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Flipboard is strengthening its connections to the open-source social web, also known as the fediverse.


Flipboard, a social magazine app born in the Web 2.0 era and now evolving to embrace the resurgence of an open social web, is strengthening its connections to the fediverse. The fediverse encompasses a network of interconnected servers hosting various social apps like Mastodon, Pixelfed, PeerTube, and soon, Instagram Threads. Recently, Flipboard announced its plans to expand fediverse integrations to 400 more Flipboard creators and introduce fediverse notifications within the Flipboard app itself.

These notifications will enable Flipboard users to receive updates about their new followers and other interactions related to the content they share within the fediverse, directly within the Flipboard app. This move builds upon last year’s integration of Mastodon into the app, replacing Twitter, and the adoption of ActivityPub support, the protocol behind decentralized social networks like Mastodon.

In February, Flipboard initiated the process of adding its creators and their social magazines to the fediverse, allowing their curated content to reach a wider audience. This expansion began with 1,000 Flipboard magazines and now extends to an additional 400, totaling over 11,000 curated Flipboard magazines available to users of federated social networking platforms.

Flipboard’s CEO, Mike McCue, sees this as a significant step towards fully federating the platform, enabling two-way communication and engagement with fediverse communities. Additionally, Flipboard users will now have a more integrated fediverse experience within the app itself. With the latest version, users can view their new followers from the fediverse in their Flipboard Following tab, and their notifications will include fediverse reactions and conversations.

These notifications will be categorized into three sections: Replies, Activity, and News. The Replies section allows users to respond to posts from both Flipboard and the fediverse, fostering greater interaction. The Activity tab displays likes, follows, boosts, and other Flipboard activity, while the News section features breaking news and recommended stories curated by Flipboard’s editorial team.

Furthermore, Flipboard has been curating content for fediverse users through dedicated “news desks” covering various topics like Tech, Culture, and Science. This curated content will now contribute to the enhanced News section within the Flipboard app, providing users with a more comprehensive and engaging experience.

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