Danny Whatmough reckons that automated curation is doomed to fail. He takes issue with paper.li and its use of auto-tweets claiming that its “a lazy way to spew out more content”.
I love paper.li and Twittertim.es before it. Creating a media property around content tweeted by your network is incredibly useful. Its personalised media using your network as an editor – and paper.li’s use of a print metaphor to generate a daily version is neat.
Likewise creating Twitter networks around a special interest or event and using paper.li to generate a daily overview of content from social networks is useful.
But Danny is spot on the auto-tweet feature is bloody annoying. It’s a crude attempt to socialise the application and is really no more than social media back-scratching.
It fails because my network is personal to me and therefore so is my version of paper.li. I have never clicked on anyone’s edition of paper.li but my own.
My view? Use paper.li but turn-off auto-tweets.