Facebook Unveils News Creation and Curation App 'Paper'

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  1. MacRumors macrumors bot


    Apr 12, 2001

    Facebook today announced Paper, a news creation and curation tool that ties into a user's Facebook account. The app is the first product to come out of Facebook Creative Labs, a division within Facebook made of small teams who are dedicated to startup-style projects.

    Paper is split into a news reader that pulls its content from both a user's Facebook News Feed and from well-known online publications, featuring a magazine-style layout with sections that range from technology news to animals. Facebook will also reportedly assign a team of editors to curate the best and most popular online content for users, and a composition tool that allows users to create their own status updates rich with media will be available as well.

    Speaking to Re/code, Mike Matas, product design lead for Paper, explained why the company moved beyond a visual newsreader like Flipboard [Direct Link] and created both a news reading and creating tool.
    Paper by Facebook will be available from the iOS App Store in the US starting February 3rd, with international availability to be determined. A visual walkthrough of the app is available on Facebook's website.

    Article Link: Facebook Unveils News Creation and Curation App 'Paper'
  2. CJK macrumors member

    Jun 29, 2007
    The Mountain Empire

    Wonder what FiftyThree thinks of the name of FB's new app ...
  3. zbarvian macrumors 68010

    Jul 23, 2011
    Gorgeous. For many peoples' use cases, though, it's essentially a retooled Twitter stream.
  4. AppleInLVX macrumors 6502a


    Jan 12, 2010
    And of course, only available state side. What do you folks have against Canadians? We're nice...
  5. Spanky Deluxe macrumors 601

    Spanky Deluxe

    Mar 17, 2005
    London, UK
    Why would they give the app the same name as an existing and very successful app? Seems daft to me.
  6. PJL500 macrumors regular

    Nov 27, 2011
    Another data mining app

    Just another gimmick to diminish individual privacy. Move on.
  7. mabhatter, Jan 30, 2014
    Last edited: Jan 30, 2014

    mabhatter macrumors 6502a

    Jan 3, 2009
    They'll write a strongly worded letter to the Internets! Right before Facebook sues THEM to change THEIR name.

    You'd think Apple would police App Names... But I guess the App isn't RELEASED yet. If its using pretty page layouts, why not call it "Pages".. That's what they are, not "Paper".
  8. mdridwan47 macrumors 6502


    Jan 20, 2014
    This might actually help FiftyThree.
  9. TonikGR macrumors newbie


    Oct 29, 2013
    This looks quite cool, look forward to trying it out when it comes to the European markets.

    With regards to the name...(I know this is not exactly the same case) but perhaps they will do something along the lines of the Facebook Page Manger App that appears as Pages• (same name as the iWork app) on the phone itself.

    Or it may have a little tag line 'by Facebook' or something to avoid confusion.
  10. NotAdvisable macrumors regular


    Nov 16, 2011
    Perth, Australia
    Ignorant people like you annoy me.
    Facebook seems really unpopular on MacRumors...
  11. FloatingBones macrumors 65816


    Jul 19, 2006
    FB's highly-produced video failed to show how advertisements will be injected into your Paper stream.
  12. Patriks7 macrumors 65816


    Oct 26, 2008
    I hear that the rest of the world ain't bad either... :p
  13. batchtaster macrumors 65816

    Mar 3, 2008
  14. aprofetto8 macrumors regular

    Jul 26, 2010
    I think it actually looks pretty cool. Though I'm quite perplexed by the name as there is a well known app called Paper that already exists.
  15. numlock macrumors 68000

    Mar 13, 2006
    im not seeing how its so different from flipboard. i use neither twitter or facebook so i have no idea how their feeds appear in flipboard but to me seemed rather flipboard like and modernized with the way video and high res pics are displayed.

    matas is a smart cookie and former apple employee although much of his work is not so visible anymore
  16. NeroAZ macrumors regular

    Jun 23, 2009
    Phoenx, AZ
    since there is more than one app named paper already (probably why 53's is called Paper by Fifty Three) what can they say?
  17. nrose101 macrumors regular


    Sep 9, 2011
    Delray Beach, FL
    I am sure Flipboard is a little scared right now.
  18. AppleInLVX macrumors 6502a


    Jan 12, 2010
    Absolutely, but I wouldn't dream of speaking for anyone else. :D
  19. sully54, Jan 30, 2014
    Last edited: Jan 30, 2014

    sully54 macrumors regular


    Sep 15, 2012
    The thing is, I no longer get any meaningful news from Facebook. My newsfeed is full of useless and crappy like magnets. They need to fix this first, or the fact that many people like me have started weaning ourselves from regular Facebook usage, before they start even considering an app of this nature.

    The only redeeming feature of this app is the curated content. But even that remains to be seen.

    And btw, Facebook, the name "Paper" is already taken.

    Here's a good video of the problem with Facebook: http://youtu.be/l9ZqXlHl65g
  20. Urban Joe macrumors 6502

    Mar 19, 2012
    Yeah, even Facebook realizes the social media content universe is fragmenting. Too bad FB has rightfully lost the trust of its users. If FB can make this gain traction I will be surprised. Smaller, focused mobile based sharing apps run by people who respect their users is the future...this only confirms that.
  21. Carlanga macrumors 604


    Nov 5, 2009
    What is the deal w tiles lately. To me it takes more time to get what you want using them.
  22. lolkthxbai macrumors 65816


    May 7, 2011
    Two words: Justin Bieber
  23. AppleInLVX macrumors 6502a


    Jan 12, 2010
    Now now, that little dimwit is an unarguable blight on the country and cannot be used to class all Canadians. I can think of a NUMBER of examples from down south that I wont mention. However, I choose to believe the vast majority of Americans are quite wonderful. :p
  24. lolkthxbai macrumors 65816


    May 7, 2011
    Welcome to FB Home 2.0


    Lmao. Point taken. :p
  25. jmh600cbr macrumors 6502a


    Feb 14, 2012
    correct me if i'm wrong but the app store will not allow duplicate names. therefore the app must be called 'Facebook paper' or something along those lines.

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