Paper.li: Read Twitter and Facebook as a Daily Newspaper

By January 5, 2011 No Comments

Paper.li is a Swiss website that presents Twitter- and Facebook-linked content in an easy-to-read, newspaper-style format. Once a day, Paper.li aggregates the top news on these popular social networking sites, encompassing just about any topic you can imagine. Head to the website and see all of the cataloged news for yourself; it’s like a buffet for the mind.  Here’s a sample from the TopRankMarketing.com Daily of last October, featuring a Halloween post by yours truly:

Paper.li

You can subscribe to any “papers” you like, and share them via other social networking sites. In return you’ll receive an RSS feed of top news regarding the topics you selected. Every good newspaper has archived, searchable content, and Paper.li is no different. Search for content from previous editions simply by browsing the calendar featured on each paper.

Have you ever wanted to create your own newspaper? Now you can – Paper.li allows you to customize your page, including its name and custom avatar, and publish it in different languages. Just login through your Twitter or Facebook page, and away you go! It is up to you to set the parameters that dictate the content to be included on your paper; they can be as broad or as narrow as you like. It’s a straightforward process, but a lot goes on behind the scenes.

According to a Paper.li website description:

Publishing a newspaper is no small task! Here is an overview of all the things Paper.li does in the background for you:

  • Extract all tweets that include URLs
  • Extract the content found on these URLs: text (e.g. blog post, newspaper article); photos (e.g. Flickr, yfrog, Twitpic); and video (e.g. YouTube, Vimeo, Dailymotion)
  • Analyze the extracted text for topic (e.g. Politics, Technology)
  • Surface the day’s most relevant articles (using Paper.li magic)
  • Construct a newspaper front page using the filtered articles, photos and videos

Now that you have a basic understanding of Paper.li, give it a try. Got an interesting Paper.li topic? Let us know about it!