The EContent team suggests some sites, projects, and resources that, while outside the scope of the EContent 100 list, are well-worth a closer look.
In early September 2011, Twitter revealed that it had 1 million active registered users. For those of you keeping count, that's a lot of tweeting going on. While the company claims it saves every tweet made by its users, as the Twitter-verse continues to expand, trying to access a tweet made, say, 2 years ago has become nearly impossible. Enter Twapper Keeper, an archiving tool that allows users to save their tweets.
As a play on the beloved binder many of us used as children, Twapper Keeper reaches as far back into your tweets as Twitter will permit, which, according to Twitter, is 1,500 tweets for a given hashtag or keyword and 3,200 for a person's tweet timeline. It then creates archives by employing a mix of the Twitter Streaming API and Twitter Search API. Whether you want to record tweets from a conference, save trending hashtags or keywords for historical or analysis purposes, or just keep tabs on your own personal tweets, the service allows unsubscribed users two free notebooks to archive tweets by hashtag, keyword, or person and to read, track, and analyze tweets as much as they want.
You may feel silly saying the name out loud, but in March 2010, Twapper Keeper hit 1 billion archived tweets, and although 1 year later it had to remove its export-and-download feature in order to comply with Twitter's terms and services, Twapper Keeper now states that it has more than 3 billion archived tweets across 20,000-plus keywords, hashtags, and persons.
Between corkboards, refrigerator magnets, and good old-fashioned picture frames, we love putting our favorite things on display. Now, with Pinterest, a virtual "pinboard" that lets users organize and share the things that matter to them most, we can skip the thumbtacks and tape and do it all online.
Built by a small team in Palo Alto, Calif., Pinterest's mission, according to its website, "is to connect everyone in the world through the ‘things' they find interesting." Pinterest is currently invitation-only. But once signed up, all members have to do is install a "pin it" button in their browsers' bookmark bars before they can start grabbing images from all over the web to add to their virtual pinboards. Since most of us have too many interests to count, a board can be created around any topic, and users can add as many pins to a board as they want. In an effort to promote collaboration, Pinterest users can also edit their accounts to allow contributors to add pins to their boards.
Sometimes, we all just need a little inspiration. Pinterest users looking for ideas can browse pinboards created by other people or choose to follow a particular board or user with similar interests. So far, the website touts that people have used pinboards to do everything from plan their weddings and decorate their homes to organize their favorite recipes.
If social media has taught us one thing, it's that we all have a story to tell. As millions of people continue to contribute to sites such as Facebook, Twitter, and YouTube every day, many pieces of content get lost in a stream of constant updates. Thanks to Storify, we now have a way to save those tweets, photos, and videos and use them to create and share our own compelling stories.
Storify's website explains that the word storify means "to form or tell stories of; to narrate or describe in a story." On Storify, users are able to search multiple social networks for relevant posts from one central place. With its drag-and-drop tool, members then can pull those individual elements such as Facebook updates, tweets, and Flickr images into a story, reorder those elements, and add text to give context to their readers. Since Storify maintains links to original sources, the stories are optimized for SEO, and users are able to notify all the sources quoted in their stories with just one mouse click.
Storify stories can be imbedded into any website, much like a YouTube video is embedded, and it works with platforms such as Tumblr and Posterous. In addition, stories with Storify are interactive, so readers can retweet or reply to the people quoted in a story to keep the storytelling process going. In late October 2011, Storify unveiled new site features such as a revised bookmarklet and allnew Storypad that lets users collect and save media from all over the web.
There is a lot of information on the internet. Some of it is good, some is bad, and then some is just down right awful. With all that content swimming around, how do we know what is worth reading?
At The Browser, the goal is to help us discover the best writing available by recommending articles, interviews, and books that are of interest to "intellectually curious readers." The Browser is not a news site; it is a 21st-century library of "Writing Worth Reading." To ensure that its readers are getting the most stimulating experience possible, instead of having content recommended by software, The Browser relies on recognized experts and its own in-house editors to choose the most interesting pieces of writing.
Users can browse through topics such as Lifestyle, Sports, and Travel; take advantage of The Browsers' Best of the Moment service, a collection of the most current articles of interest selected by site editors; and discover FiveBooks, a daily interview with an expert who reveals his or her choice of the five best books to read. The Browser doesn't discriminate against any piece of content either. As long as it is deemed a worthwhile read, regardless of its length or form, it will be there for our browsing pleasure.