as social media aggregators and discovery engines, to more complex, full-blown publishing solutions for organizations. Comments(65)
Good resources for library website design I recently spoke to a local library co-op about designing user-centered library websites. In this post I thought I’d share the list of resources I compiled as part of that presentation. Below are some sites, blogs, books, articles, and tools that I have found useful in my own web design projects. They are organized into four areas: Usability – general usability resources.Library website design – resources for public and academic site design.Mobile site design – resources for library mobile site design.Accessibility – resources for designing for visually impaired users. The World Factbook The Office of Public Affairs (OPA) is the single point of contact for all inquiries about the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA). We read every letter, fax, or e-mail we receive, and we will convey your comments to CIA officials outside OPA as appropriate. However, with limited staff and resources, we simply cannot respond to all who write to us. Contact Information
Content Curation Tools For Web Surfers – Best Of Every day, you can find amazing content on the Web. Due to the multitudes of websites cropping up all over the online world, "information overload" is something we all seem to suffer from. It is easy to feel lost while searching for a particular piece of information you need, especially if you’re looking for a very specific subject. Hence, designers, web developers and the like are racing to come up with ways to present their bits of information so that users like you and me do not waste unnecessary time combing through irrelevant material. That’s where new curation tools come in.
Developing a Prototype Library WebApp for Mobile Devices Reviewing Loughborough University Library’s Web site statistics over a 12-month period (October 2011 – September 2012) showed a monthly average of 1,200 visits via mobile devices (eg smart phones and tablet computers). These visits account for 4% of the total monthly average visits; but plotting the percentage of visits per month from such mobile devices demonstrated over the period a steady increase, rising from 2% to 8%. These figures were supported by comparison with statistics from the Library’s blog, where, over the same period, there was also a steady increase in the percentage of visits from mobile devices. This increase was on a smaller scale than the Web site, rising from 0.5% up to 4%. Having identified this increase in the usage of mobile devices, it was decided to investigate ways to support mobile access more effectively. As part of this investigation, the Library's Systems Team undertook the development of a prototype mobile app.
Scoop This: A Comprehensive Guide to Scoop.it for Content Curation We’ve been hearing (and talking) a lot about curation and how helpful it can be for companies. As you all know, I’m sure, great content is one sure thing in today’s marketing arena; it takes the front seat to anything and everything else. When you do a search, what are you using? Content. When you look for the closest restaurant to eat, how do you search? You plug in content. 20+ Tools to Create Your Own Infographics A picture is worth a thousand words – based on this, infographics would carry hundreds of thousands of words, yet if you let a reader choose between a full-length 1000-word article and an infographic that needs a few scroll-downs, they’d probably prefer absorbing information straight from the infographic. What’s not to like? Colored charts and illustrations deliver connections better than tables and figures and as users spend time looking back and forth the full infographic, they stay on the site longer. Plus, readers who like what they see are more likely to share visual guides more than articles. While not everyone can make infographics from scratch, there are tools available on the Web that will help you create your very own infographics. In this article, we’re listing more than 20 such options to help you get your messages across to your readers, visually.
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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? Content Curation Tools: How to pick the right venue? 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? 2.The Organization – What does this tool offer in terms of organizing content once it has been identified?