As the web becomes more and more inundated with blogs, videos, tweets, status updates, news, articles, and countless other forms of content, “information overload” is something we all seem to suffer. It is becoming more difficult to weed through all the “stuff” out there and pluck out the best, most share-worthy tidbits of information, especially if your topic is niche.  Let’s face it, Google definitely has its shortcomings when it comes to content curation and the more it tries to cater to all audiences, the less useful it becomes. The demand for timely, relevant content that is specific to our unique interests and perspectives has given rise to a new generation of tools that aim to help individuals and companies curate content from the web and deliver it in a meaningful way.  These new tools range from simple, application-specific types such as social media aggregators and discovery engines, to more complex, full-blown publishing solutions for organizations. Here’s a look at over 30 content curation tools (mostly free, but some paid/professional tools as well) that will help you cut through the clutter of your information stream to find the gems.  Each tool mentioned below has unique strengths, and none are exactly like any other.  Whether you’re just looking to augment your personal blog with some free tools, or are seriously considering a paid content curation platform for your business, you’re likely to find a useful solution in the list below. (Note: Tools not listed in any particular order!) Curation Tool About curated.by (beta) — Collects and organizes tweets into topic-based “bundles” (collections of tweets) that can be shared or embedded anywhere, and subscribed to by other users. Bundles are created using a simple Chrome browser extension that displays a “Curate” button below every tweet you see on Twitter.com. Storyfy — Storify is a way to tell stories using social media such as Tweets, photos and videos. You search multiple social networks from one place, and then drag individual elements into your story. You can re-order the elements and also add text to give context to your readers. Scoop.it (beta, invite-only) — “Be the curator of your favorite topic!” Scoop.it is an AWESOME tool for discovering those super nichey, hidden gems relevant to specific topic. Use the dashboard to manage an unlimited amount of sources (websites, RSS feeds, specific social media accounts, etc.) and plug in relevant keywords and date parameters. Scoop.it does the rest [...]

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