Flipboard, the news gathering service, has a new update that will surely improve the users’ experience. The aim of the update is to organize and unify the online feeds of the users by introducing the feature “Smart Magazine”.
The new feature will put together information on the basis of common topics and display them in a bundle that users can customize by selecting their interests and their favorite websites.
Before, when users were navigating the platform, they had to sift through about 30 million magazines and 34,000 topics. The Cover Story option was available, but it was not organized by topic. Smart Magazine now allows the users to filter what their information want to see and have their news feeds a little more organized.
Mike McCue, the Flipboard CEO, explained a bit how this new option works. Let’s say a person is interested in photography and he or she has already followed the specific publications that often deal with this subject or several topics that are related to photography.
The older version of the service forced the person to browse through all the publications and stories he had followed and hope that he would find among them something of interest. Now, Smart Magazines allows us to select the specific topic we want to read about and then we can see only the headlines related to the topic.
To create Smart Magazines, users have to use the Passion Picker first, a tool that allows them to select a broad topic they are interested in. Then, they can pick more specialized subcategories and choose the sources, such as Twitter hashtags or feeds, YouTube videos, or different websites. What comes of this is a selection of the major stories concerning the topic and even niche news that are related to it.
For example, if you create a sports-related Smart Magazine, you will be able to see the major highlights of the day or the most important news regarding sports in general, and then you can also see more specific news, for example about LA Lakers or NBA.
Also, this new feature is using machine learning techniques that aim to improve their content by seeing what the users like and add to their interests.
The new Flipboard update is available starting today for all users, including iOS and Android users as well as web users.
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