Accelerate your knowledge gathering: 3 steps to an optimized suggestion engine

Are you a collector and curator of content—timeless resources, daily news, top tips? If you’re reading the Scoop.it blog, I’d have to assume that your answer is “yes”—and that you’re using Scoop.it to discover, display, and distribute the best of the best.

As a constant curator, I can honestly say that Scoop.it has improved my process many times over. When it comes to showing and sharing content, it is my flat-out favorite tool, giving me the ability to edit, move, tag, “favorite,” and share high-quality content across social sites with a simple button click.

Scoop.it’s supreme feature, however, is its Suggestion Engine. We all know how easy it is to be oversupplied with content from a variety of sources, via both manual search and automated tools—and how time consuming it can be to separate the gold from the garbage. Scoop.it solves that problem adroitly, enabling users to go beyond the simple keyword-search setup to fine-tune their sources and searches.

If you haven’t optimized your source settings yet, it’s easy. Follow me…

  1. Access one of your Topics, and, with the
    Suggestion Window slider open, click “Manage Sources.”

  1. Now viewing the Manage Sources screen, click
    “Advanced Options”—and prepare to be impressed.

  1. From RSS feeds to Twitter hashtags, from Google searches to Facebook feeds,
    you’re covered. Adding sources here adds them to your custom Scoop.it
    Sources list—and displays them in a logical, organized fashion (sorted by type,
    and alphabetically within type) on the same page, for quick and easy management.

Deeply customizing my Scoop.it experience has made my daily curation a joy—I rarely hit my newsreader feeds or my search alerts any more, and I avoid them without curator guilt. ;)  The likes of Prismatic and Swayy certainly still have their place, but they no longer have to be a priority on my busiest days. Happy Scooping!

You can follow Jessica Kelly on Twitter at @jessgoddesse.

  • erwblo

    But this is what everyone can find already. How do you do it? Do you import opml-files? Do you import twitterlists? Do you use rss-feeds? And how do you make a tight selection so it has quality and is valuable? This is just the beginning, now the optimizing starts!

    • Jessica Kelly

      Apologies for belated replay–just saw this comment. You’ve listed exactly what I do–all of the above, selecting based on reading back through recent content from each source first to make sure the content is high quality and current. It’s an upfront time-commitment that pays off greatly in the long run. I can’t really be more specific–each user’s sources would depend on the type of content s/he’s looking for.

  • Konrad

    great engine :) I like it

  • Microgen Concepts

    I would appreciate also a possibility to add other search sources, like “qwant.com or simillar.