Google Alerts May Be Dead, and You Don’t Even Know It

Oh Google, you love to draw me in only to drop my favorite services. I have come to rely on Google Alterts to deliver relevant, timely content into my inbox on a broad array of subjects. Google Alerts may already be dead, and you don’t even know it. Especially, as I’ve been talking about content curation so much recently, Google Alerts is one of the top entry points into my content funnel. The frequency and depth of my Google Alerts began to wane in December 2012, but in late January I noticed that the lag in reporting was far from “as it happens.” Ego alerts were taking 3-4 days to hit my inbox where they took minutes only months ago. So, when I saw Danny Sullivan’s post Dear Google Alerts: Why Aren’t You Working? I knew that I wasn’t alone: One of Google’s oldest features is Google Alerts, where you can enter keywords…

Why not Share That Million Dollar Idea? The Psychology Behind Idea Hoarding

What’s your million dollar idea? More importantly, what are you doing with it? Flickr image used according to creative commons licensing by zazie  Unfortunately, ideas generally aren’t worth the bytes they occupy without execution. Want proof? Go check out all of these ideas that are freely shared. So, why do we feel so protective of ideas that we are either ill-equipped to execute, are going to allow to die a slow painful death or worst of all tinker with until someone else finally executes? Kevin Mullet led me down this path this week when he posed the following question on Google+ At first, I thought that there were reasonable explanations as to why people don’t share curated content, which you can see in the thread, but the more that I thought over, his initial question I wanted to dig into why people are so reluctant to share the ideas or content…

Content Curation with MyCurator–WordPress Plugin

So, I’ve been a little consumed with content curation recently–I get it. For about six months, I’ve been searching for v.2 of this healthcare reform curation software that we built a few years ago, and I figure there must be a better way. As it turns out, I believe the architecture and design was pretty advanced for 2010, but we still need a refresh. After writing my first post on content curation, I received a pingback from CurationTraffic.com, which led me to research Content Curation WordPress plugins. After a bit of research, I came across MyCurator–a software project of Mark Tilly. According to his site, “MyCurator works tirelessly in the background delivering a pipeline of content to you throughout the day, ready for your curation.” After poking around on the site for a while, I contacted Mark to discuss more about the software, and he agreed to answer a few…

Content Curation with RallyVerse Co-Founder Gabe Bevilacqua

  Content Curation has been a hot focus area for me recently both in my digital marketing class and in our digital marketing consulting. So, last week when I came across a new content curation software called Rallyverse thanks to Douglas Kerr’s post about “Feeding the Content Beast,” I was immediately interested to find out more. I was able to chat with one of Rallyverse’s three co-founders and VP of Business Development, Gabe Bevilacqua | @gabe_bevilacqua. Gabe, a former Microsoft exec, joined forces with Joe Doran and Guy Dassa a little over a year ago to take the simple idea that “content is your ad” and turn it into a business. Brands Use Content Curation To Tell Their Unique Stories The basic idea behind Rallyverse is pretty simple: rather than navigating the broad stream of information overload, Rallyverse narrows the stream to relevant content for its users and tees that…

The 3 C’s of Content Curation

If you have more than one friend on Facebook, one Twitter follower or one blog reader, then you have a following. Congratulations! Now, what exactly are they following?! The magnitude of the pipe of information spewing into our brains is overwhelming. We could never sleep again just consuming the content that will be generated and published in the next 72 hours. Data overflow demands that we follow trusted guides to deflect the irrelevant content and lead us to the information that is relevant to our lives both personally and professionally. Gatekeepers In the past, we had a few channels of information and each channel had a few gatekeepers that sorted, prioritized and reported the information to the public. News editors identified “newsworthy” content and then it was reported to the readers / viewers. Today, information-consumers have an endless supply of channels. News, entertainment, gossip and professional development all drain into…

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