Paper.li and Tweeted Times Pioneer Twitter-Based Curated Content They said print publishing was dead and that the newest mode of media was in the digital sector. It’s true that media has shifted from the hands of publishing giants to digital nomads from traditional names down to remote bloggers with cult-like followings. But what no one really expected was the next step…newspapers 2.0.
9 content curation tools that better organise the web Content curation is a huge deal on the web today. As content on the web grows exponentially, our ability to make sense of it is inversely proportional. In other words, we are fast sinking under the sheer amount of content pouring onto the web every day. Meta! Here’s how Storify looks telling the story of Storify At the TechCrunch Disrupt conference this week, one of the new tools to emerge — besides, that is, Lark, the new app that wakes you “silently, without a jarring alarm” — was Storify. Founded by Burt Herman (a former AP reporter and founder of the journotech meetup group Hacks/Hackers) and developer/entrepreneur Xavier Damman, the platform promises a new way to leverage the real-time power of social media for creating stories. It’s doubling down on the increasingly common assumption that the future of news will demand curation on the part of news producers. How does it work? With the caveat that the platform’s still in closed beta, it seems only appropriate to write the rest of this story using Storify. Conclusion?
Topsy - Real-time search for the social web With iOS 9, Search lets you look for content from the web, your contacts, apps, nearby places, and more. Powered by Siri, Search offers suggestions and updates results as you type. There are two ways to use Search on your iOS device. Quick Search Drag down from the middle of the Home screen and type what you're looking for. The Economics of Dropbox Dropbox's recent 25 million user milestone got me thinking about the economics behind the company and what it would take for them to be profitable. Given that Dropbox uses Amazon Web Services as their hosting platform, along with S3 for document storage, some rough cost figures are fairly easy to come by. After all, we know the company has 25m users and each free user gets 2 GB worth of data. The trick however is S3's charges are based on used data, not committed data so the big question mark is how much space does the average free user consume. This can be quite a large spread as my free account actually has 4 GB (thanks to many referrals), with about 2.5 GB used, while others I know use only ~10% of their 2GB account. Similarly we know that Dropbox uses deduplication to prevent duplicate storage of files and of course its effectiveness depends on the uniqueness of the average file being uploaded.
Tactics for Content Re-Use You might have realised how resource intensive content creation is. There is no hope for economies of scale, unfortunately. However, there are a few things you can do to reduce the costs of content. Content Curation Tools from Mass Relevance 74 Flares Twitter 37 Facebook 5 StumbleUpon 0 Google+ 8 LinkedIn 5 inShare5 Buffer 5 Reddit 0 Pin It Share 14 14 Email -- Email to a friend 74 Flares × Some of you may be asking what content curation is. There’s a ridiculous volume of content being published on the web via Twitter, Facebook, blogs, news, YouTube and other mediums. The curator attributes and skills What skills do I need to have if I want to be an effective real-time news curator? Can I just pick the best headlines and links on my topic of interest or do I need to do know / do more? What makes a great news curator stand out from those who do automatic aggregation or from bloggers who create simple news stories lists? Photo credit: thesuperph In the previous parts of this Guide to Real-Time News Curation I have looked at what are the key problems giving way to the emergence of real-time news curation, at the differences between automatic aggregation and filtering and human-powered manual curation.
30 Twitter Search Alternatives & Tools (Editors note: With the sad demise to Topsy on the 15th of December, we thought it a pretty good time to update our list of alternative tools for searching Twitter. The original was written back in April 2010 by Tad Chef, and sadly, it’s not just Topsy from our original list of 30 alternatives that has since disappeared or stopped being updated). Back in 2010, Twitter added a mechanic to it’s then creaky search mechanism that added the most popular tweets as well as the latest, but it’s fair to say it didn’t impress. So, we collated 30 of our favourite Twitter search tools as a handy reference.
Is your website slow? Find out the stylish way with Stella 23 February '11, 01:52pm Follow If you ever encounter a slow-loading website, it can be frustrating trying to work out what’s caused the problem. Stella is a great tool for testing out a site’s health – either as a one-off checkup or for ongoing monitoring – and it manages to throw a rather stylish look into the mix too. Simply enter any URL into Stella’s checkup tool and it will run a speed test to check exactly where any bottlenecks might be.
Integrating Disqus Into WordPress The comment infrastructure of WordPress is pretty neat and satisfactory for many, but if you need your commenters to connect to your website with social media accounts like Facebook, Twitter, Google and such, you have to install plugins that provide this functionality. Or you could just use Disqus. Disqus is a comment system that provides nearly every authentication API including Facebook, Twitter, Google, Yahoo and OpenID. Plus, you can log in with your Disqus credentials (which lets you follow every conversation on every site you commented on) or simply just comment with a name and an e-mail address. There is an easy way to integrate Disqus into WordPress: You just register a new Disqus account and install the WordPress plugin. It even synchronizes with your native WordPress comments, so you don't have to worry about your existing comments.