Saturday, June 27, 2015

3 Steps to curate News and Articles using Twitter


As per the latest statistics, we have more than 300 Million twitter users and its the most popular social channel employed by the business.

Majority of the analyst use twitter to amplify the industry related news, articles and thoughts. Following these information can be more enriching than following a particular tech channel. This blog will list a simple way on how we can use the search functionality of twitter to create a daily news stream.

1.) Use the advanced Search functionality of the twitter. You can find this option under "More Options" in the search page. Put the key words that you want to filter for your daily consumption. Please remember to use "OR" in case you want multiple searches. Similarly follow the same process for the words which you do not want to see in your search results. Also, you can put language as an filter. Getting the perfect result will require right searches and right exclusions. Its an iterative process - you cannot achieve 100% success in your first attempt. Just run with your search for couple of weeks with intermittent tweaking to exclude the unwanted results - "feedback loop".

2.) Once, the result is done, you can create an widget which you can use in your blog - like given below: This is my attempt to get all the news from all major enterprise software vendors - As noted in point no.1 - it will not give the perfect result and i ll keep on tweaking the results till i get the perfect one.

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3.) You can also use aggregation services like paper.li. You can use the search query in the aggregation software - As a caution, please be absolutely sure about the query before posting it on the aggregation services.
You can find one of weekly aggregated news from my twitter channel here

With this 3 steps in place, you will have either a newspaper ( paper.li) or Tweet stream which will be a ready source for your reference and immediate content consumption...

At least it will save you your daily time of looking into google for site news.

I think it is a efficient way to follow news. Do let me know your thoughts on this..I would be very much interested in learning about any other efficient ways of getting the information "without doing anything" on a daily basis. ....Look forward to your views and reviews.

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