Shaky Ground

Twitter Just Scooped News.me

demopad Twitter Just Scooped News.meTwitter is a perilous platform! The company just introduced Following pages–as in twitter.com/betabeat/following–a public version of every users’ stream. This was one of the most popular features of News.me, the New York Times-sponsored, Betaworks-incubated social news reader iPad app that launched about a month ago. The main features of the app are: a stream of articles shared by people you follow, an¬†Instapaper-like view for reading said articles, and the ability to peek into the feeds of other users.

One catch: News.me only lets you see the feeds of people who are following you on Twitter. But Twitter now lets you see anyone’s feed. News.me restricts the feed to links, but this alternative seriously challenges the logic of paying $34.99 a year for the reader.

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