The Week in Review: A Very ‘Vape’ Year

Per its annual tradition of picking the most significant word of the year, Oxford Dictionary chose “vape” as 2014’s winner. Originating in the 1980s, “vape,” in verb form, means to “inhale and exhale the vapor produced by an electronic cigarette or similar device.” In noun form, the device and action can be referred to as “a vape.”

Some 150 million current English words are analyzed by use, geography and frequency before a team of lexicographers and Oxford Dictionary staff make the final call. The team chose “vape” over other finalists like “bae,” (n. used as a term of endearment for one’s romantic partner), “budtender,” (n. a person whose job is to serve customers in a cannabis dispensary or shop), “indyref,” (n. an abbreviation of ‘independence referendum,’ in reference to the referendum on Scottish independence, held in Scotland on September 18, 2014), “normcore,” (n. a trend in which ordinary, unfashionable clothing is worn as a deliberate fashion statement—see Joaquin Phoenix’s character in the movie Her) and “slacktivism,” (n. informal actions performed via the Internet in support of a political or social cause).

“As e-cigarettes (or e-cigs) have become more common, so vape has grown significantly in popularity,” a statement from OED read. “You are 30 times more likely to come across the word vape than you were two years ago, and usage has more than doubled in the past year.”

The usage of “vape” has increased with the usage of e-cigarette, sales of which doubled in 2013 to $1.7 billion. Cultural trends have also mirrored winners in prevous years. “Selfie” was in the winner in 2013, “GIF” took the honor in 2012, “unfriend” won in 2009 and in 2005 the pick was “podcast”

Learn more about vaping and other 2014 Word of the Year finalists in these magazines:

Keep calm, Vape on by suomaf: News about the vaping industry.

E-cigarette News by Dave Brooks: Who’s using them, who’s buying them and how the industry is changing.

Yes Scotland #indyref #yes by iKen Stuff: This magazine encouraged a “yes” vote for Scottish independence.

Beyond Slacktivism by Juleen Keevy: Those making a difference in our communities.

Marijuana by Gavin Newsom: The affects and legal actions surrounding marijuana, from California’s lieutenant governor.

90s by fifere: Get into the “normcore” spirit with this 90s dedication.

~GabyS is reading Awesome ’80s!

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On the Red Couch with Actress/Author Evangeline Lilly

She’s perhaps best known as Kate Austen from Lost and the pointy-eared elf Tauriel in The Lord of the Rings films. But Evangeline Lilly has another, lesser-known talent: children’s book author. Her first publication is The Squickerwonkers, just released on November 18th, a cautionary tale about a spoiled girl named Selma who gets more than she bargained for when she meets a band of colorful marionettes (aka The Squickerwonkers).

“I don’t like the polarized worldview propagated in traditional children’s stories where there is an ‘us’ and a ‘them’ and ‘we’ are good and ‘they’ are bad,” she says. “I think it’s important to teach children that there is good and bad in each of us and that the choices we make can come to shape the consequences that befall us and how we perceive ourselves. So, in The Squickerwonkers, I turn roles on their heads.”

Below, hear more about her literary life, plus the roles she’ll forever be associated with. And then don’t forget to flip through her Squickerwonkers magazine for more about the book and the inspiration behind it. The magazine also includes a Flipboard exclusive letter to the editor on the book, the characters and her writing process:

Were literature and storytelling a big part of your own childhood?
No, not really. In fact, I didn’t learn to like reading until I was a teenager. I actually wrote more than I read as a child. My parents weren’t big literature buffs and I don’t have any memories of them ever reading to me. I’m sure they must have, but it wasn’t prominent in our home. It was my grandparents on my mother’s side who opened a window into literature for me because they always bought me and my sisters such strange, quirky, incredibly illustrated books for Christmas. That really appealed to my sensibilities. Those books were a window into the potential that story has to inspire and transport you.

What were some of your favorite books as a child?
I had very eclectic taste. I liked fantastical books like Dinotopia, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory and The Hobbit. I liked dark books like The Rainbow Goblins and the Dwindling Party. I loved nursery rhymes—Mother Goose, of course, and Dennis Lee. I liked simple, sweet books like the Mr Men series and the The Giving Tree. And, of course, I loved Dr Seuss. He is in a category all of his own.

