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GDPR – Just one month to go
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The General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR), the Europe-wide change to data protection, comes into effect on May 25th. Companies around the world who deal with European citizens’ data will be affected – we’ve already seen tech giants like Facebook and Google scrambling to save their business models, knowing that the fines which can be levied against them through GDPR are too big to ignore. But GDPR isn’t just about penalising the big players who have run roughshod over customers for years: small organisations will also have to become compliant.

Judging by the conversation which Cronycle monitors on Twitter, what being compliant means is still a subject many companies are struggling to work out. GDPR extends a lot of existing data protection regulations, giving provisions for consumers such as asking for their data in a portable format, limiting data hoarding, and attempting to ensure that both data controllers and data processors are kept in check. And we’re still yet to see all the national laws which will come into effect alongside GDPR, adding new levels of restrictions on data processing and handling.

If any of that sounds confusing, Cronycle has you covered. We’ve been monitoring the leaders and trends in the GDPR conversation for the past five months in our Insight Reports: with these, you can find out exactly what people are discussing when it comes to GDPR, and who it’s worth following for advice on the implications. We’ve recently added a new section, top articles, which covers the top 10 most influential GDPR articles for each month – these include news stories on big companies which are falling foul of data protection laws as well as guides and tips on how to stay compliant and on how to make the most of GDPR. We also ran a blog at the start of the year featuring five of the best guides on how to tackle compliance.

We also launched our GDPR Slack channel in February. Subscribers get key content, including both Insight reports and content from the top influencer identified by Cronycle’s algorithm. The channel is highly modular, so you can add on other topics of interest to keep abreast of developments in these areas. Finally, we’re hoping that the Slack channel will act as a community hub, so users can invite colleagues and friends to the channel.

Stronger regulations like the GDPR are key to ensuring that the sort of abuses which Facebook has been found guilty of come to an end – but implementation has to be balanced with a recognition of the risk to small businesses. Stay up to date with all the key points with Cronycle’s coverage.

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Daily Digest

Reading Time: 2 minutesFeature update including a new feature – Emails from Cronycle. From our Daily Digest to Sunday Best; here’s what happening with your inbox and how to manage those settings.

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Are you an influencer?

Reading Time: 2 minutesThis week we rolled out a new feature update which allows you to identify who is an influencer. The ultimate question I’m sure you are wanting to know the answer to … How is the influencer score worked out? There’s is a complex algorithm …

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Slack-GDPR

Reading Time: 1 minuteWith the GDPR deadline looming (25th may 2018), Cronycle has launched the first-ever GDPR slack community which is aimed at building a community to foster the conversation about the General Data Protection Regulation.

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What’s your topic?

Reading Time: 2 minutesNEW Feature update from us, Cronycle. We’ve rolled out an enhanced curation experience with the integration of Right Relevance AI. The new update is in the discovery section with topics; both personalized and trending […]

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Not another collaboration.

Reading Time: 2 minutesDefining collaboration in today’s world. Feature update from Cronycle about how the product is adapting to these changes. “We all have the same amount of time in a day, and there is no way to get more of it. It doesn’t matter how successful or wealthy one is – we are all capped at 24 hours per day.” [..]

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Get Better Insight from Collaboration with Cronycle
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yammer usersThe team here at Cronycle believe collaboration is not just chatting. Collaboration is when communication, content, and information become insight. We want to go beyond being an enterprise social network and give our users a better option to collaborate.

Millions of organisations continue to look for ways to improve how they share information with their colleagues. By switching to Cronycle, Yammer users can get more insight from workplace collaboration. Invite your team today to start sharing and collaborating on information that is important to your work.

By switching to Cronycle you get:

collaboration   Collaboration

             Work in teams across your organisation in dedicated spaces for projects.

one_platform   From one platform

             Upload, save, comment, and annotate on content and information.

content boards

quality_insights   Quality Insight

             Collaborative insight from content to help you make decisions.

discovery   Discovery

             Create news feeds with search queries that are relevant to you and your team.

stay_conected   Staying Connected

             Work from our iOS app and save content on-the-go with our Content clipper.

engagement in Cronycle web and iOS

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Become A Cronycle Blogger
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Guest blog for Cronycle

Cronycle is looking for guest bloggers to contribute to our dedicated audience of marketers, researchers, and analysts. We love to collaborate and guest blogging is great a way to network and share your expertise with others. Together we can give readers fresh ideas, and perspectives. 

What we stand for

We are dedicated to taking the noise out of mass media and providing content that matters most to our audiences. We believe that curation, collaboration and technology can help us achieve that. 

