It's all well and good to know how to best curate the content you find online, but where do you even go to find the things you want to save and share?
Remember, curation is not aggregation. But the tools that aggregate and gather content can be hugely useful in helping you find things worth sharing. Some do both - Flipboard and Trove, for example, are terrific ways to both find and collect content. But I have a lot of other tools I use to read, consume, share and otherwise use.
Seeing as I previously shared my favorite curation platforms, here are the best tools I've found to find what I'm sharing:
I'm going to be honest here: Pluggio's not much of a looker. But when it was time for me to start building the Twitter account for my company, Predictable.ly, it was the first place I turned to. Within minutes, I had set up ongoing searches for content and accounts focused on predictive analytics, big data and journalism. Because I can share directly from the tool, it's easy to find, polish and schedule shares of completely on-target content that would have taken me longer to seek out and pull together.
Feedly + IFTTT + Buffer
There are certain websites I still subscribe to via RSS. I know, shocking! But it's a pain to skim through all the stuff in my Feedly, decide what I want to read fully and share, then take the time to polish it, tag it up properly and schedule it. It takes so much less time to use the IFTTT recipe to get it all done.
I had never heard of Swayy before last week, when my friend Danny Brown mentioned it in connection with my post about content curation. But then I checked it out and found it to be pretty terrific at finding things I'm interested in. I authenticated with Twitter, checked off a few topics I like to read about and started getting solid recommendations based on my preferred topics and my connections. It's early days yet, but I regularly click on the daily Swayy email and check out what's being recommended.
Digg Deeper: This is another tool that's new to me. Those who know me know I spent a lot of time on Digg.com back in the old days. The platform changed immensely after Betaworks bought it a couple years back, but I've kept an eye out. Digg's senior editor, Veronica de Souza, pointed Digg Deeper out to me the other day and color me intrigued. After connecting via Twitter, the tool tells me what links are being shared most by those I'm following. It's a good way to get a bird's eye view on what's being shared by people you care about on Twitter.