For those of us who are in the business of consolidating content that is relevant to our industry, scanning the web can get tedious. Finding relevant articles to share via our social networks, to curate for our next post or to gather ideas and research from takes a considerable amount of time. As fun as it is to stumble upon a cute cat video or a chubby kid letting loose on the dance floor, it’s still work.
I do subscribe to a number of email newsletters – I’ll scan through the headlines whilst downing my coffee in the morning. But, the lot of the content I curate comes via sources that streamline the process for me. There are tools! Alas, there are tools that serve as a one-stop shop for my content curation needs on the web. And well, since sharing means caring, here’s a list of my go-to sites for finding what I need in one spot:
Feedly is my loyal, steadfast friend when it comes to finding content on the web. It’s a news aggregator application that runs on multiple browsers and works on mobile devices that run iOS or Android. I have the app on my phone and look to it while I’m waiting in line for a movie, coffee, to renew my vehicle, etc. I also have it on my desktop.
It compiles news feeds from numerous online sources and allows you to categorize blogs you follow according to topic. You can save articles to read later and it also lets you share the articles via Twitter and Facebook directly.
Rather than visiting each individual blog to find a headline that scratches your itch, Feedly lists all the headlines for all the blogs you follow in one spot. It’s amazing really. Check it out. You won’t regret it, I promise.
Buzz Sumo is the cool kid’s tool when it comes to scouring the web for what is trending on social networks. Although Twitter and Facebook incorporate trending features on their platforms, BuzzSumo gathers that information, plus monitoring Linked In, Google+, and Pinterest. It then ranks the content out there on the web based on the number of social shares articles receive in real time. It’s great for staying on top of what’s popular in your given industry and it also categorizes trending content in an easy to navigate manner.
If you’re hoping to jump on a trending bandwagon and put out content that is all the rage to optimize your SEO endeavors, Buzz Sumo’s just the tool to help you out.
Pocket is a wonderful tool that puts all the content you find ad hoc on the web - into a pocket! It lets you store all the interesting articles, images, inforgraphics, and videos you find on the web in one place. Instead of sending yourself a bunch of emails with links to the things you find relevant or having a cluttered bookmark list, Pocket lets you keep all the goods you’ve curated in the same spot and lets you categorize it according to tags.