Flipboard expands regional news service to over 1,000 towns and cities in the US and Canada (Harry McCracken/Fast Company)
In January of 2020, Flipboard, the magazine-like app for sharing and reading content from various sources–introduced the feature to aid users in finding information about local events. When it was first launched, it covered 23 cities of great importance including Boston, Chicago, Dallas, Los Angeles, New York, San Francisco, and Seattle.
While we respect these beautiful cities, they only represent one sliver of the local-news issue, and may not be the most significant one. In the end, all have newspapers as well as other media outlets that are primarily devoted to their coverage. It’s not all that difficult to stay up to date about the latest news.
Since the beginning of time, Flipboard has added more local areas, increasing the number to 73. The number of local areas is increasing exponentially. More than 1,000 cities in both the U.S. and Canada will have their own feeds on Flipboard. This includes cities like Twin Falls, Idaho; Casper, Wyoming; Bismarck, North Dakota; Concord, New Hampshire; and many more.
The app must be able to track your location and it’ll show areas that are close to you. Select up to 15 and they’ll be added to your feeds and will be integrated into the “For You” page.
“I’m close to Jersey City,” explains Flipboard’s product manager Brian Gottesman. “I go through the onboarding process and am then presented with Jersey City, Newark, Hoboken, and New York City.
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There are also a few boroughs. I might be able to see Staten Island and Brooklyn and Queens.”