How news orgs are using RebelMouse for blizzard, Fashion Week

Hunkering down for an anticipated blizzard is taking on new meaning for newsrooms experimenting with RebelMouse. The snow may be calling the shots. That isn’t stopping social media editors — many of whom also happen to be new to RebelMouse — from learning as they go.

There’s a RebelMouse page for Vine videos about the storm, for example. And Digital First is using RebelMouse to embed updating coverage with the hashtag #dfsnow.

NPR Social Media Product Manager and first time RebelMouse user Kate Myers aggregates tweets from a curated list of member stations and “reporters in the path of the storm.” Myers knows that vetting reporters according to geographic location and NPR affiliation does not guarantee the content will be topical but she is “going through and taking off unrelated things” retrospectively. Read more


5 ways to use social media curator RebelMouse

Almost six months after RebelMouse launched, the service is finding a home in the digital journalist’s toolbox.

If you haven’t heard of it before, here’s what RebelMouse does: You connect your social accounts (Twitter, Instagram, Tumblr, etc.) and it creates a web page that features the latest content you’ve shared.

Many journalists have created RebelMouse pages that simply aggregate their own stories and photos, and some news organizations are using it in more advanced ways.

Here are a few examples of how it can be used.

Reuse your live-tweeting efforts. Feed your tweets or an event hashtag into a RebelMouse page, and embed it on your site. It’s a great way to extend that coverage to non-Twitter users.

It’s more elegant than simply embedding a Twitter widget. Read more


The media’s best of 2012

As 2012 comes to a close, journalists are looking back at the biggest stories and events of the year. We’ll be collecting them here, using Rebel Mouse.

As I write in a separate story about Rebel Mouse, the platform can:

  • bring multiple social networks together in one space.
  • make all that work you put into social networking accessible to people who don’t use those networks.
  • be as automated as you want or as manually curated.

Our list below is manually curated.

If you see an end-of-year list we should include, please send a link to Read more


How journalists can use RebelMouse to craft Web content from social media curation

If you mashed up Tumblr, Pinterest, and Storify, you’d get something close to RebelMouse.


The new Web service, whose namesake mascot could be the mutinous younger brother of Mighty Mouse, uses the links and photos you share on Twitter or Facebook to populate a Web page.

The product’s raison d’être goes something like this: 1) Everybody wants to have a website 2) Nobody knows what to put on their website because they use social media now instead of blogging 3) So why not use your social media activity to power your website.

For an individual journalist, RebelMouse can build a website that harnesses all your social media curation work into a Web product (see mine as an example).

You can imagine how a prolific, Twitter-centric journalist like NPR’s Andy Carvin could fill a page with news. Read more