A major part in the art of curation is organizing content. Cronycle proposes several levels of content organization:
Content pinned onto boards: worth saving, often associated to one or several large categories / boards.
Content with one or several tags: relevant to specific subject(s), criteria, workflow status, or anything you can describe in a set of tag words.
Editor approved content: content ready to be sent to publishing.
On your boards, you can filter and search across several criteria, on a single board, or across all boards. Also, when adding tags, we display those already used on the current board to help you apply the same tags again.
But now we go a step further, with Organization tags.
We noticed that managing tags is difficult enough for one person, and very quickly gets out of hand in teams. We worked with some of our customers to provide teams a way to have a controlled tag list, applied across the organisation.
Admin users can upload a CSV file of their tag list. From that point onwards, users in their organisation can only apply the listed tags. To update the list, the admin can replace it any time by a new tag list. Next month, it will be also possible to edit the tags within the list, in Cronycle.
Note that this feature, and the brand new Admin Console to access it, is only available for Enterprise users.
Cronycle lets you integrate the widest range of sources, including Google Alerts into feeds.
Feeds are used as a starting point for your information workflow. Other sources you can use to create feeds include RSS feeds, Twitter handles, newsletters, and our own automated Topics. (Note that you can also also add files on boards.)
This posts explains how to create a Google Alert and add it to Cronycle.
Step 1 – Create a Google Alert
First, in Google Alerts, create an alert for the subject you are interested in. You will see it in your list of alerts, such as Artificial Intelligence Ethics in this example:
You can use common syntax elements to shape these alerts, such as + to include content with several words, – to do exclusions, “or” to have several options, “quotes” for specific expressions, etc. Read more about more tricks to optimise your Alert here.
Step 2 – Generate an RSS link from your Google Alert
Click on the pen of the Google Alert you want to follow to show the settings. Select RSS feed in the last option to deliver the alert to.
Save to update the alert. Now, when you hide the options, you will see an RSS icon by the alert. Right click to copy the destination link – a fully working RSS feed URL.
Step 3 – Add the Google Alert in Cronycle
Now, you are ready to add this RSS link to Cronycle. In Feeds, click on Manage All Sources (bottom left).
Paste the link in the input field to add new sources: as soon as the alert is loaded, press on the + icon to save it to your source library. It appears in the list of sources, at the top.
Next, you probably want to create a feed to see content flowing in from that Google Alert. You can select one or several sources, of different kinds if you want (Twitter handles, RSS, Google Alerts, Topics). Click on “Create Feed” to build your own custom feed.
You can also start adding keywords to further refine your feed. From there, you can pin interesting content to boards and continue the workflow all the way to publishing.
Step 4 – Try a smart alternative: Cronycle Topics
While you can do the above to use your current set up, know that we have an alternative to Google Alerts, which we call Cronycle Topics. Our mission is to help you gain time by surfacing relevant content. You can search and preview Topics easily in the Discovery section in Cronycle, or from Add/Create Feeds.
We identify thought leaders, or influencers, per Topic. They are ranked in terms of influence within the community of the Topic, so we are confident they bring value to the discussion. We look at what these influencers share about the topic on Twitter to surface important and relevant content. You can read more about how this works on this post from Vishal, our CEO.
You can add one to five Topics per feed, and add keywords within Cronycle to you can get content at the intersection of some of our 50k Topics and another dimension.
You can also limit the influencers to take in consideration, by deactivating them individually, and/or by selecting a range.
Some of you may have noticed issues when copy-pasting in Chrome, whether on Mac or Windows. This problem is not specific to Cronycle: it also happens on any site, even Google’s.
Like for us, it may affect your workflow and productivity. So far, the only solution we found was to uninstall and reinstall Chrome. Because all the bookmarks, passwords, extensions, etc are saved on the cloud, this is actually quite quick to do. This trick seems to work, let’s hope it will last…
You can easily start to curate content using Cronycle: we let you import the standard file (OPML) from feed aggregators, import your Twitter contacts (Pro Trial, Pro & Enterprise plans only), get suggestions based on your Twitter activity and/or search for RSS feeds, Twitter handles and our automatically curated feeds on 50k Topics. We even have a Chrome and Safari extension to save single pieces of content or to grab RSS. This is an important start in our end-to-end workflow, to let you curate, organize and publish content.
