Facebook Introduced Social News App PaperAdded: Thursday, February 6th, 2014
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The social network has announced its new news-reading application called Paper for iPhone. Facebook believes that its new creation will soon replace Flipboard and become everyone’s favorite portal to friends and news. The company’s developers describe Paper as a slick, gesture-driven app which promises to overhaul how users view and interact with status updates, images and videos from friends. It will also provide news content pulled from worldwide.
With this new app, Facebook is directly challenging Flipboard, a well-known news and social aggregator which presents stories in a magazine-style layout. The latter also pulls content from news sources and entertainment websites, including social networks. Flipboard had about 85 million users four months ago, with 6 million users added within a month of its launch of version 2.0. Flipboard was valued at $800 million by a $50 million funding round in September.
Now, why Paper is a seen as a strong rival to already existing and popular Flipboard? For Facebook, the new app is essentially a re-imagining of its often-cluttered news feed. It acts as the main interaction point for most users: they won’t have to scroll through lists of status updates, comments and news blips – instead, all stories will be represented in a slick-looking horizontally scrolling set of screens.
Paper will represent every story in a so-called “distraction-free” full-screen layout featuring captions and comments overlaid on pictures or video. The largest of them can be panned around by simply tilting the iPhone. You will also be able to customize your feed with a choice of at least a dozen sections, themes and topics – from photography to food. Each of those sections will combine content from emerging voices and well-known publications. But it should be noted that users won’t be allowed to add their own feeds from websites of their own.
Finally, the new app will allow users to post stories directly to Facebook via a slick new editor which resembles modern Internet publishing tools – the ones that let you see what your posts look like before publishing them. Paper is the first product of Facebook’s new Create Labs. Paper is said to be available in the US and for iPhones for now, while no dates are given for the United Kingdom or Android or other platforms.
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Thursday, February 6th, 2014
|A more granular control over the topics or publications would go a long way toward making this a worthy app. Until then, it is just a more attractive way for dipping-in and skimming news readers catch up with the world…as determined by Facebook.||
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