What do you want kids who read The Squickerwonkers series to take away from the experience?
I want children to come away more accepting of themselves, vices and all, but also to come away with a sense that life is not as simple as fairy tales lead you to believe. Bad things can befall good people, good things can befall bad people, and we all have a dark side. I want kids to wonder about themselves, because there’s nothing more dangerous than being ignorant of your own stumbling blocks. I want kids to start asking their parents tough questions about what happened to Selma and why. I want parents to help kids to reflect on their choices and how those choices can hurt or help them. I want parents and their children to be able to have discussions about how nobody is perfect and that that doesn’t make you a “villain” or unlovable. I want kids to come away from the whole Squickerwonkers series realizing that people who look “odd” or might not seem appealing can be fun and lovable.

How about acting—what’s been your favorite role to play so far?
Tauriel—because she was the greatest challenge to play. Learning to be an elf (and the incredible pressure I put on myself to get that right), the Elvish, the English accent, the knife and bow and arrow skills all while nursing my first child…it was the hardest I’ve ever had to work to create a role.

But also it’s the only role I used to fantasize about as a child! Stepping into Middle Earth wearing that costume, those ears, that wig…surreal.

Why do you think Lost was such a phenomenon?
The world was ready for it. Family sitcoms and college-aged comedies weren’t satisfying the appetites of a digital world. When you spend almost every spare moment you have looking at a screen, you want more and more out of that screen.

Lost was the first big show to put the kind of money into its production quality that films do. Our pilot cost more than any pilot in history. We were one of the first to really create highly complicated, highly intellectualized material with a continuous plot. Lost took that immeasurable leap into asking audiences to never let up, to always tune in, or be…lost. Before that, most weren’t brave enough to create a six-season-long movie that you HAD to tune in for (now every other show is structured this way). It was so risky and could have just as easily fallen on its face, but, as it turns out, the timing was perfect. About the time that Lost aired, DVR showed up and people starting TIVO-ing our show if they couldn’t be home to watch it.

Where you satisfied with how it ended?
I was so, so relieved and proud that Lost ended with yet another question. It must have been so tempting for our writers to wrap it up in a pretty bow of answers, but then we would have made ourselves no different than any other doctrine in the world. Instead, they honored our audience with the ultimate question and, once again, our viewers had to turn to their families, their friends, their co-workers and themselves for the answers. I was always so proud to be a part of a show that brought people together and made them ask the really big questions of life.

We’ve heard that you’re happiest outside and consider yourself an environmentalist. What drives this passion?
Well, you’ve answered your own question: what drives my passion for the outdoors is that I am happiest there. Look, there are two sides to my person: One is super rational and no-nonsense, and the other is a total head-in-the-clouds hippie. And, on the issue of the environment, both sides agree…and that never happens.

The rational side of my brain SEES with my eyes the destruction and damage all around us: the yellow-gray skies, the polluted lakes and rivers, the disease and damage and says, “Without rich soil, biodiversity, clean air to breathe and clean water to drink, without healthy oceans, we’re all dead.” Then the hippie side of me pipes up and says, “Seeing what we’re seeing makes me feel dead already.” A little piece of me dies every time I recognize how we’re abusing the natural world and ourselves.

In this day and age, Republican or Democrat, conservative or liberal, man or woman, black or white, old or young, whatever side of whatever divide you’re on, I just can’t imagine ignoring the truth of what needs to be done. We need to fix it. And we can if we can all just work together to get it done.

I recommend reading the INCREDIBLE book Weather Makers by Tim Flannery as an introductory book into the issues at hand. I did and it sat me up and lit a fire under my ass.

What inspired The Squickerwonkers? Find out here:

~MiaQ is curating “Ten for Today

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On the Red Couch with Ebola Photographer Kieran Kesner

Earlier this year, photographer Kieran Kesner graduated from New York University when he got the break of a lifetime: The photo editor from The Wall Street Journal, whom he’d met socially, offered him a chance to cover the unfolding Ebola epidemic, in Liberia. It’s often been said that news photographers are the only people who, when they see a mob running away from something, will run toward that horror. Kesner jumped at the chance to cover one of the most gruesome, virulent and fatal disease outbreaks on the planet. This week, we’re featuring his work in The Shot, Flipboard’s photography magazine. We recently caught up with Kesner in New York, and chatted about his experiences in Africa.

