Through my posts here at The Sociable Lawyer I’ve repeatedly considered ways attorneys can use tablets and smart phones as tools to enhance their law practice. But one of my favorite apps isn’t specifically a legal tool and it doesn’t actually allow you to do anything new with your with your tablet or smart phone. Nonetheless, it can definitely help you better manage your social networks, which means it can help you better interact with colleagues and potential clients through their social networks. Basically, Flipboard simply makes following your social networks and reading other online content easier and more attractive. It’s a social-network aggregation, magazine-format application for iPad, Android and iPhone.
Flipboard is designed with an intuitive, visual interface that makes it easy to view your subscribed content. You can use Flipboard to follow any and all of your favorite social networks such as Facebook, Twitter, and LinkedIn. You can also use it to follow your favorite blogs/blawgs including The Sociable Lawyer (hint, hint). You can also follow your favorite online websites like The New Yorker, National Geographic, and CNN. In other words, you can use it read pretty much any content on the web in an easy to use and attractive interface.
Your Flipboard homepage provides a visual-list of your subscribed content. Once you’ve added more than a page’s worth of content you merely swipe your finger across the screen to view additional content. To click into one of the sites you’ve subscribed to, you just tap on the page’s box. I use it to keep track of the content on Twitter, LinkedIn, and Facebook in addition to all of my favorite websites.
Your Twitter feed, for example, then becomes presented in an attractive, magazine like interface that is easy to browse. Viewing content on LinkedIn is super convenient too. The home page shows recent articles posted by your contacts on the left and recent updates form your network on the right. Click on “LinkedIn” at the top of the page to hone in on the articles in your LinkedIn Groups.
Have you tried Flipboard? What do you think? What are some of your favorite sites to follow on Flipboard. Let us know in the comments!