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Flipboard Launches Smart Magazines to Help Users Personalize Their Feeds

Thursday, February 9, 2017 10:07
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Flipboard is getting personal with its latest update.

The news aggregation service has launched ‘Smart Magazines’ to give users the ability to create separate feeds for different interests.

Smart Magazines gets its inspiration from the topics and sources a person follows on Flipboard, creating specific publications based on a reader’ interests. These magazines, which will be updated regularly, can be customized by a user selecting their preferences in various interest categories.

“The new Flipboard is all about helping people discover great stories curated by people who share a passion, including editors, influencers and fellow enthusiasts,” Flipboard CEO Mike McCue said. “Smart Magazines represent a major breakthrough in how content can be personalized, curated and organized by passion, enabling us to take a new and important step toward our vision of modernizing the magazine experience for a mobile, social world.”

Here’s how it all works:

  • Swipe left to add an interest to your Flipboard, for instance, photography.
  • Next, choose what type of photography you are interested in. Press ‘done.’ Flipboard will then curate a Smart Magazine for you based on your choices.
  • You can tap on the black bar ‘photography’ bar to see related magazines you’re already following and to see more suggestions.
  • You can also construct a personal or group magazine by adding your favorite stories, or  you can put together a customized Smart Magazine that includes content from any source, person, publication or even hashtag you like.
  • Your “swipe through” Home carousel will store as many as nine Smart Magazines. Once the nine slots are filled, magazines will be saved under the Magazines tab on a user’s Profile.

Of course, the more you interact with Flipboard, the smarter its algorithm becomes on your interests.

The update to Flipboard also included these features:

  • Passion Picker — A single page where people can search or select a passion to add to their Flipboard.
  • Social Actions: Heart and Add — The two main interaction options on each story are now the Heart (like) and + (add).
  • Redesigned Profile — In the -1 screen users can now find everything they follow, their likes, magazines they’ve created and their followers. The profile can be edited using the gear icon.

To see Smart Magazines in action, check out the video below:


Jennifer Cowan is the Managing Editor for SiteProNews.

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