One of my goals is to master how to use the full potential of iPad 2 as a business tool. I know so many business people carrying iPads around and not knowing what to do with them. Therefore, the perfect justification to buy one! I have to help my clients, right?
Now I am exploring and trying out new apps weekly. I will try to share my favorites as I discover them.
The app I have been using the last few weeks is called Zite. It is a personalized magazine for iPad that gets smarter as you use it. That is their tagline and it really does get smarter.
It reminds me of Pandora’s music ap but for internet content. When you sign up for this free app it asks to connect to your twitter, google reader and delicious accounts. It uses the content of your connections and bookmarks to generate a personalized magazine that includes, not only some current favorites, but other content that is similar.
I like this as an additional resources because:
Zite provides a magazine layout that gives you a hint or preview of the content. It shows headline, a preview of the content, and a graphic. On Twitter many people just state “new post + URL” with no information about the linked content. Or they provide a sentence that encourages you to read, but doesn’t necessarily summarize the content. You have to click on the link and go to another site before you even know if you are interested.
Zite automatically generates a category table of contents to organize your content. I had to stop adding people to google reader because it was just a run-on list. If I feel like reading about a particular topic in Zite, I can go directly to it from the side menu.
Zite is set up for iPad and has an easy swiping motion to take you quickly through the visually appealing content layout. Again, it is much quicker than blindly clicking on URL’s from people tweeting out posts, videos and links.
Zite introduces me to new sources of content based upon my interests. Yet, it doesn’t limit me from expanding my horizons. There is a larger category menu I can browse through and add new categories of interest.