It’s free, it’s easy, it looks really good
Reblemouse is a social feed aggregator ~ a what now?
What rebelmouse does in a nutshell is create a feed of your syndicated content. You add the accounts like twitter, facebook Tumblr instagram and then it will combine the content, fetching images and video from your links and display it in a ‘masonry wall’ ~ similar to Pinterest. You can then refine the rules that govern what is shared on your feeds, create extra, different, more refined or specific feeds and easily click-curate your current content. You then have an address like rebelmouse.com/yourname that you can direct people to that will display all these tabs like my example below. You could take this further by assigning a domain name of your choosing to your rebelmouse site or using the embed code feature to add dynamic, automagigally updating, social content in your sites and pages/ places around the web.
My Top Five Reasons for using Rebelmouse
So, thats what it does – here are my top 5 reasons why your charity or nonprofit should be using it already:
1. It’s free - do you like free stuff?
Of course as with all of these sorts of things there is a premium service that will remove the ad but even in the free version you only get a promotional box for rebelmouse itself, there’s no ads for third parties or services that, without your control, could turn out to be slightly off message for your charity’s brand.
2. It is incredibly easy to setup and maintain - easy is good, right?
You just sign in with your charity twitter account, connect facebook, add any other networks and you are done – get the embed code from the embed tab to add it to your own site. You can alter the settings to include or exclude the type of content you want, for most organisations this may be enough but you can also use advanced filters to give you much more control over the content you are pulling in form services like Twitter and Instagram.
3. It looks really good out of the box and it is really easy to style
You actually don’t need to do any styling – the default scheme is really neutral too so it will fit in well with almost any branding. However if you did want to add a bit of a flourish you could choose from loads of other styles by clicking the design tab…
If you want to get really fancy there is a create your own theme option as well that will give you some help in creating your own CSS code to style it exactly how you want – here is the full how to
4. It is easy to add (and remove) extra people to help you post and curate content
It’s great to be able to collaborate on content curation stuff, rebelmouse makes this a doddle you just go to your sites tab nd click invite by email or rebelmouse name, you can then add some people to help make your site brilliant and just click teh x next to them if they no longer need to be involved. Full (and better) instructions on inviting and managing admins are available on the blog
5. The help and how tos are brilliant
…and more features are being added all the time – last week they announced new feature enabling people to signup for email alerts from your rebelmouse page which I imagine could be really useful for a small charity with limited resources – it basically would create a newsletter for you without you having to do teh extra work in compiling and sending the email yourself.
Some ideas for how you could use rebelmouse…
- Compile all of your online sharing in one feed like I have done on the ‘social stream’ page on this very site
- Create a wall of the best content from your event like I did for Barcamp Non Profits earlier this year
- Create an attractive display of the top tweeters from your organisation like I did for the National Institute of Economic Research
- Use it as a dynamic holding page for a site or blog you intend to publish at a later date
- Use it as your blog
You will find how to blog posts for all of these things and more over on the Reblemouse blog
I would love to hear about how you, your charity or nonprofit is using rebelmouse – do leave me a comment to share your experiences with others – feel free to (and please do) include a link to your site.
All the best – Crispin