- Flipboard embraces Mastodon: subhead “The news reading app is going all in on the Fediverse.” so I don’t have to say “don’t forget fediverse”!
Wow. Early days of the iPad, Flipboard was the best news-reading app for a while. My 2010-11-11 review:
Perhaps the best app isn’t a newspaper at all, though. Flipboard is an aggregator for items from Twitter accounts and lists, your own or various public ones. Since many blog writers now tweet about every new entry, they all show up in Flipboard. Navigation is trivially easy and obvious, and little space is wasted on anything but information.
I’m not entirely pleased by how it shows articles, though: You see the first few paragraphs, then a link to the original site, so they can collect their ad revenue. While I sympathize with the need for ads, I just want everything collected. However, it does have a “Read Later” action which sends an article to Instapaper, the ONLY one of these newspaper apps which does.
Still, I think this is pretty close to the ideal for a newspaper. If it had RSS support, and a clearer separation of old from new content, I’d be happy to junk all of the “newspapers” and RSS readers I use.
It did later get RSS, and for years it replaced newspapers. They kind of bit-rotted, and my use of social media changed, so I lost touch with them.
So today’s announcement’s a “OH YEAH, THOSE GUYS”. They still had my old login but my password’s gone, recovered & set a real password, and I’m back in. Looks just like it always did. Remove some junk sources, and it’s a pretty normal newspaper again.
… There’s an option to connect my Mastodon account, but right now it fails at Authorize! So far Mastodon doesn’t show up in hashtag searches and such. They have their own Masto server at flipboard.social but I don’t need that.
So this is interesting, but not quite useful yet.