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How Content Curation can make you a Better Writer

Content curation can be a great way to overcome ‘content famine’ on your site! View our Reno Tahoe WordCamp Presentation that covers the elements of content curation and how its regular practice can build content for your site. An even bigger benefit is that regular content curation can lead you to feel more comfortable or become better at writing your own posts and articles from scratch.

Think of content curation as a self study course in writing.  Here are the key elements from the presentation:

  • Disciplined, regular discovery of articles, authors and writing examples
  • Start with ‘reactions’ to practice writing your opinions and ideas
  • Expand to longer comments and opinions as you gain confidence
  • Feedback from your community and the wider web to judge progress
  • Curation can lead to more and better original content for your blog or site

You can view just the slides at Slideshare.net

 

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Is Content Curation Legal?

As content curation and aggregation grow, questions about legality, ethics, copyright and fair use continue to swirl about it.  Is content curation plagiarism?  Is content aggregation stealing?  These and other headlines testify to the murkiness surrounding curation and aggregation on the web.  I think this is fundamentally due to the disruptive nature of curation and aggregation on physical media.

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Replacing Google Alerts with Twitter Searches

Now that Google has discontinued the ability to receive Google alerts as an RSS feed, the search is on for alternatives.  We have been using Talkwalker as a direct substitute, see our post about Moving to Talkwalker.

Another alternative is to use Twitter as an ‘alert’ mechanism.  In fact, in many ways Twitter can be a better alert source than Google Alerts were.   Read more “Replacing Google Alerts with Twitter Searches”