Content curation is finally coming to CRE. Besides some CRE specific sites, do it yourself curation tools are offering more options for customization so you can create your own content summaries. Here’s a look at what’s available.
Created as a personal prospecting tool, Peter Ciriello organizes CRE news content by area and property type. Articles are collected from primary sources to avoid duplication and spam. While there’s no search function, selecting a category and browsing the headlines is effective enough. And if you’re interested in networking, you can register your contact info and specific CRE interests.
Currently only for the Atlanta market (with plans to expand in the future), CREReport is a personally researched and curated news companion. Delivered via an email that’s optimized for mobile viewing, you’ll get a daily report of important news, trends and events in the market.
Register to create your own web page with articles selected from trusted CRE news sources. Updated in real time, you can also search for news, follow companies and save articles. Once you create your funnel, bookmark the page so you can check the headlines when you’ve got some time. You can also opt for daily email alerts summarizing some of the top articles from your selections.
If you’ve discounted Paper.li because you’re annoyed with all the “dailies” promoted on Twitter, you’re missing out. Paper.li can easily be used as a personal content curator for your eyes only. Displayed in a newspaper format, you can aggregate content from most social networking sources and any RSS feed (like the ones you can’t read in Google reader anymore…). Organize content into sections/topics and filter authors if you want for the ultimate in customization. Designed for viewing on any device, you can also embed your paper on your blog or website.
If you don’t want to create your own paper, you can subscribe to ones you like. But you’ll have to find them on Twitter since they’re not indexed/there’s currently no way to search for topics.
Use this as a visual “read it later” by adding content via a bookmarklet that grabs articles as you find them. The magazine like layout includes commenting and social sharing for each article so if you want to get into the social aspects of this site – or work on gaining your own following, you can. Use the RSS feed to add your collected content to a reader/other curation tools instead of having to log in to scan the news. There’s also a mobile app so you can view on the run and paid plans available with more features and controls.
If you’re spending more time with your tablet or phone than your desktop, there are several mobile apps that you can use to customize your news. Flipboard, Pulse and Prismatic are RSS feed readers that let you select content from various sources including most social networking sites. The highly visual formats are a step up from standard text feed readers. Upgraded features include adding your own RSS feeds instead of being stuck with just their content providers and filtering authors to customize and de-clutter.
If you’re still looking for a replacement for Google Reader, Yahoo still lets you add RSS feeds to your account’s home page(s). I’ve got mine on separate tabs by category. Get the RSS URL to manually add to My Yahoo or use your browser’s functionality to add the feed directly. No customization but perfect for those who don’t want to miss anything.
Alltop.com If you don’t want to bother with readers or apps, there’s always Alltop. The site is a collection of popular and niche feeds organized by topic. Browse through the headlines in the Real Estate section for a quick overview of what’s going on. But if you create an account, you can select only the sources you want to read and set up a “My Alltop” page. Bookmark the page so you can scan the news when you have a chance. Your My Alltop page can also be added to any reader by clicking on the RSS button or by adding /rss to the end of your My Alltop URL.