Basically, it lets you pull content from the dynamic web, including all of the social social media suspects plus search results, into a timeline-like interface. You add text (or not) and you have a story.
Reading the “one year out” iPad posts that have been popping up, I have been thinking about how I use mine — especially how I use it differently than I expected. One thing I didn’t expect was the extent to which I have used it to replace some of the paper in my life. Not all of it, but some of it. And one of the most interesting pieces of that story, to me, has been the extent to which some of the papers being replaced are the reams and reams of paper worth of article printouts I used to create.
Those printouts were totally outside my workflow in so many ways – but I had to be able to:
- Take them places (even my laptop is so much less mobile than a folder of paper and a pen).
- Read them (which I could technically do, but not really do on my phone).
- Take notes on them (typing doesn’t count for me. I wish it did. But it doesn’t).
With the iPad, some of that started to change. Here’s a story about how.
There are definitely some glitches – the integration with Flickr wasn’t working at all for me, for example. But it was quick and intuitive and I like the output a lot. I have some more interesting ideas for using it than this one.