Flipboard iPad App Keeps Growing By Adding Google Reader Integration

No doubt, the iPad is a great device for consuming information. Web, Facebook, and Twitter integration all make it easy to find the latest updates from family, friends, the blogosphere, and news sources. Earlier this year, the folks over at Flipboard launched their app that converts feeds into a magazine format that is easy to consume in a magazine format. The response from iPad users has been tremendous and Apple recently named as Apple’s “App of the year for 201o“.

Up until recently, however, Flipboard had a pretty by flaw. Don’t get me wrong, I love the app, but the biggest issue I saw was a lack of integration with RSS feeds. I’m so hooked on reading my Facebook and Twitter feeds in a magazine format, I wanted to be able to plug in my RSS feeds and consume them in the same fashion. In fact, to¬†accommodate this, I even went so far as to publish all my social media news feeds out to a public Twitter account at @thesocialdigest, just so I could add the Twitter account to Flipboard.

The good news is that my workaround isn’t really necessary anymore with the latest update. The fine folks over at Flipboard added Google Reader integration with the app, so now I can get Facebook, Twitter, and RSS information in magazine format. Basically, I’m in information heaven!

If you’d like to see the resources I consume in my social media RSS feed, you can subscribe to it here. If you want these same resources to show up in your Tweetdeck or Hootsuite feeds, you can also follow the Twitter feed at @thesocialdigest.


Comments And Reactions

  1. Flipboard is such a great-looking app, and its wonderful to finally see RSS integration.

    It’s interesting to me–news aggregators such as Flipboard are becoming increasingly popular. It seems that Twitter is becoming more and more of a middleman. Any thoughts on this?

    • Sean R. Nicholson says:

      I agree! With more and more people using apps like Flipboard, Tweetdeck, and Hootsuite the just aren’t visiting the Twitter.com site anymore. This puts Twitter in the awkward place of owning all the data, but getting few eyes on site, which makes it tough to monetize. It will be interesting to see how Twitter handles this.


  2. Google may try to kill Flipboard, but Google’s success at killing competition is in the single digit percentages. In this case, Google will likely fail because they really are engineering-centric, and still don’t get user interfaces or how humans use technology.

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