There's a lot of fun in the hullabaloo of Twitter, but if you just want to find interesting stuff, a new site called Prismatic will spare you the work of sifting through hundreds of tweets.
Like many people, I get a good proportion of the news I read every day from people I know online, primarily in the form of links I find on Twitter, and also from Facebook to some (lesser, for me) extent. On Twitter I read hundreds of tweets and mark a few as favorites, articles that I will pull up and read in full once I'm in the office. I find great stuff, but it's not particularly efficient. Even though I'm following a carefully tailored list of very interesting people and publications, I still only mark a few stories out of the hundreds I glance over.
As with all search activities, the hope is to somehow increase the signal-to-noise ratio. That is why I have been enjoying Prismatic, a site that pulls together content that's interesting to me from all over the Internet. Right now, it's pointing to a good mix of fun and serious stories from The Atlantic, Gizmodo, The New Yorker, The Awl, and many other great publishers. For each story, there's a quick summary, a picture, and the tweets of a few people who have linked to it. Within Prismatic I can retweet or favorite the stories (this functionality was added just last week). For example, here's what one story from the New York Times's Opinionator blog looks like in my feed right now: