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Task: Tools of the Trade

As more content curation tools are being released, will you use a free application, a paid service, or a combination of tools?

Some content curation tools have great built in aggregation, and some make it easy to share across different platforms. 

Pearltrees features automated sharing on Facebook and Twitter, bookmarklet extension to make it easier to curate content you come across on the web, and you can visually organize your collections.'s built in content aggregator searches through tons of sources everyday. It also has a bookmarklet so you can curate, or "scoop," webpages. The free version of allows you to curate up to 5 topics and easily share "scooped" stories on Facebook, Tumblr, Wordpress, and other sites. 

Don't overlook Pinterest's pinboards or applications like Tweetdeck for Twitter based curation.

Web Advantage has curated a list of over 30 content curation tools, compare features and sign up for a service.

What service, or services are you going to be begin with? 

Task Discussion

  • odonlife said:

    For the initial stage of the curation I will most likely use a WordPress blog or something along these lines to create a listing of all the available sources.  From here I would like to expand the list into categories.  Then I will focus on the most sought after categories and try to add these images directly to Scholar Commons, our institutional repository.  From here I will link these images to an active campus map.  The end goal is to allow users to see a timeline of images in a particular location on campus.

    on Aug. 19, 2014, 12:58 p.m.
  • v4lent1na said:

    I use a combination of Feedly, Digg and Digg Reader, Pocket, Kippt and Flipboard.

    These are my tools for content curation.

    on Aug. 3, 2013, 4:15 p.m.
  • Forsure Yunome said:



    Gephi, Gapminder and fusion tables

    on May 7, 2013, 5:32 a.m.
  • Andy Crowe said:

    I'm going to give and storify a go. They are quite similar, had a little go with them already and feel like I need to re-assess my niche :D

    on Jan. 28, 2013, 3:23 a.m.
  • Leonie McGlashan said:

    I'm using Pearltrees to make a mindmap of web resources for science education.

    on Jan. 23, 2013, 4:55 a.m.
  • Luis said:

    I've recently found a new curating tool, which mixes concepts from mind mapping and curation tools. It also allows to collaborate with other people:

    The main advantage with respect other mind map tools is that this one allows cycles between concepts (nodes), so you can really tailor a network of concepts instead of just a tree.

    on Dec. 17, 2012, 5:40 a.m.

    Christopher Crawford said:

    thanks, I will check it out soon

    on Dec. 17, 2012, 6:19 a.m. in reply to Luis
  • Jim K said:

    I tried Diigo... but because I use different computers, different operating systems, I could not get along with it. No criticism of the product.. just me as a user.

    I have just installed Archify.

    I also use google bookmarks, but go annouyed with that when I accidently deleted all my bookmarks. Fortunately I had exported a copy, but there is no way to import the HTML list. Being locked to Google Chrome is annouying too.

    For collaborating and sharing ideas I tried MindMeister. My cohorts were not so IT savvie and it did not work.

    on Dec. 11, 2012, 10:37 p.m.
  • kgalls said:

    As I am familiar with Pinterest, I will be using Pinterest. However, I also want to try something new. I have been reading about PearlTrees and Diigo, and I want to give those a try.

    on Nov. 25, 2012, 2:16 p.m.
  • Natalie M said:

    I am curious about Pealtrees and will give that a try - though I will likely also continue to share some content via Twitter & FB. 

    on Nov. 8, 2012, 10:06 p.m.
  • Sheraz said:

    I'm personally a fan of Citelighter because not only does it save information into a single place, but allows me to save all bibliographic information. To go even further- on each article/passage I save, I can add notes/comments to it. 

    on Nov. 5, 2012, 4:14 p.m.

    Luis said:

    I guess you already know other alternatives for bibliographic management. In case you might not know other alternatives, you can also use Mendeley, and Zotero. They combine bibliographic storage as well as social network capabilities, so you can know what similar to you, are researching. In this way you can have the community working for you to keep you updated in the topics you follow (in a similar way to Delicious, but in this case focused on research).

    on Nov. 5, 2012, 5:57 p.m. in reply to Sheraz
  • Luis said:

    I think I'll use a combination of Delicious, Pearltrees and Instapaper.

    I'll use Instapaper as a repository to store those papers and documents I want to read later. Although I'm not sure if I'm going to use it in the future, since the features it offers can be already obtained by means of bookmarks in Google Chrome, once you set up automatic synchronization of Chrome between machines. The only missing feature would be sharing to social media, but that's also easily obtainable.


    Delicious and Pearltrees are two tools that I already use. Delicious can be used to easily discover new content. Pearltrees offers an interesting interface to store and discover new sources and, lastly, they seem to have improved it (at least it seems more usable in terms of speed).


    I've reviewd the list of curation tools offered by the linked article. From the 60 tools (30 in the linked article and 30 more from a second part that can be fetched from the former article), only 5 convinced me to pay a closer attention: Bundlr, BagToWeb,, Diigo and StoryCrawler. From these, StoryCrawler I was unable to open a new account a use it. So I can't really assess its usefulness.

