Monday, August 30, 2010

Flipboard for iPad

I used to think that magazines on the iPad were the future. If you read this blog, you know how gung-ho I am about the iPad and magazines on the iPad. Flipboard for iPad has made me rethink that. It's virtually made creators of magazines obsolete. (I've got much more to say on that topic, but for now I'll leave it at that.) This program is that good, and is the latest incarnation of what some geeks call social filtering of news.

In a nutshell, Flipboard pulls posts from your Facebook, your Twitter, plus some custom feeds of its own. It then lays out all this information in magazine format. So not only do you get, say, your tech news from Wired and Engadget, you also get the posts of your cousin on holiday, side by side with what your officemates think of Venus Raj.

It's surprisingly addictive, readable, and easy-to-use. You'll be surprised what a difference Flipboard makes. I'm not a fan of Twitter, but on Flipboard, I find it to be more engaging and interesting. I know of another Flipboard user who prefers to check his Facebook through the app. I wouldn't go that far, but the point is Flipboard's presentation really does add something...

A sample page from Facebook

Flipboard pulls the images and videos from posts automatically, so in some ways, it's better than Facebook or Twitter, where the links are always one click away. With Flipboard, it's all there. And it manages to make boring old feeds look interesting.

There's no escaping Farmville, Mafia Wars, and the new kid on the block, Car Town.

And here's what a page from Wired looks like.

On the downside, the app is bandwidth hungry. It's unusable if the network you're on is very busy.

Flipboard was so popular on launch that you had to wait for them to activate your account -- the wait took a couple of days. Hopefully they've sorted that out, but even if they haven't, this is a must-have app for the iPad.


Jenny said...

Just got my new toy yesterday and started using flipboard. Really cool :)

Jenny said...

Just got my new toy yesterday and started to use flipboard. Really cool way to play with content :)