The New York Times are busy putting together their answer to what an iPad news app called "News.me," a social news reading app that presents the news that the people you follow on Twitter are reading, and filters it based on how many times those stories are shared and clicked on overall.
It pulls in data from not only Twitter but also bit.ly, the betaworks company that shortens billions of shared links every month. In contrast, The Daily will produce its own articles and videos with a staff of 100 journalists. It isn't clear how many social features will be included in The Daily, but the emphasis seems to be more on the original content.
When you first launch News.me, you see the welcome screen below with a few tutorial hints: Tap on the people along the top dock to see what stories are appearing in their Twitter streams, tap on a story headline or excerpt to read it full screen, or you can stretch a story open inside the stream with a reverse-pinch. This reverse-pinch is one of my favorite parts of the experience. You flick to scroll through the stream, and when you find something you like, you can open it up and read it without loading a new page.
Any article can be saved for later, shared via Twitter, Facebook, or email, saved to Instapaper, or viewed in the Safari browser. If you favorite any Tweet with a link on Twitter.com or any Twitter client, that story will also be saved in News.me. By default, your stream is filtered for you so that you only see the stories that hit a certain threshold of activity based on general bit.ly clickthrough data for that story. There is also a Big News button that shows the most important news overall as determined by Bit.ly.
The app displays full articles, some of which are licensed from other news organizations. For this reason, the app won't be free.