What we are looking for

We would love to hear your content ideas. We like topical posts, how-to guides and tips on:

  • Workplace Collaboration
  • Content Marketing
  • Research Analysis
  • Future of Work
  • Employee Advocacy and Evangelism
  • Future of Journalism
  • Impact of algorithms or algorithmic filtering

Guidelines

  • Original post (not published any elsewhere in the last 3 months)
  • 800 words minimum
  • If you’re keen to produce an infographic, a data-driven opinion piece or have a left-field idea please send us your pitch
  • Please send us any examples of previously published work

Benefits of Writing for Cronycle

  • Content published to our audience
  • Shared with our newsletter subscribers 
  • Regular Contributors will have their articles featured in our in-app Discovery section for users to subscribe to
  • Pro-package discount; use Cronycle to help you write epic content and collaborate with the other Contributors

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RSS feeds: Personalise your trusted source library
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Personalised you trusted source library with a free account: Add RSS feeds to your library

We are excited to announce a brand new feature for our free users. Now everyone can add individual RSS feeds to their Cronycle account. This means you will be able to personalise your trusted library of sources and create highly targeted Custom Feeds.

Cronycle is a content research platform. We believe in making it incredibly easy for our users to gather information from the web and create actionable intelligence.  creating Custom Feeds which are relevant for your research purposes, and then collaborating with a small team to get insight and intelligence from these feeds.

How will this help with my research?

Our custom feeds are powered by the feeds that publishers produce through RSS feeds and articles from Twitter feeds that you follow. In order to get our users started, we provide them with a list of 240 publisher feeds that come from international sources on a variety of different business and cultural areas.

However, we now recognise that isn’t enough for our free users, and in order to fully see the power of custom feeds they want to be able to add their trusted sources. So we have opened out the ability to add individual RSS feeds either via the Webapp, your mobile phone or the Chrome and Safari content clipper.

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Click here to learn more about creating a library full of your trusted sources

Or perhaps you want to learn more about creating the perfect news feed

To learn more about the benefits of creating your own algorithm and getting out of your social media echo-chamber then take a look at this article

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Publish Directly to WordPress with Cronycle
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Cronycle WordPress integration

As you may already know, you can embed your news feeds (collections) directly to your WordPress site, which is great for having a continuously updating feed which keeps your readers informed.

Today, we are excited to announce a new integration with WordPress. You can send drafts of new articles and posts directly to WordPress from Cronycle boards.

We understand that many of our users are using Cronycle to research new ideas and find articles which give credibility and authority to their new posts. Now, when you are writing and editing a new note on a Cronycle board, you can draft a post to send to WordPress.

[quoter color=”jeans”]Send a WordPress post direct to your site from Cronycle boards![/quoter]

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How to publish to WordPress from Cronycle

When you write a note on a board, you’ll have the option to create a draft for WordPress.

Save Note To WordPress

In order to send a draft to WordPress simply enter the heading and press create note ready for WordPress. To schedule your post you should enter a desired time and date, this is optional.

Save to WordPress

Once you have hit ‘send to WordPress’ the following modal will come up:

Cronycle WordPress integration

You will have to enter your WordPress URL (remember to include the http:// or https://), and your WordPress username and password. Then press ‘Send Draft to WordPress’.

Then you’ll see the draft of the post appear in your WordPress.

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We’re really excited about getting feedback about this new integration! We’ve developed it so our users can facilitate their content production process. Please contact us with your feedback and let us know what you think!

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Content curation for social media with Cronycle
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curate content for social media

If you’re like a lot of social media marketers, you will spend a lot of time searching for content to post on social media. This is often referred to as ‘content curation‘ and we’ve spoken to marketers who spend up to a day a week finding useful content to post on their networks.

As Neil Patel points out on the QuickSprout blog – curated content on social media account for 47% of all clicks, and given it’s much more time-efficient to curate content produced by other people, than create new content again and again, it’s well worth the time investment to share curated content on social media channels.

But as Neil Patel writes in another blog for Buffer:

“Even though social media tools do the posting for you, they don’t find the content to post. This is your job.”

[quoter color=”aqua”]Even though social media tools do the posting for you, they don’t find the content to post. This is your job.[/quoter]

But what if I told you there is a platform which finds the content to post. What if I told you that you could create your own personalised news feed which goes out to the trusted sources you respect, and delivers interesting articles according to keywords you put together.

How does that sound? Pretty exciting I expect.

A complete platform to curate content for social media

Neil Patel suggests spending half an hour searching for content on various networks.

  • 5 minutes searching for content on Twitter
  • 5 minutes searching for content on Facebook
  • 5 minutes searching for content on LinkedIn
  • 5 minutes searching for content on Google News
  • 10 minutes searching through niche blogs and websites

He then suggests copying all those links and quotes into a document and warns against getting distracted.

I’m suggesting you spend 10 minutes scanning one personalised news feed, automatically posting those links into a board which is attached to the same platform, and given it’s all self-contained, there is no way you can get distracted by click bait articles.

