Friday, January 11, 2013

Rebel Mouse - Social Aggregator

RebelMouse, currently in beta, is a social aggregator that brings your Facebook, Google+, Instagram, and Twitter all into one place and presents it in Pintrest style wall.  You can also add various RSS feeds, Pinterest, and other services.  If you are using the social media services listed above as an educator and want a main page for students and parents to visit to get all the information shared in one place, RebelMouse would be worth a look.  By signing up you get your own page on RebelMouse that you can share with others.

There is also a bookmarklet tool that allows you to easily share new content to your RebelMouse front page.  You choose an image, make text edits, and then publish to your front page.  As you make any updates to your social profile they will automatically appear on your front page.  Last year when I was teaching I had a Twitter Feed, Facebook Page, and a blog for my classroom.  RebelMouse would have provided a homepage for students to visit.  I also could have easily linked videos and other stories pertinent to class that didn't necessarily require a blog post.

A feature that teachers might also enjoy is the ability to add a post/story directly from your front page.  You can add a headline or URL, add pictures, videos, or an album and then write the post.  You can also add tags to the story.  It turns your front page into a blog at the same time, but also a way to add a post without using the bookmarklet tool.

Sometimes you might have tweets or posts that you don't want to appear.  There is a draft section that contains those that RebelMouse is unsure of whether you want to post them or not.  You can visit there and add them as necessary.  You can also adjust the themes of your page and create your own.  There are already several videos on YouTube explaining how to create a theme. 

You can see my RebelMouse Front Page for a sample.  It is currently just my Twitter feed, but provides you with a sample of what a page would like look.  Also, here is a 60 second video with an introduction.

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