Why I’m drinking from the Spundge firehoses

First there were RSS feeds, then Zite, and now Spundge

Have you heard of Spundge? I hadn’t till recently but I’m glad Kristen McLean, co-chair of our Author (R)evolution Day, called my attention to it. Kat Meyer and I got a demo of their platform last week and we were both very impressed. What makes Spundge so special?

I’m always on the lookout for a new content filter and discovery platform. I gave up on most of my RSS feeds a few years ago and Zite has been a decent solution since. I’ve often worried that Zite would just create a larger echo chamber and it’s clear it’s not feeding me new sources of content.

I’m still learning the ropes but Spundge feels like Zite on steroids. In fact, as I told Spundge’s Craig Silverman during the demo, I’m overwhelmed by the options the platform offers. That said, I’d rather be faced with too many choices than too few.

To Spundge’s credit, they make it very easy to create a simple account, import your social network feeds and add to them from a seemingly endless number of “notebooks”, which are simply other collections of curated content. Each notebook has a theme and I was able to search on keywords like “ebook”, “books”, “publishing”, etc., to create a pretty solid starting point.

I’ll continue using Spundge for the next few weeks and will write a follow-up summary after I’ve spent more time with it. I encourage you to check it out as well. And let me know what interesting notebooks you discover.

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