Featured on Mashable as one of the 5 Most Innovative Uses of an API back in November Paper.li provides links shared on social networking platforms, like Twitter and Facebook, to be displayed in an easy to read newspaper-style format.
This API seems built more for Twitter users since people can be following thousands of Twitter handles and the content steam can often become overwhelmed with hyperlinks. Generally many users have less Facebook friends and aren’t just posting article links, but the service has an option to sign in with your Facebook account as well.
From the Mashable review:
Connect Paper.li to your Twitter (or Facebook) 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 will 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.
In the digital age it is easy to get overwhelmed by the amount of content people are sharing on the world wide web, so it is a great service when companies find a way to bundle relevant content and make it more user-friendly. I have heard comments by users that scrolling through Twitter feeds can be a time-consuming process to find links from their followers they want to open. With Paper.li the original articles posted as tweets and posts show up on an online newspaper page, complete with photos and content. Each post includes the user name of the original tweeter or poster so you can see who that specific person is following and what topics and content are being tweeted. Plus the interface makes it a lot more enjoyable to read the content.
You can also subscribe to a specific user’s Paper.li, embed an issue link, and automatically tweet promote your own Paper.li updates to your Twitter followers.
The great news is that Paper.li provides their service in multiple languages, and is continuing to grow their language offerings. On their home page you can view the site in English, German, French Spanish, Japanese, and as of last week, courtesy of the Paper.li Blog, Dutch and Portuguese. I always appreciate sites who devote development to sharing content in languages other than English.
Feel free to post your Paper.li link in the comments below.