First released in July 2010, Flipboard aggregates content from social media, news feeds, photo sharing sites and other websites. These are presented in magazine format and allows users to “flip” through the articles, images and videos being shared. You can access it from the web at flipboard.com or on its mobile app.
In this article, I’ll go through what makes Flipboard special, and what some of its best features are.
The Flipboard Magazines
Flipboard offers a unique way for users to organise their content which is thanks to its “Magazines” that allow you to save content that you find directly on Flipboard or from the website of your choosing. You even have the possibility to add an RSS feed to your Magazine for an automatic content stream. You can then “flip” through the articles/blog posts/… that you’ve saved.
Furthermore, Flipboard isn’t just great for readers, but content creators can also create Magazines for their blog posts, articles, or stories and share them with users!
This brings us to Flipboard’s second feature…
The Social Aspect
As I mentioned above, there is a definite social aspect to Flipboard. You can follow users that curate content you enjoy, or just follow specific magazines that cover subjects you find interesting. With more than 145 million users there’s plenty of content to enjoy, even big newspapers are on the platform like The Guardian, The Verge or even The New York Times
As you add content to your Magazine you’ll have the possibility to share them on your social media if you want more people to read what you’re reading. You’ll also have the option of adding contributors to your Magazines if want to create one with a friend.
The social aspect of the platform really does make it unique compared to simply reading articles on the original website, it feels like being part of a community.
A recently new addition to the Flipboard mobile app is Flipboard TV. This curated video service features professionally produced content across a variety of topical areas. These include channels devoted to News, Business, Politics, Entertainment, and Technology. It’s 100% free and includes content from sources such as Variety, US Weekly, Rolling Stone, Barron’s, Bloomberg Media, The Recount and many more!
With recent updates, Flipboard has added more and more cities to its app, to allow you to stay connected with the latest local news. Boasting to now have thousands of cities, it’s easier than ever to keep up-to-date with the latest stories that matter in our daily lives.
Getting Access to Flipboard Local News?
To benefit from local news on Android and iOS devices, make sure you update your Flipboard app. You’ll then be prompted to select one or more to follow and they will be added to your Flipboard Following tab in the app so you can jump to your local topic any time. Stories and videos from local publishers, blogs and TV stations will be visible in your For You feed so you can stay in the loop with your community as you flip through Flipboard.
Flipboard is a very versatile app for staying updated with the latest news about subjects that interest you. Along with features like Flipboard TV and local news, it is arguably one of the best content aggregators out there!
If you want to follow us on Flipboard, here’s a link where you’ll find all our magazines! You can also follow my personal account where I curate content from around the web, mainly about tech but also about politics and other stuff!