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How Hashtags Can Help Your Magazines on Flipboard

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The # symbol, known as the “pound” or “hash” key on your phone, is now more popularly known across social media as the hashtag. You may have used it to confirm automated instructions with a bank or phone company or in a list of numbers, but in computing, the hashtag is a metadata tag or label for information. A hashtag is a word or phrase with no spacing or punctuation, preceded by the # symbol: #ThisIsAHashtag. When a hashtag is included in a post on Twitter, Facebook or Instagram, it becomes searchable. By tagging your posts, you are able to be found. Conversely, you can find others who are posting similar material.

You can either participate in existing hashtag campaigns, chats, games and challenges, or you can make your own. Here are some we enjoy using or tracking:

#FlipboardFriday, the Flipboard Club’s weekly call for recommended magazines.

#FlipTeam, an inside look at what it’s like to work at Flipboard.

#MagsWeLove, for magazines you love reading on Flipboard.

#MyMagazine, to tell us who you are and what your magazine vision is all about.

To find other popular hashtags, you can check what is Trending on Twitter or the Explore section on Instagram. Before you dive in, it’s always good to see what other people are posting within the context of the tag or if there’s a desired format. Some companies have done this without research and faced criticism for it.

Before you create a hashtag  on your own, you’ll want to check if anyone’s used it before with a simple Google search. To make your own hashtag, simply start using it on Twitter, Facebook or Instagram. It can be used in context of a sentence or tacked on at the end. It makes no difference if the words are capitalized or not when it comes to searchability, except when it comes to readability. For example: #ThisRidiculousTweet is easier to parse than #thisridiculoustweet.

Hashtags don’t work the same way on Flipboard, but you can still search for and flip through any social media hashtag results. Not only are they new sources to flip into your magazines, but also they’re easy to interact with and quickly scannable.

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For example, if you wanted to find new music for your “post rock” magazine, you could search for #SoundCloud and #PostRock on Flipboard:

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Here are a few more ideas:

  • On your marketing materials or website, you can use a hashtag for customers to show appreciation for your product or service. Gather these posts into a fan magazine to keep track and acknowledge you received the feedback.
  • Document a Twitter conversation and flip relevant materials between entries.
  • Engage with other enthusiasts—such as co-workers, people who own a specific breed of dog, those who play together on a sports team or even students in the same class—and contribute to a magazine together.
  • Archive a live event with a mixed media magazine of articles about it and social media posts from attendees.

Just because something isn’t hashtagged doesn’t mean it can’t be found. If you use Hootsuite, you can easily track what people are talking about on the internet. You can set up a search column for a hashtag and another without. Visit Hootsuite Support for step-by-step instructions; click on “Add Twitter,” then “Search Streams.”

With our Hootsuite partnership, you can also flip directly from Hootsuite to a Flipboard magazine of your choice.

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Please note, an overabundance of hashtag use is considered abusive or spammy behavior. For example, #Typing #Everywhere #Like #This #Can #Get #Tiresome. Spammy hashtags are discouraged. Superficial asks like #Follow4Follow, #Like4Like #TagsForLikes do not generate genuine, organic followings and can attract other spam accounts. Keep in mind that no one owns any single hashtag, which means anyone can participate. A tag can lose popularity and gain it again a year later; it all depends on how many people are using it.

Have hashtags helped you? Tell us about it by tweeting at @FlipboardMag.

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Lights, Camera, Action! Six Magazines All about Movies

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With Sundance Film Festival kicking off this week and the Academy Awards at the end of the month, it’s time to see what the buzz is all about. Grab a bag of popcorn for movie trailers, Oscar nominees and brush up on what the critics are saying.

Here are six magazines for your viewing pleasure:

Sundance Film Festival by Crescent Vale: Explore the history of Sundance and the movies screening at this year’s event.

The Picture Show by Des Moines […]

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5 Fashion-Forward Magazines on Wearable Technology

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We may not have our flying cars yet, but we’re not far off from futuristic and glamorous gadgets. Today, ultra-smart electronics talk back to us and soon our shoes will lace themselves. Interactive fashion will be able to monitor our health, make us look pretty cool and make our lives easier.

