Google Labs has introduced the Google Fast Flip, an experiment in online content delivery.
Fast Flip lets browsers flip sequentially through bundles of recent news, headlines and popular topics, as well as feeds from individual top publishers in one location.
About Google’s Fast Flip:
Flipping through content is very fast, so you can quickly look through a lot of pages until you find something interesting. At the same time, we provide aggregation and search over many top newspapers and magazines, and the ability to share content with your friends and community. Fast Flip also personalizes the experience for you, by taking cues from selections you make to show you more content from sources, topics and journalists that you seem to like. In short, you get fast browsing, natural magazine-style navigation, recommendations from friends and other members of the community and a selection of content that is serendipitous and personalized.
Fast Flip provides five tabs for navigating top level general content on the Fast Flip site: Popular, Recent, Most Viewed, Recommended and Headlines.
The current list of sources for Google’s Fast Flip are: BBC News, FRONTLINE, Newsweek, TechCrunch, Billboard, Fast Company, Popular Mechanics, Technology Review, Business Week, Foreign Policy, ProPublica, Teen, Center for Investigative Reporting, Good Housekeeping, Quick & Simple, The Atlantic, Center for Public Integrity, Harper’s Bazaar, Redbook, The Daily Beast, Christian Science Monitor, House Beautiful, SPIN, The Daily Green, CosmoGirl, Marie Claire, Salon, Us Magazine, Cosmopolitan, Men’s Journal, Seventeen, Veranda, ELLE, National Review Online, Slate, Washington Post, Esquire, New York Times and the Smithsonian.
The Recent tab produces images of the most recently uploaded content while the Most Viewed tab shows viewers what other Google Fast Flip users found and viewed most often.
The Recommended tab shows images or articles Google Fast Flip recommends.
I am not sure how Google determines which articles I would have an interest in unless of course Google Fast Flip is also an experiment in behavioral targeting.
Google Fast Flip consolidates a lot of great news sources and makes finding what they have to offer much easier than going to each respective publishers site.
If Google Fast Flip made the images they provide available in the present size and two additional sizes – one 50% and the other 100% larger, I think they would be able to attract and engage a larger news audience.