The Flipboard App Is An Excellent Way To Read News on Your Tablet
The Flipboard App Is An Excellent Way To Read News on Your Tablet

We use tablets daily at our JASE offices in Hampton Roads. Our current tablet of choice is the Apple iPad, and we have really come to love one app in particular. Flipboard is that app and it is our favorite for so many reasons.

Convenience

The newspaper may be dead or dying, but Flipboard’s ability bring all the news channels of your choosing to your fingertips is fantastic. Once you download the application and install it, you simply select the channels you want to view and Flipboard does the rest in bringing you all the latest information from that channel.

Display

Flipboard takes advantage of a full screen display by bringing several articles in their own viewing panes at once, allowing you to select which article you want to read by tapping on it and blowing it up to a full screen reading pane.

Interactivity

There is something nostalgic about sitting there with your iPad and a cup of coffee flipping through all of the current news and events with the Flipboard app. That’s how it works, just flip and flip through hundreds of articles and videos and view what you want and skip what you don’t.

JASE Digital Media blog featured in Flipboard on the iPad
JASE Digital Media blog featured in Flipboard on the iPad

RSS Feed

If you use an RSS reader to view subscriptions to blogs, just login your account in Flipboard and go about reading your blogs just like everything else.

Social Media

Not only can you view news articles and videos with Flipboard, but you can also view all of your social community conversations as well. Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, and more are available on Flipboard and they act just like channels for news streams. You can flip through your Twitter feed or Facebook news feed and select any item you want to interact with.

Flipboard is a great application to use and the staff here at JASE Digital Media definitely recommends it as a must have application, especially since it is free.

How do you read your news, tweet us @JASEgroup and let us know. Until then, we’ll see you around the digital media world.

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10 Comments

  1. Laurie Gast (LinkedIn discussion)

    I also love Flipboard and use it to check on my Twitter, FB and LI groups more quickly. I also have my favorites set up to see the latest news in industries I’m following. I’m still learning my way around, but so far so good.

  2. Bill French

    Keith, I like Flipboard as well.

    I think FlipBoard and other news aggregation tools such as Pulse and Zite are excellent iPad solutions that accelerate awareness and to some degree, enhance sharing with colleagues and staff. However, while these tools are quite productive to use, they’re not ideal as curation and annotation systems – a process that I consider important for building brand equity and sustaining connectedness and thought leadership.

    Ideally, a thought leader should be able to use Flipboard to discover something of value to her constituents, and within a few seconds send the artifact and her related commentary on its way to people who really care about the information. Any other artifacts intended for the same audience should also be bundled into a single transmittal, which is typically a polished email message.

    I have perfected a model that leverages iPad and these advanced news reading tools as part of the first mile of curation; iPad certainly plays a big role in this process. (see http://ipadcto.com/2011/08/08/ipad-the-first-mile-of-curation/)

    When I see something important to share with my iPadCTO briefing clients, I share it with a smart system via email. I tag it with a simple categorization scheme, and everything else happens magically. The client (or prospect) sees something like this – http://eepurl.com/fgl-k … but all I had to do was tag three Flipboard articles.

    Some would call this simply a newsletter, but for those who must build a newsletter from scratch, an automated process is a real time saver. Those who must labor over each publication do so only if they have time. Many times, you have no time, so the first thing to go is the newsletter.

    I call this use of iPad + Flipboard – “connected curation” – an extension of social media development that lay between Twitter, G+, and Blogging. This approach is more personal and far quicker. It also seems to get more attention by readers.

    iPad is great. Flipboard is very useful. Combined with a publishing process, the first mile of curation and publishing is a killer app (for me anyway).

    Incidentally, Zite is better than Flipboard in many ways – specifically its ability to sculpt information based on observed patterns of news consumption.

  3. Bill Houle (LinkedIn discussion)

    I have a smartphone in my pocket, a desktop at work, and laptops in 2 different rooms of my home. And an iPad. With all this compute power, I must admit that the main thing keeping my iPad relevant in this so-called “Post PC” era is Flipboard. Were it not for it, my iPad would probably sit idle more often than not. Instead, it has become a permanent part of my daily routine.

    Anyone who doesn’t “get” Twitter gets it when they see it in Flipboard context. Anyone who already “gets it”, gets it even more when they see not only the Flip curation, but the ability to curate on your own via Twitter lists. For those that don’t know, Flipboard is what you get when RSS is crossed with Conde Nast. The magazine-style auto-layout makes Internet link sharing and social media consumption an absolute joy.

    For me, it is the “killer app” of the iPad.

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