It’s no secret that I seriously slammed Flipboard when it launched in July. Rightfully so. The launch deployment was beyond weak and their ongoing response was amateurish - watch a video to see how cool our product is; submit your email and we’ll let you know when you can use it? I never received my email by the way.
That said, I’m not a hater. I decided to let them get their act together and take a second look at Flipboard two months post launch and after a recent software update.
Flipboard is beautiful and fatally flawed.
Hubba Hubba - First and foremost, Flipboard is stunningly gorgeous iPad app. Photos are amazing on Flipboard and if shot professionally, Drop. Dead. Beautiful. If not, they look like your usual crap camera phone pix on a nice display. The GUI is dead simple/intuitive. The recent upgrade allows you to add more custom lists which is an improvement over just the few originally available. I hope that they eventually allow users to move lists icons based on personal preference. It’s quick and simple to retweet on Twitter or post/like on Facebook. I like being able to read a paragraph from tweeted web pages and then quickly go to website. The scraping is slick although we’ll see how long they are “allowed” to do this as The Content Wars continue to heat up.
“The least safe thing you can do with your child, statistically, is drive them somewhere.”—
My money quote from this NYTs article as a "parent that worries" is:
"…we seem all the more determined yet befuddled when it comes to the safety of our children. For instance, the five things most likely to cause injury to children up to age 18, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, are: car accidents, homicide (usually at the hands of someone they know), child abuse, suicide or drowning. And what are the five things that parents are most worried about (according to surveys by the Mayo Clinic)? Kidnapping, school snipers, terrorists, dangerous strangers and drugs.
“Parents are just bad at risk assessment,” said Christie Barnes, a mother of four and the author of “The Paranoid Parents Guide.” “We are constantly overestimating rare dangers while underestimating common ones.”
It’s ok to worry. Biologically we are hard wired/programmed to worry. Parents just need recalibrate themselves to mind today’s real “saber toothed tigers” - e.g. a simple car trip - instead of what the often sensationalist media (traditional AND digital) incorrectly tells us are today’s the “saber toothed tigers”: terrorism, child predators, drugs, etc.
Facebook is the world’s most visited site. You can imagine the sort of control they possess. With over 175 million people logging in each day, it is like having 1 out of 5 people on the internet at anytime on Facebook. Pretty crazy numbers. So, how does this affect consumer and online…
A couple of weeks ago I was scrolling through some job listings on a Friday afternoon…nothing interesting which is why I’m glad to be working on some very interesting start-up projects (more on these soon…promise).
However one listing in particular, on the very reputable theLadders.com, caught my eye as something seemed wrong about it.
The Job Description obnoxiously started off with a list of resume/candidate features that “will NOT be considered. OK - I get that recruiters and HR departments are inundated with tons of resumes that don’t fit the job specifications requirements.
It’s the interwebs. There’s a BAD recession going on. People can get desperate when unemployment stays at 10%.
The “ATTENTION ALL CANDIDATES:” at the top of the description is amateurish but I’ll let it slide. Take a look at an un-doctored screen grab of the listing:
Have you spotted the odd requirement or non-requirement?