If you haven’t heard of the iPad-only app Zite, chances are you will soon. Billed as “a personalized magazine for your iPad,” the app is quickly gaining popularity with users of similar apps like Flipboard and Pulse -- as well as drawing the same kind of unwanted attention from content providers.
Despite some interesting first impressions from publishers, Flipboard has proven itself as a very cool way to browse news and social networks on the iPad. The reader app lets you subscribe to various blogs, check up on your social networks, and just recently, given you the ability to read subscriptions from your Google Reader account. In this how to, we would like to show you how to maximize your social media use with Flipboard for iPad.
You’d think that being crowned Apple’s iPad App of the Year (not to mention one of TIME magazine’s top 50 innovations of 2010) might make the cats at Flipboard lazy, but that’s not the case -- they’ve just rolled out a major 1.1 update which adds Google Reader, Flickr and a host of user-requested features.
Since it's debut this past July, Flipboard has been making sure that users of the iPad application always have something fresh to read available, with content delivered from a number of popular online sources and linked material from the user's Twitter and Facebook friends. Thanks to Flipboard's innovative approach to content aggregation, it quickly became one of the most popular free news readers available in the iTunes App Store, boasting scads of satisfied users and a large number of glowing reviews. However, up until now, Flipboard has suffered from the same issue plaguing the majority of other iOS-based content aggregation applications: a lack of support from many of the major media outlets that it draws its content from. This means that while you could, for example, have headline-worthy content from the New York Times collected by Flipboard, you wouldn't be able to read more than a few lines of the story.
If a story posted today has it right, all of that could be about to change.