While big name players attempt to tackle the issue simply by snapping on extra features (Google Mobile Voice Search, Google Instant Preview for Mobile.etc.), the underlying problems remain resolved as its ranking algorithm is the same as its desktop counterpart. Flipboard is so great because, in my opinion, it has found and defined the new three pillars of relevancy for mobile content consumption and they are freshness, social, and readability* – and they work wonderfully.
References on how to layout news story articles is plentiful, yet the most useful I came across was a paper published in 1977 titled “Computer Assisted Layout of Newspapers” by the MIT.
Finally got round to putting together a decent enough client of Cassius on Github!
What you see here is a cover page using a random image from Instagram transitioning into the first articles page showing stories from my Twitter feed. The layout was generated dynamically from a custom template defined in json.
Shifting the focus back to the iPad app, let’s take a look at how Flipboard processes and lays out Facebook and Twitter feeds.
The adoption of a brand new ranking paradigm – social strength, was the single most ground-breaking thinking that was in Flipboard’s design, not unlike how Google invented PageRank and changed the game on search…