Flipboard: Social Media magazine App for iPad

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Flipboard is a completely new way to enjoy your social networking content and it is like nothing you have ever seen before. Flipboard is a social magazine app for the iPad that aggregates nine online media sources. Flipboard works like this: connect the app to your Facebook and Twitter accounts. Select up to seven other Twitter feeds or lists that you want to treat as “news,” then browse them via an interface that looks less like Twitteriffic and more like Newsweek. In other words, turn your Facebook friends into something cooler! The appeal is not the content, but the presentation.



While this may sound like standard RSS feed reader fare, Flipboard is unique among any of the feed readers I've used. Instead of simply collecting and displaying a list of recent posts, Flipboard grabs the content that each post links to, letting you view it all like a magazine article. So, if a friend on Facebook posts a bunch of recent vacation photos, Flipboard displays them all. Likewise, if someone you follow on Twitter posts a link to a video or article on the Web, you can view that video from within Flipboard (except, of course, if it's Flash-based) and read several paragraphs from the linked article. If you like what you're reading, a Read On The Web button opens the entire linked article within Flipboard. The overall experience is much more seamless and enjoyable than your typical feed reader, dedicated Twitter app, or even Facebook itself. As advertised, Flipboard has the feel of a personalized media magazine.

Flipboard isn't perfect, the problem, I'm guessing, is that Flipboard's servers were so overwhelmed by the number of requests the company received to add users' Facebook and Twitter accounts that it had to create a waiting list for adding accounts. I experienced this first-hand, as I had to wait about five days to get through the waiting list. While it would have been nice to enjoy the benefits of Facebook and Twitter using Flipboard, the wait in no way detracted from my overall Flipboard experience. In short, pay no attention to the App Store naysayers. Like your momma said, patience is a virtue.
The only problem about Flipboard involves the nine section limitation. With more than 60 section options to choose from, I kept on wanting to add more.
 
Flipboard is a fantastic iPad app that makes everything you read on the Web better than it is by itself. I can't recommend it highly enough.The problem, I'm guessing, is that Flipboard's servers were so overwhelmed by the number of requests the company received to add users' Facebook and Twitter accounts that it had to create a waiting list for adding accounts. I experienced this first-hand, as I had to wait about five days to get through the waiting list. While it would have been nice to enjoy the benefits of Facebook and Twitter using Flipboard, the wait in no way detracted from my overall Flipboard experience.
Written by: Simone Baldassarri Sunday, 15 August 2010 12:52 Last Updated on Tuesday, 17 August 2010 14:12
 

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