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How to keep your Paper.li in top shape - best practices

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If unwanted content shows up on your paper, it may mean that your content sources need to be revised and adjusted.  Here are a few guidelines to follow that can help you keep the your Paper.li top!

 

  • Quality vs Quantity: If you've added your Twitter timeline as a source, it means we are pulling in your shared content but also content from all the people you follow. If you are following hundreds or thousands of people, it is possible that an overview is no longer possible and undesired content can easily pop up.  Instead of your Twitter timeline, you might consider replacing your timeline with your own shared links as a source or links from a twitter list of vetted twitter users around a specific topic.
  • Know Your Sources: The best quality content usually comes from sources that you are familiar with, or that you trust. Following reputable sources, people or brands that are familiar to you, or Tweepers recommended by friends will help ensure that your content remains quality.   

  • Keep tabs on Your Sources: People's interests change and therefore the kinds of articles they are sharing may be changing as well. If your paper begins to pull in undesired articles, check who shared the content and consider if they are still a good source for your topic. For example, in 2017, we've noticed a huge up-tick in the amount of political content shared. If you don't want to see political articles on your paper, you may need to recheck your sources and weed out people who no longer reflect your viewpoint.  
  • #Tag Check: If you curate papers based heavily on twitter #tags, it is possible that unwanted or undesired content will be pulled into your paper with a #tag. If a #tag is trending on twitter, adult content providers will take advantage of this fact by adding the #tag to their content to broadcast their material far and wide .  Although we do our best to filter out undesirable content, it is difficult for us to filter out photos that use #tags with no other indication in the tweet that adult content is being shared. Screen Shot 2013-12-18 at 7.51.43 AM.pngIf you add a keyword search on Twitter to your sources, be sure to review our best practice guidelines on ensuring unwanted adult content does not slip into your paper.  

  • Filter it: Filters are a really effective way to narrow the focus and find just the right content.

  • Block it!: Block content sources or news spotters that you don't want appearing in your paper with the blacklisting functionality.

  • Zap it!: X marks the spot, so delete it! If you see something you don't like, zap it with the delete button. Any publisher can delete (or reposition) content when they are logged in to their account. 

 

If after reading this article, you're still not getting the results you want, contact us! We'd love to hear from you to learn how we can help.

 
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