Feedly Shared Collections: A New Way to Curate High-Quality History Content

Feedly_LogoFeedly made a big announcement: Pro users can create shared collections of content that they can make private or public. This has HUGE implications for historians and history organizations.

This tool can help us bring history back to the forefront of the public mind!

What is Feedly

Feedly is the most popular RSS reader app. The app allows you to find, subscribe to, view, organize, and share blog content, news articles, YouTube videos, and podcasts. Feedly displays the headlines and body content for all of the internet content you subscribe to within categorized lists.

Millions of people use Feedly and millions of people love history.


Using Feedly's Shared Collections

Professional Use

If the American Historical Association, the Organization of American Historians, or the National Council on Public History curated a feed of history news its members should be aware of, would you check in with it?

I would.

If these organizations curated a feed of important professional information, it would save me time and keep me better informed because I wouldn't have to hunt for it in all of the major publications. A Feedly shared collection means that we could all visit one place and see all of the most relevant and important articles about the historical profession.

Feedly Shared Collections

Public Use

Imagine if trusted and well-established organizations like the Omohundro Institute of American History and Culture or the McNeil Center for Early American Studies curated shared collections of early American history blogs, YouTube channels, or podcasts that anyone could access.[1] They would be providing an invaluable service because history lovers and professional historians alike could easily check these shared collections and trust that the content within them was worth consuming.[2]

There is so much blog, podcast, and internet video content on the web it is difficult to sort through it and find something worth consuming. Most people give up before they find the gems hidden within the morass.

Historians, history departments, and historical organizations could help their colleagues and history lovers bypass the quagmire by guiding them to reliable, high-quality history content.

Feedly's shared collections are a powerful tool that we can use to communicate history. Shared collections reduce barriers between content curators and readers because Feedly presents readers with access to not just a list of blogs, but the articles and headlines from those blogs. It is a tool that if used properly could help us in our quest to restore history to the forefront of the public mind.[3]

Here are links to my Feedly shared collections and instructions for how you can set-up your own shared collections. I will be adding more feeds soon.


[1] The OIEAHC already has a feature like this with its Octo, but this new Feedly feature could put the content from all of the blogs it features in one, easily accessible place.

[2] History departments could also curate shared collections for students and alumni.

[3] As of now Feedly only allows you to curate blog feeds in its shared collections feature. I hope that as Feedly updates this feature they will add the ability to easily curate shared collections of individual articles.

Increase Your Productivity with Pocket

Pocket Ap BannerLate last year I downloaded Pocket, an app that allows you to save online articles, blog posts, and videos for later. It has quickly become my favorite app and productivity tool.

In this post you will discover why I love Pocket and how it has increased my productivity.


2 Problems Solved by Pocket

Pocket helped me solve 2 problems.

1. Every day I want to read more web-based content than I have time for.

Pocket helps me read more of this content by capturing and saving it for later.


2. Pocket has helped me turn idle moments into productive periods.

I used to get frustrated every time I had to wait more than a few minutes for the T (subway), bus, a cashier, or for the Celtics to play better basketball.

Now I pass these moments productively.

I take out my smartphone, click on Pocket, and feed my mind with the interesting articles I have saved.

The best part: I can read my articles without an internet connection.


Pocket-Web-Browser-ExtensionPocket and Your Web Browser

Pocket is seamless to use.

Using Pocket's web browser extensions you can save the content in your browser with the click of a button.


Pocket and Feedly

FeedlyFeedly has a Pocket extension in its user interface.

The Feedly Pocket extension allows you to save blog posts right from Feedly.

Often the Feedly Pocket plugin will save you from having to go to the actual blog post to save the article.

Unfortunately, the Feedly Pocket button doesn't always work well.

If a blogger shortens their post, Feedly's Pocket extension will save only the content you see in your Feedly browser. If you want Pocket to save the whole article, you have to click on the article title in Feedly and save the article to Pocket from the blog webpage.


TweetbotPocket and Twitter

Pocket also has extensions for popular Twitter apps. (I use Tweetbot.)

People circulate a lot of great content on Twitter.

Each time you see a tweet with an link to an interesting article, you can click the appropriate button or tab and save the article to Pocket.

You can also tweet an article you like or save it to Buffer right from Pocket .


EvernotePocket and Evernote

If all of those features weren't enough to make you fall in love with Pocket, here's one more that may send you over the edge: Evernote integration.

Pocket allows you to archive articles you like in a personal archive. However, you may prefer to keep all of your favorite articles and reference materials in Evernote.

Pocket gives you that flexibility from their mobile apps. (You need to use Evernote Web Clipper to save a good article from the Pocket web app.)

In fact, Pocket allows you to choose which Evernote notebook and tags you would like to file the article in and with.


The Thinker by RodinConclusion

If you want to turn idle time into productive reading (or video viewing) time, try Pocket.

Not only will the app increase your productivity, it will do so for free.


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