Cronycle feeds aggregate content from several sources, combining RSS (a standard for sharing web links), Twitter handles (web links shared on Twitter by these handles) and Cronycle Topics (our own automated curated feeds). This article is about our advanced mode for this aggregation: how to curate from your source library.
In Cronycle, there are indeed several ways to create a feed aggregating sources:
- From the Create Feed option in Feeds: easy mode recommended if you are relatively new to Cronycle and to curation.
- From the library of sources: our advanced mode, described here.
- For Cronycle Topics only: search any Topic in the top search bar or on the Discovery page.
When should I curate from the source library?
There are different cases when you may want to use the source library:
- You imported or want to import a large amount of sources, either via an OPML (if you came from another aggregator) or a connected Twitter account. The library is where the results of the import will appear and where you’ll be able to build feeds.
- Your team shares sources: read more on how to manage sources collaboratively.
- Over time, you have manually added a large amount of sources, and reached a point where a spring clean is welcome
What does the source library do?
Cronycle’s source library lists all the sources you have added in feeds and imports. It also lists the Cronycle Topics you are currently using. You can add and remove sources, search and filter the listed sources, create feeds to read, and folders to further organize your sources.
How to find the sources I am looking for in the library?
In the table, you can see all of your sources listed. If you have source pooling switched on, you can also see your team’s sources.
There, you can filter sources by:
- Type: Twitter handles, RSS feeds, Cronycle Topics – using the tabs
- Name, URL and handle: use the search
- Folder: your (and your team’s) folders. Read the chapter on folders below.
- Feed: your (and your team’s) feeds where the sources are currently used.
- User: the person who added the source. This is only relevant for teams pooling sources.
Sometimes, sources don’t provide new content for a long time: we indicate these as inactive. We also have another indicator if they are broken (e.g. the RSS link is not valid anymore, or the Twitter handle has been suspended or closed).
Clicking on a source name opens a small preview window which gives you an idea of the content shared by the source. Note that videos do not appear here. Rest assured, they will all appear in feeds.
Also, remember that we use twitter sources to surface links shared or retweeted: we do not display the tweets with only text and images… unless they are a Twitter conversation with a minimum of two handles identified as influencers in our AI engine.
How to add more sources to my library?
Your source library is not universal: your table only shows what you have added over time. That’s fortunate, as millions of available sources would make it unmanageable!
However, you can easily search and add any other available sources (RSS feeds, Twitter handles and Cronycle Topics) using the search box in the section “Add New Sources”. In the same search box, you can also directly enter an RSS URL.
We really appreciate when customers tell us about a source they struggle to add: it helps make our database and system even better!
There are also two ways to import sources.
First, you can upload an OPML file to import a list of RSS links. Most feed aggregators, such as Feedly and ourselves, allow you to export your list of RSS feeds in this standard format. Read this dedicated post on this subject, as there is a trick to quickly rebuilding feeds when doing a transition to Cronycle.
Second, and this is quite a unique feature: you can connect your Twitter account to add the handles you follow. Know that there are different limits depending on your plan.
How to remove sources?
You can simply click on the rubbish bin for each source or, if you want to delete several sources simultaneously, select those and click on the rubbish bin at the top right of the table.
However, if you delete a source, it will be removed from the feed(s) it is used in. To help you in cleaning up your library, the table displays the amount of feeds a source is used in.
How to create feeds from sources in the library?
First, filter and select the sources you want to add, using the filters described above and the tick boxes in the table’s first column.
Once you have the right selection, click on Create Feed: this will open a pop-up to name your feed, review the selected sources and confirm. Note that this pop-up also lets you add keyword filters. You can also do that easily later on, from the feed, with a direct view of the impact on the content. You may find it easier there.
You are probably wondering how to add a set of sources to existing feeds. This is currently an important gap in the source library, which we will fill in the next few weeks. In the meantime, you need to add sources to an existing feeds from the feed settings (go to the feed and click on the cog wheel).
What are folders and how to use them?
Folders are containers where RSS and Twitter sources can be grouped. Folders can directly be added to feeds. There are two main reasons to use folders:
- Organise your sources in a structure relevant to your work.
- Build several feeds with the same set of sources but different filters, leading to different content delivered in the feed.
To create a folder, in your source library, click on “Create Folder”. Note that this does not add any selected sources to the folder, but creates an empty shell.
Next, add sources to the folder: first select the sources you want to add, then click on “Add to Folder”, select the folder. Done! Note that Cronycle Topics cannot be added to folders, and folders cannot be nested together.
You are now ready to filter your sources by folder in the library – this is useful for categorization and quickly finding what you are looking for.
But you can go a step further: you can directly add a folder to a feed. To do so, type the name of the folder and click on the + icon. Any change to the folder will be reflected on the feed: if you add a new source to the folder, it will added to all the feeds where your folder is used.
We are currently working on a new view for folders, to let you view and modify them. Stay tuned: