Social Feed Aggregators – Making your social media feeds into something worth reading

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In an age where social media rules, it’s only expected that a million different apps and platforms covering every single aspect of making your online life easier cropped up. One of these new additions is the arrival of platforms that take twitter feeds and facebook feeds and collate them into an easier to read interface. In an age where there is information overload on any given subject, a feeling of being overwhelmed by the sheer volume of content is not uncommon, so these new filtering platforms are a breath of fresh air. Here’s a few of the best:

Paper.li  – Paper.li organises links shared on twitter into an easy to read newspaper format. Newspapers can be created for any Twitter user, list or hash tag and are an aggregation of Twitter posts and are updated automatically every 24 hours.

They also have recently moved into Facebook territory as well, offering “papers” defined by whatever keywords you choose and what pops up in Public posts. This is still in Beta testing and there seems to be no way of blending Facebook and Twitter feeds into one newspaper, but I’m sure they’ll figure this one out soon enough.

Flipboard  Apple’s iPad App of the Year and one of TIME’s top 50 innovations of 2010. Flipboard is a fast and easy way to flip through the news, photos and updates that your friends are sharing on Facebook, Twitter, Google Reader, Flickr and Instagram. Unfortunately I’m not an owner of an IPad so I can’t give you an accurate review (if you have a spare one you would like to send me that would be great!), but its laid out in a magazine format and enables you to comment, like or favourite anything as well as being customisable in terms of what feeds it shows.

LinkedIn Today – This is LinkedIn’s social news platform for professionals which aggregates the most shared news stories from people within your network as well as offering many other industry related news stories that are being shared and read. This is LinkedIn’s big push to make the site stickier and for industry news it has the potential to rule the roost.

There are various other offerings such as Summify  and The Tweeted Times that provide the same sort of services and there are new ones cropping up all the time, so these platforms are really starting to take off. As all of these services are relatively new, we can expect each offering to only get better and more integrated as time passes. Which one you choose to use is up to you!

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