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Social Media - Flipboard for iPad: How to Use It

Published: 15 Apr 2014 01:08:26 PST

20-Sep-10

With all the gizmos, apps, real-time updates and life-changing articles strewn in your path, nothing's more complicated than sorting through and finding time for everything you want to read.

Tougher still if you're a first-gen iPad user. What's iPad about, anyway? How long will it take to master it, you may ask? And what apps might maximize its usefulness?

Here's a lifesaver: Flipboard packages images, videos, articles, Facebook updates and Tweets in a format for your iPad that would make any aesthete beam with pride.

Flipboard curates material published by friends on Facebook and Twitter, turning links to photos, videos, and articles into delectable and lovingly formatted iPad eye candy. It's optimized for browsing, like your favorite glossy. Support for LinkedIn, Yelp and Tumblr are coming—meaning soon you'll be able to peruse blogs, restaurant reviews and updates with colleagues.

Basically, Flipboard puts together a magazine consisting of content from your online and social worlds: netvibes for the mobile set, crafted to keep what you hope to read at top-of-mind for idle moments.

This curiously zen demo explains Flipboard best.

And, hey! Leap on the bandwagon while it's still free! Response has been so dramatic that users who add it to their iPads must wait in line to personalize it (but Flipboard's admins provide those in the queue with cool diversions).

Twitter co-founder Jack Dorsey, Facebook co-founder Dustin Morkovitz and actor Ashton Kutcher have already lodged their support for Flipboard's development, to the tune of $10.5 million. Now, that's endorsement!

The Po!nt: Small-screen content is coming of age. iPad users, here's the app that yields a heady taste of content's future. Learn from its design as it organizes in style all that crazy data coming at you!

Looking for great mobile marketing data? MarketingProfs reviewed hundreds of research sources to create our most recent Mobile Marketing Factbook (May 2010). With 139 pages and 99 charts, it is full of relevant mobile marketing stats and trends. The Mobile Marketing Factbook is Part 4 of the complete Digital Marketing Factbook (our 296-page full report).

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