Create Your Own Newsletter With

I am honored to share a guest post today written by author and blogger Paul Dorset. With over 55,000 followers, Paul is a successful Twitter marketer worth watching.

It’s always nice to get your tweets re-tweeted by someone else, isn’t it? It’s also nice when other people @message you. It makes you feel special. But what about making other people on Twitter feel special? And what if you could do it with very little effort? Now you’re talking!

If you’ve been using Twitter for any amount of time you’ve probably discovered, or even use, Twitter lists. They’re really easy to set up and I’m not going to go into the details here. (Just remember, you can only put 500 people in each list and there’s a 20 list maximum for each Twitter user). But what do you use these lists for? If you’re anything like me, probably for filtering your friends’ tweets into manageable chunks. Still with me? Okay, now what if I told you there was also a way to use these lists to promote your Twitter friends?

Meet Paper.Li, your Twitter followers’ friend! Paper.Li takes a Twitter list as input and then once a day publishes a digital newspaper based on your friends’ best tweets that have links attached. Want an example? Then click HERE. Impressive eh? What is more, when the paper is published Paper.Li automatically sends a tweet to your timeline referencing the digital newspaper AND highlighting a few of the contributors it has chosen. Wow! Automatic Twitter friend promotion! Your followers will love it and re-tweet the link and probably thank you in a tweet as well. Then, as an added bonus, you can always click the link and get a day’s digest of your friends’ tweeted links.

Writing this post has already inspired me to go create some extra lists and newspapers. I guess I’ve got even more promotional work to do now! For the rest of you, head over to Paper.Li and set up an account there. It’s straightforward and very self-explanatory. Then let their website do your Twitter friend marketing for you. Your followers will thank you. They will think you are performing tirelessly on their behalf. Maybe you won’t want to spoil that illusion for them. Or maybe it’s a secret you do want to share. I’ll leave that part up to you.

Paul Dorset is a 51-year-old father of five who has worked as a computer consultant for more than 30 years. His publications include Young Adult fantasy novels for ages 12+, a Young Adult paranormal novel for ages 16+ and how-to books for adults. He incorporates his extensive experience in computers – and his insightful perspective on the possibilities therein – in novels that include layers of contemporary intrigue, romance, fantasy and mystery.  Follow Paul on twitter @jcx27 and visit his website.

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21 Responses to Create Your Own Newsletter With

  1. Jo VonBargen (@jvonbargen) October 31, 2011 at 11:23 pm #

    Wow! Who knew? That’s the most exciting announcement lately! Thank you, Molly and Paul, for that outstanding tip! That would be a great timesaver! Cheers to you both!!

    • Molly Greene October 31, 2011 at 11:39 pm #

      Thanks, Jo, hope I appear in one of your newsletters soon :-O

  2. August McLaughlin November 1, 2011 at 2:32 am #

    Wow. Once I learn how to use lists, I’m going to race back to this post…ha. Thank you for introducing us to Paul Dorset… What a fantastic resource!

  3. Amberr Meadows October 31, 2011 at 10:18 pm #

    Great post. Paul is a fantastic person. I visit frequently, although I’m bad about commenting. Keep up the great work!

    • Molly Greene October 31, 2011 at 10:28 pm #

      Hi Amberr, thank you so much! We could all use a few more hours in the day. Thanks for the read and comment!

  4. tesshardwick November 1, 2011 at 8:26 pm #

    This is awesome. Thanks, Molly, for featuring Paul and this blog topic.

    • Molly Greene November 1, 2011 at 9:11 pm #

      Thanks so much, Tess!

  5. Christine Nolfi November 1, 2011 at 11:22 pm #

    Molly, as always, your latest post is oh, so helpful. Paul, thanks for sharing a wonderful Twitter tool.

    • Molly Greene November 1, 2011 at 11:28 pm #

      Yaaay! Thanks Christine – Tess read Paul’s post and had her newsletter up right away! How fun is that?

  6. Phantomimic November 2, 2011 at 3:56 am #

    Thanks for the post Paul and thanks for hosting him here Molly. I have a comment. Paper.Li used to be automatic, that is, you would set up a newspaper and it kept running forever even if you forgot about it. But this is not anymore, now I find I have to update the newspaper every so often or else it won’t get published. Has this happened to you?

    • JohnCox / PaulDorset (@jcx27) November 2, 2011 at 5:48 pm #

      I’ve noticed that a couple of months ago Paper.Li made a change such that if a paper isn’t visited (i.e. clicked on by readers) on a regular basis then it gets ‘decommissioned.’ That’s probably not a bad thing. But – to get it going again – just revisit your Paper.Li account and update its setting. It will start producing again.

  7. Molly Greene November 4, 2011 at 10:31 pm #

    A lot of authors/writers do this, including Paul, so watch the feed and click on a few to see what you think. I like because it’s another way to share your tweeps’ websites/blogs/links with all your followers. A tool worth considering!

  8. Molly Greene November 6, 2011 at 12:24 am #

    Sorry, I don’t have an answer! If you checked your “my tweets” feed and found nothing for 24 hours re:, I’d wait and see what happens and/or go back in to and check your settings.

  9. Jane Steen (@janesteen) November 28, 2011 at 1:07 pm #

    Personally I’m not crazy about It feels like what it is–an automatically generated way of making your tweeps feel good. I try not to automate any of my Twitter processes; the closest I get is keeping up a couple of buffer accounts so that I don’t flood people’s timelines with my discoveries (I do most of my surfing first thing in the morning).

    I have pretty much stopped clicking on the links that people send me. Sorry.

    • Molly Greene November 28, 2011 at 3:03 pm #

      Jane, thanks for the read and comment, I understand and appreciate your POV. I don’t personally use, but I know others do and are happy with the service.

  10. Jane Steen January 8, 2012 at 4:15 pm #

    An update to my previous comment – I am finding Scoop.It! an excellent alternative to I wanted a way to highlight/collect posts I find particularly useful, and since Scoop.It! has a social media component I feel fairly engaged already. It also has a suggestions list if you don’t want to go out and look for your own content, but that’s not my style. The widget for posting on your blog is cool – go look at my website!

    Cons are that the interface is not intuitive, and the monthly cost for the pro version is high (although it might be worth it one day).

    • Molly Greene January 9, 2012 at 6:56 am #

      Hi Jane! I’ve been curious about Scoop.It – thanks so much for sharing and I will check it out!

  11. Rb Salleh December 7, 2012 at 11:24 pm #

    Thank you very much. It’s such nice and informative article. Sharing is caring. May God bless you always.