The Future Of Content Curation Tools - Part I

December 12, 2013 Robin Good

Content curation tools are in their infancy. Nonetheless you see so many of them around, there are more new curation tools coming your way soon, with lots of new features and options. Existing content curation services will in fact need to start rolling up their sleeves as the next wave of offerings will significantly go well beyond what is possible with present day tools

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In this last few years I have looked at, signed up for and tested over 400 content curation tools, which I have gradually collected and listed first here:

The NewsMaster Toolkit and here
Best News Curation Tools for Independent Publishers
then here on Mindomo: Content Curation Tools: Newsmaster Toolkit 2012
from July 2013 here on Pearltrees: Content Curation Tools Supermap
and from September 2013 a simplified version here: Content Curation Tools Directory

As a small independent author and publisher, I curate content on a daily basis, since 2005. To do so I use an evolving set of content curation tools shaped over time by the specific needs of the audience and the types of content I am curating.

While testing, experimenting and adopting new tools, I have become very sensitive to the tools and features that are most useful for a news or content curator and to the limitations and problems caused by the lack of these.

Enormous progress has been made since the early days of the first news curation tools to what is available today, but yet, I feel we have only barely scratched the surface. There is a lot more that needs to be done to enable passionate subject-matter experts to better curate the huge amount of little-known valuable resources available out there and to weed out the noisy, useless information from the true treasures.

To illustrate what I expect to see on this front, here is a panoramic tour of the traits, features, patterns and trends that I expect will characterize the future of digital content curation tools, organized into specific feature areas.

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