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December 8, 2010

Paper.li Adds Facebook News To Daily Aggregation Service

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Paper.li Facebook Login

Paper.li on Tuesday rolled out Facebook support for their popular Twitter news aggregation service.

The program works much in the same manner as the company’s Twitter option, users start by signing into their Facebook account (pictured above) and then they create their paper.

Papers are created by first, giving them a title, second choosing a keyword (up to 3 words) and finally choosing what language the paper should be created in.

Aggregated information is auto-chosen based on your keywords and is composed only of “searchable” content from Facebook. The search friendly aspect means users you are not friends with will have content in your paper, as long as they have their privacy settings set to allow for public searching of their posts. read more

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August 5, 2009

SPNbabble micro-blogging posting aggregator launches

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spnbabble-logoSiteProNews has announced the launch of its SPNbabble micro-blogging site which allows users to post their short messages to a number of other services including Twitter, Facebook, Friendfeed, Plurk and Tumblr.

Cross-platform posters aren’t a new thing, though SPNbabble does offer up a toolbar (compatible with IE, Firefox and Safari) which may well be useful for those who like to post from within their web browser. read more

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March 17, 2009

MyAlltop Launches: Get Your Own Alltop

Guy Kawasaki’s Alltop, called “the online magazine rack”, is really just a collection of RSS feeds in various topics, displayed in Popurls fashion. Now you can get your own, because the one year anniversary brings MyAlltop. Get an account and pick any of the 31,000 sources from the 550 topics (numbers courtesy of Kawasaki) by browsing the Alltop site. Then arrange it anyway you like to get your own Alltop page.

Pretty nice actually, although I prefer the feed reader before this. Still, if you’re an Alltop fan this is a must.

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December 8, 2008

When Does Social Media Copying Go Too Far?

Yesterday, on CenterNetworks, Allen Stern reported on a new social news site, Social|Median. The story, however, didn’t center around Social|Median’s features or capability, but instead on how, according to Stern, it “take(s) content from around the Web, put it onto Socialmedian and let you comment about it.”

Though I did not see any widespread copying of content on the links that I checked (example), it appears that the amount of content copied in the snippet is determined by the user posting the link, not the site.

Still, it is clear that there has to be a balancing act between social media and content creators. Though social news sites need to use some of the content and conversation from the blog in order to properly function, if they take too much, there is nothing left to encourage content creators to participate or permit their works to be used.

Finding this balance is tricky and has been a problem that has plagued social news sites since the beginning. Many sites have faced criticism for “scraping content” or “fragmenting the conversation” and the concern remains at the top of mind of many Webmasters, especially when dealing with new social news sites that do not drive significant traffic.

So how should social news behave? The last is not very clear but the standards on the Web seem to have spoken to at least some degree. read more

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September 8, 2008

Aggregator Feeds Us TechCrunch50 Stories

Is this the future? The TechCrunch50 Aggregator feeds us stories from the blogosphere and the social web that are tagged “techcrunch50″ or “tc50″, which is really cool. Sure, it is mostly tweets up front, but you can sort it. Perhaps this is the future, a mashed up feed of specific events. Sean Percival built the service, and naturally it hit TechCrunch as well.

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