Why You Should Download Facebook’s “Paper” for iOS

First thing yesterday morning I downloaded Paper and I have to say, I am impressed (not by the icon however, which leaves much to be desired). It’s all about the gestures and they are fast! Facebook really got this right.

Here are a few:
Swipe left or right to scroll through Sections or articles
Tap or swipe up to view content
Swipe down or pinch to exit content
Swipe up again or zoom to view webpage (if you want to view the original article from a friends post for example)
Swipe down from Home screen to view personal Facebook page, view settings, edit Paper Sections, create a post, or search.
Swivel phone left and right to view full photo images without zooming.

I’m sure there is more but once I got the hang of it, I was swiping, pinching and zooming up a storm. I found it super easy to navigate through content simply and quickly which is key. I can also perform similar actions as in the native app, e.g. write a post, send a direct message, view notifications, friend requests, etc. 

I also liked the option to add content from my sections to Pocket. Pocket is not my preferred read later app but but that’s workable. With a little IFTTT magic,I can send to Instapaper, Buffer, Twitter or what have you via Pocket.

Some say this app is similar to Flipboard, and it is conceptually, but it has a very different feel to it. A recent article on Mashable describes this well. Try it for yourself its FREE!

For a first release, I give it a thumbs up.


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