How did you prepare for this assignment? What kinds of things did you bring to Liberia?
I reached out to John Moore who had already been covering the outbreak for a few months and I am grateful he responded with a list of gear, which included multiple sets of Tychem suits, goggles, masks, gloves, rubber boots, duct tape and chlorine. Most of the supplies [purchased at Amazon] I brought with me but I was able to resupply basic goods like chlorine, spray bottles and hand sanitizer at local grocery stores in Liberia.

Were you scared? Describe the general scene. Was Ebola in evidence everywhere, or was it hard to find?
I wasn’t scared until the first day—specifically when I saw the first dead body. I spent my first day in the district of West Point, a slum in Monrovia, Liberia, that at the time was under a government-mandated quarantine. By midday I had been in and out of a local health center where I stood a few feet away from people visibly sick with Ebola-related symptoms. By the afternoon, a body removal team had entered the Ebola holding center, once a school but now a series of vacant rooms where people came to die. It was here I saw my first dead body. I began by photographing her from afar, moving closer and closer until I was just a foot or two above her. It wasn’t until then that I realized the severity of the situation, the threat of the invisible virus in the room and the perpetual fear that if I had been infected, I wouldn’t know until days later.

How did you protect yourself day to day?
The difference between making a mistake here versus home is that a mistake here might kill you. I often think back to times that I entered a room or interacted closely with people visibly sick with Ebola. When you are working as a photographer, your instincts encourage you to go make the image and it’s not until you step back that you think, “Maybe I shouldn’t have done that.”

People in the West tend to have this vision that all doctors and journalists in Liberia are walking around in hazmat suits all the time. This is impossible. Between the heat and humidity of the rainy season and your added anxiety of working in the face of Ebola, protective equipment can only be worn for 15-20 minutes at a time before it must be removed. And you spend about an hour recuperating from the heat and dehydration.

That said, gloves can be worn regularly and play as a friendly reminder not to touch your face and limit where else you place your hands. And of course, hand sanitizer and chlorine are used daily, perhaps upwards of a hundred times a day. It becomes second nature: see a chlorine bucket, wash your hands. Have an itch on your face, wash your hands.

What was it like returning to the U.S. in early September?
[At U.S. Customs at JFK in New York] an officer approached me and asked where I was coming from. I told him that I was a photographer covering the Ebola outbreak for The Wall Street Journal. He proceeded to look through my documents to confirm, and then said “welcome home.”

I was incredibly fearful my baggage and equipment would still be infected. My larger backpack, which held my ruined clothes (stained and bleached with various disinfectants throughout the week) as well as some camera gear and protective equipment, has still yet to be located. To this day, I call JFK and Royal Air Maroc and have yet to receive a reply. It wasn’t so much that my gear was lost that I was fearful it was contaminated and was being handled by workers unaware of the threat.

When I made the connection home to Boston, I couldn’t seem to get home fast enough. I got to my parents’ house and filled a little kiddie plastic pool from my childhood with water and an unnecessary amount of chlorine tablets. I then proceeded to throw everything in I had left—passport, notebooks, you name it. So here I am, disinfecting my gear in the backyard, wiping down my cameras and lenses one last time with hand sanitizer, when I go to take my temperature and my heart drops when the screen reads 99.5.

I immediately called my local hospital and instructed my family to stay away. The call went something like this, “Hi, I just returned from West Africa where I was covering the Ebola outbreak in Liberia for the WSJ and I am running a slight fever.”

Needless to say, they were incredibly responsive. Two epidemiologists from the Massachusetts Department of Public Health called me back, stated that anything under 101.5 wouldn’t even be tested for Ebola and I was probably overheated from exhaustion and working outside in the heat. Thankfully, they were right but for the next 21 days I maintained a rigorous quarantine in the guest room of my girlfriend’s apartment limiting contact with anyone and anything.

Would you ever go back? Why do you think the Ebola story is important?
Yes, I would go back. This is one of the biggest health stories of our time and people’s individual stories still need to be told. It is a huge and dangerous responsibility to bear witness to the suffering and share it with the rest of the world, but it’s incredibly important work that I would like to continue doing.

You can see Kieran’s work in The Shot magazine:

~JoshQ is curating “HYSTERIA Magazine

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See the Best in Your Flipboard Home

Some of us catch up on the news in the morning; others enjoy a funny video before bed. But no matter what time you open your Flipboard, the fastest way to see a relevant roundup of stories for you is via your home tab. With the new third generation design, Flipboard for the phone has a dedicated place for the latest stories you might find interesting. (It’s still called Cover Stories on Flipboard for tablet.) Here’s how to make the most of the area designated by that little house icon:

  • Open Flipboard and get highlights across everything you’re following.

