Today, we are thrilled to announce our new app for iOS. Making Bundlr available to iOS is a goal Pedro Gaspar and the rest of the team has worked tirelessly and excitedly to accomplish over the past few months. We can’t wait for our users to start using Bundlr on their phones and tablets and this marks the first step towards that goal.
A lot of great content is being clipped right now with Bundlr. To make sure you don’t miss it, we improved the activity page with better suggestions and made it the new homepage.
And there’s more! Now you can like and reclip the best clips you find. It’s a nice way to let someone know they’re doing a good job, and keep your bundles updated with new content.
Not feeling very social? We have one more new feature for you. Now you can move your clips to different bundles you own, to help you organize your content. Just place your mouse over a clip and click move.
This article belongs to a series of How To blog posts.
Finally, after talking about saving articles, photos and text selections, there’s still a large number of other media you can also clip with Bundlr. It supports videos, music, podcasts, presentations, products and many more.
And once again, you don’t need to do anything different. Just click on the Bundlr button and it should detected the kind of service your clipping from.
Here’s an example for a YouTube video:
and another for a SoundCloud song:
In both cases, you can then play the video and song without leaving your bundle page.
Ever wanted to invite someone to collaborate on a bundle, but he or she doesn’t have an account yet? Now you can send an invitation with just their email. He or she will be automatically added as a collaborator as soon as they join Bundlr.
You probably noticed already you can follow users and bundles inside Bundlr. You just need to click on the blue Follow button.
But did you know there are also RSS feeds for users and bundles? You can get notifications of new bundles a user created, or new clips added to a bundle on your feed reader. Just look for the orange RSS icon on your browser, or add “.rss” to a Bundlr user or bundle URL, to get the feed.
We noticed that some events started using Bundlr to collect media around them: photos taken at the event, slides and videos of the talks, comments from Twitter, Facebook… So we decided to launch a special campaign for event organizers.
We’re offering a free premium account for events that want to become our partners and use Bundlr to organize and share their content. It’s a great way to save a snapshot of an event and keep the conversation going. Know more at: http://bundlr.com/events
We’re starting a series of How To posts here on our blog. This is the start of our future Help section.
One cool Bundlr feature that is sometimes overlooked if the ability to clip a particular image inside a website. It’s useful when a picture illustrates better the a certain article, or you just want to save an inspirational photo. And it’s very easy to use:
1. While browsing an interesting page, click on the Bundlr browser button or bookmarklet, like you would normally do. You will notice that, on the top-right of each image, a red “Clip image” button will appear, like the one below:
2. Just select the bundle you want and press the button above the image you want to clip. An image clip will be added to your selected bundle. It should look like this:
Simple right? Click it and you will able to see a bigger preview of the image, with the title and description from the website where you clipped it.
We try our best so that our clipper find the correct information from the websites you clip. But sometimes, some particular pages come with a format we’re not expecting, and the clipper stumbles a bit.
Now you can edit a clip’s title and description (the short text on the grid and list views), in order to perfect the final result. Just open the clip and choose Edit Clip on the Options dropdown, like shown in the image below.
Try it out the next time you clip something new ;)
The community has clipped hundreds of thousands of interesting content and media from all over the web. We finally decided to do it justice by launching a new search engine for Bundlr.
We now index all kinds of information we grab from the sources, and also show you clips that match your search. Not only will you get a lot more results, they will be more relevant, thanks to the extra data we’re using.
So, give a try to the new Bundlr human-curated search.
If you happen to have a lot of bundles, you know that your account page can quickly become confusing. So we decided to organize it a bit. Now, if you have more than 6 bundles, your account page will have two sections: first, your 6 latest bundles; second an alphabetic list of all your bundles (see picture below).
This way, your most updated bundles stay highlighted, but it’s easier to find a particular bundle.
To group bundles together, give them the same prefix like “Topic - Subtopic”. With the new alphabetic list, they will appear next to each other.
Thanks to Gonçalo Valério, we now have a Bundlr Opera extension too. It works exactly as the Chrome and Firefox extensions and the bookmarklet, you just don’t need to have the bookmarks toolbar visible.
Twitter is adding support for more types of media on their platform, and bundles are one of them. You will start seeing bundle previews below tweets linking to a bundle. The preview includes the bundle title, description and cover image.
There are two types of curation: sprints vs marathons
Looking at Bundlr’s community, we noticed there are two distinct types of bundles. We call them sprints or marathons, and they’re very distinct ways to curate a topic. Neither is better than the other, it depends on what you’re trying to achieve. Here’s some information to help you choose wisely.
