Flipboard: a social magazine you should try, if you can

About two days ago people started talking about Flipboard. Really talking a lot.  So much so that many people, including me, have found it very hard to try it out.   Just last night I noticed a tweet from the other side of the planet in which the editor of readwriteweb.com commented that he too couldn’t try it because Flipboard was over capacity.

This problem should give you an indication of just how interesting a concept Flipboard really is.  In short, Flipboard collects information from your Twitter and Facebook (other Social Networks may be supported) feeds and uses it to bring all the links your friends are sharing into your iPad in a Magazine-like layout.   When you think about it, it sounds pretty interesting as you get a much more enticing presentation of the shared information than you do with pretty much any other application or interface I’ve seen before.

The App collects the articles, posts and photos your friends have shared allowing you to see them in a magazine-like interface that provides the social features you expect on the web such as “liking” a specific item or sharing it with your own followers.

I’ve embedded the demo video to give you an idea of how the application works and what it looks like.  I think that most will agree that is worth getting the free application to try it out in person, when they manage to overcome the capacity issue.

It seems obvious that the folks at Flipboard underestimated the interest their application would draw. I hope they can iron out the capability issues soon as the concept is nothing short of brilliant, and they are going to have people coming in from all sides to try out the application.

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