A few months ago, a paper.li tweet from a colleague showed up in my Twitter feed. Of course, I immediately set up a paper.li account of my own, put all of the Twitter accounts I follow into lists, and linked every single list as a content source of my paper.
Much to my disappointment, the result was a mash-up of information I didn’t care about. I played with it for another day or two, and then lost interest for a while. Then recently, one of my tweets made it into a friend’s paper.li. I checked it out again and liked the way she customized the paper to only a few topics. I drastically reduced the scope of my account, named the paper after this blog, and crossed my fingers.
The results are a lot better than my first attempt — although I did go in and manually edit two of the top stories. And while most of the paper’s categories can be customized, I remain frustrated that I can’t delete the photo section (it seems the people I follow tweet odd and irrelevant photos).
It will be interesting to see how the paper.li tool will develop over time. The website itself notes that it’s still in its early stages of development. One of the criticisms about tools like paper.li is the lack of original content. However, I view it as another platform by which to distribute original content rather than as a means to dilute it.
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