Paper.li Might Just Be My New Favorite Twitter App
I am not going to lie to you—the first time I pushed the button at paper.li to create a newspaper out of the links the people I follow on Twitter shared, I felt like I was in the scene in Citizen Kane where Charles Foster Kane finally gets his first edition out. Well, not really—Kane was surrounded by presses and linotype and reporters and editors, and all I had was the company of three barking dogs as I pushed a button on my laptop, but you get my point.
There are thousands of Twitter apps. 99% of them have no value for me. This paper.li app, though, is as transformative of the Twitter experience as my trusy dusty Tweetdeck because it organizes the information in my tweet stream in a way that makes it more easily accessible to me.
Most of the reviews on this app compare this to the Flipboard app for Apple IPad, and feel it comes up short:
paper.li is a respectable, more universal alternative to the iPad's Flipboard, but lacks the latter's Facebook integration and the once-per-day updating is molasses-slow in an era of fast news. As such, it's only good of you only check Twitter once per day, other wise you may want to pass until it presents stories at a faster pace.
but for the 90 plus percent of the public who don’t own an IPad, this a fantastic service. I don’t agree with this particular reviewer that more is better when it comes to the number of daily updates you can generate. The whole idea of a newspaper-like format is to allow a user the time to better digest what is going on in his tweet stream.