The Tweeted Times is a personalized newspaper that is generated by the user’s Twitter account. The application pulls content from the user’s Twitter stream and prioritizes each item by popularity. The user’s custom newspaper is rebuilt each hour so the user can also access the newest content. Users can also build themed newspapers that focus on a specific topic. All Twitter account content related to the topic is compiled within the custom themed newspaper. The Tweeted Times homepage lists featured users along with profiles chosen based on Twitter lists, searches and mainstream media. The user’s newspaper looks similar to a traditional newspaper, with columns of content accompanied by headlines and images (when available).
The Tweeted Times was founded by Ivan Shcheklein. The application was acquired by Yandex in August of 2011. The application has received positive comments from users, many of which gave it high ratings. Some users disliked the way the application automatically selected content for them and also noted trouble finding the ‘unsubscribe’ option. For the most part The Tweeted Times offers Twitter users an interesting way to compile and access news.
The Tweeted Times is unique because it is one of the few applications that relies entirely on Twitter to come up with content for its user’s newspapers. The user can find relevant content based on popularity and interest. For anyone who uses Twitter frequently, this may be appealing. Others may prefer to obtain their news content from other, less restricted sources. The application offers an interesting service for most users.
The Tweeted Time favors blue, much like the social network it relies on. The application is very well organized and maintains an air of professionalism that is commonly found among online media outlets. Content is displayed in a vaguely newspaper-esque fashion, with columns and headlines. The user is given a clean space to take in content, which is a breath of fresh air compared to some advertisement-packed media websites.
A new user can try The Tweeted Times by clicking the blue and white “Sign in with Twitter” button near the center of the homepage. A second blue button is available in the upper, right hand corner as well. The user must login to their Twitter account and give The Tweeted Times access. Users who do not have a Twitter account must create one to use the application. This is a fair tradeoff, considering that the application is based entirely on Twitter.
The Tweeted Times is available to all users at no cost. There are no subscription fees, and there really shouldn’t be. The application doesn’t offer a service that most users would be willing to shell out money for. The content is available for free elsewhere. The application’s job is to simply find the content and compile it into a user friendly newspaper format that updates each hour.
The Tweeted Times is best suited to users who already have Twitter accounts. Anyone who doesn’t use Twitter wont’ be able to login. The application compiles stories by popularity and shows them to the user, with updates each hour so recent headlines are always available. The service is simple but can help reduce the time it takes to discover news stories of interest to the user.