It can be hard to keep up on all the topics, people or publications you’ve followed on Flipboard, especially if you’re following a lot of things. Cut through it all and start at Home: a streamlined selection of new stories, powered by what you follow. It’s like a content “smoothie” where you’ve chosen all of the ingredients.

  • The more you follow, the better Flipboard Home gets.

As you come across sources and topics you like, be sure to follow. Tap the bright blue Follow button in the top right.

Following improves the results you see in the home tab. Let Flipboard do the hard work of finding top stories from that source for you. You can follow topics, people, publications and blogs. If you prefer to drill down into just that source, find it again by tapping the tile tab to go to your Following list.

  • See top stories from The Daily Edition as well as social networks you’ve connected to Flipboard.

Your Flipboard Home will also include breaking news and highlights from your social networks. Early in the day, you might see a few stories from The Daily Edition; tap “More” to read the whole thing. (The Daily Edition is available to readers in the U.S., UK, Latin America, Brazil and India.) You’ll also get a few stories from your connected social networks; note the brightly colored banners grouping these together.

  • Drill down to specific sources, topics and magazine makers.

When browsing stories, look at the top to see the source. Sometimes the article is from a Flipboard topic; other times it’s from a publisher or a magazine curator. Tap on the source name (usually in bright blue) or the word “More.” Tap on a magazine maker’s profile picture to see their bio and what they’re collecting into magazines.

  • Get recommendations for magazines and Flipboard topics you might like.

Based off of what you’re following, you’ll also get recommendations to follow other magazines or topics. For recommended magazines, swipe right to left to look through the choices. Recommended topics appear as a list; you can tap the topic tag to explore or just follow it immediately from within the module.

  • Tap the home tab again to return to the top.

Want to return to the top and/or refresh the feed? Just tap the home icon again to get back to the front cover. Pull down on the front cover to refresh with new stories.

We hope this helps you get the most of of your Flipboard home tab!

~DeanneC is reading “Quirk

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Flipping in a Winter Wonderland…Let the Holidays Begin!

And just like that, another holiday season is upon us—and this time, we’re prepared. Actually, not really: we have no clue what we’re serving with our turkey or what to buy mom this year, but we have a lot of ideas, thanks to our new holiday magazine, Wonderland.

Wonderland is a complete guide to the holiday season, containing the best of what our publishers are writing and our community is curating during this time of merriment. The magazine is divided into several sections, including The Cozy Home, Holiday Eats & Drinks, Looks That Sparkle, Holiday Escapes, Gifts Galore and Entertainment Guide, along with a few playful touches, such as holiday tunes and a yule log. You can follow Wonderland a la carte, by section, or read the whole magazine to get a rounded view of the season.

The magazine will morph, too, as the focus shifts from Thanksgiving, to the height of the shopping frenzy, to kicking back with family—straight through to New Year’s and the inevitable season of post-holiday atonement and resolution. We’ll make sure that the relevant information for each season is front-and-center in the magazine.

Let your fingers do the window shopping—no scarf required!

~MiaQ is reading “California Dreaming

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The Week in Review: A Space Milestone

In the 10 a.m. EST hour on Wednesday morning, a space traveler called the Philae detached from the Rosetta spacecraft and landed on Comet 67P.

“We are there. We are sitting on the surface. Philae is talking to us,” said Stephan Ulamec, Philae lander manager at the DLR German space center. “We are on the comet.”

The mission, which launched 10 years ago by the European Space Agency (ESA), marks the first time scientists will be able to study a comet as it gets closer to the sun. They hope to learn more about the solar system and how comets carry water and complex organics.

According to the ESA’s Rosetta website, tests and analysis will measure the density of properties on the surface, examine any chemicals that might be present, and study the interaction between the comet and solar wind.

“Apart from the amazing scientific results, the sheer challenge and ambition of such a mission is outstanding and illustrates how our space exploration of the solar system has become more advanced and successful,” said Daniel Brown, an astronomy expert at Nottingham Trent University in the United Kingdom. “It gives us much to hope for in future missions.”

After the landing, ESA said Philae may have bounced instead of landing gently on the surface of the comet, which would be considered a glitch and cause the traveler to not be secured.

