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5 Top Tips for Having Fun With Flipboard

Flopboard Tips for Bloggers

YES! There really is a social media platform other than Pinterest that helps you store ideas and gets your creative juices flowing. Welcome to Flipboard.

One of the best things about this relatively-new platform is that it functions as a “reader” as well  “curating tool” (i.e., a way to save stuff). Right brain, left brain, Flipboard has you covered.

5 Top Tips for Having Fun With Flipboard

When you register, Flipboard will prompt you to subscribe to “topics” and media brands (as well as “Mag Makers,” but we’ll get to that in a bit) — and they automatically add their own news feeds (news, people, tech, lifestyle, and so forth. You can unsubscribe if you want).

So first thing in the morning or last thing at night, you can go to the Flipboard app on your phone, tablet, or computer, and catch up on the latest news from many different sources. I read several news sites every day — but Flipboard provides articles from sites I normally don’t visit (like the BBC or the Chicago Tribune — and People on non-haircut days).

For the left side of your brain, Flipboard enables you to create “magazines” on topics that interest you. You can then “flip in” content from around the web, either by using a bookmarklet on your web browser (think “pin it” button) or the touching your finger on a + button beside an article on mobile. YOU can make a magazine, just like Oprah!

Let’s say, for instance, that you want to turn your guest room into “country chic” and need to collect ideas. First, choose a title: something like “Country Chic for My Guests” would work fine. Then add a description, perhaps “Best Ways to Add Comfy and Cozy to Your Extra Room.” Then get busy flipping.

Use your browser search to find articles about country chic, and add them in with the bookmarklet. If you’re on a mobile device, type Country Chic into the search bar. You’ll get a choice of sources. Click to explore and add interesting articles and pictures to your magazines.

Here are some Flipbook tips:

Sign up on mobile. 

While you’re at it, you can change your user name from the one they generate. Also make sure you use the web version as well. The web is better for some functions; the app for others.

Add in your social networks. 

This also means joining 500px and Flickr even if you’re terrible with a camera because you can flip great photos from these networks. In the app, you can also add photos from your Instagram account, in fact, from any public Instagram account. Tip: Add photos via the app so attribution will show correctly.

Set a cover. 

By default, Flipboard makes the visual from the last flipped item the cover. You can, however, choose your photo. Select a hi-resolution photo (over 1000×1000 pixels) through the bookmarklet, or search Flicker or 500px in the app.

Talk to other Mag Makers. 

First, join the Flipboard Club’s #FlipboardChat every Wednesday at 10 p.m. ET (7 p.m. PT) on Twitter where Flipboard aficionados talk about a wide range of topics. You can also join the Flipboard Club’s FlipboardChat Facebook Group where people discuss Flipboard mags 24/7.

Create a Flipboard Mag for your Blog.

Another great way to showcase your work! Check out Flipboard’s tools for bloggers and follow the advice in this great blog from Flipboard. Then make sure to tweet out your blog’s magazine (and all your other mags) on Fridays with the hashtag #FlipboardFriday.

You’ll find more about getting started with Flipboard on Inside Flipboard, the Flipboard YouTube channel, and Flipboard Club’s Flipboard User Guide.

Meanwhile, you can look for me on Flipboard where I’m currently working on my mag about the dead characters in Game of Thrones. See you in comments!

 

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Linda Bernstein

Linda Bernstein is a professor, writer, social media consultant, and proud Baby Boomer. She has written hundreds of articles for dozens of national and international newspapers, magazines, and websites. Instagram: wordwhacker

Linda Bernstein

Linda Bernstein is a professor, writer, social media consultant, and proud Baby Boomer. She has written hundreds of articles for dozens of national and international newspapers, magazines, and websites. Instagram: wordwhacker

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Jennifer Wagner

Monday 4th of May 2015

I've been using Flipboard for a long time and I didn't realize you could do many of these things. Although finding the time to do them is another story.

Linda Bernstein

Monday 4th of May 2015

Time? :) Jennifer.

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