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Introduction to Scoop It

Updated on January 15, 2016
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Sharilee has been writing online for four years, starting with Hubpages. She now has several blogs and websites.

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Get the latest scoop with Scoop It, a site designed to  help you curate your favourite content online.
Get the latest scoop with Scoop It, a site designed to help you curate your favourite content online. | Source

What is Scoop It?

The website, Scoop.It is a site designed to help people curate and bookmark content that they find useful or interesting on the Internet. The program allows each user five free topics and then uses sophisticated search tools to literally help the curator seek out the content that will fit into that topic.

Content is saved with an image, usually taken from the content, a blurb from the content, and then with any accompanying commentary from the curator herself. All content on a particular topic is then saved on one document, called a magazine, in a very attractive format. Comments and likes, in Facebook style, are also allowed for each item that has been curated.

I discovered Scoop.It, myself, while looking at my Google Analytics data, and seeing that I was receiving traffic to my hubs from this source. I was impressed by what I found, and started to learn how it worked. I am still a newbie here, but am excited about sharing the site with other writers, learners and business people.

Currently, I curate topics that match websites that I own, as well as things that fit my general interests. For example, a topic on journaling matches the site I am currently developing called Journaling Helps.

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What is Content Curation?

Ever since we started cruising the Internet, we have been looking for ways to remember good sites that we see, and to share them with others. We have used bookmarking services such as Diigo, Google Bookmarks and Delicious.

We started with bookmarking, and that has slowly moved into curating, with certain sites containing elements of curation. Curation is the sorting, organizing and assessment of content, as opposed to the simple saving of content.

According to an article from Social Media Today, content curation is becoming more and more necessary as we become inundated with content from many sources, including YouTube, Facebook and Twitter. Sorting through the hubris, and making educated choices about what's good, and what's noteworthy is the function of the content curator.

What is Scoop It?

How Content Curation Helps Build Your Brand

The act of curating content goes beyond the mere act of bookmarking articles that you like, and has become a way of showing your own knowledge and good taste in a particular area, or topic. Whether you are an online writer wanting to prove your authority, a hobbyist wanting to showcase your impeccable taste, or a company seeking to gain authority in your niche, curating content is a way to show that you are an expert in your area of knowledge.

This works in a similar way that writing a weekly column in the newspaper has worked for small business owners for years. For example, a pet store owner might write about how to take care of fleas in a dog. She writes this content for free, thus showing her knowledge to the community, increasing her credibility, and hopefully, gaining the trust of the community, and hopefully, clients.

By curating content in a particular niche, you gain the credibility and the following to be able to present your own content, product or service to those who have come to trust what you have to say, and your knowledge of the subject area.

Scoop.It Has A Gorgeous Magazine Style Layout

The interface on Scoop.It is gorgeous, and can also be customized to show off your brand.
The interface on Scoop.It is gorgeous, and can also be customized to show off your brand. | Source

Features of Scoop.It

Since being introduced to Hubpages two years ago, I have become more and more familiar with the online world of social media, and am active on a number of different sites, including Pinterest, Delicious, Paper.li and Digg. Right now, one of my favourites is definitely Scoop It, because of a number of its appealing features. Here are some of my favourite features of this program:

  • Ability to search Google and other search engines using specific keywords
  • Ability to sort through a large amount of content within a short period of time
  • A gorgeous layout that literally looks like a professional magazine
  • Full editing ability to enable you to comment on the content in whatever way you like.
  • Ability to easily scoop up material while surfing the net, using a handy bookmarklet.
  • Capability of disseminating a topic using a beautiful widget that can then be placed on your own website or blog.
  • A limit on topics helps to cut down on spam, and encourage quality.

Another thing I really appreciate about Scoop.It is that I find that it comes up quite frequently when I do Internet searches, showing me that people will be seeing more and more of this content. In other words, Google seems to like them!

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      Besarien 22 months ago

      Hi prairieprincess! I love your nick. It makes me think of the Laura Ingalls Wilder books. Scoop it is entirely new to me. Thanks for the introduction. It sounds quite intriguing. I am definitely going to check it out. Great hub! Happy New Year to you and yours, too!

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      Kristen Howe 2 years ago from Northeast Ohio

      Pretty cool websites to check out, Prairieprincess. I would check them out and see if they're worth it. I've heard of delicious before and other various sites, too. Voted up for useful!

