Digital Curation for Nonprofits
For many nonprofits, it’s critical to discover and disseminate the latest news related to their work. Enter Scoop.it – a digital curation platform that aims to help people discover journalistic content on numerous topics.
You can sign up for Scoop.it by using your Facebook, Twitter or LinkedIn login details, or making an account on the site. Upon registration, Scoop.it prompts you to create topics of interest like “preventing violence” and “healthy relationships.” You can then search for news stories to drop into one or more of the curated interests lists by hitting the “Scoop.it” button on the stories. You can also add brief notes to each story.
For example, I searched for “domestic violence” in Scoop.it and found a story on Mashable focusing on Facebook’s crackdown of images depicting domestic violence, which I scooped into the “preventing violence” list.
Scoop.it has an intuitive interface, which makes it easy to find and categorize content, and a great commenting feature. It also offers a “bookmarklet” button that slides into your browser’s bookmarks bar to help add stories to your lists from other websites. You can also share articles directly to your social media accounts from Scoop.it.
There is one drawback. Although Scoop.it lets you follow other people and organizations as well as interests lists curated by those users, the benefit of following users versus following their lists is unclear.
Overall, I think Scoop.it is an effective search platform, and it offers a place to store and share external content. It is definitely a worthy investment of time for nonprofits that are web-saavy and are looking for a platform to research and organize content to post on their social media networks.