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LIMITED EDITION: FLIPBOARD

This week’s LIMITED EDITION focuses on a extremely useful APP for both the iPhone and iPad. Flipboard pulls from all of your online accounts; Twitter, Facebook, Tumblr, Instagram and a plethora of other platforms and consolidates them all into a neatly organized digital magazine. It’s honestly pretty incredible and saves you a buttload of time rather than logging into all your different accounts. But to me, the best part about is it how it’s organized and presented as a magazine (That is frequently updating). Sometimes you’ll open the app up and see something you made on the front cover, or a picture of your friends on Facebook. 

So if you get tired of that, there’s even other sections divided by genre that are curated by Flipboard editors. All in all it’s a really well-rounded APP that you’ll be using daily. 

You can download the app here: 

Flipboard: Your Social News Magazine - Flipboard Inc.

Salutations! The Prodigal Son has returned, however briefly.  New job…new life.  Back in the saddle soon.  

Just thought I’d send on a note for those of you who use pads in the iOS or Android environments.  If you haven’t taken advantage of the Flipboard app for your photography, I encourage you to do so.  It shows off your photography wonderfully and it’s also … social and free!  Just what you wanted—another social environment. :-) You can see my initial postings on and subscribe to my mag via the web (better on a pad via the native app, though) at https://flipboard.com/section/ric-camacho-photography-bJd9Bu .

See ya’ll soon!

Ric

Medium becomes more Tumblrish

Hamish McKenzie noted that Medium had become significantly more of a curated experience  in its recent facelift. But I think in his positioning of Medium and Flipboard as two competitors for our attention, he misses something important. He wrote, 

Medium rearranged the furniture yesterday and in doing so changed the way we should look at the whole house.

It’s not just that founder and CEO Evan Williams has finally declared Medium to be a “platform not a publication” – an important distinction that was revealed in a correction note on a Fast Company article. And it’s not just the fancy new clothes that “Medium 1.0” comes dressed in, which include full-bleed cover photos and new layout options. It’s also that Medium now has more emphasis on user-curated “Collections,” such as one called “Human Parts.”

That shift puts Medium squarely in competition with Flipboard, a smartphone and tablet-focused reading app, which in March gave its users the ability to curate their own collections, which it calls “magazines.”

Medium’s further additions of a “Top 100” leaderboard and a “Reading List” feed of suggested stories hammer home the message that “This is a place you come to read, and, please, stay a while.”

But Flipboard is often used as simply as a reading tool for feeds: like the way I access my Twitter stream, or updates from Wired. In that way Flipboard is more like the successor to Google Reader.

No, the product to compare to Medium is Tumblr, where the curated topics pages collated the most interesting and compelling content, as judged by a battery of editors, and each with its own ‘top contributors’. (See me down there at the right?)

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I find it interesting that Tumblr seems to be changing so slowly — hardly at all — since being acquired by Yahoo. And one of the obvious ways to draw more interest to Tumblr would be the simple avenue of making the curated topics a/ public and b/ better looking. Right now they look like the (relatively unappealing) Tumblr dashboard, and there is little or no room for advertisements. 

But I have made several of the curated topic feeds — like Tech and Design — a part of my central daily practice. I have not done that with Medium, although I do use Flipboard every day, too.

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