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      Scribenet 2 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      This is the first time I have heard of this site. I think I need to check it out. Thank you :)

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      Kristen Howe 2 years ago from Northeast Ohio

      Cool! I would love to give Scoop It a try this summer. Thanks for sharing. Voted up!

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      Sharilee Swaity 3 years ago from Canada

      @wheelinallover, that is a very interesting observation. Something like this might work very well for your clients (with you being the one doing it, of course!) because Scoop It also has the ability to embed the content in your website, for a fee. Nice to see you around and thanks for the comment!

      @Jill, I am so glad I could introduce you to something new. Have a wonderful evening!

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      Sharilee Swaity 3 years ago from Canada

      @wheelinallover, that is a very interesting observation. Something like this might work very well for your clients (with you being the one doing it, of course!) because Scoop It also has the ability to embed the content in your website, for a fee. Nice to see you around and thanks for the comment!

      @Jill, I am so glad I could introduce you to something new. Have a wonderful evening!

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      jill of alltrades 3 years ago from Philippines

      This sounds very interesting. Thanks very much for sharing here. You have definitely made me interested and I am going to check this out.

      Rated up and interesting!

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      Dennis Thorgesen 3 years ago from Central United States

      It takes less time to curate content than it does to create your own. For those in business especially the people I am currently working with this makes a lot of sense. Most of the people I work with now have businesses that cause many of them to work 12 to 16 hours a day in season. Luckily the businesses are overtime seasonal.

      What I have found is those who either create content or have someone do it for them are busier even in the slow season. Some of the companies I work with are seeing a three hundred percent increase in income.

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      Sharilee Swaity 3 years ago from Canada

      Hi @Kathryn Stratford, I am glad to introduce you to something new and interesting. You have a wonderful day, too! Take care.

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      Kathryn 3 years ago from Manchester, Connecticut

      I have never heard of it, but it sounds very interesting! I plan on looking into it.

      Thanks for sharing this with us, and have a great day!

      ~ Kathryn

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      Sharilee Swaity 3 years ago from Canada

      @Bettyshares, it can be an excellent tool for helping get traffic to your hubs. The key for using Scoop It to get traffic to make sure that you pick a good topic for scoops, and include a lot of other scoops, besides your own hubs. I have seen topics that only include their own work, and that does not seem to do much for traffic. A targeted subject is the way to do it. Feel free to message me, or comment back if you have any questions. Take care!

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      Sharilee Swaity 3 years ago from Canada

      @bravewarrior, all of your scoops show up in the Scoop search engine, which is really good. As well, sometimes scoops show up in Google. I have had some of my scoops show up before the actual article, which shows how well Google likes Scoop It. (At least this was the case a year ago. I haven't checked for a bit, and Google does change its algorithm constantly.

      @Bravewarrior, you create a topic page, and then choose content for the page, and it is published. It certainly does take time to do it, but not that much, especially for just one topic. But that is good that you are so busy as a writer! Good for you!

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      bettyshares 3 years ago from Lighthearted Musings

      Thanks for the tips about Scoop it, I think it would work well the hubs on here for getting visitors.

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      Shauna L Bowling 3 years ago from Central Florida

      Ah.... that makes sense. I'll have to look into it. When you register, is there a way to have your articles visible so they show up in a certain topic request? Or are the articles subject to Google crawling. My blog is centered around green living and environmental issues. I'd love to gain more traffic. Will Scoop It help me with that?

      And what page are you talking about? Do you create a site with Scoop It? If so, I don't know if I'm ready to maintain two sites plus keep my media pages up to date, post on HP, write for hire, and work on a novel. Jeez, I'm wearing myself out just thinking about it! :-)

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      Sharilee Swaity 3 years ago from Canada

      @bravewarrior, you ask very good questions. I had the same questions when I started curating, too. The idea is simply that you post a link, with a little summary of the link on your page, and then the reader goes to the different sites to see the actual story. I actually discovered Scoop It through seeing my own articles referenced on there, and it was bringing me a fair amount of traffic. From my experience, it brings more traffic than it diverts, because people who are interested in the link will click through.

