Changes to Flipboard mean it’s now a great tool for science outreach, or indeed any outreach.
If you don’t know what Flipboard is, then checkout Flipboard.com or better yet, download the app. It combines the beauty of a magazine with the usefulness of a reading list. I use it on an iPad, there’s also an Android version. Flipboard began life with in-house magazines – Time, National Geographic, Popular Science, Cult of Mac etc etc etc. Now, you can create your own magazines and share them if you wish (or keep them to yourself as a great way of maintaining a round-tuit reading list). I’ve created two magazines called “Kidney Punch” and “Poland” both of which can be found using the search feature within Flipboard (the magnifying glass). There are a number of subscribers to them. With two “clicks” I can flip any article I want from other Flipboard magazines, from my Twitter feed (beautifully presented in Flipboard as a magazine), other social media feeds, or using their bookmarklet from any website (including your own blog of course). If you are going to be public, then keeping the articles flowing is important if you want readers to return.
Note, you may read the in-house mags by downloading the app. To make your own and read other mags you must create and account and then restart Fliboard – it’s all free.