09 April 2014

Flipboard Magazines for Genealogy -- a blossoming new platform

Yesterday Instagram, today Flipboard!

As our world as a whole becomes more technological with more “new” toys to play with, these new applications make their way into our genealogy community.

Let’s talk about Flipboard.  It’s a way to create a magazine by using content already on the web (and probably via other methods not described here).

I opted to get started by installing a Chrome extension.  This extension allows me to just click on the icon for a page of interest (in this case, posts from Upfront with NGS) and “add” that content to my magazine. 

I just created this magazine based on Upfront with NGS posts.  Each included article has its graphic and beginning text visible.  The headline for each article is a clickable link to the original article. Each page gives you an option to “subscribe” to or “share” the magazine you are reading.

The presentation is very lush looking.  So, if you are a visual person – you might find this media appealing.  I think this magazine format also makes it easy to “catch up” on Upfront with NGS if you’ve missed a few posts since you can see more headlines in a horizontal fashion.  We’ve actually talked about that for the blog – that it would be nice to have a “more visual” method for quickly seeing the most recent news titles.  Might Flipboard be the answer?

What do you think?  For Upfront with NGS which format do you think is preferable? Real-time e-mail, 3pm EST digest mode, FB post, Google+ post or Flipboard?

Editor’s Note: please post your responses on FB, Google + or via a comment to this blog post for this informal survey

There are some in our genealogical community who have been playing around with this technology.  I suggest you check out these recent examples ...

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