The Rosetta mission is expected to run until December 2015, but its life could extend an additional six months depending on fuel and electronics.

Follow the mission, other space discoveries and the innovation that fuels these steps forward through magazines on Flipboard.

Rosetta by Joachim Baptist: All the news tracking the decade-long operation.

ON – Space & Time by Octávio Nuno: The people and tools needed to make trips to space possible.

Space by Varun Dave: Striking pictures of the universe.

NASA, Space, & Technology by Vince: News from NASA.

Space Exploration by Leland Melvin: A take on otherworldly travel from a former astronaut.

Science & Discovery by Darby Krajicek: Discoveries in science, medicine and space.

~Gaby is curating “The Best Color…By Far

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Celebrities Unfiltered, on Flipboard

WhoSay launched in 2010 with the goal of providing celebrities more control over how their pictures were used online. Its network has since grown to over 1,600 celebrities, giving us “normal people” an inside look at celebrity life.

So instead of waiting to read about your favorite stars, you can hear directly from high-profile figures in entertainment and sports when they post photos and messages to places like Instagram, Twitter, Facebook, and, now, Flipboard.

Starting today, Flipboard is a share option for the WhoSay community. This means stars can quickly share their posts into Flipboard magazines from within the WhoSay environment. Celebrities like Channing Tatum, Nina Dobrev, Sofia Vergara, Zac Efron and Jessica Chastain will have the option to publish directly into the “Celebs Unfiltered” magazine on Flipboard, which already includes pictures of Eva Longoria sleeping, Kellan Lutz riding a bike in Japan and Sofia Vergara getting her hair done.

~GabyS is reading “Front Runner

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From Good to Greatist: The Health and Happiness Site Joins Flipboard

Greatist is about what it sounds like: content to help readers be their best—healthier, happier and their greatest selves. But it’s also an ideology, complete with a manifesto that contains lines like, “I don’t need six-pack abs to be happy. C’mon, [fill in the blank] is delicious. Missteps are okay, because mistakes mean I’m trying.”

This is holistic health information with a hefty dose of realism and a sense of fun. Greatist breaks down its coverage into categories such as Move, Eat, Grow, Play, Discover and Connect, and backs up facts with scientific studies. There’s a workout of the day, tons of recipes, and “happiness hacks” such as “A Brighter Mood (That Lasts!) in 3 Smile Steps.” Articles are light, yet you feel good consuming them because they quickly nourish your best intentions—like eating a tasty salad.

So dig in and become a “greatist” today:

Click here to read Greatist on Flipboard.

~MiaQ is reading “Bod for Sin

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Remembering the Fall of the Berlin Wall: A Firsthand Account From a Flipboard Curator

Flipboard’s curator for Germany, Stefanie Bastian, remembers the night the Berlin Wall fell in 1989 and suggests magazines to flip through in honor of the 25th anniversary of this historic occasion.

When I moved to West Berlin in 1988, the wall had been there all my life. Ostberlin, the capital of the communist German Democratic Republic (GDR), was right behind that wall—and yet worlds away. Nobody would ever have been bold enough to predict if would some day fall again.

After the war, Germany had been divided among the victors. U.S., UK, France and the Soviet Union each got their sectors. Berlin, the former capital, which was now located in the middle of the Soviet sector, got divided in the same way, which immediately led to conflict culminating in the Berlin Airlift in 1948. The Western sectors got shut off by the Soviets and needed full supply by air for an entire year.

In the 1950s, as the discordance between the Western Allies and the Soviet Union grew, the border between the Western and Soviet sectors gradually got more fortified. There was an upheaval in June 1954, which got silenced by Soviet tanks. By the late 1950s, more people wanted to leave the Soviet sector. So in 1961, in a surprising move, the wall was built, separating families and friends for over two-and-a-half decades.

Fast forward to 1989. The President of the Soviet Union, Mikhail Gorbachev, had just called for increased openness and transparency (aka glasnost) and people in the East listened carefully to this fragile wind of change.

I was with friends on the night of November 9, 1989, when an overwhelmed GDR official accidentally announced on TV that citizens of the GDR would be allowed to travel—effective immediately!

We rushed to the Brandenburg Gate. We had a strong feeling that the state officials would try to revoke the mistake so we wanted to get there on time. The border guards hadn’t even been given orders on how to deal with this situation, so it was lucky that nobody started to fire. Eventually they opened the checkpoints, letting people flood through.

