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.
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…