A couple of years ago I published my 4 step framework for curating quality content. My method really hasn’t really changed in that time, and every day I am discovering more and more amazing content being published. The first of the four steps was finding trusted sources to pull content from, so I wanted to share with you four sites that I’m currently using to discover amazing articles as part of my content curation strategy.
I’ve been using Pocket as one of my main tools for managing social throughput for years, and as they have amassed more and more links, their role as a discovery engine has increased.
The Explore function (currently in BETA) only seems to be available on desktop (different to the recommend function in the mobile app based on people you follow), but it is a search based discovery engine that will bring some great stories to the fore.
Another recent piece of functionality comes with their browser extension. When you add a site to your Pocket with the button, similar stories and recommendations will appear.
I was a bit late to Post Planner, despite having an account for years. I’ve never really delved into it until recently and realised the full potential of it.
Search on a key term, discover pages and accounts across Facebook and Twitter, and any articles based on keyword searches. Importantly, you can save these and build a feed of content to curate from.
It requires a little bit of refinement to your terms, but can pull in some great pieces to share in a number of formats, and allows you to schedule them.
As human beings we’re not singular in our interests, so it’s always important to be looking for stories to share that demonstrate that breadth of interest to move you beyond just your immediate area you are curating from.
Medium is both a powerful publishing platform for people, but they also do a great job of bringing stories to the for, through functions like their Reading Roulette (found in the main navigation).
These aren’t necessarily stories on your particular theme, but you’re sure to find something of interest.
One network I am keeping an eye on for the moment and discovering some interesting content is BeBee, which is billing itself as a professional network built on affinity, or shared interest.
While members can curate links, there is also a publishing function, which is accompanied by a discover function. Here you can find a lot of original content on particular topics of interest.
While the user base is not huge yet, there is still some interesting content being created which will grow over time.
Would love to hear of any other sources people might find valuable for content curation.