Here are 5 magazines that explore the future of wearable technology:

 

Future of Wearable Tech by Intel iQ: A collaboration between PSFK and Intel iQ to look at the rise […]

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Spotlight: Architecture Photography Andy Marshall

My name is Andy Marshall and my medium is architectural photography at andymarshall.co.

My love of architecture has driven me into a career which involves engaging people with the beauty of our built heritage using the medium of photography. I treat the camera like the Proton Pack in Ghostbusters. Drawing the spirit and atmosphere of a place into a photograph has fascinated me since I was a young boy. It’s a common thread that runs throughout my work.

There isn’t an average day: you might find me filming in the Whispering Gallery at Saint Paul’s […]

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You’re Invited! How to Collaborate on Magazines with Contributors

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Adding contributors to your magazine can create a new dynamic for you on Flipboard. Another person’s perspective can expand your reach and round out your magazines with articles you may not have thought of or discovered yourself. Invite and motivate a friend who is trying the same diet as you or flip funny stuff to keep a group entertained on a trip. Tag-team on different days, weeks or months. Groups can benefit from magazine collaboration, too. For example, sports teams can collect practice advice for each other, editorial groups can stage […]

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5 Magazines for a Better You in 2015

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Need some extra motivation? It can be tough to stick with your resolutions all year but with the help of these magazines, you’ll be well on your way. Bettering yourself isn’t just about your body but your mind, lifestyle and even your bills.

Here are 5 magazines for a better you in 2015:

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Balancing Time & Energy by vivmca: A collection of articles related to managing your time better this year.

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Health and […]

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Spotlight: Live.Art.Love Co-Founder/Producer Tiffy Diamond

My name is Tiffy Diamond and I’m an advertising producer at LiveArtLove and a fashion blogger at CuteLA.com in Los Angeles.

My love of film and fashion is the result of always being a bit of a creative monster. Since I can remember, I’ve always wanted to be a producer—I love everything about film, from writing to development. I fell into advertising because I view each commercial as a miniature short film.

As for fashion, I started out modeling and got to the point where I wanted to help indie fashion […]

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Spotlight: Interaction Designer Noah Mittman

My name is Noah Mittman and my medium is the web.

My love of cinema and computers led me to the internet when it first was growing as a medium. My father worked pre-press at Rolling Stone, and I had grown up in the hallways of the magazine’s offices, so when leaving college I was determined to make my own version of Blender, a popular CD-ROM magazine at the time. Naturally, the internet quickly obviated the CD-ROM format, and I quickly joined other future-minded folk who were figuring out this new Wild West for this first […]

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Five Mags: The Art of Analogue Film

Why shoot on film? Anyone with either an entry-level DSLR or smartphone camera can snap some beautiful shots and share them with the world. Digital photography is more convenient, less expensive and still yields stunning results. So who are these diehards still fiddling with 35mm?

To answer that, you’ll have to see for yourself. It’s practically a cliché, but film teaches you to slow down, focus and choose your shots carefully—each one is pretty expensive, after all. Film also transforms mere snapshots into something closer to a painting. You learn to not only enjoy the mistakes, […]

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Spotlight: Spyden8or Illustrator Max Headroom

My name is Max, aka DJ Spyden8or, and my medium is digital content remixing. I’m an illustrator, musician and writer.

My love of digital art has drawn me into the newest technologies, which allows art to be expressed and reflect our mind’s eye in new and more exciting formats.

I use Flipboard as a digital content lens filter to focus on exactly what I want to read, watch, listen to or experience. In the past few years, the Internet has experienced information overflow. As it expands, the need for filtering becomes critical—especially if you need […]

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Spotlight: Opinionated Environmentalist Chris Maldonado

My name is Christopher Maldonado and my medium is questioning the norm, especially in terms of politics and the environment.

My love of the environment and natural sciences has shaped my life for many years. I have grown up in many places along the East Coast and as such, have experienced many different climates and views on the major topics and issues of today. I’ve consistently had to form my own opinions, stay strong in my convictions and always look deeper into the facts.

