Use Scoop.it! To Collect & Share Online Content You Like On A Custom-Themed Site

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scoopit   Use Scoop.it! To Collect & Share Online Content You Like On A Custom Themed SiteOften, I come across websites that re-publish or link to my articles here on MakeUseOf. This is how I discovered Scoop.it!  Scoop.it! is a curation platform that enable users to collect news, articles, and other sources found on the net, and share them on a custom-themed Scoop.it! site. It’s like bookmarking articles on Delicious, but with a more visual and online magazine-like format.

The Setup

Most Scoop.it! sites consist of 10 or more recently published articles linked from the net. Each linked article consist of a leading image and lead paragraph, similar to the layout here on MakeUseOf’s front page. All articles posted on Scoop.it! are linked to the original source where they were scooped.

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As a curator of a Scoop.it! page you can manually add the articles you want to share on the page, as well as allow Scoop.it!’s search engine to pull and post suggested content from various sources on the net.

Scoop.it! has free, expert, and business plans. As a curation site, Scoop.it! can be useful in a number of ways, including collecting and sharing your own original content spread throughout the web, or for promoting your business or area of expertise. The free option does have some significant limitations, but there are enough free features to make your page look interesting.

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For the purposes of the article, I started a Scoop.it! page to host many of the articles I’ve written on the topic of iPhone photography. The setup was easy and there are a few easy-to-use features that enable you to populate your page very quickly.

Curating Sources

To register and create a Scoop.it! page, you need to select a topic and provide your profile information.

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Many popular topics have already been scooped up on Scoop.it!, but in searching and viewing similar sites, you may decide to offer a different niche or collection of sources for your chosen topic.

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Scoop.it! can use its search engine to search various sources – like Google News, Digg, YouTube, Twitter – for content related to your topic. Searches are based on site description and the keywords you add.

When Scoop.it! delivers your suggested content, you can decide to Discard, Scoop.it! (add it) or Remove the Source all together. This curation process is automatic, but it may take some time for you get an initial collection of suggestions.

Scoop.it! Bookmarklet

The first Scoop.it! suggestions I received were not specific enough to my iPhone photography topic, so I basically added content I’ve produced here on MakeUseOf.

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So far, I found the best way to get a quality Scoop.it! page is to manually add articles. Since you’re an expert on the topic, you are better able than the search engines to know which articles should be shared and promoted.

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Scoop.it!’s web browser bookmarklet makes it very easy to manually add content. When you come across an article you want to add to your Scoop.it! site, you simply click the bookmarklet, and it will grab the title, first paragraph, and images from the article. You can select which image you would like to be displayed in the summary box on your Scoop.it! page.

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Bookmarking an article only takes a few seconds, but if you want search engines like Google to find your Scoop.it! links, you should definitely add tags to each article you scoop.

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You should and can write your own content for your Scoop.it! page. Your post might be a simple introduction to the articles listed on the page, or it might cover an aspect of your topic that no one else has written about.

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Promoting Your Scoop.it!

As with any other website, if you want it to be viewed, you will have to promote it, using of course social networks, as well as linking your Scoop.it! site in your and others’s websites. Like YouTube, Scoop.it! provides a feature for creating a Scoop.it! widget for your page that can be embedded into your blog or company website.

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Mobile Scoop.it!

Scoop.it! also provides free mobile iPhone and Android apps that essentially work the same as their desktop web client. You can approve suggestions for posting and add content via the smartphone’s web browser bookmarklet.

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Though the premium plans for Scoop.it! provide many more options, including Google Analytics, topic branding and domain hosting, the free plan is a great way to develop a magazine-style site especially if you don’t have the time to write a lot of content yourself.

Let us know what you think of Scoop.it!. Do you currently use it? If so, share your page with us and our other readers.

For a few other ideas about sharing content on the net, check out “3 Web Tools to Collect and Share Bundles of Interesting Links and “Bundlr – Easily Collect and Share (Cool) Stuff You Find Online On A Single Page.”

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tom

I just tried it, didn’t really like it, the bookmarklet didn’t put any links in my posts and only shows a small amount of the content. There is no option to import posts from rss or to automatic import posts from website. Transparent pngs are not supported in profile images ect…

Marc Rougier

Hello Tom

I’m from the Scoop.it team. I’m not sure to understand your sentence “didn’t put any links in y posts”? If you encountered a bug, we want to fix it! (the bookmarklet is used by millions of users without any problem, I hope we can fix it rapidly for you!).

Otherwise: you can import posts from RSS of course. As well as from Facebook, Twitter, Youtube, Google, Digg and other sources, which you can tune to your needs: this is in Curate > Manage > Manage Source.

Also, yes the system extracts only a small part of the content: this is required to respect the author right: the extract tells your readers what the post is about and invites your readers to go to the original content if they want to read the full article. And you are free, as a curator, to add text to the selected post (curation is about selecting and sharing, but also about editing, adding a personal touch, perspective or context).

The purpose is to make it easy for your to find content, select it, edit it and share it – and help you edit a great looking magazine. I thank you for your feed back : we need to keep improving and your feed back is important to us!

@Bakari: thanks much for your comprehensive post on Scoop.it. Glad the tool is useful to you :-)

Bakari Chavanu

“yes the system extracts only a small part of the content: this is required to respect the author right: the extract tells your readers what the post is about and invites your readers to go to the original content if they want to read the full article.”

Thanks for pointing this out, Marc. It’s really important that articles get linked back to the original poster, especially if the writer is writing to make an income.

And thanks for giving your feedback to the poster’s concerns. It’s always good to hear from the developers or the people associated with the sites or apps we write about. Feel free to correct anything that I might not have gotten right.

D. A. Wolf

“Especially if the writer is writing to make an income…”

Are you kidding me?

It seems to me this is yet one more way for so-called marketers to make a buck off the work of others who are not necessarily making any $$ from their writing – though it is we – who create original content, purchase images, spend hundreds of hours on research and writing – make nothing.

Your statement is ignorant at best.

To me ‘content curation” is little more than grabbing up and diluting quality content produced by others – whether or not they are generating income from it.

Zak

So… Mr/Ms Wolf, do you offer up the same diatribe over at Huffington Post every time they “curate” a story? How about Fox, CNN, the Drudge Report? How about any of the thousands of solo journalist bloggers? All of which are making money on their sites as curators from banners, adsense, etc. If you’re going to put content out into the public then throw a tantrum when it gets “curated,” then maybe you need to put it in a membership site as premium content. If anyone is being ignorant, its you.

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Bakari Chavanu

The bookmarklet didn’t provide a links back to your posts? Or you referring to something else? Thanks for your other feedback. Those features might something the developers could consider.

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PeterLakeman

Scoop-it is really great. I also discovered it a few maonth ago. The paid version is even better. I really needed the paid stuff, but…….. to expensive.
So I looked around and found a wordpress solution that I use now. It looks almost the same as scoop it but now I own my items and I now have menu’s on top of my page. Also side widgets with separate info, analytics, advertisements etc.
Please have a look at my site at: http://www.socialmedia.peterlakeman.nl
On the bottom of my site is a also link where to download the theme for WordPress.
I really love my scoop-it alternative!!

Bakari Chavanu

Peter, thanks for the link and suggestion. Both sites do look similar. So Socialmedia is your site, but you used a WordPress theme to collect the content?

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Alex Olariu

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