August 21, 2011
Is your Twitter timeline becoming bogged down with notices that the XYZ Daily is out? Do you get a notification that you were included in the ABC News every time you publish a blog post? (Helpful tip, if you visit paper.li, there’s a link at the bottom or their home page where you can ask to be removed from mentions.)
Paper.li is for people who are too lazy to blog, don’t know about RSS readers, and basically don’t understand that what they’re doing is plaguerism. Pure and simple. If they want to link to my blog, I’d welcome the link, and the accompanying pingback. But that’s not how they work. If it weren’t for the Twitter mentions, which I have (hopefully) stopped, I wouldn’t be aware of them at all.
When I check my site analytics, not a single refer comes in from paper.li. Now I’m not sure if this means that no one actually reads anyone else’s “Daily” or no one is actually reading my stuff on those aggregations. I do know that I haven’t clicked one of their links in a very long time, because despite my being mentioned, I can never find where my stuff is in their mess. And yes, they are all a mess. Too much stuff on a page to resemble an old fashioned newspaper, and not enough organization to count for much in today’s electronic world.
For instance, I publish an app review. I expect it to be under the “technology” tab of someone’s paper.li. But it could wind up anywhere, with no rhyme or reason. Of course, the fact that someone mentions you as being included in their paper.li doesn’t tell you why either. Was it something you tweeted, was it something you retweeted? Was it a blog post, and if so, which one?
I hate them. I wish all the people using paper.li would get their own blogs and either write some original content, or properly link to things they want to share. Or retweet what they want to share if they feel they have that much influence.
I know people who have two or three paper.li dailies (I don’t even know what to properly call them), for different content emphasis. Why? Do they think none of their Twitter or Facebook followers can find this content on their own?
I just don’t get it. The only people I have ever mentioned it to, also don’t get it. And we don’t like it. But we are bloggers, and the paper.li people are not. I wish they would stop.
Maybe one of them will include this little rant in their paper.li. It would have to be by accident, since I’m convinced it’s all done automatically with no thought as to what gets included. But then they would actually have to read it themselves.
Do you hate Paper.li? Do you get it?