RebelMouse ‘social front page’ on test

Okay, so I’ve tried ScoopIt, Bundlr and Storify but not Pinterest. Let’s see how the curation element of new RebelMouse works, which is similar to Pinterest. So here’s my social media splash page, which pulls in my blog feeds, selected tweets and clipped content, and which I’ve customised. It looks ok and took about 30 minutes to set up and sort, but there were some glitches and hitches…

Plus points…

  • Quick set-up.
  • Pretty intuitive (especially if you’ve used similar apps).
  • Freeze feature useful for setting sticky content.
  • Allows for multiple collaborators (could be useful on some of the brand content I work with).
  • One-click ‘Stick’ bookmarklet.
  • Easy to move posts around (drag and drop).
  • Has analytics – yet to test.
  • New embed option works.

Negatives/glitches…

  • Didn’t pull in blog feed images – had to upload manually.
  • ‘Stick’ bookmarklet doesn’t bring in selected copy (a nice feature on ScoopIt) and has dropped the date of my content to post the clip date instead.
  • Editing function doesn’t seem stable – pressed save only for edits to disappear on both heads and copy text.
  • Some ‘frozen’ spots seem to have shifted (not the top spot).
  • Didn’t link Facebook – due to privacy settings.
  • Page was a mess until I set Twitter section to send tweets to drafts only – although this does lose the automatic refresh element, it does give more control.
  • Have to refresh manually to see changes.
  • Occasional awkward headline breaks when redrawn on different platforms – price you pay for responsive design?

Will be interested to see how to use it for topics as I’m not sure how many people will be interested in following my personal social media front page rather than my Twitter.

I’d like to be able to use it with a RebelMouse login and without tying it to a specific Twitter of Facebook login, especially if covering ad hoc topics. [Update: it looks as if I can create more sites from the current login.]

It’s still in beta and developing with use but one to watch.

And, as Pete Ashton would say, where’s the business model to sustain it?