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Content curation in less than 6 minutes a day

Steady, smart content curation can help grow the number of return visitors you have to your online group and encourage higher participation.

You can do this by filtering out all the rubbish and showing your group members all the good stuff.

In exchange, they start paying more attention to your group and are more likely to participate and contribute good stuff themselves.

This is a step-by-step look at how I do my daily content curation. Nothing fancy:

You can even read a recent blog showing the slides used in a recent webinar for the Online Facilitators Community by Steve Dale on Content Curation.

Less time than it takes to make a cup of tea?

Can you content curate in less time that it takes to make a cup of tea.  I believe you can.

As the Telegraph has mentioned “Scientists have discovered that the key to the best tasting brew is to let it sit for six minutes before drinking.”



I did all of these things once, to get my toolset in order:

  • Set up Google Alerts using key words
  • Set up Feedly (Google Reader Alternative)
  • Set up Tweetdeck (Add Columns to include relevant hash tags e.g. #kmers = Knowledge Management)
  • Set up Scoop It with a theme (Install the Scoop it bookmarklet to my browser)

Add my favourite blogs, news feeds and anything interesting from Google Alerts into Feedly

This should take about 30 minutes and is a one of thing.


Making Sense (Morning)

Review my Feedly / Google Reader list.

  • If a headline looks interesting, I read the story.
  • If I think my group will find it useful, I open the story in a separate browser window. The reason: You probably first read the post in Feedly / Google Reader. You need to view the article on the publishing web site for the next step.
  • Click the Scoop It bookmarklet


This will appear


Add an insight.  You can also post this to other social networks as well.


Making Sense (Afternoon)

Go to Tweetdeck and review the topics of discussion and links on the hashtags you follow.  If one really stands out or is getting a lot of retweets.  Open the tweet and if it is of interest use your scoop it bookmarket.




There’s a whole range of ways you can share all the great content you have curated.

Scoop it offers the option to embed a live stream which could be used in your Announcements, Wiki etc.

It also provides a RSS Feed which can be used in conjunction with Blastacasta to import the feed into the group

It also has a new addition of newsletters.  If you select Downlad as zip file and open this in a webpage.  You can copy this and add it to a Blog post.

But I prefer the old fashioned way.  Because this stimulates more conversation and return visits.  And that is to pick the best content and use it to stimulate a discussion.

6 minutes a day – that’s all it takes

Based on the work of Ian Laurie http://www.portent.com

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