Twitter splendidly presents stories of tweets or clever uses of its service in Twitter Stories. A guy who saved his mother’s book store. Fishermen who sell the day’s catch while still on the boat. Complete recipes in 140 characters. Twitter is finding a singular purpose–enabling people to communicate uniquely and directly to the entire world, no filter needed.
Flipboard is a damn, clever iPad app. It takes streams of content such as Twitter, Facebook, various RSS news feeds and transforms the assortment of text, hypertext and pictures into an enjoyable experience. Flipboard uses a newspaper-like metaphor for pulling content together and users swipe to flip pages. Tweets are artfully rendered, and those that link to articles elsewhere, the articles are expanded. Logging into Facebook makes browsing the Newsfeed like you’re catching up on your friends with a digital late edition newspaper–minus the spam of quizzes and Farmville clones. Further, if logged in to Twitter or Facebook, you can comment and interact with the content. What’s interesting is that the web page fades away and content becomes forefront to the experience–which is how it should be.