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The personal newspaper era

A stack of newspapers Even though I have a journalism background, I have found I read a lot of content — news and opinion — when it’s recommended or shared by others.

Yes, I still subscribe to the RSS feeds of traditional media, including newspapers, magazines and journalistic-focused websites. Yet I find a lot of interesting news or tips or whatever from people sharing on Facebook or Twitter.

And I do get to see some shared stuff in Google Reader, but even those need to be sorted through. Why can’t there be a site or service that puts together a bunch of shared items?

Now there is, with paper.li, where you can read your Twitter stream as a newspaper. It’s the personal newpaper era, where you can have links and information from sources big (a newspaper, magazine, website) and small (a friend, a coworker, a neighbor).

That’s the beauty of this site. You can read from a diverse set of sources all on one webpage. It’s the kind of innovation that is going to be at the forefront of how we consume media in the future.

Of course, there are some downsides. This site is just for Twitter. Want to integrate shared items from all of your sites: Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn and more? Not with this service.

And that’s what I would like to see: A site that aggregates shared items among all social sites, and includes e-mail as well. That’s a personal newspaper I’d like to see.

Question: Do you know of another service or site that aggregates shared items? Let me know.

Note: Photo courtesy of Daniel R. Blume courtesy of the Creative Commons license.

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