Feeling Like a Curator? Become One with Scoop.it

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There's a new website for the topically obsessed. It's called scoop.it. It's currently in beta and you have to ask for an invitation to use it. But they gave me an invite, so I don't think they are turning down people.

Scoop.it lets you pick a topic, and then helps you search all the usual sources for news and blog posts about your topic. You can add your own list of sources to search. When you see something you like in the suggested content coming in from those searches, you click a button to add it to your topic page.

I wanted to curate news about HTML5. I know – I'm such a nerd. But that's my topic, for better or for worse. It took me just a few minutes to sort through the suggestions, and add a list of additional places with material I wanted to curate. Here's the new HTML5 News page I now curate.

HTML5 News on scoop.it

You can also use scoop.it to follow the people who are following the topics you're interested in to create your own 'magazine' from everything they curate. If you find other people's topics and you don't want to use scoop.it to create a magazine format just for you, any topic can be followed in a reader using RSS.

If other people follow your topic, they can interact with you, leave comments, share and 'rescoop' your story. Here's a close up of one post on my page, with the comments box open.

scoop.it individual post options

You aren't limited to one topic. Look at all the topics Beth Kanter is curating. And she's following several other people's topics.

Check out Judy O'Connell's Topics. Or, how about Kim Moccia's topics? Maybe you'd like Esther Lombardi's topics.

Once you have your topic set up, you check in every day or two to see if any new suggestions have popped into your dashboard. Mine looks like this.

my scoop.it dashboard

The What's New section of the dashboard is where newly found articles would appear. Mine is all cleaned out in this image, because I recently went through everything to set up my topic. New suggestions can quickly be discarded or used.

There are other places to do similar kinds of content curation. Twitter lists and paper.li or Bitly Bundles are sort of similar. Tumblr and Posterous can be used to curate content about a topic.

Will scoop.it rise above the pack to become "the" way to curate and collect information on a topic. What do you think?

Virginia DeBolt, BlogHer Section Editor for Tech
Virginia blogs at Web Teacher and First 50 Words.


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