Start the Week – 7 November 2011

Content curation appears to be all the rage at the moment, so I thought it would be good to highlight a couple of sites offering that service.

First up is Paper.li which let you create a daily ‘newspaper’ sort of site which gleans content from your Twitter and Facebook feeds, as well as from RSS. To me it has some pretty serious drawbacks, in that you have little control over the content that appears in your paper. It also has set categories of news, e.g. sport, entertainment. It is often hard to deduce why a particular story has made it into a particular section. That said, it is very easy to set up.

Far more impressive, for me at least, is Scoop.it. This ahs been in private Beta for a while but is now open to all. It is a bit of a hybrid between older bookmarking type services like Digg, but collects your ‘scooped’ content in a publicly accessible page containing all your curated content. Scooping is done via a nice bookmarklet, or from suggested content glean from Twitter and other sources matching keywords you suggest. It is not perfect, but is surely the best option at this point.

On a related note, I have just discovered Hypothes.is. It is not actually up and running yet, but hopefully will be soon (with help from some crowd financing). Hypothes.is bills itself as ‘an open-source, community-moderated, distributed platform for sentence-level annotation of the Web’ which sounds great to me! I could say more, but there is loads more information on their site. I’m sure they can explain it much better than I can!

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