What tools do you use for information gathering and publishing?

O'Reilly staffers reveal some of their go-to curation tools. We want to know yours, too.

Many apps claim to be the pinnacle of content consumption and distribution. Most are a tangle of silly names and bad interfaces, but some of these tools are useful. A few are downright empowering.

Finding those good ones is the tricky part. I queried O’Reilly colleagues to find out what they use and why, and that process offered a decent starting point. We put all our notes together into this public Hackpad — feel free to add to it. I also went through and plucked out some of the top choices. Those are posted below.

But I know I’m missing some good ones and that’s why I’m throwing this open for public discussion. Here’s what I want to know:

  • What are the information gathering, curation and publishing tools you use every week?
  • What do you like about these tools?
  • What would your ideal curation/publishing tool offer? How would it work?

Please weigh in through the comments.

A few picks from O’Reilly staff

Evernote — Notable features include collaborative editing on shared notebooks (in the premium version) and a Chrome extension that expands web searches to your Evernote archive.

News.me — This daily email selects top stories from your Twitter and Facebook networks. The kicker is that it really works. This is one of the few newsletters I always open. I usually click on something, too.

Spundge — “This feels like a tool for professionals,” noted Renee DiResta of OATV. “I can see this being very useful for diligence projects, especially for those I return to several months later and want to refresh.” Joe Wikert of TOC is also a fan.