Gordon Vala-Webb

Gordon Vala-Webb

This is a guest post from colleague Gordon Vala-Webb about an interesting new tool!  Have a look & try it out:

Shouldn’t it be easier to keep track of all the new information that is being published every day? And why can’t you share what you find more easily with team mates, colleagues and your clients (or potential clients). There is a new tool that solves those problems – and gives you the added benefit of enhancing your personal – and corporate brand – by showing how smart you are at finding all the good stuff. Its called Spundge.

What is Spundge?

Spundge lets you review filtered information from multiple sources and work collaboratively with team members to create curated collections of  content on a topic. Your collection can be shared automatically via email or embedded in virtually any website. And you can take any of the saved items to create and publish new content to multiple targets (e.g. WordPress, Twitter).

How does it work?

In your Spundge notebook you create a set of key words that Spundge applies against “firehoses” of info (like all of twitter, ‘000s of RSS feeds – or any RSS feeds you want to add).  This creates of feed of items. For each item you choose whether you want more (or less) like that item. Spundge learns from that and gets better at what it includes in your feed. You can also filter by language or time or . . .

You can save items that you want to keep – and these are held in the notebook for your future use and can be viewed by anyone visiting the notebook (assuming you’ve made it public). If you are browsing a website and find material you can save those as well to your notebook. Followers of a notebook will receive email notifications of newly saved items – either immediately or in a daily summary. Notebooks can be embedded in a website.

The work of reviewing the feed and saving items can be shared with collaborators. You – and your collaborators – can add comments to items. Or you can drop-and-drag items into an editing area where you can combine them with your own material. The software automatically maintains attribution back to the originating source. This new content that you have created can then be published directly (e.g. to WordPress) or can be hooked up to your own content management system.  Spundge is a hosted service, eliminating the need to install of configure internal systems. It works well with existing content management systems and content databases

Here’s an example

I have a Spundge “notebook” about social business / E2.0

I use it to stay up-to-date on what is being published and to save stuff for my later use. I can even use it to save pages or parts of pages that I discover when browsing websites. The notebook is public – which is how you can read it. I also have a follower – s/he gets sent an email every time I, as notebook collaborator,  save a new item (or s/ he  can get a daily summary). And, every time I save an item, it gets published on my website.

Try it

Spundge is free right now (in beta). To try it yourself . The pro version ($9/month) gives you the ability to create and publish your own content.