During the response to the quakes in Haiti in 2010, one of the most frequently requested features from Ushahidi users was the ability to turn any web page into a ‘report’ with the click of a button (as opposed to through aggregation). There were a lot of hacks to get around this, such as taking an RSS feed from delicious.com and feeding it into Ushahidi as a way to have a bookmark button that worked with the platform.
You no longer have to do that, with the latest release of Sweeper you can essentially roll your own open source Delicious or Pinboard.in. This is really powerful when you start activating plugins like our auto-tagger SiLCC or our Push plugins which can output all of your bookmarked content as reports in Ushahidi, or as feed that can be consumed by any application.
We call this little plugin Quiver as it’s where you manually collect and store information using Sweeper which essentially turns it into your own Delicious clone, but with all the contextualization features that people have come to love it for.
So how does it work? It’s simple! Just download and install any version of Sweeper following the current release of v0.3.2 which can be found here.
Once you’ve done that, go to the sources panel.
Select Quiver from the list.
Drag the bookmarklet to your browser.
Done. Sweeper is a tool for the curation of real-time media. Now the sites you find interesting while researching can be mashed up with the content you’re aggregating from the web, twitter, email and other feeds.