Posts Tagged ‘news’

To do or not to do: Manually updating non-tweeting colleagues

Posted on: April 11th, 2011 by Fransgaard 7 Comments

Since the first day I lay eyes on the Internet I have shared what I found with colleagues, ex-colleagues and other design/online professionals.

Originally via individual emails. Then it became group emails, which I maintained for years even as I, as well as other colleagues, moved on to other jobs.

But it became harder and harder to maintain the email list. I’ve even had a person complaining about not getting emails any longer… the fact they had change their email without telling me may have played a part. So I disbanded the email list early 2009.

I also felt emails were too slow. Things were and are moving increasingly faster. Twitter gives me the speed I need to consume industry news and share it with other professionals, both the ones I already know and the ones I run into online. The later may (and has) lead to deeper professional relationships across physical borders.

…But where does that leave my non-tweeting email readers?

I still send emails once in a while with information I know have a specific and relevant interest, but these emails are rare. A few follow the updates I post on my Linkedin and Yammer profiles, but I do not cross-post the full force of my Twitter stream to those channels.

So I feel they may be missing out on vital information for their careers, but is it my responsibility to keep manually update them? I do not think it is. As I have covered in a previous post I think, as digital professionals, it is their own responsibility to be smart and agile.

Does it annoy me? Yes it does! I feel they are falling behind and jeopardizing their careers by not keeping up and it is apparent when I shop-talk with them. Their knowledge is stuck increasingly further behind the digital reality now which mean they do not fully understand how today’s consumers behave and won’t have an idea of how they will behave in the future.

  • Do you find yourself in the same situation? Do you continue to help or have you cut losses?
  • Are you a non-tweeting colleague? Where do you get your industry news from?

I like Flipboard, but I’d love to see…

Posted on: September 7th, 2010 by Fransgaard 7 Comments

I’ve been using Flipboard extensively since it came out and I won’t hide the fact I love the concept of turning Internet streams into a more magazine-like format encouraging users to slow down and actually read all the brilliant content coming their way.

However, there are things that I’d like to see added to Flipboard. Here is my wish list:

YouTube that works

I have yet to see a single YouTube video work in Flipboard other than if you click “view on the web”. While this is still in Flipboard it is an extra annoying click. Sorry, I had to get that off my chest as iPad has been the YouTube ambassador for me.

Bookmark/Save spread.

As Flipboard pages are created on the fly, spreads compiled are lost for good as soon as you turn It off. But I often find it would be nice to be able to return to a spread for example after opening Safari. If anything just keep the last spread saved.

A facility to email/post a specific spread

Similar to above it would be nice with an option to share full spreads. Maybe even share/broadcast a whole issue similar to Paper.li.

Fully integrate personal streams with official news

While I understand why Flipboard has channels of content to choose from, I must say I was disappointed as I expected content streams to be created not by channel but by subject.

So for example if I wanted news on “London tube strike” Flipboard would source relevant news from all available channels both official (BBC news, Flipboard twitter lists etc) and personal (my Twitter, my Facebook etc).

“London tube strike” is specific and (hopefully) a short-lived subject but the idea would work equally well with longer-living, broader theme such as “Fashion and dining in London”.

Such a theme lends itself well to using location-based networks to create a nuanced picture of the fashion/dining scene happening right now in London. Combining content streams would equalise social news from my friends with items from official news channels.

While citizen news is often far from official news in quality, it is per definition more relevant and more often than not faster. Both serve an information purpose without competing directly. Flipboard is the right concept to take both forward in a stronger partnership.