[quoter color=”plum”]I’m suggesting you spend 10 minutes scanning one personalised news feed, automatically posting those links into a board which is attached to the same platform, and given it’s all self-contained, there is no way you can get distracted by click bait articles.[/quoter]

Ok – but you’ve been promised personalised news feeds before. And they get way too much to handle because you are completely inundated with content which you can’t control. So you’ve given up with your personalised news feed.

Cronycle doesn’t just aggregate content together in one place. Cronycle offers you powerful filtering to make sure you’re only served articles which contain keywords that come from your specified sources. This ensures you get a limited number of very relevant articles a day.

[quoter color=”flamingo”]This ensures you get a limited number of very relevant articles a day[/quoter]

A platform to save articles to post for later

A completely customised news feed is great. But when something is running off an algorithm, you want to make sure you are only posting the best articles from that news feed. You need a ‘holding area’ of some description where you can annotate those articles so you know what you may say on each social media platform. This is what Neil Patel was using as an open document – a place to house the best links you’ve curated.

In that holding area, it would be useful if you could post articles which didn’t just come from the personalised news feeds. It would be useful if you could hold articles which you find whilst browsing the web, either on your desktop or on mobile, so you can review which posts you’re going to send out before sending them direct to your scheduler.

You could finally be in control of curating posts to share on social media – and it could take you just 10 minutes a day.

[quoter color=”honey”]You could finally be in control of curating posts to share on social media – and it could take you just 10 minutes a day[/quoter]

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Cronycle does exactly that. Cronycle provides you with a customisable news feed which takes sources you trust and filters them using key words which you provide. Cronycle then has a dedicated annotation space we call a board, where you can pin relevant articles to discuss with your team (if you like) before shipping them out to a scheduling tool.

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How to create a workflow which is optimised for social media on Cronycle in eight easy steps

  1. Start by signing up to Cronycle. You’ll be given the option to use a select list of Cronycle sources to start a ‘trusted library’. If you don’t already use a news aggregator or twitter to search for articles then this is the best option. If you already have a curated list of trusted sources which you search through then take the other option.
  2. Join your Twitter account to Cronycle to see all the articles the people you follow post through Cronycle
  3. Download the Content Clipper for Chrome or Safari. Whilst you’re browsing the niche sites which you check for interesting content, check to see if they have a relevant RSS source and add that to Cronycle.
  4. Add Google Alerts to Cronycle – so instead of searching Google News, go to Google Alerts. Type in the keywords you usually search in Google News and make sure you get the RSS feed. Add this to Cronycle. More info here.
  5. Hit ‘Create New Collection’ – type in a list of keywords which you would like to be present in the articles in order for them to be relevant for your social media channels. More on this here.
  6. Create a new board and entitle it ‘SocialMediaPosts’ or ‘TwitterPosts’ or ‘FacebookPosts’ – it’s up to you how you organise your Cronycle.
  7. Add articles to the relevant boards as they appear in your news feeds or using the Content Clipper on your browser or mobile device
  8. When you’ve established it’s a good article for social, then hit the three dots and click ‘share on social media’. You can either take the link to post on your scheduler, or post them right away.

And there’s a quick and easy way to curate content for social media.

Don’t just take our word for it…

curate content for social media

This is just one application of using Cronycle. We are also used to curate articles for blog posts, for internal knowledge, and some financial analysts use us to keep up to date with oil prices. But this is a great application for marketers and social media managers and a lot of people are having a huge amount of success with it.

The Cronycle Standard Account

We’ve mentioned a Standard Account. The Standard Account allows you to further personalised your news feeds by adding bespoke sources to your library. It’s incredible value for the amount of time you save. Check out our pricing here.

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Learn more from Cronycle:

Become an expert content creator

How to create unique research-based content 

How to build the perfect source library

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How to Filter Feeds
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Filter Collections Cronycle

This is a guide to filtering newsfeeds in Cronycle. The algorithms that are used in feeds are entirely set up and controlled by you. There is no ‘master algorithm’ working behind the scenes which can hide content that you might want to see, or place sponsored content in front of you. This gives you a remarkable amount of freedom.

This has many benefits – you will not only see content from publishers which create headlines which inspire you to procrastinate, nor will you be drawn into an echo chamber.

However, you have the ability to control your feed, and only see the articles which suit you.

Basic Filters in Cronycle

The basic filters are simple. Type in key words or key phrases which must (or must not) appear in the headline or copy of the articles. Press enter after each key word or phrase. This filtering system comes up as standard. In the below example, the articles presented in this feeds will contain EITHER ‘oil price’ OR ‘barrel price’. However, if an article contains the phrase ‘barrel price’ AND ‘Shell’, this article will never appear in the feed.

cronycle basic filter on newsfeed

 

N.B. Naming a feed does not include that keyword as a filter

Advanced Filters in Cronycle

You have the opportunity to create advanced filters when you open the newsfeeds, then click on the setting cog on the top right. In the drop-down menu there will be advanced filter option.