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      Shauna L Bowling 3 years ago from Central Florida

      Sherilee, how does this work? Don't you have to get permission from the author to post their article on another site? Also, what about traffic? Traffic and comments flow to the 'scooper's' site rather than to the author's site. I don't think I like that at all. If someone likes something I wrote I'd rather they link to my piece than scoop it. Linking sends traffic my way, which is why I have a site in the first place - for traffic and ranking.

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      Sharilee Swaity 3 years ago from Canada

      @NateB11, I do apologize for not getting back to you sooner. I would love to hear if you ended up using Scoop It, and how it worked for you. Thanks for the comment!

      @RonElFran, I am glad I let you know about something new. Thanks for the comment!

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      Sharilee Swaity 3 years ago from Canada

      Hey Mike (@CloudExplorer) How have you been doing on there lately? I haven't been on there for a bit, but it is a really nice tool. Thank you so much for your kind comments, and I do apologize for the very long delay in responding. My writing has been on hold this year, with my teaching. Thanks again and take care!

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      Sharilee Swaity 3 years ago from Canada

      @Seafarer Mama, I thought I had responded to your comment long ago, but just noticed that I had not responded! I don't know if you ended up using Scoop for your blog, but it really is a neat idea for supplementing the content of your blog. Thanks for the comment, even if I am a year late getting back to you!

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      Ronald E Franklin 3 years ago from Mechanicsburg, PA

      You've introduced me to a service I wasn't aware of, but that looks like it could be very useful. Thanks!

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      Nathan Bernardo 3 years ago from California, United States of America

      I've only recently become aware of content curation and was looking into scoop it. You've enlightened me on the subject, I think I'll check out the site. thanks for sharing.

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      Mike Pugh 4 years ago from New York City

      I have the scoopit tools for curation, but never really got into using it because I've already been using many other content curation tools such as Pearltrees. I will most definitely give this one a try, great article but the way.

      I found you hub here to be very user friendly in how welcoming you've managed to write it up, it reads so easily on the eye, and I like this smooth style of an introductory to online curation by you.

      Awesome job Prairieprincess, nice hub!

      Thumbs up high and sharing!!

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      Karen Szklany Gault 4 years ago from New England

      Oooh...this sounds like a very intriguing option for me to use. I write a gardening blog, so doing a search on Scoop It on a specific subject that I have been asked about and then adding the widget to my blog is an awesome idea. Thanks so much for this hub!

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      Sharilee Swaity 4 years ago from Canada

      Donna, I noticed you on there, too. Welcome! I am glad that you found this useful, and I wish you a wonderful day.

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      Donna Cosmato 4 years ago from USA

      I just discovered Scoop.it recently myself and love it! I'm curating for a client but love the idea of doing my own content curation. This is a good explanation of how it works as I'm still trying to learn the ropes. Thanks!

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      Sharilee Swaity 4 years ago from Canada

      @Moonlake, nice to meet a fellow scoop-er! Yes, it it so easy to use, unlike some sites that seem more complicated. Thanks for the comment! Also, I am Sharilee Swaity on there, if you care to check out my topics.

      @Savingkathy, I am glad to be able to introduce the site. It is becoming one of my favourites! Take care.

      @KKGals, it's great when you have specific niches that you want to focus on. If you do join up, I am under the name, Sharilee Swaity. Take care and thanks for the comment!

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      Susan Haze 4 years ago from Sunny Florida

      Very interesting. I had never heard of Scoop before but it sounds like something I would definitely be interested in. Up, interesting, and useful.

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      Sharilee Swaity 4 years ago from Canada

      @Bridalletter, it really works well for someone with a niche, I think, because the subjects are so targeted. I hope this helps, and you are able to try it out. Let me know if you join, and I will add you as a contact. Take care!

      @Cyndi, thanks so much for the comment and the share. I wanted to let the community know about something quite new, that seems to the wave of the future. Take care!

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      Kathy Sima 4 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      Thanks for the information on Scoop-it. This definitely sounds like something worth checking out!

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      moonlake 4 years ago from America

      I use Scoop-it. I really like the way it sets everything up and it is easy to use. Great article. Voted up and shared.

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      Cynthia B Turner 4 years ago from Georgia

      This looks like a site that is worth looking into. Thank you for alerting us to its existence and providing an analysis of the benefits. Sharing this.

