Social Media as a Magazine?

July 28, 2010  •  Leave a Comment

When Apple first announced the iPad, I reserved mine the day they open up the reservation/pre-order site.  As a photographer I saw the iPad as the perfect device to show potential clients my work.  Up until that point I had been using my iPhone to show off my work.  The iPhone is a great tool, but to use it as a photo viewer for clients is like showing them a bunch of 4×6 prints (only smaller).  When I finally got the iPad I saw it as much more.  I now find myself reading more of my trade magazines and sites.  I have also used it to show current clients work that was actually being done at that very location and know of several other photogs doing the same thing.  One thing I never considered was an idea that a company by the name of Flipboard is doing,  Social Media as a magazine.  Imagine seeing all your social networks in one place but not like TweetDeck and HootSuite do it.  I’m talking about actually flipping pages on your iPad as if you were reading a magazine in Zinio.  The only difference is this magazine is full of live feeds from your friends, trade associations and anything else you may follow on Facebook and Twitter.  They are also linking other forms of social media and allowing people to added connect of their own.  I thought this had to be one of the best ideas since the iPad itself and I wasn’t alone.  Flipboard had so many people trying to sign up for their service they couldn’t keep up.  They actually had to go to a reservation system just to get a slot to sign up.

I have been using Flipboard for about a week now and I have to say it’s better than I was expecting.   I have always hated scrolling through my facebook feed, and don’t get me started on the twitter feeds.  Flipboard takes these feeds and pulls them in to a visually pleasing display of everything you follow.  Photos from your friends in Facebook show up like they would in a Magazine.  Stuff your friends say show up like quotes in an article.  Now Twitter….. when someone posts a link to a website it actually pulls the first bit of that article so you can start reading it.  Ever clicked on a link only to find you have no interest in the article?  I sure have, and this gives me a quick glance without going anywhere.

Because Flipboard uses your network feeds, the news is filtered to what you like.  If your like me you’ll find you have more news than you have time to read.  Best of all…… Flipboard is free and you can download it now from the App Store.  Go check it out and let me know what you think.

Flipboard [iTunes]

Flipboard product page [Flipboard]

 


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