In the social media world that never sleeps, creating and curating on the go is a high priority. The question is, how can we do this efficiently?
There are thousands, if not more, all purporting to do the same thing and who has time to try them all out?
Tried and tested recommendations.
I have been using the following apps on a daily basis for over 12 months and found them to be easy and intuitive to use.
Below are my top 4 apps for content curation and creation.
(Please note that this is not an exhaustive list!)
1. Canva (Creation)
Canva is a drag and drop design tool that helps you create stunning graphics and documents.
I use Canva on my desktop but there is also an app (currently just for iPhone and iPad but Android is on its way!) which makes it a great option for graphics on the go. The app provides lots of free templates with the option to edit different elements, such as text, stickers, shapes etc. This means that you don't have to be a design wizard to create beautiful graphics.
The app is free, plus you get access to over 8,000 templates. You also have the option to upload your own images.
I use Canva on a daily basis and have found the Canva For Work package to be a worthwhile investment. This gives me access to more templates and the 'magic resize' feature which lets me automatically resize images for different contexts.
Plus, all of your designs are saved to your account so you can easily switch between the desktop version and the app.
2. Flipboard (Curation)
Flipboard is an app that collates news articles, popular stories and conversations, then categorizes them into a variety of interests and passions.
These categories are called ‘magazines’ and they can be created and curated by you. The app helpfully suggests topics and sub categories for you, then collates all of the latest stories into a virtual magazine. You can then add these stories to your own ‘magazines’ for a wealth of ready-to-share content.
What I particularly like about this app is that I can spend about 15 minutes a day on it and curate a significant number of articles to share. The different magazines mean I can curate on a number of topics at once so that it’s ready for when I need it.
The cover stories feature also collates articles that are currently popular; allowing you to find new and on the pulse stories.
The user experience of this app is also particularly pleasing as you get to flip through the stories by swiping.
3. Ripl (Creation)
Ripl is an app that allows you to upload your own photos, add a text overlay and create animated videos which can be shared directly to your social media channels.
Ripl is only available as a mobile app which means it has been created to work perfectly on-the-go!
The free version offers a number of different templates and only takes minutes to create an animated post.
There is also a paid option which unlocks more templates and allows you to add your branded logo.
Ripl themselves describe it as 'quick, simple and intuitive' app and I wholeheartedly agree. This is a great way to get started with animated video content.
4. Nuzzel (Curation)
Nuzzel collates the top articles and stories being shared by your friends, and friends of friends on Twitter. By connecting with your account, Nuzzel uncovers relevant and popular content that you can curate for sharing.
You can also curate your own Nuzzel newsletter and choose a regular time to publish it.
The discover tool inside Nuzzel is a great way to find interesting content that has been already been categorized for you. You can favourite the feeds you want to see and they will be saved within the app.
It offers a very quick way to curate content and was voted one of the top apps of 2016.
There you have it – my top 4 apps for curation and creation on the go.
I recently asked this question on Twitter: ‘What are your favourite apps for content curation and creation on the go?’ and received some fantastic responses.
Here is what the Twitter community had to say:
I mostly just search for diff. hashtags— Gabriela Cardoza (@CardozaGab) August 24, 2017
that I want to read up on
& go through what others share!
However,@BuzzSumo = a really great too!
Curation - twitter lists and linked in hashtag searches. Creation I don't do on the hop as I mainly do videos and they aren't hop friendly!— Cat (@catxdavies) August 24, 2017
Trello is great for content curation— Joanna King (@socialjo1) August 24, 2017
I love trello too @AdobeSpark for quick images— Nicole Osborne (@Lollipop_Social) August 24, 2017
I love Nuzzel! And @evernote !— Ai Zhang, Ph.D (@aiaddysonzhang) August 25, 2017
Quik App & iMovie are good for video! Steller, Photo Grid, Studio, VSCO Cam, Snapseed for images. Can you tell I'm a photo app junkie?— Kate Frappell (@katefrappell) August 25, 2017