I joined twitter May 3, 2008 and can't believe it's been three years already! Early on I chose to follow about 100 people that interested me. Originally I reasoned that I may be able to keep up with the tweets of about that many people. I found even that was impossible and just dropped in and read a few pages of tweets whenever the mood took me. I never played the "I'll follow you if you follow me game" and publically tweeted that I don't care if you follow me or not. Follow me if you want to for whatever reason you like. Or don't. I found all sorts of uses for twitter as the community grew. It's a powerful community for finding breaking news and information. It's especially effective if you use an appropriate hash tag such as #ladygaga, #jobs, #resume, or #golf. All in all I've found being a twitterer valuable. But how to get even more value?
Enter paper.li from SmallRivers, a privately held startup incorporated in Switzerland (Lausanne) and located on the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology EPFL campus. The idea is simple: you publish a paper that is created automatically from the links that the people you follow tweet. You can do the same thing with facebook as well. I happen to have a relatively small number of people I follow that interest me so it stands to reason that my paper, paper.li/sdcorprecruiter, will be chock full of links to articles that interest me. Take a look and you'll see lots of recruitment industry content and a variety of other things such as the latest golf results from the PGA. The execution is beautiful. Access to information is by categories such as Headlines, Stories, Business, Technology, and others. It's nice to look at, easy to navigate, and informative. Best of all is that my paper publishes daily without any input from me. I could even publish twice daily or weekly if I wanted to with just a couple of clicks.
Development continues. I love the recent addition of the information button at the end of each article which reveals other relevant publishers of the article, other paper.li papers that also feature the article, and relevant news spotters of the article. Who knows what's next?
Take a look at paper.li/sdcorprecruiter and subscribe if you want to get a daily email reminder.