Well I'll start by saying, actually no I don't think it is, but in my opinion it may well be better, because for me it has all the positives of Twitter and far fewer of the negatives.
Here are two of my Scoop.it sites
The other big advantage of Scoop.it is that discussion is based around content, which can help to give the interaction more depth. It also helps user to escape much of the banality that appears on Twitter as it tends not to attract the celebrity or 'what I had for lunch' postings as it isn't principally about conversation, but as more of a focus on content sharing.
Scoop.it use in the education sector also seems to be gaining momentum. My own principle Scoop.it sites have grown in terms of the number of followers (Yes, you can follow people on Scoop.it too) by about 500 - 600% over the last 2 months, so that they have now outstripped the Twitter following which has taken me years to nurture and develop.
Scoop.it now has it's own mobile reader for iPad too which works in a similar way to Flipboard so you don't have to be a curator to use it, you can just download the app and follow the streams of information which suit you.
For me though, the big advantage over Twitter is the lack of 'noise'. I follow around 2.5k people on Twitter and as I watch my stream constantly flowing by it can be hard to separate the real gems from the rocks. With Scoop.it, users tend to broadcast a lot less and with much more of a focus on quality.
So will I be dropping Twitter? Actually, no. When I add something to my Scoop.it collections it allows me to simultaneously pass the links through to other networks including Twitter, Facebook, Linkedin and Google+, so I can make Scoop.it my main app for handling all of those networks.
If you want to give Scoop.it a try and aren't sure where to start, have a look at Russell Stannard's tutorial videos which should show you all you need to know to get started.
- So which do you prefer?
- Are you still committed to Twitter?
- Are you using other curation tools?
By all means leave a comment.
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