App of the Week – Flipboard

We are continuing a series called App of the Week, wherein we recommend the best apps to support the academic experience. Please let us know what you think, and feel free to provide suggestions for apps we should review.

For those of flipboardus who get our news online, we tend to either go directly to our designated news sources one at a time, or absorb several headlines while scrolling through social media feeds. Flipboard wants to be the app you didn’t know you needed–your one-stop, personalized source for news and more.

 

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Flipboard is an aesthetically pleasing magazine-style news-aggregator that can also include stories/photos gleaned from your social media feeds (Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and Tumblr, to name a few). The app has been around for a few years now, but it continues to gain users at an incredible clip (250,000 a day), while continually adding to and improving its features.

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 Most helpful features:

  • You can choose from over 34,000(!) “topics” that are already curated for you, such as sports or science.
  • Add your favorite blogs, or any other kind of feed, and “flip” it to a particular board or new “magazine.”
  • You can share articles through email, text, and other social media outlets right in Flipboard.
  • A new element, called Daily Edition, is a curated summary of big headlines that arrives at 7 am local time, and updates automatically throughout the day.
  • You are able to export a story to your “read it later” app of choice, such as Pocket, Evernote, etc.
  • You can mute sources you never want to see news from.
  • There are lots of nice customizing features, such as the ability to choose which browser a news story opens in.
  • There is a social component, where you can follow fellow Flipboard users, comment and like stories, “reflip” their stories, and more.
  • You can get push notifications (or turn them off) for almost every interaction – likes, comments, “reflips,” breaking news, etc.

 Downsides:

  • You can’t simply use it as a visual RSS reader, where you only add the feeds you’re interested in–it’s much more than that, but you can follow individual news sources you don’t want to miss.
  • You can’t read articles offline within the app, but as mentioned earlier, you can export them to your favorite “read it later” app.

Bottom line:

Flipboard has over one million users who curate and aggregate their news sources in the form of virtual magazines, which are easy to flip through, read, save, and share. If you curate your personal news feed through Flipboard, let us know what you think!

Further Reading:

Flipboard (for iPad) Review

Flipboard 3.0 lands as personalised, smartphone-centric update

Flipboard debuts a big redesign and The Daily Edition, a morning news section

The views expressed in this post are those of the author and do not reflect the official policy or position of the Department of the Army, Department of Defense, or the U.S. Government. No endorsement or recommendation of any specific products or services is intended or implied.

Contents contributed by Lauren Dodd Hall, Circulation Librarian