The Web is enormous, and it’s not getting any smaller. As a collective, we seem to suffer from information overload and FOMO (fear of missing out) at the same time – we can’t digest all the content that’s coming our way, yet we’re still concerned about staying in the loop. This is why it’s important to focus only on things that matter to you.
If you’re looking for a simple, centralized solution to collect all your content, you’re in the right place. One of these Web apps is sure to satisfy you, despite some of them still being in beta stage.
Netboard lets you create an entire website for anything you like. You get a username.netboard.me URL with options to make the website private or public, customize the theme, or even make money by including ads and banners. Apart from embedding video and adding links from around the Web, you can upload files to Netboard. It’s great for people who want more creative freedom from a content curation service. You can follow other users, upvote their Netboards, and collaborate with your friends. Last but not least, there are Chrome and Firefox extensions to make adding new items easier.
Channelkit is all about categorization and hierarchy. Your content is organized into Channels by topic, and you can split each Channel into groups. Items – links, articles, images, videos – are displayed as Cards in Pinterest-like fashion, and you can tag them or add your own notes and comments.
Channels can be public or private, and have custom header images. Channelkit is especially suitable for research purposes. Content can be added via email or with the help of a browser bookmarklet.
If Favorize is “Pinterest for paragraphs”, FlitterWeb is Yelp for websites. It’s a recommendation-based content discovery system where you can rate, review and comment on websites, connect with other members, and browse newly added websites. Moreover, you’re free to submit your own website for promotion and feedback. The more active you are, the more Privileges and Esteem you get, so you’ll be able to post in the forums or suggest new categories. It’s a helpful resource when you’re looking for website alternatives and new web apps.
Bundlin is a pretty little app for collecting content into Bundles, which are displayed on your profile page. You can tag your collections for easier searching and start conversations about your Bundles on Twitter. It’s great for Twitter-heavy users who appreciate simplicity.
Content curation is obviously the way to go, as evidenced by Google adding the Collections feature to Google+ just recently. Are you ready to join in, or do you still rely exclusively on RSS readers and traditional news sources? Do you know of any similar content discovery apps? Tell us in the comments.