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Introducing Washington Tiny Paper

Washington Tiny Paper

There's a lot of news out there on the Internet to keep track of—everything from papers to magazines to Twitter to some new social media thing that hasn't even been invented yet but is already passé. Even the New York Times wrote about this phenomenon recently (or at least, that's what someone wrote on Facebook about that story, which is still sitting unread in our RSS reader). We at Washington City Paper admit we do our part to add to the problem, publishing a whole paper every week on top of daily blog posts.

So to try to make things easier for mobile readers, City Paper is pleased to debut our latest innovation, Washington Tiny Paper (http://www.washingtontinypaper.com/). It's just like Washington City Paper, but smaller, so it's easier to digest quickly. Tiny Paper is perfect for small screens, so you can read it easily on your iPhone, and each article only takes up the space of 140 normal-sized characters, so it's perfect for tweeting. Think of it like TinyURL, but for the whole browsing experience.

"Everyone's still talking about Web 2.0, but we believe Web 3.0 will be really, really small—more like Web .3," City Paper managing editor Mike Madden said. "With Washington Tiny Paper, we've put ourselves in an excellent position to lead the way to this shrunken future. For now, everything is still fairly legible, but our site architecture is flexible enough to take advantage of new breakthroughs in miniaturization down the line and achieve an even higher text compression ratio."

Tiny Paper is available for iPhone, iPad, Android, BlackBerry, and Motorola T900. A version for Casio DBC32-1A is also in development.

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