ScoopIt as a Curation Tool
22 August 2011 2 Comments
Several of my Twitter follows started using ScoopIt as a curation tool for web pages and presenting the link collections as a collage of adjacent tiles each of which shows a suitable image and a headline. ScoopIt is currently in beta but it did not take long to receive and invitation.
Immediately I liked the simple bookmarklet for capturing web pages and the effective integration with the major social networks. As is only to be expected you can share any collection you create under a suitable topic and explore other curation topics created by others. Anyone can suggest additional links for a curation topic, and for your own topic you can decide whether to add the suggestions or not. Key page links from other topics can be rescooped into your own topics which is a handy feature and another measure of popularity.
The stats feature gives you an indication of how popular your curation topics become. I initially chose four topics to curate:
- Cloud Apps
- Education Gallimaufry
- Technology Gallimaufry
[I was hunting in the thesaurus for an interesting word for a collection and became hooked on gallimaufry as you can see.]
- As of this writing my stats look like:
- The blue columns show the page links I have added to one or more curation topics and the cumulative line graph shows accesses by others. Unsurprisingly Cloud Apps is my most popular curation topic.
- Apparently my efforts have earned me the right to invite others to ScoopIt but I don’t come close to my favourite topic of all which is future school by Steve Wheeler – he’s well into the thousands for views.