Curating content from social media and third-party sources

Belinda Alzner -

We've built a number of third-party and social media tools right into the heart of ScribbleLive, giving you access to the conversations, the thoughts and the images floating around social media, the assets in integration partner services and the ability to add them to your own original content to tell the most robust and comprehensive story you can.

This article will walk through how you can search through a number of sources to curate content manually. You can also automate pulling content from various sources into your streams. We tackle how to do that here. 

Steps for curating from our integrated sources

The steps for each of the third-party integrations are the same, but the menus below provide more detail about each. For each, you will need to:

  1. Open the tab of the source you are trying to search e.g. Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, Getty Images, etc.
  2. Enter a search term (Generally, keywords, hashtags and search operators that exist for that network will work in ScribbleLive as well). Hit enter.
  3. Results will flow in. You may be prompted to log in to the network you're trying to search.
  4. To publish the post, do one of the following:
    • Use the checkmark on the right-hand side of a piece of content to publish it to your stream. 
    • Drag and drop the elements into the Advanced Editor, arrange them however you like, add context around them, and hit Save Post

: Drag and drop tweets and images on top of each other in the Advanced Editor to create a slideshow


So you want to search Twitter for keywords, hashtags, photos or tweets from particular users and pull them into your stream? First, follow the steps outlined at the beginning of this page. Once you've done that, here are some things to keep in mind

  • Filter your search: Narrow down search results using built-in filters (the arrow at the bottom of the search box) that include:
    • Only Verified Accounts
    • Include Retweets
    • Only Tweets with Images
    • Search a specific users' tweets

  • Adding more than one tweet to a post: Use the Advanced Editor, you can add multiple pieces of content to a single post—including tweets. Create a narrative around the 140-character bursts of information and provide relevant context, nuance and detail to tell a rich, beautiful story.
    • In here, tweets can be reordered, and have context added to them, to sit alongside other types of media.

  • Make a tweet slideshow:, Simply drag and drop tweets from your search over top of another in the Advanced Editor to create a slideshow of tweets.

: The Twitter search will only return about one week's worth of tweets. For older tweets, find them on Twitter, and copy and paste the tweet URL into the Quick Editor, to create URL Preview post

You can bring in updates from Facebook users who have made their content publicly available. (If they have changed their privacy settings to hide these updates, they will not be searchable.) Here's a few more tips:

  • Standard Search: Search Facebook by keywords or hashtags. Publicly-available updates will appear.

  • Page Search: Search for content on a particular Page, such as your brand, or content from brands related to you. Comments on the posts on the page are also available to be curated as well. 

  • Comments by URL: This allows you to publish comments made on any page using the Facebook Comment plugin. Think: A news organization or blog that powers its comment section with Facebook has these comments available to be curated in ScribbleLive by searching for them by the URL. 

  • My Public Posts: Brings up the public posts of the account you are logged in to.

For more on the intricate how-tos of incorporating content from Facebook in your streams, please see our knowledge base


Millions of videos are at your fingertips with ScribbleLive. You can include videos from YouTube directly into your ScribbleLive event using the social sidebar. Search for videos by keyword, find a channel by its name, click the checkmark, and Scribble will do the rest, rendering an embedded video in your event.

TIP: If you have a YouTube video already open in another tab, you can simply copy and paste its URL into the Quick Editor to publish it. 

The photo- and video-sharing network has become a go-to source for brands and news organizations looking for user-generated content. From curations to contests to engagement strategies, look for and source content directly from Instagram using ScribbleLive.

In Instagram, there are two types of searches:

  • Keyword: Search for content based on keyword or hashtag
  • Username: Search for content by Instagram username. 

Once you have found photos you'd like to publish to your stream, don't forget you can create a slideshow!

Put in your search term and Wikipedia will return snippets of pages pertaining to your search

For example, here's a post I pulled together with a few quick Wikipedia explainers of some of the main use cases we see here at Scribble. 


Search for Flickr photos that can be added to your stream. Note that Flickr will return all license types. If you're unsure of usage rights, click through to the source to determine if you are able to use the content in your stream. 

NOTE: In order to use our Getty Images integration, you must be a Getty Images customer.

You will be able to search for and publish photos that your license gives you access to. Please see our knowledge base for more instructions.

NOTE: In order to use our Reuters Pictures integration, you must be a Reuters Pictures customer.

You will be able to search for and publish photos that your license gives you access to. Please see our knowledge base for more instructions.

VK is the leading Russian social network. ScribbleLive gives you access to this third-party content. Please see our knowledge base for instructions on how to do so.

You can access any other content from our sidebar using our sidebar SDK. Have your own internal library of photos? An API of gifs you use frequently? Add it to the ScribbleLive sidebar. See our project on Github for more information.

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