Advanced filters allows you to use the ‘and’ function. This is would happen in instances where you want two key phrases in the article, however you don’t want those words to necessarily appear next to each other. Please see the below example:

advanced filter on newsfeed

 

Should I use all Twitter and RSS feeds?

When starting out, we recommend using all your sources in your feeds. As you get more comfortable with the filtering, you can think about whether you’d like to just use feeds direct from publishers, or articles which are posted on twitter.

How To Filter Feeds: Conclusions

If you would like some more information, or would like to discuss how you would like to filter news feeds please contact us.

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Content Clipper for Safari – launched today!
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Content Clipper Safari Cronycle

Cronycle has a cool new feature for Apple users! You can now download the Content Clipper from the Safari extensions store.

The content clipper makes it easy to add articles you read from all over the web directly to boards, so you can make sure that article is part of your project, and discuss its relevance with your team.

You can also check to see if a website has a feed which you can add directly to your Cronycle, so you never miss out if they post a relevant article for you again.

For more information please see this post.

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Cronycle is a Shoreditch tech start-up and we are looking for a content intern
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Do you have…?

An inherent curiosity…

in knowledge – you should be interested in literally everything from the beauty economy to growth hacking, to media buying to enterprise risk to business strategy to Alzheimer’s to M&A… the list goes on

in discovering how things work – when you get your hands on an interesting platform you have the ability to stretch and push the platform to make it perform in incredibly creative ways

And are you naturally…

personable – chatty, friendly and good with language

assertive – happy to speak up when they have a good idea, and to raise concerns in the right environment

 

You’ll learn about marketing, editorial, customer experience and sales. We aim to give the following skills to our interns –

  • Principles of content marketing
  • E-mail marketing
  • Building a user community
  • Customer Service
  • B2B content production
  • Content management systems (CMS)
  • Search engine optimisation (SEO)
  • Editorial curation and publishing skills
  • Mining marketing analytics

Imagine being one of the first to curate the Instagram blog, or being responsible for managing the front page of Sky News. Cronycle is a brand new B2B platform and we are looking for people who are excited about curating our newsfeed and inspiring our users to push their Cronycle more.

60% of your day will be spent acquiring good B2B marketing skills listed above, and 40% will be spent curating the editorial of the platform.

[quoter color=jeans] Cronycle is committed to offering quality internships [/quoter]

  • We pay a fair wage – a London wage for a graduate who has invested in their education – the equivalent of 22k a year.
  • A fixed term – you will not be an intern for longer than 4 months – we will not let the you feel uncertain about your future prospects
  • Realistic expectations – we want to give you responsibility without pressure. We expect this to be a learning environment and not an uncomfortable one.

To apply – sign up to Cronycle by emailing us and use the tool to research and write a 500 word article on each of the following topic areas:

  1. How to curate content
  2. The future of growth hacking
  3. One other topic of your choosing

Create a WordPress site and upload your work. We would like to see a curated collection as well as the article. Please show evidence that you have researched the topic using the Cronycle tool.

Please send the link to the site with short introductory email to Alice.

We look forward to seeing your ideas!

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What is Cronycle?
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[quoter color=”honey”]What is Cronycle? [/quoter]

Cronycle marks a new era for content creators.

Cronycle marks a new era for you. Everyone is a content creator – everyone produces quality insight that is relevant for them and their teams. Everyone forms opinions using available evidence to satisfy their own curiosity.

The digital age marked a new world where information was freely publishable and freely available. Our world changed with the speed of communication; by our ability to collaborate and understand what is happening globally. The universe felt smaller, and barriers to entry felt lower. Opportunity permeated through the developed world.

With the advent of this new age, power lay in the hands of those who could access and filter through the web. Search engines and social sites rose and fell through the ranks of influence, with the most successful creating vast and huge empires.

Today, more and more information is available and access to the best analysis is harder and harder to do. Search engines and social networks use algorithms which leaves the user helpless and out of control. Workers share information using private messaging applications which are tricky to manage.

Cronycle marks a new era for accessible knowledge.

We believe in transparent choice. You should find what is relevant for you. You choose your sources. You control your feed.

We believe in collaboration. You should work with the people in your team and create intelligent analysis and aggregate understanding.

We believe in serendipity. You should stumble upon articles and information which lie outside your existing network. You should escape the echo-chamber and open your mind to new opinions.

What is Cronycle?

It puts meaning back into content.

It is for the content creators.

[quoter color=”sand”]It turns information into knowledge. [/quoter]

Sign up for Cronycle here

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