How To

Content Curation with Twitter and MyCurator

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Twitter is probably the most widely used content distribution system on the internet.  Wherever content is published, it usually ends up on twitter.  Keeping up with this manually is becoming ever harder.  How much time do you spend reviewing all the tweets of those you follow, twitter lists and hashtag searches?

Automated Content Discovery with Twitter

With MyCurator, you can turn the twitter stream into another source, just like an RSS feed from a blog or Google alerts.  The key is tapping into the twitter search capability.  You enter the keywords you want to search for, and MyCurator will grab every tweet that contains those keywords.

The actual tweet is short, so not much information there.  The trick is to search it for an article link.  With an article link, MyCurator can follow it back to the original source.  Now that tweet has turned into an article or blog post that MyCurator can process like any other.

The new article will be processed through all of the keyword filters in your Topic, and then classified using the Relevance engine.  If it makes it through filtering, it shows up on your Training page like any other post, classified as good, bad or not sure.  Now you can curate the content through your normal process.

 Set Up in the MyCurator Plugin

To set up a twitter search, choose the News or Twitter menu item from the MyCurator menu in the dashboard.  From this page you can create a Google news feed or a Twitter search.  Click the Radio Button next to the Twitter Search Feed? entry.  Now enter a name for your feed.

You enter your search keywords as you would any other search.  Use spaces between keywords and it will not matter where they show up in the tweet.  If you put quotes around keywords, then they are a phrase and must show up exactly as entered (no other words between them).  You can also enter hashtags as a keyword.

Each tweet has only 140 characters, so the more keywords you add the fewer tweets you will find that have all of those keywords.  It is usually best to focus on one or two keywords, one phrase or one hashtag.  You can create multiple twitter search feeds, each targeting a focused set of tweets.

Finally, you choose with Link Category this search feed is assigned to.  Remember that a Link Category is assigned to a Topic, so when you choose your link category, you are also deciding which Topic this source will feed.

That’s it!  You will start seeing articles showing up on your Training page as MyCurator runs in the background.

New MyCurator Plugin Features

With version 1.3.1 we will be adding the feature to follow a twitter account.  In the keyword section, just enter the twitter username, such as @tgtinfo.  Only one account may be followed per Twitter search feed you create.


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