This just in from the man who “finds enchanting stuff and shares it with you. All the time. In large quantities.” Sound familar?
This is the tagline from Guy Kawasaki’s Google+ profile. If you are one of the 1.4 million people who circle him on Google+ or the 590,000 people who follow him on Twitter, you know that Guy shares great content on a consistent basis. Come rain or shine, Guy is posting and tweeting! Ever wonder where he finds all the fabulous material that he shares? Look no further!
Good content curation is definitely an art and I am going to share some tips with you from Guy’s latest book: What the Plus: Google+ for the Rest of Us. This book is about Google+ specifically, but the curation tips are good across any platform.
1. People you follow
You follow people for a reason. Hopefully, that reason is because they are interesting people who are providing value to your social world. Follow your stream and share something while adding your own spin on the tweet or post.
This is the video that got me addicted to StumbleUpon. Katie, the social media manager for StumbleUpon, interviews Guy and he shares his mad StumbleUpon skills. Step by step instructions. Doesn’t get any better than this!
I love Pinterest! You can find a wide variety of content here from photos to videos to infographics. You can create a board and share things to Twitter and Facebook directly from Pinterest. Here is a beginner’s guide to Pinterest.
If you only try one suggestion from this post, do this: create an AllTop “MyAllTop” page. ” MyAllTop enables you to create a “personal, online magazine rack” of your favorite websites and blogs. You can create a personal collection from over 32,000 information sources — if you’re interested in something, they probably have it covered.
MyAllTop provides a custom URL so that you can share your masterpiece with others. The starting point is this tutorialthat takes you through the process of creating your MyAllTop page. Everything is point-and-click, so you’ll be up and running in a few minutes.
Simply brilliant! This is my first stop for content every time I go online. I hope when you are there that you will add 12 Most to your MyAlltop so you can share our posts more frequently.
Guy is a co-founder of this blog that is part of the AllTop website. This is a team effort of people who find approximately twenty things per day to make you say “Holy Kaw” — you know… Holy COW! Remarkable, interesting and informative things served up daily. You can subscribe to Holy Kaw at the bottom of the page — very easy.
“These sites represent Alan Taylor’s vision of how to create photo essays about current events. He started with The Big Picture as a feature on the Boston Globe’s website Boston.com and then moved to In Focus at The Atlantic. The photos on both sites are always breathtaking.” (from What the Plus)
This is a really fun site that you can use to curate content and then send it out as a bundle. Sharing is just a click away to your connected Twitter and Facebook accounts. And now you can share your Scoop.its directly to Pinterest as well. Scoop.it also has a handy little pin you can add to your toolbar so you can add something from anywhere on the web.
12. Pick a topic and search via Twitter or Google+ using a #hashtag
Sometimes you want to share something in particular like a kitten for Caturday. Search using the hashtag “#caturday” and you will see things that others have shared on this very topic. This is a great way to find great content and meet people with similar interests. A win/win situation.
Thank you to Guy for allowing me to share from his new book and give you a glimpse into what makes Guy’s social media world tick. You should definitely purchase What the Plus as this was just a little sample of what is covered. Pick up the tips and tricks to get your social media rocking in no time!
Peg Fitzpatrick is co-Editor-in-Chief of 12 Most . She's co-author of the best-selling book, The Art of Social Media: Power Tips for Power Users co-authored with Guy Kawasaki.
Peg works with global brands and leaders in the social media sphere every day. She's spearheaded successful social-media campaigns for Motorola, Audi, Google, and Virgin as well as having been a brand ambassador for Kimpton Hotels.
All about being positive and connecting, she is a true social butterfly. Tweet her and say hi at @pegfitzpatrick, find her Stumbling on StumbleUpon, rocking Google+ here Google or happily pinning on Pinterest.
Thanks a lot for this great article, Peg!!! I really appreciate this post. I’ve been looking all over for this!Great job indeed Peg."SmartBrief" is really nice.Hopefully you will continue your nice work in future.
Hi Peggy! Thanks to share with us a nice topics.Your every source is important to me in "12 Most Useful Sources for Good Stuff to Post".Specially,"Pick a topic and search via Twitter or Google+ using a #hashtag" is simply nice.Thanks again.
This is a great list Pegsta. Better than most. I find it interesting that most bloggers who write such lists fail to mention a newspaper? Or having a conversarion [a real one] with colleagues, clients and such. That is where most of inspiration comes from. [and all your tweets of course!]
Well, you were the one to get me hooked on Pinterest, Peggy - I also really appreciate StumbleUpon and HolyKaw. I haven't done the Scoop.it, but I know we use it for 12 Most. How different is it with what Twylah does for you?
@Peg Fitzpatrick Great list here, Peggy. I recently signed on to StumbleUpon, and sure enough has me transfixed. Love Pinterest, and now will have to check out AllTop. Are there any resources that tell you to step away from your computer? : )
I am convinced to do #5. Many bloggers have their list of "who you should read", but PDF's are boring, less interactive, and not a living document. I like the idea of featuring my favorites in an interactive way . One in which I can remove or add things at my whim without re-editing. Plus, it may give them an SEO boost.
@dbvickery I did get you hooked on Pinterest and many others including Guy. It is hard to find new things before he does.
ScoopIt is 100% different than Twylah. Twylah makes the content that you tweet SEO fab and organized for folks to retweet and see.
ScoopIt you can use to curate your content, for example, you could put footbball as a topic and it will search the web and suggest material for you I use ScoopIt for 12 Most to share our posts. You could do this with your own blog too but picking a topic or group of related posts then sharing the ScoopIt. People can also follow your ScoopIts to see when you update it.
I love Twylah and use all the features, ScoopIt I am just learning but have seen great potential and some success with using. Did I create more questions or answer some. Let me know if you have more questions. :)
@susansilver Definitely try MyAllTop! It is amazing! All the best things that YOU choose, it literally curates your content for you. I wish I had learned about it a long time ago. It is also great for getting the hot news too.
I try to read a variety of blogs and not the same ones all the time. But there are a few that I don't miss. We used to have a 12 x 12 most blogs post feauture but we only did a fefw of those. Always interesting to see what others are reading, right?
Thanks for commenting. :)
@janetcallaway What a kind comment Janet! I do work hard to find content worth sharing so that means a lot to me. You are the beautiful one! So giving all the time.
I am having a lovely weekend in Las Vegas. The sunshine is amazing!! Hope yours is spectular too! Peggy xoxox