How Online Reading Has Evolved in 2011

How Online Reading Has Evolved in 2011

This time last year I wrote a post outlining how online reading patterns had changed over 2010. The habits and products for reading on the Web have continued to evolve over 2011. This year, for example, Google+ arrived on the scene and changed the way many people find and discuss topical articles. We also saw continued innovation in mobile and…

How to Bring Back Google Reader’s Original Sharing Feature

How to Bring Back Google Reader’s Original Sharing Feature

Last week, the Google Reader team caused quite a stir among many users when it launched a redesigned version of the popular RSS feed reading service. The relaunch not only gave Google Reader a new design, but removed the service’s content-sharing and social features in an attempt to streamline the product and drive more people toward Google+. While…

Flipboard’s New Ads Aren’t Just for Magazines

Flipboard’s New Ads Aren’t Just for Magazines

Flipboard, the social magazine app for iPad, has just launched its first advertising program in partnership with magazine publisher Condé Nast. This campaign displays ads alongside content from The New Yorker, Wired, and Bon Appétit. Later this year, Flipboard plans to expand the progam to other publishers, including independent publishers.

This…

What Are the Best Android RSS Readers?

What Are the Best Android RSS Readers?

With near half a million Android devices being activated every day, there are a lot of people learning the best ways to use their brand new devices. The natural thing for a new user to do is look up their favorite websites using the native browser on the phone. Yet, a lot of times they will find that the site is not optimized for the mobile Web…

Alt Search Engine blekko Partners with Flipboard for RSS Search

Alt Search Engine blekko Partners with Flipboard for RSS Search

This morning, alternative search engine service blekko announced a partnership with hot iPad social magazine Flipboard to power its content searches. Under the new deal, users looking for new content to subscribe to within Flipboard can discover and browse for items by keyword. The content will come from RSS feeds, the Web feed format used to…

XYDO Feels Like It’s Taking The Pageviews Out of Publishers’ Mouths

XYDO Feels Like It’s Taking The Pageviews Out of Publishers’ Mouths

Yesterday XYDO, the service that curates users’ Twitter and Facebook streams and adds a layer of social bookmarking a la Reddit or Digg, opened up to the public. After trying it out for a little while today, I realized that something felt wrong, and then it came to me – when I click on a title, I don’t get taken to the website hosting that content…

iPad and Android Tablets Get Beautiful New Feed Reader From Feedly

iPad and Android Tablets Get Beautiful New Feed Reader From Feedly

The newest release of the Feedly reader version may be one of the essential reading applications you can have for any of your devices. It is the power reader’s reader and available today on any Android or iOS device you can find.

Feedly has been around for a while. As a browser extension to Chrome and Firefox, Feedly has been taking RSS feeds…

How Flipboard Can Bring App Makers and Publishers Together

How Flipboard Can Bring App Makers and Publishers Together

Flipboard, the social magazine iPad app, is on everyone’s mind right now. It just raised $50 million in funding on a $200 million evaluation, partnered with Oprah and is showing us what the future of media consumption can be while scaring the toenails off of publishers.

Yet, what if Flipboard and other app makers could work directly with the…

My6Sense Chrome Extension Filters Your Tweet Stream on Twitter.com

My6Sense Chrome Extension Filters Your Tweet Stream on Twitter.com

My6Sense, the personalized recommendation engine for both iOS and Android, comes to the desktop today with a Chrome extension that brings the my6sense experience to Twitter.com. What exactly is the my6sense experience? my6sense uses what it calls “digital intuition” to determine what parts of your stream, whether Twitter, Facebook, Google Buzz or…

Social Magazines: What’s Their Business Model?

Social Magazines: What’s Their Business Model?

Yesterday we looked at the latest “social magazine” app to hit the iPad, called NewsMix. It’s very similar to Flipboard, the innovator and leader in this small but rapidly evolving market. Social magazines is a term that Flipboard came up with. It’s come to mean a News Reader type application for the iPad that has the visual appeal of a magazine…

Battle of the Social Magazines: Why NewsMix Won’t Beat Flipboard

Battle of the Social Magazines: Why NewsMix Won’t Beat Flipboard

The latest social magazine iPad app to hit the market is NewsMix, a $2.99 app that does much the same thing as the increasingly popular Flipboard. So how much chance does NewsMix have to usurp Flipboard? It’s the same chance that online RSS Readers had of usurping Bloglines back in 2004-05, when Bloglines was first to market with a new type of news…