These usually take a couple of hours to make, and can quickly have dozens or even hundreds of clips. They are used when you’re working on something time-sensitive. Common examples:
Gathering resources for a blog post
Materials for a school assignment
Live news coverage
This kind of curation tends to get attention more quickly, since it’s about something interesting at the moment. You can watch the number of views increasing in real-time. But it won’t be of much use following it because there won’t be many updates. And so the attention eventually dies.
Marathons start small, without buzz, like when you’re creating a new blog. Unlike sprints, they keep getting updates. Common examples:
Inspiration (like beautiful photography)
Online clipping (a press page for a product or service)
This kind of curation slowly attracts followers. The audience steadily increases. Look at the The Meaning of Life bundle, updated frequently by Renato, for over a year now. It’s one of our most followed bundles, without being promoted. This is the best strategy if you’re trying to build a following and become an influencer in a particular topic.
One of the worst things about Twitter is the inability to find old tweets. The best way to backup tweets is using a tool like Bundlr to save conversations, a conference discussion or a product feedback on Twitter.
You could already clip tweets using Bundlr, but in the latest release we simplified the workflow. Here’s how you can clip tweets into a bundle:
Since your title should be short, use the description to convince someone to start following your bundle. And don’t forget Google cares a lot about what you write on the description. Here’s a description we love from the Made in Portugal bundle:
The best that Portugal has to offer to the world. The inventions, the art, the technology, the food. A portrait of an old country that is still alive.
High quality bundle covers
A good title is important but there’s nothing like an awesome bundle cover to stand out. Specially an high quality image that looks good whatever the size of the bundle frame. Ludovic knows this and picks good photos for his covers:
Gather followers from inside and outside Bundlr
If the topic is interesting, your followers will probably start following your new bundles too. However, the most popular authors start sharing their bundles early on Twitter and Facebook, and even embed them on their blogs, to build a following.
Though you can create a pretty good bundle in a couple of hours, the most popular ones are constantly updated, some even daily like Ray Wong’s Awesome Stuff. Too busy? Try adding collaborators to help you.
Mix visuals with quality content
Great photos and videos work great to impress a new visitor to your bundle, but if you want to keep your bundle interesting and retain an audience, you have to mix different types of media. Look for insightful articles, a good Speaker Deck presentation on your topic or a must-read book from Amazon.
Engage with the community
Don’t be a silo. Ask your followers on Twitter if they want to collaborate on your new bundle. If you’re working on a bundle about design, go to design forums and ask for great content for you to clip. You will end up with a better bundle and a bigger audience.
Team up with an influencer
Following up on the last tip, a bulletproof way to create a popular bundle is teaming up with someone who already has an audience on that topic. Nobody said it was easy being popular :)
Clip from different sources
We know there are websites we all love, but if a bundle is only going to have BBC articles we might as well do a search on their website and skip the bundle. While it can make sense in some cases, you’ll do better by following the example of the LikeSciFi bundle and use as many different relevant sources as you can.
Another new feature from the last release is the ability to clip something right from the bundle page. You might have noticed it… it’s this little form on the top right corner of your bundles:
Why do we added, you ask? Well, primarily for an embarrassing reason. As awesome as we want our browser button to be, it still doesn’t work on all browsers and platforms. And then there’s those really old websites with crazy insides that our cute clip widget can’t get pass.
So, if you have one of those problems, you can now copy the link of the page you want to clip and use the from above in one of your bundles.
After implementing it, we also found out that it works as a quick way to add a clip. Like in those cases where your already know the link by heart and it would be silly to open a new tab, go to the link and then use the Bundlr browser button to clip it.
This is a feature we wanted to build for some time now, and some users had already requested it: backing up content from Bundlr.
We chose to use the industry standard for this kind of content, which exports your clips as a bookmark list (with folders instead of bundles) that can be imported on Google Chrome, Safari and Firefox. Besides that, other services like Delicious, ZooTool and Pinboard also support it.
So, if you want to export your bundles, head over to your account settings and choose export.
It should take a couple of seconds to get everything together and start downloading, but not too much.
One of the first things you should notice on the new Bundlr is the redesigned bundles. There was a lot to improve from the last version, and we know how important is that the bundles you create look good. Since we were adding support for more platforms, we had the perfect excuse for a makeover.
Here’s how the two bundle visualizations ended up looking:
Before, the list view was too similar to the grid and, therefore, not that useful. Now they have different purposes.
The grid view (the default) is better for a visual overview of a bundle, for someone who never seen it before, or simply for inspiration. The list view is better for articles, since you can more easily skim through headlines, and looking at your notes.
