So you want to print your own newspaper…
…but don’t want to do all the legwork to report and edit all stories needed to fill it? Paper.Li just may be the right thing for you.
Paper.Li first appeared in my visitor stats about a year ago. It came up as an inbound link and then I followed it back to the source. I’ve seen it a few times more since then. It even popped onto the stats page this week. On the surface, I thought someone had researched my site’s content and then, after finding it wonderfully suitable, used and included it on a page of their own to distribute to others.
That’s what it looked like. That’s not what it was.
A search engine does all the work for the prospective newspaper creator. Paper.Li has a powerful search engine that scours the ‘net for relevant content that it can turn into a newspaper. It it’s up to the creator to type in just a word or two to active that engine and start the process. Paper.Li runs around (mainly Twitter) sucking up all the relevent data and collating it, images as well. It’s nice but it’s not curated. Reading into it, there is some debate over how far (or how little) it’s search engine goes to choosing content. Rest assured, no one is behind the scenes personally viewing any of it before it goes live. It’s live within seconds! If a story’s title and lead-in haven’t been thought out well enough, it may look shabby in its new Paper.Li newsprint environment.
Needless to say, the Paper.Li process is free and to create is easy… so I did, three times. It took about 45mins to set up three papers – are now out there doing their thing. I don’t have to do much now as they update automatically. I’ve also fed my own blog content into the search mix (they allow that), my stories will appear alongside that of stranger’s as they get published. One prints every day, the other does it once a week. I could walk away and never log-in to Paper.Li again.
I’ll run it for a while and see if it has value.