I use Flipboard as a tool to collect the most […]

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5 Modern Magazines to Celebrate Art Basel in Miami Beach

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Art Basel showcases new contemporary artwork with galleries and performance art in Basel, Hong Kong and Miami Beach. The newest edition in Miami serves as a winter gathering of international critics, gallerists, curators, and museum directors.

Here are 5 magazines to keep up with what’s debuting and trending in the art world this year:

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Art Basel Moment by The Moment Magazine: Discover the best of this week’s exhibitions.

 

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Yes please! by Kara […]

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Spotlight: Chef Calvin Canlas

My name is Calvin Canlas and my medium is food.

My love of food—which includes my ability to look at things from the perspective of a professional chef—all contribute to the perspective shared in my magazine. This statement by Alton Brown sums up my philosophy: “I’m an absolute connoisseur of cheeseburgers and like to think that I can detect even mere percentages of shift in fat content in ground meat in a burger and can actually name the temperature to which it was actually cooked to the degree if I’m, you know, really on my game.” […]

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Spotlight: Smile Mercantile’s Valerie Lloyd

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My name is Valerie Lloyd and my medium is handmade crafts.

My love of art and crafts is a result of the years I’ve spent studying, collecting and creating beautiful things. I run an online shop called the Smile Mercantile where I sell unique and vintage craft supplies, and heirloom-quality seasonal decorations that I make by hand. To see my collection, visit Smile Mercantile, or take a look at my Etsy shop right on Flipboard.

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Happy Hunger Games! May These 5 Magazines Be Ever In Your Favor

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Jennifer Lawrence returns to the big screen as Katniss Everdeen this weekend in The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 1. Here are five magazines to prime your survival skills in the Capitol of Panem and beyond:

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The Mockingjay by beckiwinchel: Hunger Games news, updates and pictures.

 

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THG / CF Mockingjay by tk421: Behind-the-scenes footage and photos of the Mockingjay shoot.

 

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In the Bull’s-Eye […]

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Spotlight: Astronaut and Educator Leland Melvin

“Second chances”— it’s a phrase former NFL player-turned astronaut Leland Melvin uses to describe his extraordinary life. His first do-over happened in high school. With a college football scout in attendance, Melvin literally dropped the ball. As the scout got up to leave, Melvin caught the game-winning touchdown and was awarded a full scholarship to the University of Richmond.

After graduation, Melvin was drafted by the Detroit Lions. Benched by back-to-back hamstring injuries, his professional career was sidelined after three short years. But a sedentary life was never part of the plan, so Melvin went back […]

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Spotlight: Singer and Songwriter Carolyn Malachi

Music moves us but for a select few, it does plenty more. To hear Grammy-nominated singer and songwriter Carolyn Malachi describe it, music is a mentality, a form of empowerment, and perhaps the best way to tell the truth.

But the truth is sometimes subjective. In Malachi’s case, it was a matter of being true to herself. Despite having a famous jazz pianist for a great-grandfather, her parents encouraged her to go to business school. As a natural born leader, it seemed like the perfect fit.

On a whim she took a music class. And her […]

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Easy Tools for Bloggers to Bring Content to Flipboard

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Are you a blogger? We’ve introduced a couple of tools to help get your content to Flipboard faster and to expand your reach. You may have already seen share plugins on your favorite blogs. They are a row of social media “badges” you can click on to share a post on a specific network. Some of them can display how many people have shared or viewed a certain article, too.

Flipboard is now an option on AddThis, ShareThis, AddtoAny and Shareaholic plugins. These services offer many ways to add custom share […]

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Spotlight: Journalist and Environmentalist Steve Hawk

Steve Hawk’s story started with a simple fact: he loved to surf. For him, riding waves taps into an energy source that plays a “fundamental role in the way the universe works.”

He also loved to write and sought to marry these two passions as the editor of Surfer magazine (1990-1998). There, as well as in the pages of Harper’s, The New York Times and Outside magazine, Hawk lifted the veil and wrote about surfing with a literary panache.

Today, he’s the executive editor of Sierra Magazine and also serves as a board member of […]

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So, What’s the Deal With the New Numbers on My Magazine’s Cover?

