Information overload is a serious problem in the social web, and there are a lot of companies trying to tackle the problem. One of them is Paper.li, a service that organizes the links shared on Twitter into mini-newspapers.
The app is simple — just connect it to your Twitter account or choose a keyword or Twitter list as the basis of your new newspaper. Paper.li will then generate a summary of the most popular and relevant links based on your keyword or friend list, and it wil be updated every day, week or month, depending on your preference.
With just a few APIs, Paper.li has figured out a smart way to curate the most popular links on the web.
On the surface, Paper.li seems like an innocuous little social app—a fun way to consume Twitter content from the people, Twitter lists, and Twitter searches you follow. But things take a turn for the worse thanks to one of Paper.li's features which auto-tweets "top stories" from the user's "daily paper".
I have three really big problems with this. First, it's automated. Automated and social are mutually exclusive in my book. Social exchanges do not happen...