As the web becomes more and more inundated with blogs, videos, tweets, status updates, news, articles, and countless other forms of content, “information overload” is something we all seem to suffer. It is becoming more difficult to weed through all the “stuff” out there and pluck out the best, most share-worthy tidbits of information, especially if your topic is niche. Let’s face it, Google definitely has its shortcomings when it comes to content curation and the more it tries to cater to all audiences, the less useful it becomes.
The demand for timely, relevant content that is specific to our unique interests and perspectives has given rise to a new generation of tools that aim to help individuals and companies curate content from the web and deliver it in a meaningful way. These new tools range from simple, application-specific types such as social media aggregators and discovery engines, to more complex, full-blown publishing solutions for organizations.
Here’s a look at over 30 content curation tools (mostly free, but some paid/professional tools as well) that will help you cut through the clutter of your information stream to find the gems. Each tool mentioned below has unique strengths, and none are exactly like any other. Whether you’re just looking to augment your personal blog with some free tools, or are seriously considering a paid content curation platform for your business, you’re likely to find a useful solution in the list below.
Phi Beta Iota: This is all very nice, but still lacking is something that integrates true cost information of every good and service such that citizen buycotts are enabled, and full transparency of all government, corporate, and non-profit spending so as to eradicate corruption and waste.