Scoop.it allows its users to create an information resource on any topic they like. The site is geared towards giving users a quick, easy way to curate their own content. The user can set up a Scoop.it page and begin compiling online resources. Scoop.it also provides a stream of suggested resources which the user can choose to ignore or “scoop” (which adds it to their Scoop.it page). Users can return to their resources any time to make edits. Users can also easily add pages they find while browsing the web. Scoop It also provides an invitation feature so users can share their self-curated pages with others who might be interested in the same topic. A social element is added because the people that visit the user’s page can suggest relevant links that they think the user may want to include or review.Show more screenshots »
Scoop.it was founded in 2010 by Guillaume Decugis and Marc Rougier. The application was intended to give users a place to share their expertise and knowledge on any subject. This is done by including handpicked resources that the user chooses to add to their Scoop.it page. The current Scoop.it team consists of less than 20 individuals, including CEO Decugis and President Rougier. Scoop.it is currently in a beta status.
Scoop.it provides users with an easy to use place to compile all of their favorite resources on a topic that they feel passionately about. The application eliminates the need to spend time writing the user’s own resources. It also feeds the user potential resources that they can choose to add or ignore. Scoop.it makes it easier for users to show their expertise and interest in a subject and share it with others.
A user’s Scoop.it page contains a great deal of information. The top of the page includes a small image, title and a tag line as well as information on the curator. Buttons just below the header reveal how many visitors the page has had, sharing tools, tags and access to the suggestion form. Scoop.it pages can contain various types of media, including text and images. A follow button is also included so visitors can keep track of updates on the user’s Scoop.it page.
Scoop.it is still in beta, so the user must request an invitation to join the community. This can be done by clicking the blue and white “Get an Invite” button found near the top of the homepage along the right hand side (inside the green header). This takes the user to the request form. The form asks for a full name, email address, Twitter account and which topics the user would like to create Scoop.it pages for. The form also asks a few additional questions, such as what the user’s take on blogging is, how they feel about social media and how they discovered Scoop.it. A large text box is also presented at the bottom of the form so the user can add an additional note or comment for the Scoop.it creators.
Scoop.it offers an interest and helpful service, however it is one that relies entirely on the user. If there are no users, then there would be no curated pages to browse on Scoop.it. The site is currently accepting invitation requests for free. It is still in beta, so it is possible that this could change in the future.
Scoop.it is a resource for anyone who knows quite a bit about a subject but has no way to share their knowledge. The site is also a handy source of information for anyone who is researching a topic covered by a Scoop.it user.