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Flipboard as News Reader

I have given up on Feedly. I find it clunky and irritating. My news reader of choice prior to Google Reader’s demise was the Reeder app for Mac and iOS. It was simple, elegant and efficient. Reeder is working to replace its Google synch capabilities using Feedly’s sync API. The iPhone app has been updated, but the iPad and Mac apps are still a work in progress – so much so that they’ve been removed from the app store until the updates are completed. More and more I find myself turning to Flipboard [iOS, Android and soon Windows Phone – free] to keep up with the news. It’s always been my favorite for “pleasure” reading but I’m learned there are also some impressive tools for “processing” the news. Here are a few examples.

Flipboard doesn’t limit you to just RSS news feeds. You can connect to Facebook, Twitter, Google+, Flickr and many more social networks too. And, you can control which parts of those networks you want to see in Flipboard. For example, I could limit my Twitter account so that it just delivers tweets from a specific Twitter list. But that’s not all. If I want to respond to a tweet or someone’s comment on Facebook, I just tap on the item and Flipboard presents a nice little pane giving me all the capabilities I would have if I was actually in Twitter or Facebook. If it’s a Facebook status comment, I can like or comment on the original status as well as see who else “liked” it and any other posted comments.

I still have all my Google Reader subscriptions. Flipboard captured them and saved them as a static section in my Flipboard profile. I can’t add subscriptions there but I can do a little manipulation of my own. If you find a new blog you like and want to include in Flipboard, enter its name in the search box at the top of the Flipboard home screen. Flipboard does a search and turns up the most amazing things – blogs, Facebook and Twitter profiles, Flickr, Instagram and much more. You can subscribe to any of these things in Flipboard – including the RSS feeds found towards the bottom of the list. Just tap on the item you want and it will display a page of current content with a Subscribe button at the top of the screen. Tap Subscribe and its added to your subscription list (found in your My Flipboard section) and new content from this source will appear in the Cover Stories section on your Flipboard front page.

I’ve also found that using Flipboard to forward content to other platforms – especially Tumblr – is much easier than other readers and the forwarded content is much richer and better formatted. I like that a lot.

All is not perfect, however. If I get pulled away from reading, it can be difficult to pick up where I left off. I think it could be as much my fault as Flipboard’s . . . As long as I leave the app at the screen where I stopped reading, I’m fine. Unfortunately, with Flipboard there’s always something to catch my eye and lead me off into a new direction.

I’ve been a Flipboard fan since it first came out and every day I discover even more reasons to love it.

More Yahoo speculation

Looks like I wasn’t the only one paying attention to Yahoo’s shopping spree . . .

Suppose that when you stumble upon an interesting blog post, you could click a “Follow on Yahoo” button, much the way you’d tweet a link or “Like” the post on Facebook. Clicking this “Follow on Yahoo” button would then allow you to follow the blog (or the author) via a personalized feed in a mobile Yahoo app or on the Yahoo homepage.

You may follow a handful or a thousand blogs, authors and news sites, but your Yahoo feed would have the power to rank items from all of these sources and show them to you in the order of their likelihood of interest to you, with the top 10 updates being the most interesting ones. It could even provide cogent summaries via its newly acquired Summly technology.

The rest of the article is just as interesting. Via Why The Google Reader Shutdown Is A Huge Opportunity For Yahoo at ReadWrite.

News Reader Update

It’s getting to be crunch time as Google Reader’s July 1st shut down is almost upon us. If you’re still looking for news reading options, here’s a quick rundown.

  • Feedly has moved quickly to grab the RSS feed management market. They have just released Feedly Cloud, their own web-based news client, and are currently migrating users it. If you haven’t moved to Feedly Cloud yet, you’ll find the simple instructions on their blog. Once you’ve migrated via the web client, close and re-open your mobile apps to synchronize them. They have also released an API which makes it possible for other apps to connect and synchronize feeds. So far there are nine apps available for Android and Windows phones as well as the free Newsify app for iOS. 
  • Even more news reader apps have announced they will be moving to Feedly’s API. These include the Reeder apps for iOS and Mac.
  • Flipboard users who connect to Google Reader news within the app will be automatically updated to Flipboard’s alternative connection.
  • Newsblur and Feed.bin offer paid feed management subscriptions with both web-based clients and a growing number of apps offering connections to them.
  • Both Digg and AOL are building their own news reader platforms. AOL’s release is expected today with Digg releasing theirs as a public beta later this week. There’s even a rumor that Facebook is looking into some kind of news reading function.
  • Bloglines, the veteran web-based service, has gotten a make-over and added some new features.

Change can be frustrating, but it’s always nice to have options. Google Reader’s shutdown is already showing us some innovative alternatives and I expect there will be even more coming soon.

Feedly launches cloud service

If you use Google Reader and haven’t yet chosen a new service, you’re running out of time, as Google is finally shutting everything down on July 1. Feedly is the best alternative I’ve seen so far, and this move to the cloud shows that the company is very interested in not only grabbing Google’s refugees, but keeping their patronage for as long as possible.

Via The Unofficial Apple Weblog.

Flipboard for News

Flipboard [iPad, iPhone and Android – free] has been a favorite reading app for some time. One of the very nice things about Flipboard is that it doesn’t just use Google Reader – or RSS for that matter – as the only source for the content in the app. It will pull in content from Twitter (it follows the links in tweets and pulls in the content at the other end of the link), Facebook, LinkedIn and a number of other social platforms as well as a growing collection of unique news sources.

Flipboard accounts screen

On March 13th, they released an announcement to all Flipboard users that they wouldn’t lose their Google Reader content after the shutdown. The subscription list will be saved in your Flipboard account and you can add RSS feeds at any time. The only thing you have to do is insure you have a Flipboard account set up. This is necessary to keep your content options saved and to sync that content from one device to another. Tap on the red ribbon at the top of the home screen, then tap the Accounts item. This is where you set up both your Flipboard account and the social networks you want pulled into it.

Flipboard doesn’t have a desktop or web-based app, nor does it have as many sharing options as Reeder and other reading apps, but it provides one of the best reading experiences I’ve seen on any platform. If you read most of your news on a tablet, Flipboard may well be the best option to replace Google Reader.