Flipboard: Am I doing it wrong?

shamash

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I recently saw a ton of people post how much they love flipboard, so I decided to give it another go, and added the things I wanted to see to my flipboard account.

I just don't get how I'm supposed to read it? I thought flipboard would aggregate and mix everything together, but it's only letting me read 1 thing at a time (I can read WSJ or Men's Health stuff, but I want to see all my flipboard stuff together, ya dig?)

Does flipboard not actually do this? Am I just doing it wrong?
 

SandboxGeneral

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I love Flipboard. It's supposed to work by aggregating the stuff you choose, then you tap into one of those categories, and should see the aggregate of that topic and you flip through the pages of them until you see an article you want to read and then tap it. Then you read the article and flip through the pages. In the upper left is the Flipboard button to bring you back up to the top level.
 

shamash

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I love Flipboard. It's supposed to work by aggregating the stuff you choose, then you tap into one of those categories, and should see the aggregate of that topic and you flip through the pages of them until you see an article you want to read and then tap it. Then you read the article and flip through the pages. In the upper left is the Flipboard button to bring you back up to the top level.
So it doesn't aggregate all my topics together? That's what I was hoping for. If I wanted to read WSJ I could just do it through their app, but I wanted Flipboard so I could have all the things I wanted to read combined. Darn haha
 

VolceOntra

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So it doesn't aggregate all my topics together? That's what I was hoping for. If I wanted to read WSJ I could just do it through their app, but I wanted Flipboard so I could have all the things I wanted to read combined. Darn haha

I guess their top stories section aggregate the top stories from all the different feeds you have.
 

Zcott

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It's for reading all the things separately, but the iPhone version has a feature called Cover Stories which aggregates the most popular things on your feed into a few pages.
 

Julien

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So it doesn't aggregate all my topics together? That's what I was hoping for. If I wanted to read WSJ I could just do it through their app, but I wanted Flipboard so I could have all the things I wanted to read combined. Darn haha
The best way is to follow what you want to read on Tweeter and read the Tweeter feed. This way you get all the stuff you want aggregated and none that you don't.;)
 

gloss

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So it doesn't aggregate all my topics together? That's what I was hoping for. If I wanted to read WSJ I could just do it through their app, but I wanted Flipboard so I could have all the things I wanted to read combined. Darn haha
Put all your feeds into a Google Reader account and then link that account into Flipboard. That should do what you're looking for.
 

PaulyD

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In regards to OP. You need to click on Cover stories. This aggregates everything for me into one feed (facebook, twitter, instagram and news sources).

I personally find myself using each one individually though to avoid missing out stories i might find interesting
 

LincolnsiPod

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Is anyone using Flipboard to aggregate feeds from Google Reader?

I have it set up like that, but there seems to be no way to customize what folders I want from Google Reader to be aggregated. I have a few feeds that simply give the latest coupons and deals, but I get TONS of them, so there's a lot of flipping to get to the actual news items I want to read. Apparently though it's an all or nothing deal. :p
 

Zcott

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Is anyone using Flipboard to aggregate feeds from Google Reader?

I have it set up like that, but there seems to be no way to customize what folders I want from Google Reader to be aggregated. I have a few feeds that simply give the latest coupons and deals, but I get TONS of them, so there's a lot of flipping to get to the actual news items I want to read. Apparently though it's an all or nothing deal. :p
Your best option might be Reeder.
 

i0Nic

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I use Flipboard for browsing and keeping up with social feeds using cover stories. I use Reeder for following the more niche blogs I subscribe to.

Works.
 

Menel

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Looking into that, thanks for the intel!
I also prefer Reeder for my news.

Flipboard I really enjoy when I want to flip through social media. Facebook, Twitter, Instagram.

Reeder for my tech, car, local, and political feeds.
 

rillrill

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i was "flipping" through my flipboard today and i realized just how many ads they are putting on my pages now. anyone else notice this? it's getting irritating enough to delete the app. any recommendations?
 

batting1000

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It's for reading all the things separately, but the iPhone version has a feature called Cover Stories which aggregates the most popular things on your feed into a few pages.
False. I can hook my Google Reader account up to it and read an entire folder of MULTIPLE feeds at once.
 

VolceOntra

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False. I can hook my Google Reader account up to it and read an entire folder of MULTIPLE feeds at once.
Yeah that's Google Reader that has the whole collection of various sources, Flipboard isn't doing anything but reading what Google Reader has. If you had Google Reader and say The Verge…. You would have both a Google Reader and The Verge section. Flipboard isn't aggregating anything, except in the top stories it would mix some of The Verge stories with the Google Reader.
 

mzjin

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I recently saw a ton of people post how much they love flipboard, so I decided to give it another go, and added the things I wanted to see to my flipboard account.

I just don't get how I'm supposed to read it? I thought flipboard would aggregate and mix everything together, but it's only letting me read 1 thing at a time (I can read WSJ or Men's Health stuff, but I want to see all my flipboard stuff together, ya dig?)

Does flipboard not actually do this? Am I just doing it wrong?
Try Pulse if you want everything mixed together.
 

The Economist

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i was "flipping" through my flipboard today and i realized just how many ads they are putting on my pages now. anyone else notice this? it's getting irritating enough to delete the app. any recommendations?
Ads are just one flip away from being gone, are you going to look for alternatives just to save a second of your precious time?
 
I'm with the OP. I've tried flipboard a couple of times, but I just don't like it. It seems too cumbersome having to add all the different sources, and navigating around through them. I have Pulse to keep track of all the specific sources that I want. It does this better IMO.

I can't believe no one has mentioned this yet, but Zite is AMAZING!! It is like a magazine news aggregator EXACTLY what the OP is wanting. You don't pick individual sources, but you pick topics of interest (sounds more logical that way doesn't it?). So you may choose things like apple, technology, politics, movies, etc. You could even choose your city to get localized news. You can have as few or as many (well maybe not, but I haven't reached the limit) interests as you like. Each interest is divided into a "section" that you can click on and get news specifically about that topic. Then you have a "top news" section which aggregates articles from all your interests into one area. You can swipe between like 8 pages or so, with each page showing about 5 articles.

The best thing of all is that you can "like" articles, or even specific tag words related to the article, and the app will show you more articles like that, or like the tag word, in the future. The app will continue to customize to your taste as you use it. It's so great! And best of all, its FREE!
 

rillrill

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Ads are just one flip away from being gone, are you going to look for alternatives just to save a second of your precious time?
absolutely. but it's more than one ad, most times now i see an ad every couple of stories. i'd rather have the ad sit side by side with the article. it's the same for me with websites that block content with an ad. if i can get the information somewhere else that's less intrusive, i'm going there. flipboard is/was just a nice interface, but it doesn't create content.