At the Brandenburg Gate, the guards, who at first had been hosing people off, got overtaken by the events. They finally withdrew, leaving the hoses behind which we in turn used to climb up the wall. Here we spent the entire night, arm-in-arm with strangers that seemed so foreign and yet so familiar. I will always remember the feeling of sheer happiness and the privilege of being part of this amazing moment in history.

In the last 25 years, Berlin has become the wonderful city it is today, fully embracing its open-mindedness and welcoming spirit. These magazines celebrate this special place and time.

Berlin by Lina54: Rambling through Berlin’s cafés and pubs.

Berlin by Sven Knippenberg: Cool places to stay, eat and visit.

In Berlin by OstenWesten: A foodie’s Berlin.

Berlin by Ma Ja: Berlin’s buildings and hangouts.

DDR Era Germany by Neil Young: Amazing pics and historical information.

Fotostrasse by felipe tofani: Things to do and see in Berlin, off the beaten track.

1 Berlin 21 by Daniel Stecher: Flipboard community staple curates about his hometown.

Mauerfall – Fall of the Wall by Flipboard Deutschland: Historic pictures and anniversary celebrations.

~StefanieB is reading “Kochen in Herbst und Winter

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Let’s Talk Topics on Flipboard: Top Things to Know

One of the defining features of the new Flipboard is topics.* Topics are designed to give you more of the stories you want, no matter how niche the subject. At the same time, topics empower you to discover a diversity of sources and magazines you might not have known about before. Here are the top things to know about topics and how they can supercharge your personalized experience.

So, what are topics?

  • Flipboard topics are filled with a diversity of recent stories, from publications big and small. Choose from over 30,000 of them to see top articles about your interests.

Fueled by Zite’s technology, topics range from “wine tasting” to “sustainable design” to “cute animals” to “marine biology.” Flip through a topic to see popular stories from publishers as well as articles curated into Flipboard magazines (more on this soon!).

Where are topics?

  • Get started by picking your favorite topics after updating Flipboard to 3.0 or higher.

When you first open the third generation of Flipboard, pick a few topics from the list. Scrolling down this list reveals even more related topics.

  • Return to the list of topics to pick in the tile tab.

You can always go back to this list of topics to follow—just use the tile tab. (On iOS, filter to Topics and then Find More Topics to Follow. For Android, scroll to the bottom for the same option.)

  • Search any topic you want.

Know exactly what you’re interested in? Type keywords into the search tab. For example, searching for “healthy food” gives you exactly that plus other related topics like “raw food,” “vegan,” “food crisis” and “food policy.” Tap the results to see articles, photos and videos from sources and magazines across Flipboard.

  • Find topic tags on articles. Tap to see more.

Don’t know exactly what you want? Topic tags live all over for you to explore. Find them nestled in the bottom left corner of articles. Tap on them to deep-dive on top stories. Careful! These little but powerful tags can get addictive. Starting in “photography” might lead you to “aerial views.” From there you might stumble across “virtual reality,” then wander to “game development.” You never quite know, so just see where topic tags take you!

I found a topic I really like, how do I save it?

  • Follow topics you like and they’ll be saved in your tile tab.

Loving that “painting” is a topic on Flipboard? Follow it! It’ll be added to the list of topics you follow in the tile tab for easy access later on.

  • Follow topics to improve your Flipboard Home.

If you follow a lot of topics, it can be a lot to keep track of! Luckily, when you follow topics, Flipboard finds the best stories for you in Home. Go to the home tab to see highlights across what you are following. Save time by seeing a blend of everything you like.

I’m getting good at this. What’s the next level?

  • You, too, can power topics. How? Just make magazines on Flipboard.

Great topics include the best of what the Flipboard community collects into their magazines. On some stories, you’ll see the attribution a person who flipped it. Tap the person’s name or profile picture to go to their profile and see more of what they’re flipping into magazines.

Contribute to topics by making magazines on Flipboard. Tap + on any story to begin. Set your magazines to “public” to ensure that what you collect can show up in topics as well.

We’re excited to deliver the stories that matter to you, in a smarter way. With topics, we hope to make it easier to see a different view or get more of what you like. Have fun!

*Currently, topics are only available in the U.S.

~DeanneC is reading “Smashing Maps

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