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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?

3 Tools to Track Youtube Popular Videos Ah, YouTube…I have lost track of the number of hours I have blissfully wasted on that site. Even when I know there is something I need to get done, and I am anxious about doing it by the deadline, I still find myself on there. It is the lure of stupid music videos and clips of cats doing human things. What is Content Curation? What is Content Curation? Content Curation is the act of discovering, gathering, and presenting digital content that surrounds specific subject matter. Though it is still considered a "buzz word" by many in the content world, content curation is now becoming a marketing staple for many companies with a successful online presence. Unlike content marketing, content curation does not include generating content, but instead, amassing content from a variety of sources, and delivering it in an organized fashion. For instance, a content curator is not necessarily responsible for creating new content, but instead, for finding relevant content pertaining to a specific category and funneling this information to readers in a mash-up style. Who Are the Content Curators?

David Foster Wallace on Writing, Death, and Redemption by Maria Popova “You don’t have to think very hard to realize that our dread of both relationships and loneliness … has to do with angst about death, the recognition that I’m going to die, and die very much alone, and the rest of the world is going to go merrily on without me.” On May 21, 2005 David Foster Wallace took the podium at Kenyon College and delivered the now-legendary This Is Water, one of history’s greatest commencement addresses — his timeless meditation on the meaning of life and the grueling work required in order to stay awake to the world rather than enslaved by one’s own self-consuming intellect. It included this admonition: Think of the old cliché about “the mind being an excellent servant but a terrible master.”

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."

5 Powerful WordPress Plugins to Help Prevent Content Theft In this post you’re going to learn about the different ways in which your blog content is been stolen without attribution for the benefit of others and which plugins you can use to stop it. The unfortunate truth of being a blogger and content publisher is that there are a select group of people that constantly rip off our content, display it as their own and give us no attribution for our hard work. Before I go any further I want to be clear; I’m not talking about syndication here which is not a problem in my eyes providing attribution is provided along with a link back to the source. I’m talking blatant content theft where individuals scrape RSS feeds for new content and then publish it without attribution and publish it on their own properties (sometimes even spinning it into something that looks like a 5 year old wrote it). WordPress Plugins to help Prevent Content Theft

Real-Time News Curation - The Complete Guide Part 4: Process, Key Tasks, Workflow I have received a lot of emails from readers asking to illustrate more clearly what the actual typical tasks of a news curator are, and what are the tools that someone would need to use to carry them out. In Part 4 and 5 of this guide I am looking specifically at both the workflow, the tasks involved as well as at the attributes, qualities and skills that a newsmaster, or real-time news curator should have. 1. Identify NicheIdentify your specific topic-theme. The more specific, the better. The broader your coverage the less relevant it will be to your readers, unless you are already a very popular individual that people trust on a number od different topics. Free Photos - Top Sites to Find Free Photos to Use on Your Blog Finding free photos to use on your blog that don't have stringent copyright restrictions can be challenging. The following five websites offer free photos that bloggers can download to use on their blogs. Make sure you check the copyright restrictions on any photos you use on your blog. Some of the free photos on these sites could require you to provide attribution (which you should do anyway), notify the photographer of your use of their photo or more. Always follow the copyright and creative commons licensing rules related to any photo you use on your blog and obtain any necessary permissions. 1.

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. Sometimes too much so: a quick check for information can turn into an endless link clicking session.