FlipBoard is very buzzworthy at the moment- it’s a really well-funded startup with an application for the iPad that aggregates all of your social media streams into an easy-on-the-eyes magazine layout.
All you have to do is ‘flip’ through the pages. Content has a byline, “shared by” and the handle of whomever posted that link, story, video or piece of user-generated content online.
This is a pretty elegant solution for those social media users flipping between accounts, blogs, rss feeds and bookmarking sites. I currently use Hootsuite to manage my Twitter, Facebook and LinkedIn profiles, but find the interface difficult to use. For example, I have a half a dozen different Twitter lists lined up next to one another and need to scroll all the way across the screen to view them all.
I just wonder what kind of algorithm or user-preferences FlipBoard employs to know which content is preferred? I am trying to visualize a magazine made out of my contacts’ updates and I am balking at the idea of random musings, links to funny videos and other people’s’ vacation pictures comparing to a real magazine like Vanity Fair. We’ll see how this application does!