New “Blogging” Tool – Scoop.it
There’s a new tool in town called Scoop.it. In essence you pick your topic/title (if available) and then you put in search terms which the system uses – which means as it scans social media streams so the results will only be as good as the terms you put in.
You “curate” the posts – keeping or deleting as desired. You can add your own posts, put in specific sites or places you want Scoop.it to search (such as your blog) and you’re off to the races.
Added info from Marc on the Scoop.it team:
in addition you can also scoop any content directly while browsing the web (with a bookmarklet: a button you can install in your browser tool bar); and anyone can also suggest posts for you to accept or not into your topic(s) (this is the collaborative touch). You have control over you topic: if you want, you can edit each post, move posts arounds, change the pics, background, etc, so as to get a really personal end-result. And of course you can share each post individually or the whole media on Twitter and Facebook.
Thanks for the added info, Marc!
What I like about Scoop.it
It’s intuitive, and easy peasy to use. I’d estimate if you spent 10 minutes or less per day curating you could keep it fresh. It allows someone who wants to do a blog style site to do one, without actually having to blog. A good addition to a traditional website so a company could have something which has that blog feel. Ideally you’d want to preview each resource before you scoop it so you know you’re offering your readers good value per visit.
Scoop.it is still in beta so if you go to the site you’ll have to request an invitation. If you’re curious and want to try it out, here are the links to the Scoop.it pages I just started – you can see the potential for topic specific pages:
- Blogging Tips
- Creativity Tips
- Twitter Tips
- Facebook Tips
- Copywriting Tips
- Google Tips
- Event Marketing
Ideas on How to Use Scoop.it
If you decide to try scoop.it out, either as a stand along blog or incorporated into your current blog/blogs/website, I’d love to hear your ideas on how you’re using this tool so please share in comment section. Here’s one I thought of:
As a resource for workshop attendees. This week I had the privilege of co-running a social media workshop for Calfest. Prior to the event I created the event marketing scoop.it page and promised to keep it current for one year as my “giveaway” to attendees. This gives them a Twittering resource (ideas to Tweet about) and an ongoing resource for event marketing ideas and unlike a handout it won’t become obsolete.
For all you bloggers – if you have a blog that fits into one of my topics above, please give me the url in comments section and I’ll make sure I add it as a scoop.it resource for that topic. Good for linkbacks!
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