Tuesday, September 15, 2009

Google Fast Flip

I've seen a lot of mixed reviews of the new Google Lab's project, Google Fast Flip. I've been trying it out today and find that I really prefer this method of browsing news online.

I enjoy headline browsing online but often find I want more from each article then the standard first few lines you get from Google News without having to click through to the full article. Fast Flip gives me the ability to quickly scan the headlines while reading the first few paragraphs of each article. If I like what I'm reading I can then decide to click through to the full article.

The categorization options are also a plus as I like having the ability to browse the headlines by topic so I can view all the business stories for the day. But even more I like the ability to browse by provider, so I can see all articles from the New York Times or Business Week.

The only drawback I find is that the previews in Fast Flip are images and I can't click on a certain link within the preview without opening the source page first. This isn't a huge issue but was the one limiting factor I noticed while browsing headlines today.


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