If you are anything like me, you have tried to embrace the twitter craze, but the lack of a real usable way to read the tweets have kept you from truly immersing yourself into it. With the release of a new application called Flipboard, you may be able to to finally get on board with Twitter. In addition to Twitter, it also links to your Facebook account to display your updates in an iPad like magazine.
Not the boring apps that simply scanned the pages from their dead tree magazines and loaded them into the iPad, but one that truly embraces the beauty, easy and multimedia functions of the iPad. Are your friends not tweeting or updating their status enough for you to have enough content? Well Flipboard includes some additional feeds that allows you to increase your "magazine" content.
Their application description reads this way:
"Flipboard is the world's first social magazine. Your Flipboard is a fast, beautiful way to flip through news, photos and updates your friends are sharing on Facebook and Twitter. And it's an incredible place to discover fresh content from around the Twittersphere."
I would have to agree my Twitter information never looks so appealing and my readership of that information has increased as well.
The description continues:
"Flipboard brings the timeless layout of print media to social media. No more scrolling through long lists of posts and links. No more jumping back and forth between websites. Your Flipboard is everything you care about in one place. It's your magazine. It's your Flipboard."
The interface is done very nice, but it does not have everything I care about - NOT yet. I am looking forward to be able to include my own RSS feeds. Their servers for Twitter and Facebook are overwhelmed by the traffic that they are pulling from these two services. Initially I could not setup either account, but this morning I could finally connect to my Twitter. Facebook remains inaccessible to my Flipboard at this time. I wonder if it will look anything like Flickpad which is a very nice way to display your friend' photos from Facebook.
When trying to access Facebook, the app presents this message:
Facebook: "Thanks for downloading Flipboard for iPad. Due to overwhelming interest we are currently limiting the rate at which we are accepting new Facebook and Twitter connections. We are working for the next several hours on deploying a new server infrastructure. Please follow @flipboard for updates. Thanks very much for your support and patience. We promise it will be worth the wait." -Flipboard Team
I am looking forward to what this neat new application will deliver to my iPad. I think it is on the right track for how media content should be presented on the iPad. I would have to say, "No matter how boring your online social life may appear, it will look better displayed in Flipboard. I can't wait to see what the next chapter of my life looks like in Flipboard" .