    BagToWeb, from my point of view, does not offer features beyond what Delicious or any curation tool that provides tags to create a folksonomy. The most interesting feature is linking bags, but that can be also obtained with tags, although the metaphor of bags is more user-friendly to understand how to classify things.

    Bundlr is pretty interesting. Similar to delicious, it has a nice front-end and a visually appealing way to present content. It also offers you the possibility to know how many people have visited your bundle.

    Finally,, which I think it has interesting features, although I couldn't see how these could help me.

    on Nov. 1, 2012, 1:35 p.m.
  • firewire2879 said:

    I think I'm going to use bag the web because it creates a  bag  to collect, publish, and share any content from the Web. You can share bags. I am going to use pininterest for images since I already have an account with them. I amy use tweetdeck too.

    Topic " best places to take fall foliage pictures on the east coast"

    on Sept. 24, 2012, 9:34 p.m.

    Christopher Crawford said:

    I haven't checked out Bag The Web- check back in and let us know how you like it. Be sure to apply for the badge when you set up your curated list. Best, CC

    on Sept. 24, 2012, 10:40 p.m. in reply to firewire2879
  • Paula said:

    Hello everyone,


    I could not afford to have a paid service, so I just use the free versions of tools: for research themes; Pinterest for images I and some colleagues aggregate to use later for preparing presentations. I find Storify a useful tool for specific types of work (storytelling). Some users find Clipboard interesting, but I intend to try Bundlr instead. I didn’t get on very well with Pearltrees ;-)


    on July 16, 2012, 7:53 p.m.

    Christopher Crawford said:

    I didn't like Pearltrees either. has been my favorite, and I have been using Springpad some, it works like Pinterest, but has a couple a different features (not saying it is better, just slightly different).

    on July 18, 2012, 8:15 a.m. in reply to Paula
  • chinnan said:

    As I mentioned earlier, tumblr is my tool. Tumblr is already being a tool for many curations and my blog is specificlly addressing images, I find it fits my purpose. Also, I have restricted it image alone posts. This makes my blog exclusively read through images and invite a dialog of images.

    on July 5, 2012, 1:31 p.m.
  • katiebelle63 said:

    I have a account and am starting a account. 

    on June 19, 2012, 1:58 p.m.
  • fboss said:

    I have a account tied to my Twitter stream thatI like to browse through. It's tied to the Tweets that Irish educators use called #edchatie.

    When pulling together all of the Tweets from our Monday night, weekly discussions, I used a service called called Tweetchat originally, but now use a web-based service called chirpstory.

    In order to keep all of these recorded chat sessions in the one location I create PDFs of them and store them on a PBWorks Wiki. To keep a tally of when the page is viewed, I use another service called Delivr, which also creates a QR code and a short-link and gives me innumerable stats about those who access that particular page. would do similar.

    I do have accounts for some of the other services entioned in the article linked to above (and the further "30 more curation services article" too, but don't use them as much.

    I find I use services that comunicate back to me, more than I need to go to them. As I check email daily, an email reminder from a service is invaluable.


    on June 17, 2012, 11:42 p.m.

    Christopher Crawford said:

    I love the idea of creating pdf's and curating them on a wiki. sorry it has taken so long to respond. Thanks for this great feedback, Fred. best, CC

    on Sept. 24, 2012, 10:47 p.m. in reply to fboss
  • Doug Worsham said:

    I plan to use as an initial place to collect and organize resources. From there I'd like to see the collection evolve into a resource guide at

    on May 10, 2012, 3:22 p.m.
  • atypican said:

    I want one that allows me to simply right click on whatever I want in my collection, and a menu pops up that asks me what section to save it in. I want it saved locally on my hard drive and optionally in the cloud. I want it to be FOSS so I don't have to worry about having my data held hostage by a company.

    on April 29, 2012, 5:24 p.m.

    Christopher Crawford said:

    I have only used web based applications- however, I recently read an article that mentioned Curator's Workbench and Archivematica in passing. I haven't gotten a chance to check them out yet, but they may be similar to what you are looking for... If you find any other helpful tools, please feel free to share- good luck on your project!

    on April 29, 2012, 5:43 p.m. in reply to atypican

    Doug Worsham said:

    atypican - might be an interesting tool for you to look into.

    on May 1, 2012, 5:16 p.m. in reply to atypican

    atypican said:

    Thank you SO much. Seriously! Its even GPL I can't believe it.

    on May 2, 2012, 3:50 a.m. in reply to Doug Worsham
  • Bridget McKenzie said:

    I already use Storify and Pinterest. Have tried but gave up. I think I'll try for a new experience. 

    on April 18, 2012, 6:41 p.m.

    fboss said:

    Me too, to all of the services you mention.

    I have got back into using in the last month or so.

    Have allowed my Pinterest account to gather dust-was setting it up based on famous artists as thought it could be a  good way to pull together info for use in classes in school in Art History as it's very visual.

    Liked the idea of Sorify, but didn't spend enough time on learning to use it.


    on June 17, 2012, 11:49 p.m. in reply to Bridget McKenzie
  • Christopher Crawford said:

    I have already used, but I think I am going to try using Pearltree or Bundlr on my next project because they both have gotten great reviews

    on March 20, 2012, 10:17 p.m.