Scoop it! Get Started Right!

Recently I was asked ” how do you do that Scoop.it thing?”  Really, it is so easy and lots of fun!

We need to start with a quick discussion about how Scoop.it fits into your overall plan.  Maybe I should have start even earlier with… DO YOU HAVE A PLAN?  okay we will skip ahead, I am going to awesome that you have a plan.   So how does Scoop.it into the plan.   Three important goals of  your website and your social media; visibility, credibility and conversion.  And Scoop.it falls into the area of visibility and credibility.  You can share your valuable content and you can share other important information.

Now that you have a plan, let’s go working.

Let’s start with Curation:  What is Curation?

Wikipedia says , Digital curation is the selection, preservation, maintenance, collection and archiving of digital assets.

Digital curation generally refers to the process of establishing and developing long term repositories of digital assets for current and future reference by researchers, scientists, historians, and scholars. Enterprises are starting to utilize digital curation to improve the quality of information and data within their operational and strategic processes.  Source

Scoop.it is ALL about curation, your topics and others.

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How to Start Scooping

Start off at the Scoop.it website.

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What is Scoop.it

Scoop.it is a FREE publishing-by-curation platform. We provide a service making curation a simple and new form of expression on the Web. Thus, you can easily create your online magazine. We want everyone to be a publisher and be heard everywhere.  There is a free options as well as paid.  There are business and educational versions.

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How do you Sign Up

On the Scoop.it home page click on Sign Up for Free button. Then you’ll see a pop up window appear proposing several ways to register. If you’d like to directly sign up with your Facebook or your Twitter account click on the corresponding button to be redirected to the authentication page. Or simply click on “I don’t have a Facebook or a Twitter account” link.  Once your account is created then you can move on to Creating a topic and install the bookmarklet.

Creating a Topic – http://www.scoop.it/theme/create

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Once you have created you Topic on Scoop.it, it is time to start curating.  There are several ways you can scoop.it:   Rescoop from fellow scooper, accept suggestions from readers, create a manual post, scoop content from your travels around the web.

My favourite way to curate or scoop is from the material that I come across on the web.  And there is a super easy way to is the Bookmarklet.    You can just install it in on your web browser.

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This part is super easy as well.  You just need to Click on the Scoop.it button, hold and drag it to the header.  You can find the Bookmarklet here.  You can even set it up on your iPad.

 Scoop.it Time Management

Here is where it gets real fun, you can set up all you social media so that you can connect to everything.   If you have more than one topic you can set up different social media accounts for different topics.    You can connect: Facebook, Twitter, Linkedin, WordPress, Tumblr, App.net, Buffer and Viadeo.  I have Facebook and Twitter, when I scoop, it automatically posts.   It is awesome.

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I do recommend starting with one topic and then build from there.   I am personally crazy so I have a few topics that are related to the areas that I am working.  And thing on my list is growing my followers.

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More to come soon!

 

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