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      Brenda Kyle 4 years ago from Blue Springs, Missouri, USA

      I am anxious to try it to get a better understanding of the site. Thank you for sharing a useful tool.

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      Sharilee Swaity 4 years ago from Canada

      @Cathy, I would love to hear what you think of it. Have a wonderful day!

      @Califonium, I understand! It's better to concentrate on one or two things to start out, so that you can master them. Take care!

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      CHUKWUNONSO SAMUEL 4 years ago from NIGERIA

      i think scoop.it is a great site, but again i am kind of new to the internet. i am just going to learn all i can. thanks prairieprincess for sharing!

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      Ms. Immortal 4 years ago from NJ

      Thanks so much, I am looking forward to checking this out.

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      Sharilee Swaity 4 years ago from Canada

      @Califonium, I would be curious to hear what you think of it. It is an interesting program. Thank you so much for stopping by!

      @Merchant, I am glad introduce you to something new! I would love to hear how what you think about it. Take care!

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      Sharilee Swaity 4 years ago from Canada

      @Kashmir, thanks for the comment. It's nice to see you again. I am glad to introduce you to this new service. Have a wonderful night!

      @Vicki, thanks for the comment! And it was great to see you over at Scoop It, too. I have been doing some scoops on Facebook, and trying out the sharing feature on there. Take care!

      @Prase, I am glad I could let the community know about a new thing that is out there, available for us to use. Thanks for the great comment, and have a wonderful day!

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      Sharilee Swaity 4 years ago from Canada

      @Robie, I am glad I could introduce you to something new. I would love to see you over there. I am Sharilee Swaity over there, if you want to add me. Take care!

      @Rasta, ha ha, thank you! I am not getting paid anything for it, but I did really want to share it. I would love to see you over there, too. Take care!

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      merchantdoctor 4 years ago from Reno

      Thanks for the intro prairieprincess! Great article.

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      CHUKWUNONSO SAMUEL 4 years ago from NIGERIA

      I'll check it out

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      prasetio30 4 years ago from malang-indonesia

      Very informative hub.You teaching us something new and I learn much here. Thanks for writing and share with us. Voted up!

      Prasetio

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      Victoria Lynn 4 years ago from Arkansas, USA

      I noticed recently on FB that you had "scooped" an article. I was curious and am glad you explained how it works. I'll have to check them out. Thanks!

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      Thomas Silvia 4 years ago from Massachusetts

      Hi my friend thanks for this great information i will have to check this out !

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      Marvin Parke 4 years ago from Jamaica

      The way how you represent scoop.it, I would have thought they paid you million bucks. I will definitely join. The features seem magnificent. I like it already. The video hits the nail on the head.

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      Roberta Kyle 4 years ago from Central New Jersey

      I am going to check this out right away-- sounds like just what I need. Delicious and Google bookmarks just are not doing it for me anymore. Thanks for such an informative, well written and organized hub

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      Sharilee Swaity 4 years ago from Canada

      Angela, I am so glad I could introduce you to something. It is a pretty neat service. Have a wonderful day!

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      Sharilee Swaity 4 years ago from Canada

      @Faith, it is interesting and a new concept for me, too. Thanks so much for the votes and the shares. I appreciate it. It's so nice to see you! I haven't been around much, but it's great to touch base with old friends. Take care!

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      Angela Blair 4 years ago from Central Texas

      Well, this is a new one on me and I thank you sincerely for the head's up as it sounds tremendously interesting and useful. Best/Sis

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      Faith Reaper 4 years ago from southern USA

      Excellent and informative, as I, too, have never heard of it, so thank you very much. Will check into it too.

      Voted up +++ and sharing

      God bless. In His Love, Faith Reaper

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      Sharilee Swaity 4 years ago from Canada

      @Sholland, that's awesome that you are using this app in your classroom. This is an excellent way to store sources and information, and can be a real way to learn in and of itself. Thanks for the comment and have a wonderful day!

      @Bill, so nice to see you, my friend! I am glad I could introduce you to something new. I do think it is a pretty application. Take care!

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Very cool, Sharilee! I've never heard of it but will check it out now. Thanks for the tip.

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      Susan Holland 4 years ago from Southwest Missouri

      This is a great tool! I have my students use it, especially during a research project. :-)

      Great info! Votes and shares! :-)