UPDATE (01/21/15): Today we have updated the way we count your followers on magazines and profiles. In the past, your follower number reflected the number of people *with Flipboard accounts* who followed your magazine or profile. However, there are many people who read Flipboard who’ve never created an account. Until today, we hadn’t counted any non-account holders as readers of your content. Now your follower number includes *all* Flipboard users—even those without accounts—so if you see your number go up, this is why.

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One of the most frequent questions we’ve heard since […]

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My Analytics: An Overview of Your Magazine Stats

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Knowing how your magazines perform on Flipboard can help you improve as a magazine maker. This new view gives you a sense of what types of articles resonate the most with your readers.

You can visit your new “My Analytics” stats dashboard from the Flipboard Editor. Look for this icon in the top right corner.Screen Shot 2014-10-28 at 11.04.11 PM

Once you sign into your account, you’ll see your profile stats and the list of magazines you’ve made to the left. To dive […]

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Spotlight’s On! Look Your Best Before Getting Discovered

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With the introduction of over 30,000 topics to follow on the new Flipboard, your magazines will get more exposure than ever before—they’re helping to power those topics—so that’s why it’s important to look your best.

We’ve updated the profile to help you shine. Besides an overall redesign, you can now see your entire catalog and more easily start new magazines. Be sure to complete your profile with an avatar and description, too.

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In celebration of your unique perspectives and personalities, we’re also […]

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Turn it Up with More SoundCloud Tips & Ideas for MagMakers

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We’ve covered how to hook your SoundCloud account to Flipboard, but have you thought of the many ways you could use audio to make your magazines come alive? For music professionals, our partnership with SoundCloud can be a free promotional tool.

If you’re in a band, offering an exclusive sneak peek of an upcoming album with behind-the-scenes photos can be an awesome gift to fans. On tour, you could also gather fan photos across your social networks and pair it with SoundCloud tracks to make a tour diary. DJs can flip […]

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Hey Batter Batter Batter, Swing! Magazines to Watch During the 2014 World Series

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Game 2 of the World Series is going down tonight at Kauffman Stadium in Kansas City. Who will knock it out of the park this year? Check out these head-to-head team mags to keep up with the action:

KansasCityRoyals_CoverKansas City Royals Blue October 2014 by JulieWolfe2014: 2014 American League champs.

RunForTheCrown_CoverRoyals: Run For the Crown by KCSorrelli: Documenting the season leading up to the World Series.

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Spotlight: Fashion Publicist Owen Geronimo

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My name is Owen Geronimo and my medium is art, fashion and technology.

My love of creativity and anti-establishment philosophy has led me into interesting projects in the worlds of art, fashion and business. I founded a nonprofit in San Francisco for fashion, technology and design called San Francisco Fashion And Merchants Alliance. Now, I work with aspiring startups, entrepreneurs, designers and students on the future of fashion, retail and wearable technology.

I use Flipboard for fashion and retail news, technology trends, and as one of my favorite media channels. I […]

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What Kind of Publisher Are You? Tips for When You Go Live

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Whether you’re publishing spontaneously or following a planned schedule, there are key things to have in place before your magazine goes live. How do you know when you’re ready?

Here’s a handy dandy checklist of basics. Do you have…

…an amazing, illustrative cover image?

…a clear, relevant magazine name?

…your profile name

…an avatar and description?

…an interesting topic or point of view?

You don’t have to know your selected topic inside and out when you make a magazine. However, you […]

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5 Magazines to Help You Stay Healthy This Flu Season

file000295609951 (1) Flu season is upon us and there’s one simple act dubbed as the “cheapest and easiest vaccine”: hand-washing with soap. Here are 5 magazines to help you keep you aware, healthy and well throughout the winter months:

FluSeason_coverFlu Season by Suki: Everything you need to know about the flu season.

ModernHealth_coverModern Health & Medicine by jdleiker: Current trends in health, wellness and medicine.

Wellness_coverWellness by EricaJones2013: […]

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Spotlight: Creative Director Chinie Hidalgo Diaz

My name is Chinie and my medium is writing. Recently, on my blog Fab After Forty and anywhere else I can get away with it, my writing has been illustrated by doodles. I only discovered I could draw two years ago, but since then, I think I may just have made up for all that lost time.  During the day I work as a Creative Director at Teleforce Asia, a direct marketing firm.

