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Posted by on Mar 25, 2011

If you’re on Twitter and follow enough people, you’ve probably seen a notification every once in awhile from someone you follow that says something like “The XXXX Daily is out”, followed by a number of Twitter handles. Most of the time if you see it, then you’ll see your Twitter handle in there as well, eventually followed by a link. If you click on that link, you’re taken to your browser to view what looks like a newspaper of sorts, and eventually you’ll see your name and something you tweeted earlier in the day.

All of this is the creation of a company called Its intention is to create a daily newspaper out of Twitter and Facebook feeds that the service deems important based on categories you determine are important to you and deliver information to you based on the people who you follow or are connected to on both Twitter and Facebook.

What you don’t see are “chats”, per se, but the links any of these folks have put up during the day that fit into the types of categories you get to select. For instance, if you click on the image above to enlarge it some, you’ll see that the example I selected, one of my local online friends, starts with headlines, which all sites begin with, then breaks down into Business, Arts & Entertainment, Stories, Sports, etc; just like a regular newspaper. The second example below, someone I don’t know, has different interests, so after headlines his goes Health, Education, Business, Leisure, and so on.

Overall it’s a combination of three things; links to blogs, links to news sources, and links to videos. You have the option of having a live Twitter feed showing on your newspaper as well.

Now, why would you want something like this? I’ll tell you after I own up to the reality that I don’t have one of these, and don’t see me doing it any time soon, though it could change in the future. I just wanted to get that out of the way because, though I could see how many people would love something like this.

Here’s the thing. On Twitter, if you have a lot of people you follow, there’s just no way you’re going to see everything that people post during the day; it’s impossible. So, you never know if you’ve missed something that you care about in a category you want to know more about. With, you’ll know that you’re capturing news in categories you want to see that has been posted by people you’re following. And you also have the ability to highlight people who you want to follow more closely, to make sure their links show up before the links of people you follow but don’t necessarily care if you miss what they post or not.

What are the downsides? First, it only updates once a day. When it does finally update it will only catch the newest stuff if you follow a lot of people. Therefore, if someone posted a great link at midnight and your newspaper doesn’t post until 8PM, you’re probably going to miss it unless no one else posted something under a category you follow. You might not care all that much, but it’s something to consider.

Second, it determines what’s newsworthy and what’s not, just like Facebook does. Sure, you get to highlight certain people to come up first, but after that it makes all decisions for you. That’s just like regular newspapers, though; you don’t really get to select which news you read, just which section of the newspaper you wish to read.

Third, it could capture some items from people who might not have wanted everything out there for all to see. Now, if those people are savvy they can always follow the link and de-list themselves from being scanned by, but they don’t always know about that possibility. This happens if you decide to list someone who otherwise normally has their tweets protected; there’s no way for to know.

Of course, you could also decide to post the link to your newspaper on both your Facebook or blog sites for people to follow as well. Truthfully, some people will smile when they get the tweet showing your name as being on their newspaper. If other people follow it they might see your blog posts or links that you’ve shown, and the originator’s name and image is always next to those stories. For my friend, I’ve never shown up on his headlines page, but in checking out his stories page I found a couple of my blog posts and many posts from other people I know.

This isn’t such a bad thing if you’re going to read it. If not, don’t bother setting one up. Statistics show that only 14% or so of people who create these papers visit them more than once a month, which is a shame. I’m thinking the internet doesn’t need more clutter. But if you’re a reader, and you want to see what people you follow are saying that’s been determined to be important, this is a good way to go.

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Allan Douglas:

I have seen that twitter post a few times, clicked through once – could not make any sense of what it was for.

Thanks for the explanation; now I know what it is – I still have no use for it 🙂

March 25th, 2011 | 9:51 AM
Mitch Mitchell:

That’s what I’m here for, Allan. I can see how some folks might want to use it, but it’s not for me either, at least right now.

March 25th, 2011 | 2:06 PM
Carolee a.ka. Blogging Biz Mom:

I signed up for it before- it’s kind of cool.

But frankly, I rarely think to check it …

March 25th, 2011 | 8:56 PM
Mitch Mitchell:

I think that’s one of its failings, Carolee, is that it doesn’t really offer people the encouragement to go back and check it on a daily basis. Does it send you a daily reminder?

March 25th, 2011 | 9:25 PM

Yes, you can subscribe to the Daily papers through RSS or opt to be e-mailed each time a new edition is published. Here’s how I use the “papers”: I have two Twitter accounts my personal one and another than promotes my blog which is focused mainly on the blog topic — art and design history. On that account I set up a list of museums and created “The Museums Daily” This paper automatically tracks and organizes tweets from tweeters on the list by topic. Since I can’t be on Twitter 24/7 this allows me to see interesting content related to my topic that I might otherwise have missed while offline. The paper also helps promote to museums and in this current tight economy I think that these institutions can use all the free promotion they can get.

March 26th, 2011 | 9:25 AM
Mitch Mitchell:

Thanks for your contribution, Joanne. I knew you had one of these, but I didn’t know you had a second Twitter account so I didn’t know about the second newspaper. Does your second account have a lot of Twitter followers? And by promotion, I’m assuming you’re talking about when the paper mentions specific people as opposed to your retweeting links on museums, which I’m not sure I’ve ever seen from you; would I be correct?

March 26th, 2011 | 10:12 AM

Hmm, I think this might be useful if you want some quick ideas for a blog post or something you can go at and if a paper exists you can look at some titles and make up some ideas for your new draft..

But besides that, I think I would rather search it…

March 26th, 2011 | 10:20 AM
Mitch Mitchell:

Yeah Alex, I’m thinking that a person could use it for ideas and the like as you say. But with all the blogs I subscribe to, I’m good with inspiration already. lol

March 26th, 2011 | 10:27 AM

This is quite unique, it seems that social media is going to be go a bit deeper. By the way I think there is already a TV show, a movie and a book based just on twitter posts. Now there is a newspaper.

March 26th, 2011 | 9:18 PM
Mitch Mitchell:

What TV show, Carl? I haven’t seen one here in the States.

March 26th, 2011 | 9:45 PM

Thanks for the enlightenment, Mitch. Now, I know what those “dailies are out” for. You really have an uncanny way of answering my musings at the right moment. Thanks! 😉

March 27th, 2011 | 6:03 AM
Mitch Mitchell:

Wes, it’s probably that camera I had installed that sits behind you in the corner and can read minds. lol

March 27th, 2011 | 11:21 AM


I get these weekly from one specific person who always includes something I’ve written or am promoting. His “Daily” is dedicated to boomers so I am most appreciative that he chooses to promote me. Because of that, I do read the other contributions and many of them I know.

I don’t personally have one–although as a media person, boomer driven, I see it as a wonderful promotional tool.

March 27th, 2011 | 11:52 AM
Mitch Mitchell:

It does offer promise for some folks, Bev. I just hope it’s not cluttering up the internet with a lot of useless stuff, since I believe many people are probably creating these things and not even looking at them after a few days.

March 27th, 2011 | 11:54 AM