What everyone is in a twitter about

Two interesting twitter application have emerged on my twittersphere today.

  1. paper.li
  2. Twifficiency


This application pulls the content from links shared by people you follow on twitter and present them as a newspaper. When I was first made aware of this by the ever sharp Alan Cann I dismissed it as a “poor mans Flipboard (the iPad app I blogged about previously). However on closer inspection this appears to have some superior features.

  1. Public sharing. All the papers you create are public, this is a nice way to share the activity of your twitter account with other. Here is my paper: http://paper.li/mjmobbs#
  2. The range of options you can create a paper from: You don’t just have to create from your own account, you can also create papers of:
    • Other peoples accounts: If you follow someone particularly interesting, you may want to create a paper of them.
    • Hashtags: I can see this been particularly useful at conferences
    • Lists: This seems like a good use for this application as following large list can lead to information overload. Here is the paper I have created for Kam Yousaf’s elearning UK list: http://paper.li/kamyousaf/e-learning-uk

    Unfortunately you are limited to 10 papers, so this is something I can see going freemium very quickly.

  3. paper.liContent organistaion and display. The main advantage of this over Flipboard, especially when it comes to media. The example here show a SlideShare presentation and a YouTube video, both of which can be viewed on the page. Furthermore paper.li organises the content intelligently, grouping similar stories together in sections. My paper is made up of: Education, Technology, Art & Entertainment and Business, plus Media and Photos. I assume this works off meta-data and tagging.

Having compared this to Flipboard the final test is how does it display on the iPad. As with most web pages it displays perfectly. It doesn’t have the aesthetic beauty of Flipboard but is a good equivalent.


This application “calculates your  twitter efficiency based upon your twitter activity. This includes how many people you follow, how many people follow you, how often you tweet and how many tweets you read.”

This is quite a gimmicky application, nevertheless the result is interesting I had a Twifficiency of 42%, which I have to admit I was a little disappointed with. I would claim to have a high Twifficiency because:

  • I don’t follow to many people. I have always used twitter as a learning network, only ever choosing to follow people who discuss areas interest related to my work, hence an efficiently streamlined network.
  • I check my tweets regularly. Throughout the day I recieve my tweets using a Firefox plugin which updates every 2 minutes and also receive them of my iPhone using echophon and iPad using TweetDeck.
  • I assume what is letting me down is my number of tweets, this may partly be due to my working pattern when I spend many hours of the day away from my desk and in meetings with colleagues, hence reducing my opportunities to tweet. Plus the fact I really only use twitter a conversational tool and have always made the decision not to tweet the minute-by-minute minor details of my life (no offense intended to those who chose to).

I’d be interested to find out what other have got?      


  1. Love paper.li but yes, the 10 paper limit is a bit rough….especially as I made 2 silly papers before realising. *facepalm* Doh!



  2. I like paper.li and have been surprised at how well it seems to filter content (meaning: my paper http://paper.li/ajcann is quite interesting, most of the others I have looked at aren't, which is how it should be if it's working). However, it's not going to command my attention because it's a destination I'm not going to visit, so it's a dead end for me. (Remember: Build networks, not destinations.) If I got into using the configurable Safari Top Sites feature regularly, it might feature above the fold, but so far I haven't managed to do this because my networks command all my free attention, so there's little space for browsing these days.


Leave a Reply