Collaborate on sources for your content curation

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This post is about how to collaborate on sources when doing curation as a team. Cronycle has a unique feature – Source Pooling – that allows just that for Twitter and RSS sources, as well as Cronycle Topics. It is available with our Enterprise plan.

Why collaborate on sources?

A team collectively curating content can share sources for several reasons. Here are a few:

  • Share the load of scanning for relevant news: ensuring there is no duplication of work
  • Read the same content to have same information for discussions and decisions
  • Help junior or non expert team members get to quality content efficiently
  • Share good sources relevant to another team member’s focus – this was the case for our customer Taylor & Francis

If you use it (or consider doing it) for other reasons, let us know. It can help us improve our solution!

What does source pooling do?

Cronycle users who collaborate together are grouped in worspaces which we call “Organizations”. Within an Organization, team members share several work items: sources, feeds, boards, publishing, tags and contacts (for sending newsletters).

When sources are shared, all users within the Organization can see all the sources of all the contributors. If Vijay adds a source, Kate will see it. And vice versa. Before you take the decision to share sources, you may want to consult your team.

Cronycle users primarily build feeds using sources. There are two ways to do that: either from the feeds (easy mode), or from the library of all sources (advanced mode). In this second case, team members can see the amount of feeds the source is used in, and filter by user who added. Soon, we will add more information for each source (total number across the Organization, list of the feeds and their owners, who added and when).

Each team member can then use the sources they and others added to create custom feeds. They can also discuss how best to structure feeds as a team. Note that we are also working on a separate feature to make feeds shared across several team members. More on that soon!

Note that we don’t allow to share newsletter subscriptions, they remain personal.

How to collaborate on sources?

One needs to be invited by an organization admin to join and work collaboratively on sources, feeds, boards and sources. For Enterprise accounts, this happens on the Admin Console, in the Users page.

When you have taken the decision to start pooling sources, go to the Admin Console. Under Resources, select Sources. There is a simple switch to enable and disable source pooling.

Switch on Source pooling to collaborate on sources for your content curation

Depending on the amount of sources across the organization, loading the whole source library could take a little longer. This is particularly true if you connected a twitter account with a lot of followees, or large OPML files with many RSS links.

Now, go to your Source Library (click on Feeds, and then Manage All Sources in the bottom left). You will see that the source pooling switch is also available on this page.

Collaborate on sources for your content curation from the library of all sources

And that’s it: in the source table above, you can see all the sources from your organization, ready for you to build feeds. We will update this post soon, as we will release changes to make it easier to manage large amounts of sources within a team. To stay tuned:

Our plans are evolving

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Cronycle’s collaborative workflow have made it a tool of choice for organisations who want to curate in a collective manner. Having an ex-Microsoft as CEO, and other team members from the enterprise world, we knew that we had to go a step further in building an Enterprise-grade offer. So, in the last few months, we have focused our efforts on building a strong Enterprise plan. 

Our Enterprise plan

While we will have more news on this subject in the next weeks and months, there is already plenty to tell you about:

  • A dedicated admin console to easily manage the organisation: users, teams, branding, and more soon
  • Collective resources, such as pooled sources and the list of tags shared across the whole organization
  • The possibility to name several admins so teams can be managed more easily
  • Dedicated support and team training to help onboard teams, provide advice, and share feedback with us to continually evolve the platform
  • More of everything: feeds, boards, sources, Topics, contributors…
Our new Admin Console

How to start in Cronycle as a team?

Contact us to book a demo and to try our Enterprise plan.

Book a demo

Changes to our Pro plan

As a result, we also decided to lower the price point of our pro plans. A Pro plan will now cost 24$ per month if taken on a monthly contract. If you prefer the annual subscription, the price will now be 19$ per month.

If you already have a paid contract with us, these changes will take effect from your next monthly invoice. Note that there are new usage limits on feeds and Topics: if you already have a paid Pro account, you will not be impacted.

To compare our plan, check our Pricing page. This may be a good time to check whether our new Enterprise plan could be relevant for you and your team. We are available to do demos: you only need to drop us a line.

Tags that remain organized

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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.