This post is about importing OPML.
How to import sources using an OPML file
RSS aggregators let you export sources as an OPML file. This is a standard file format that consists of a list with structure and links. In the case of Feedly, the OPML file groups sources together, by feed.
In Cronycle, we have a source library to import and manage sources (in Feeds, find “Manage all sources” to the bottom left).
When you import an OPML file, you will see that all the sources appear in a list. Also, if you want to keep the same feed structure as in Feedly, you can filter sources by folder, select all, and click on Create Feed.
Then, you can name the feed, add or remove sources, and even start to add keyword filters. Save, and your feed is ready to check through!
A little work about source pooling…
Our Enterprise plan includes a unique functionality: the ability to pool sources across your organisation. All curators and admins within the organisation can see the same sources and build feeds.
We’ll soon have more news on this space, as we’ll make it more collaborative…
We have some news in Feeds! You can now curate newsletters too.
Cronycle Feeds already lets you curate content from RSS feeds, Twitter handles and our own Cronycle Topics – Dynamic relevant feeds across 50k topics automatically curated from top influencers.
Now, you can receive all your newsletter subscriptions in a dedicated feed, so all your content can be collected in the same tool, ready to be filtered, selected, organised, enriched and published.
How does it work?
First, in Cronycle, go to Feeds. Click on Add Feeds. Near the bottom of the pop-up window, you will see a section called “Subscribe to newsletters”.
Simply copy the email address provided and use it to subscribe to your newsletters. You can close the pop-up.
As soon as the first email will be received, you will see a new feed in your feed list, named “Newsletters”. Note that this can take a couple of days, depending on the pace of your subscriptions. This is where all your issues will be collected, as well as address confirmation emails (so don’t forget to check it out!).
Currently, if you want to curate a link from a newsletter issue, you need to open the original content. From there, you can use our Content Clipper extension (available on Chrome and Safari) to save it to a board, where you can organise, enrich and publish.
Did you know? You can also easily create and send your own newsletters from your curated content, within Cronycle. Learn more here.
We recently did a total update of our plugin in WordPress. If you still have the old one, we recommend you read this detailed post and update it in WordPress. If you are new to this, please read on…
The Cronycle Content Plugin enables you to create news feeds on your website, using the content you curate on your Cronycle boards. Curated content includes articles, videos, Twitter conversations and Story Arcs (grouped content), with or without your commentary.
Our plugin has two features:
Board Content as Banner – Provide functionalities to generate a newsfeed banner on your website with certain Cronycle board content. It applies your default font.
Board Content as Draft post – Provide functionalities to fetch Cronycle board content and insert into the WordPress as draft post which can be edited and published to your website.
Create a free Cronycle account today to try it out, and follow our dedicated WordPress plugin guide.
In an age of exponential content production and social sharing, finding relevant content can feel like painstaking work. Among the options available for your audience to navigate information, curation has grown and is now standing out. Most people trust a few hand-picked curators to do at least some of the work for them. If you are reading this post, you are probably a curator (or a curator-to-be). And that’s what Cronycle can help you achieve, alone or with your team.
In this post, we’ll look at newsletters.
Newsletters are powerful tools to raise awareness of your brand and expertise. But until recently, connecting a myriad of tools to select, create and distribute issues made it a time consuming task many of you could not afford. And any change with one tool made this card castle crumble.
But this has changed, Cronycle made it simple – mostly because we integrate discovery, curation, organization and publishing in our integrated workflow.
Choose Topics of interest from over 50k Topics (and many more sources) and create feeds
Filter feeds with keywords to only get what is potentially relevant within the feeds
Pin content from the feed onto boards, or clip to your board from anywhere on the web using our Content Clipper extensions
Collaborate with your team to enrich the best content on your boards
Drag & drop the best articles within custom sections into our newsletter templates
Import & manage your newsletter distribution list, then send or schedule your issues.
Use the same board content to publish to your WordPress website, social media (via Buffer), RSS, Cronycle Curated feed, or to Slack.
Give it a try! You can sign up for free and you will get 28 days free pro trial to curate, assemble and send newsletters.