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Today, we’re going to talk about Paper.li, a free service you can use to setup a custom online newspaper on your topic of choice. With Paper.li, you can automatically find, publish relevant articles, photos and videos from across the web on a daily or weekly basis. And it’s really easy to set up.
You can publish your paper via email but what I find valuable is that the service will automatically post a tweet on your Twitter account whenever a new edition is published.
If you or your company have a Twitter account but don’t Tweet regularly, this is a great way to keep your account active. This way, when prospects or customers check you out on Twitter, they don’t see that your last Tweet was six weeks ago. Instead, they see relevant daily content.
I prefer to see people interact on Twitter but when you don’t have the resources to devote to tweeting regularly or when there are gaps where there just isn’t time to Tweet, paper.li provides a simple solution.
You can also embed the content from your paper in a widget on your blog or, you can make the paper the primary content of your blog and you can customize it match your brand.
Paper.li lets you choose from a variety of Twitter news feeds for sources for your paper’s content but you can also create your own source list. For my paper, Social Media Confidential, I created a list in Twitter of several people I know provide relevant content on a regular basis, including my own Twitter accounts, and selected that list as my news source.
An added benefit is that the promotional tweets will often include the Twitter handles of one or two of the contributors.. That way, the contributors will notice you’re promoting their tweets and will often tweet a thank-you and even re-tweet the post.
I find that my followers will also re-tweet the posts promoting my newspaper which helps expands my reach. Paper.li’s free version is pretty feature rich but they also offer a pro account for $9 per month that lets you put your paper on your own domain, insert your own ads, use Google analytics and get more editorial control of your content.
If you have any questions or comments, please leave them in the comment section below.
Tweet Attacks is an interesting and unusual piece of software. In the hands of a ‘white hat’ social media user, it’s the best software on the market for building a targeted following on Twitter. In the hands of a ‘black hat’ type, it’s a spam tool.
Have you seen tweets show up as @mentions from people you don’t follow that look something like this?
@billhibbler http://spn.co/+4cOG amazing website that pays u for twitter how amazing!!!
That tweet was probably created by someone using Tweet Attacks. But that’s not the purpose I use it for.
What I Like About Tweet Attacks
What I like about Tweet Attacks is its sophisticated follow and unfollow capabilities. It does more than any other software out there and it does so without using Twitter’s API. So you don’t get banned for overloading Twitter’s system.
You can use this tool to:
- Follow another user’s followers (like your competitors, other influencers in your niche, etc.
- Follow another user’s lists (if someone else on Twitter has created a list of Foodies, Musicians, Realtors, Authors, etc., you can auto-follow all the people on that list rather than searching for them manually)
- Follow users that come up using a particular keyword or phrase using Twitter’s advanced search feature
- Ignore users that might be spammers
- Unfollow any user that doesn’t follow you back after a specified number of days
Tweet Attacks will do all this automatically as often as you specify and for multiple accounts. So if you have both a personal and a business account or you’re managing social media for multiple clients, you can automate building their following while you focus on strategy and tweeting interesting content.
You can load up all your accounts, setup a list of tasks and save that task list to a file for later use. Or you can set Tweet Attacks up to automatically run your list of tasks every X hours. Without being aggressive, you can easily add 700-1000 followers a week. Here’s an image from Twittercounter for an account I tested this on and, again, I wasn’t particular aggressive about adding followers.
Tweet Attacks can also be setup to auto-tweet content from your blog or website or any website. Some might use this to tweet quotes from a quote website or news from a feed but that’s not my cup of tea. I prefer to hand-pick any quotes or articles or posts I want to re-tweet but you can load them into Tweet Attacks and have the software tweet them out at intervals you specify. I sometimes do this to keep useful content during hours or days when I’m not on Twitter.
The software is a one-time purchase which includes regular updates. And Tweet Attacks gets updated regularly. New features are constantly being added and tweaked for improvement. When there’s a problem, it gets fixed quickly and support tickets are answered promptly. There’s also a forum where you can interact with other users and swap ideas and experiences. Unfortunately most of the people showing up there are of the black-hat variety wondering why they haven’t gotten rich yet.
What I Don’t Like About Tweet Attacks
Jayson Yanuaria is the creator of Tweet Attacks and English isn’t his native language. He communicates well enough for me to understand him but it would be much easier if he had a native speaker create his user manual and training videos.
The software locks up or crashes about once or twice a month. That’s not really Jayson’s fault, though. Twitter frequently tweaks their site (like the launch of New Twitter). Whenever that happens, it causes problems with Tweet Attacks. The good news is that Jayson usually fixes the problem within 24-48 hours.
One other issue that’s not documented well in the manual you should be aware of. Although the software has a setting so that when you auto-unfollow people that aren’t following you back, you can tell it to ignore people that you’ve followed within the past X number of days (the default is 2 days), Tweet Attacks will only include those you’ve followed using the software. If you followed them through the website, they won’t be protected unless you add those followers to your Tweet Attacks VIP list. You’ll also want to use this list for anyone you follow and don’t care if they follow you back or not.
Tweet Attacks is the best software I’ve found to date for Twitter automation. Other programs I’ve tried have less features and aren’t updated regularly (or ever) so they become useless after a couple of months.
There are two versions, a Lite and a Pro version. The Lite version does almost everything I need but, unfortunately, doesn’t include the ability to manage multiple accounts and to schedule daily tasks so I bought the Pro version. The good news is that my affiliate link below will take you to a page where the pro version is discounted to $127. The Lite version runs $57.
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UPDATE:I want to add that now that I’ve been using the product for quite a while, I’ve noticed the developer continues to work very hard to continually update Tweet Attacks. I’ve seen as many as 5 updates in a single week. Twitter is constantly making adjustments to their system. As a result, software like this that’s not regularly updated can be rendered obsolete over night. Quite frankly, I’m surprised Tweet Attacks hasn’t gone to a monthly or annual subscription model rather than one-time pricing. But that makes it a better deal for you and me.
Have you seen Paper.li yet?
I first noticed this service a couple of days ago when I started to see some curious posts show up in my Twitter @reply stream. The first was from my friend Karen Kay. Paper.li is a new site that’s allows you to create a daily online newspaper composed of Tweets that include links from either selected people you follow or list on Twitter or for a particular #hashtag search.
It’s free to use and can be setup in just a few minutes. I just created Social Media Confidential featuring a few people I follow on Twitter that usually have social media related tweets or other topics I’m interested in.
At your option, your daily page can be promoted via Tweets automatically and people can subscribe to get an email notification when your new issue is available.
Ultimately what you get is something along the lines of a magazine or newspaper that’s created just for you and is updated regularly. Since it can be difficult to follow all your favorite writers on Twitter itself or even using an app like Hootsuite, Paper.li seems like a great idea. Why not give it a whirl?
Have you already setup a page on Paper.li? Share a link in the comments section below or just tell us what you think of the service.