Curation involves a couple of skills. And these skills are useful, both in navigating online sources, and in assessing, selecting and engaging with sources of information more genrally.

Simply put, curation often involves selecting resources, then sifting them for relevance, usefulness and trustworthiness, and the creation of an artefact based on the resources which is then shared.

It can be something as simple as a list of links, tweets, videos or articles, culled from someone’s twitter feed or as complex as a finished project and presentation that’s based on resources culled from multiple platforms and built on to create something new, like a mini lecture, or digital story posted you youtube.

Tools for organising Twitter (and other media)

Scoop.it

Lets you grab content from the internet and pin it to a board, based on topic, and add your own comments. Think of it as a magazine you make by choosing content you like.

You can install scoop.it on your browser toolbar, and then you click the button, and it grabs the page, or tweet, and posts it to your scoop. A small box opens to let you add you comments on the piece – your criticisms, assessment, thoughts and ideas – which will be posted to the board too. Scoop will then display a snapshot of the page you grabbed, your headline, and the beginning of the comments. And you can click on the board to see the original article.

Like most curation tools, other people can link to your content, and when they do it will be attributed to you.

Scoop will also embed in wordpress blogs, and you can set it so that anything you scoop gets posted automatically to your twitter feed.

Storify

It’s covered in more details elsewhere.

Lets you collect posts from social media and collect them together on a page. You can add comments, and other people can also comment. Where scoop displays more as a magazine, storify displays as a story, that you footnote with your thoughts as you stitch it together.

Where scoop is good for gathering general materials together on a topic, and is maybe a little more shallow in nterms of how much you assess it, storify seems to give a little more depth and focus on specific issues, and lets you curate a little more deeply.

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Rebelmouse

 
My twitter shares on rebelmouse, Click on it to go to my Rebelmouse page

My twitter shares on rebelmouse, Click on it to go to my Rebelmouse page

Rebelmouse automatically collates anything you share on multiple social media into one place and page. I use it to collate my twitter shares – all the aricles, videos, photos and links I post on twitter.

It will collate from your Twitter Facebook, Instagram, Flickr, Google+ , Linkedin, Youtube and Tumblr accounts, as well as rss feeds from blogs.

Personally, I find Rebelmouse to be a useful tool for visualisation, and presentation, and keeping overall track of things I’ve shared, but for in depth curation, I tend to go with scoop, storify, or blogging, depending on the depth and breadth.

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