My love of learning is my life’s driving force. It really thrills […]

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Make Your Magazines Move with Animated GIFs

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Everywhere you look on the Internet, you’ll encounter moving images of cute cats falling over, your favorite sitcom quotes and laugh-out-loud snippets. Where did it all come from? GIF stands for “Graphics Interchange Format,” an image type created in 1987 by CompuServ and later animatable by Netscape. The animated GIF has since become an Internet art form and gained popularity due to its portability. Its limited color palette was not intended for high quality photography but for simple images or graphics with solid color. These short animations can take up less […]

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5 Magazines to Get You into the Halloween Spirit

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Did you catch the blood moon this morning? Conspiracy theorists have connected blood moons to major historical events like the fall of Constantinople, the Red Sox breaking the World Series curse and the apocalypse. What better way to get ready for Halloween than the fear of the end of the world?

Here are 5 magazines to get you into the Halloween spirit:

IMG_0224It’s The Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown by woolwheeler: Yummy recipes to keep your kitchen smelling like fall.

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Spotlight: Product Manager Peter Petrovski

My name is Peter Petrovski and my medium is digital.

My love of storytelling stems from my fascination with the intersection of technology, culture and information. I’m passionate about understanding motivations behind human behaviour, identifying problems, brainstorming ideas and crafting solutions that improve people’s lives.

I use Flipboard to curate information, ideas and products. And to be surprised by the serendipitous discovery of fresh content.

The first article I flipped was a TechCrunch article on how Google was planning to send invites out for its Glass Explorer program. I flipped it into my […]

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Why You Should Add an Avatar to Your Flipboard Profile and Write a Good Description

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Sprucing up your profile with an avatar and description can go miles when engaging the Flipboard community. Providing a “face” to a name helps establish legitimacy and adds a human element to your profile.

To edit your avatar on your mobile device, start by tapping on the red ribbon, then find the gear icon in My Flipboard, then “Edit Profile.”

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Hit the pencil icon to edit or add an avatar. You can import your photo from Twitter and Facebook for consistency, but […]

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Spotlight: Artist and Teacher Gabriel Craft

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My name is Gabriel Craft and my medium is the blogger’s dashboard. In between teaching English as a foreign language here in Japan, I create and and curate content related to design, personal growth, mindfulness, practical Zen Buddhism, and cognitive behavioral therapy. Oh, and a whole mess of tiny houses. I also enjoy the plastic arts through photography, digital art and tactile paper and fude pen.

I use Flipboard to curate original content into a format that is easy and fun for me to review and revisit. I love that […]

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Create a Flipboard Magazine for your Online Shop

Do you sell on eBay, Etsy or on your own website? From hand-forged jewelry to DIY kits and handmade clothes, a Flipboard magazine can act as a vibrant catalog of your offerings online.

Install the Flip It button in your browser on desktop or mobile and flip each item from your online store into a magazine. If a red price tag doesn’t automatically show, then select the Shopping cart and enter it. Etsy and eBay are Flipboard partners, so any items from those sites will be beautifully paginated. Please note that all transactions […]

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Spotlight: Social Media Maven Amy Vernon

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My name is Amy Vernon and my medium is words.

My love of sharing information is driven by my life-long relationship with words and grammar. I view my job in life as helping people understand—whether it’s understanding a concept, understanding a story, understanding another person, understanding technology. It’s taken me a long time, ironically, to be able to express that properly, but my connection with words and their meaning began as long ago as I can remember.

I spent 20 years as a daily newspaper journalist, helping our readers […]

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Make Some Noise (Literally), With Flipboard Magazines and SoundCloud

1_audio_image Sound is the perfect ingredient to make your magazine feel more dynamic and fun. So don’t be shy! Get loud and proud by adding audio tracks to your Flipboard magazines. Your readers can press play and enjoy the “soundtrack” while they flip through your magazine. And when one track ends, the next will play seamlessly—it’s just like creating a playlist, but in a magazine format.

The best way to add aural elements to your magazines is via SoundCloud, a popular platform that lets DJs, artists, labels and others upload and share […]

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