Google Fast Flip

This just out:  Google releases a new media-friendly newsreader tool called Google Fast Flip.  According to an article in the New York Times, Fast Flip is supposed to draw more readers to online news sites by making those sites faster to load and easier to page through, more like flipping through a newspaper or magazine than surfing the Web.  According to Google, this is what people want from a news-reading experience–and I’m pretty sure they’re right.  Or at least, I’m sure that slow-loading pages are a big turnoff for all Web users, and anything we can do to eliminate them is a step in the right direction.

The Google Fast Flip page looks like a visual mosaic of pages taken from electronic news sources:  the analogy that leaps immediately to mind is a newsstand.  It looks appealing, rich, user-friendly.  Imagine if we presented our libraries’ home pages sort of like this.  Imagine that users could configure a portal that gave them a landing page showcasing thumbnails of half a dozen “favorites” pages that they picked, or that were offered to them by default, either one-size-fits-all or by automatically offering up the pages they visit most within the site.  Or imagine if we just offered an alternative entry point, a side door, that showcased some of our pages and resources like this.  Or…imagine if we just offered this as a custom-build service:  we’ll make a page for you or your class that showcases useful research resources, blogs, websites, and other stuff you want to keep track of in one place.  Including, maybe Google Fast Flip.

Could be pretty neat…

Google Fast Flip Screen Capture

Google Fast Flip Screen Capture

One thought on “Google Fast Flip

  1. eric f says:

    oh my! so a few nights ago, i had one of those just-before-going-to-sleep brain dump that resemble this, but more library-related.

    i remember an article (in the chronicle, maybe) where the author recalled why he enjoyed the library when he was a college student: it was because it allowed him to listen in on the ‘academic converation’ being held in journal articles and books.

    now, conversations are happening in a lot more places – blogs, twitter, … even delicious tags have bits and pieces of the ‘academic conversation’. for example, this blog post is now part of library land’s conversation.

    so i thought: how can libraries once again be a part of this conversation? in the past, our role was to provide access to the conversation, organize it so people could listen in on the conversations most important to them (by subject, for example).

    we have the technology. web 2.0 allows us to arrange and re-arrange information as we see fit. what’s preventing us from having ‘conversation kiosks’ where pages like those in Google Flip thumb through recent blog posts, journal articles, books, twitter feeds, facebook status updates, etc, from academia? these kiosks could have easily exportable RSS feeds, or smart phone apps to use to take the conversation home with you.

    thanks for sharing the link, karen!

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