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Becoming a Spundge

In Online media, Uncategorized on April 18, 2013 at 10:30 am

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This is my first “story” created with Spundge. A friend in the branding business says “Spundge” is a crummy name, but I think I disagree. I think of it as an alternate spelling of “sponge,” which is sort of what it is.

Think of it as Pinterest for Journalists. (That isn’t an original comment… Someone suggested as much in a free webinar introducing Spundge, which I watched the other day.) Once you register, you can search Facebook, Twitter, Google+, YouTube and other “firehoses” for content specific to your interests. Then you collect them in “notebooks” that you can share with colleagues and everyone else.

With me so far?

Here’s what I like: I can create a story and include interesting stuff in with a single drag and drop. (If you click on this link you can see how these goodies render in Spundge.)

You can do the same with tweets, blog posts and all manner of Web content. It also promises to work seamlessly with WordPress blogs, which might be easier for those of us (are you reading in Williston, David?!) who make a habit of posts like this. …

Perhaps most interesting are the ways it can be used to share information between reporters on the beat and editors, or even sources. You could create a notebook — say on South Dakota politics — and share info in a private way that is only available to folks at the paper. It might make for an interesting aggregator that collects information and guides coverage.

Look, I know. You are inundated with Web tools that promise to make your job easier. I’m not sure this one will accomplish that (although, Spundge content officer and Poynter contributor Craig Silverman swears it’s a time-saver), but I think it is an interesting addition to your arsenal. Don’t think of it as a time-saver, but rather a new way to stay informed about journalism, college football or whatever you want to know more about. Isn’t that enough? There are free and pay versions if you want to give it a try.

I’ll let you know more as I get the hang of it.

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