5 Ways To Curate Content, Twit, File And Backup Relevant Information (Part 1)

Some of us twit a lot, may be for some of my followers a bit too much, but none can complain about twitting trivia. I don’t like trivia, especially irrelevant and non-entertaining rubbish! I  bear in mind however that not everyone is interested in topics such as Social Enterprise, Content Marketing, Social Media Strategy, Cloud Computing or Mobile Technology, which are the cause for so many changes in this technology threatening 21st century. Let’s concentrate on “content curation” and how to possibly prepare ourselves for this onslaught of information overload we all have to deal with! Content curation is vital in our Big Data age! How to manage? How can we address content curation with the support of digital technology? Let’s first start with the basics:

1. Open an account in a reader (Google or RSS Bandit)

If you do not yet own an RSS news-reader please do yourself a huge favor: invest time and create one right away! It’s going to positively and creatively change your information-life forever! Especially if you are a blogger or planning to become one! This perfect foundation will assist you in “cloud-filing” your personal content and information gold nuggets! I use Google Tools so please get a Google Email address or just go to your reader of preference and you are all ready to go.

2. Identify first hash key-words and links for your topics of interest

We first need to find buzzwords about our particular topic(s) of interest and folks could we ever hope for a better tool than Twitter? Any topic of news is to be found on Twitter: the news “trend setter” par excellence, where any information your crowd of interest is “talking about” is guaranteed to be found. For this purpose please consider this first real time trendy twitter tool from Dan Zarella’s (@danzarrella) superb TweetCharts.com.

This tool will give you all the key words connected in this case to @brunogebarski and the topics I have been twitting about for the last week or so as well as the links connected to them, which will grant you a reliable start for curating relevant info.

3. Identify key or hash key-words with “Whathashtag”

The second tool that provides “in real time” info is “Whathashtag” from our Spanish neighbors: a brilliant little app that returns all Twitter key-words attached to a specific hash-keyword search, in this case: ContentCuration returning spelling, wording and frequency + the extra flexibility to click and land “in real time” in the twitter feed of your choice: a fabulous treasure of information.

4. Create Google Alerts with your key words

A Google Alert can be set up by adding to your search with Boolean terms such as “AND” or “OR”, which will have to be capitalized. In this alert it is easy to see how different words have been connected to each other: I opted for all results or “as it happens” and decided to receive the alert as a feed directly into my Google Reader.

5. Create RSS Feeds with Twitter lists or specific Twitter account(s) you want to follow:

Please refer to my previous three blog articles, which have been well researched and will give you roughly 30 other ways of creating all sorts of RSS feeds:

Part two will be posted a few days from now: Stay tuned for more info and please get in touch with me at @brunogebarski for any comment or suggestion: looking forward to your input!

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