Become the editor-in-chief of your own ‘newspaper’

ImageGlancing at my Twitter timeline at 14:44 on Thursday, 12 May 2011, there’s news on the Kenya ICT Board, a fire at Sandton City, the line-up on Carte Blanche this weekend, a traffic update from Pigspotter… and the list goes on. Some relevant news, some very time-based and some that I could really do without, despite the fact that I elected to follow these people. So, how do you make sure you get all the relevant news and information you want out of Twitter, without having to log in at the right time or sift through a lot of other nonsense to find it?

SmallRivers has come up with a solution in the form of Paper.li – a ‘buzzword’ I’ve been hearing more and more on Twitter and even around our office as people are out to promote their own personal ‘daily newspapers’ or try to tweet the content that ends up in said newspapers.

So, what exactly is Paper.li? In a nutshell, it’s an online newspaper app, updated once a day, that compiles all the articles, blogposts, videos and photos shared on Twitter and pertaining to your particular, pre-selected interests. To read more about how this is done, read my Editorial Desk article this week.

Commentators are saying, on the one hand, that the fact that Paper.li is only updated once a day is its downfall because we’re used to being able to access the most up-to-the-minute news at the click of a mouse or simply by glancing at our smartphones; although on the other hand, it is certainly a useful tool to make sure we don’t miss out on any news during our hectic schedules – it will be waiting, neatly packaged, for when we have time to read it properly.

In a society that is more and more interested in customisation and knowledge, Paper.li certainly offers a useful service. I haven’t tried it yet because, to be honest, it intimidates me a bit and I already feel overloaded with too much to read – but I guess that’s exactly why I should be using it… maybe I’ll give it a try…

Have you tried Paper.li yet? What are your thoughts?

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