Share Your Twittersphere – Paper.Li Review

Guest Post By Josh Nekrep (http://bit.ly/dkcsZo)

Paper.li Logo

I recently started using a service called Paper.li (http://Paper.li) by @SmallRivers (http://twitter.com/SmallRivers).  In a nutshell, Paper.li creates a newspaper-style presentation of the top posts from those you follow on Twitter.  But what makes it really cool and deliciously tech savvy is that you can choose to share out your “paper” in a Daily Digest.This is especially cool because it is a “set and forget” bit of technology.  Once you create your own Paper.li digest, you can choose to automatically broadcast it out daily to Twitter and Facebook, allowing your followers to see the stuff that you find interesting.  As well, anyone who visits your Paper.li page is given the option to subscribe to an email notification each time a new one is published.

Paper.li Example

Paper.li automatically pulls its stories from those you follow and sorts them into categories such as Business, Media, Education, Photos, Health, and Technology, presenting them in a traditional newspaper-type layout.  It is advertising-driven, which allows it to remain free – an arrangement that suits me just fine.

Setting up your account and getting started with Paper.li could not be easier.  All you need is a Facebook or Twitter account.  Simply click on the “Create your own daily paper” link in the top right corner, allow the site to connect with your Facebook or Twitter account, and you’re basically done.   Once it has created your custom paper, simply click on the “Promote it” link and your Paper.li digest will be broadcasted out every day automatically.   What’s great is that you are sharing more than just your content.  It’s possible that some of those Twitter superstars that you’re following and featuring in your paper will notice the @mentions and choose to follow you back.

Newsletters for Twitter and Facebook

You can check out my daily digest at http://paper.li/AgentPreScreen and become a fan of my Realtor 2.0 Facebook Page here http://bit.ly/dkcsZo

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  1. Nate Paradis says:

    Thanks Josh and TSA. Experimenting with this for a minute before Sales meeting. Trying to figure out how to make a paper with more than one tag…

  2. Janie Coffey says:

    I have loved using paper.li, so much so that I have three! one for my community, Coral Gables, one on entrepreneurship (one of my favorite topics) and one which is a catch all for my all my twitter followers. People love to be featured and @ mentioned and follow, RT and share like crazy! The key is using a good list (an anemic list won’t show too well) and continually adding to the list so the same people aren’t featured over and over again.

  3. Josh Nekrep says:

    Nate: From what I can see, if you want to create a paper using a #tag, you are limited to a single #tag per paper. However, if you want to create a paper with just a few specific Twitter users (without pulling from your WHOLE twitter list), you can create a specific list of those users on Twitter, then create a paper from just that list.

    Might not be exactly what you’re after, but perhaps it might help.

    Good luck!

  4. Nate Paradis says:

    Thanks John, that is exactly what I’m after!

    Sounds like Janie’s already got this thing in the bag! Good work Janie. BTW, I love your Coral Gables site. Very slick. Engaging. Local. Multi-media. Cheers.

    Nate

  5. Jay Thompson says:

    I recently turned off auto-broadcasting my paper.li. There’s a lot of folks on Twitter expressing that it’s just more noise. I may tweet out a particularly good “edition”, but I won’t be automating it again. Never was a fan of auto-tweeting anything, so I’m not sure why I did it with paper.li.

  6. Postano says:

    We wrote up a review of paper.li on our site: http://www.postano.com/blog/visual-feed-aggregation

    you may also like Postano – which does some things similarly, but it also allows you to aggregate MULTIPLE Twitter hashtags along with any other social media content into one display (or several)

  7. lisa Pluth says:

    Coming from a world where creative content has ownership…paper.li has some serious flaws when it comes to intellectual property rights. One automated misattribution and one pissed off creator and there isn’t a way to delete a post or reattribute it correctly. To even say sorry… According to the TOS you are responsible for anything that goes up. That just makes my stomach a tad squeamish.
    A great way to broadcast maybe- but I would opt for the pro-service to get more milage out of it and carefully organize the lists. Moreover, you can have something like 10 papers- do them all and segment to prepare for the inevitable misattribution- and the death of your paper.

What do you think?