Friday Find: Flipboard
Because many people now read the news and follow social media on their phones and tablets, companies are creating social news readers to collect all of the data. These handy tools are apps designed to compile the news and topics you want to follow into one easy place. When you set up an account with any one of them – Pulse, Trapit, Flipboard, Taptu, Feedly, Skygrid, to name just a few – you select the topics and categories you want to read about. After logging in for the first time, you’re presented with news that’s specifically tailored to your interests. With many apps, you can also link up your social media accounts, such as Twitter and Facebook.
I asked about social news readers around here at the Every Nation office and found that many of our staff members have taken a liking to Flipboard.
Flipboard has a beautiful interface fashioned to look like a magazine. While using it, you can quite literally “flip” through all of your news. It’s simple and easy to navigate, which distinguishes it from many other social news readers. It’s not cluttered, making it very aesthetically pleasing and organized.
Here are some reasons why I like Flipboard so much:
Preview of articles. When I first discovered Flipboard, my favorite thing about it (besides being so pretty!) was that it gives you “bite-size” pieces of articles that usually would have come across a Twitter feed as simple links. Having a portion of an article (rather than just a link) gives me a nice gauge as to whether or not I want to continue reading something.
Custom browsing options. As you familiar yourself with Flipboard, you can further customize the app to suit your browsing needs. For example, people in ministry could use it to keep tabs on helpful websites like churchplanting.com and Chistianity Today, or to read articles tweeted out by pastors they follow. Just want to read about a particular topic once? Flipboard has a search function for that too. No matter what, you’re always getting the simple layout of a magazine, but the information is pulled from a virtually unlimited source.
If you’re looking for a comparison of different social news readers, check out Xconomy’s article on the top ten social apps!
Are you using a social-news reader? Do you have a favorite?