I received an iPad for Christmas and immediately fell in love with the Flipboard app. The app, also available for iPhones (as of Dec. 2011), aggregates all web links shared by your contacts on various social networking sites and displays the content in magazine-like format, as shown below. You flip through the pages of content by sliding your finger across the screen.
Now, I prefer reading social networking updates on Flipboard rather than each social networking site or app for the following reasons:
- Scan updates. Flipboard displays enough content for each web link so you can determine if the link is worth reading (or saving to read later – see #2). If you touch the screen and slide your finger across, you flip to the next page of updates. The magazine-like display and touch to flip function allow you to quickly scan the information shared by your networks rather than scrolling down pages to read updates and clicking on links.
- Save and read later. The Flipboard app syncs with Instapaper and Read It Later. Choose one for your Flipboard account (you can create either account for free) and you can save links to read later.
- Comment, like or share. Finally, you can interact on your social networking sites from the Flipboard app. If you enjoyed an article shared on Facebook, you can “like” the link. You can also comment or share links.