by Briana Campbell (@MsMatchGirl)
When From Bogota With Love first started, the Z-team made a point of sharing their inspiration with you, be it books, websites or music that was pushing the innovation and creative process forward. We’d like to pick that up again.
For the next several weeks, my fellow Zemogians and I will be sharing our Top Five. The series starts with our Top Five Go-To Websites.
I’ll go first.
Percolate: In double alpha and invite only, this has become the site that I check every morning (and that I receive an email update from – that I actually read) once a day. From their “about” page:
Percolate is the first content curation platform that works by bubbling up interesting content based on your network and presenting it back to you for reaction.
Percolate works by hooking up to streams of content (like RSS and Twitter, with more to come) and filtering down to the most interesting stuff for you (by way of a lot of math and technical wizardry). We then present that content back to you for you to react to, which is as easy as hitting an “awesome” button.
My Twitter stream and Google reader are chock full of so much information. I know I miss a lot. Percolate lets the info I’m interested in find it’s way to me. I’m really excited about this product and can’t wait to see where it goes once its user base is expanded.
PSFK: One of my go-to sites for information on innovation in fashion, food, design, tech … everything … for several years now. It’s an amazing source of creative inspiration. The team also works to push creative innovation, through partnerships with UNICEF and others, through challenges like The Future of Health (to which Zemoga contributed several ideas). And they host very cool salons in cities all over the world, where creative professionals can come together to learn not only from panelists but each other.
Crowdbooster: This one is in beta, but as a social media professional, I find it really interesting. You can connect Facebook pages, Twitter accounts and your bit.ly account. Crowsbooster then takes in all the information and tells you the best time to push out a Tweet, if there influential people that have recently re-tweeted or followed you that you should follow back or interact with. You can see who are the people who share your information the most and what Tweets those are. There are also fun graphs and charts. I’m a sucker for analytics charts and graphs.
Gojee: I recently mentioned Gojee in a post entitled Five Start-Ups You Might Not Know About But Should. The Director of Content and Community there is a friend of mine, and I’ve had the opportunity to chat at length with the co-founders, so maybe I’m a little biased. But I think this site is amazing and it’s my go-to when I’m looking for a different (read: non-work) kind of inspiration. It’s a recipe aggregator, in simple terms, but so much more than that in reality. The content is great and the photos are beautiful. It will be fun to see where it goes when they are able to connect with more grocery store’s rewards cards.
Fast Company: Everyone working in the creative space should read Fast Company. Like PSFK, their articles run the gamut – from social media to industrial design to advertising to technology to leadership. The focus of Fast Company is on innovation being made in these fields (among others) and the people making that innovation happen. Unlike PSFK, they are not so much an aggregator of great content, but a creator of it. Looking at Fast Company’s website daily helps me to keep up with amazing innovation happening across industries. And helps to keep me ahead of the game.