Finally, if you click a clip, you will go into the new preview more. It’s a slideshow of the bundle clips, where you can consume the media in its full glory, whether its a blog post, a TED talk or a SoundCloud mixtape.
Quick tip: you can also use the keyboard’s left and right arrow to switch clips.
“Be part of the content ecosystem, not just a re-packager of it. Often, people think of themselves as either creators or curators as if these two things are mutually exclusive. What a curator really should do is embrace content as both a maker and an organizer.”—5 Tips for Great Content Curation
Besides being totally focused on improving Bundlr based on our community feedback, we sometimes take a look at other curation tools. We know Bundlr it’s not the perfect tool for every need, and there are very good applications made by great teams out there.
When we started working on Bundlr, back in 2010, there weren’t that many curation tools. But all of a sudden, they started popping up like mushrooms. Some didn’t last long, others are still online and kicking. Some just cloned features, others were game changers.
So, here is our list of the 8 best general-purpose curation tools:
“We share links to helpful media in our tweets, status updates and even within our blog posts. But a thoughtful content curator is more than just a broadcaster of good info. It’s someone who understands their brand and their audience well enough to identify the relevancy of the content, as well as the best context for sharing.”—The New Rules of Content Creation & Curation
Remember when school essays used to end with a bibliography, referencing the books we read to write it? Now that’s a thing of the past. All research is done online, and we just add a list of links pointing to where we got our information.
But we didn’t use the entire websites as a source, usually just a couple of paragraphs in a blog post. And maybe one of the links points to a very interesting video, but it’s hidden under a boring URL.
That’s why a bundle is the ideal reference list. It knows there are different kinds of media (photos, videos, presentations or text articles) and it lets you interact with them.
But that’s not the only use for Bundlr in Education. Students can use Bundlr to share online study sources with a collaborative bundle. Teachers can provide students with a better looking collection of class materials inside a bundle.
Besides that, in the Bundlr community there are several educators scouting for new tools to help them in their teaching activites. Take a look at theses bundles:
“Curation is the act of individuals with a passion for a content area to find, contextualize, and organize information. Curators provide a consistent update regarding what’s interesting, happening, and cool in their focus.”—Content Curators Are The New Superheros Of The Web
Have you wondered about what other bundles were being created by the Bundlr community? Now you can explore bundles by category, here: http://bundlr.com/explore
Make sure you categorize your own bundles so others can discover you and follow your bundles.
There are 8 categories to choose:
Arts & Design
Education & Science
Right now there’s plenty of bundles in each category. But there’s a great chance some of your bundles aren’t yet listed. All you need to do is edit your bundle and pick the category that suits it best.
With all the awesome bundles created by you, we quickly figured out we needed help selecting the best for the Bundlr homepage. Inês came to the rescue. She has been picking the staff picked bundles for about a month now, besides helping us understand how we can improve the service from her user perspective.
So if you get an email from her, don’t worry. She’s just trying to help you get the best out of Bundlr. And don’t forget to check out her bundles.
Never miss a beat. Now you can follow users and bundles inside Bundlr. Be updated when your friends find something interesting, create a new bundle, or someone clips something to your favorite bundles.
You are automatically following you favorite bundles. The updates are available on the new Activity tab.
To help you get started, we compiled some suggestions:
We just printed some brand new stickers made by our friend designer Joana Corker. Want some? Drop us an email at email@example.com with your address and we’ll mail you some! (Edit: we ran out of stickers)
And don’t forget to send us back photos of what you do with them. We would love to know where they end up.
Made a mistake while connection Bundlr with your Twitter, Facebook or Google account? It’s not a problem now. You can easily add and remove them on your Edit profile page. Look for the section in the screenshot on the right.
New secure version of Bundle This. Update your button!
You might have noticed some warnings while using the Bundle This button on websites like Twitter or Facebook. This happened if you were accessing a secure version of the service (https at the start of the link), and the button was in the normal http version.
Now, we added support for secure access to Bundle This. Everything will work like before, the button will automatically figure out if you’re clipping something from a secure service or not, and act accordingly.
The bad news is that you have to update your Bundle This button. If you are using chrome, you just need to update the extension (Wrench button > Tools > Extensions). If your using another browser or the bookmarklet on the favorite toolbar, you need to go to our Get Started page and install the new version.
With the premium plans we also launched a new referral program. The goal is to reward those who share their love for Bundlr. For every friend or colleague someone convinces to sign up, he/she will get one month of the Team plan (collaboration) for free. And you can accumulate months until 2100 :)
To get the referral link or share it directly on Twitter, Facebook and other social networks, just login and go to Referral Program.
We need your help to grow the community and organize the web!