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Google Fast Flip
File:Fast flip logo.gif
File:Google Fast Flip screenshot.png
Screenshot of the Fast Flip homepage
URL http://fastflip.googlelabs.com
Commercial? Yes
Type of site News
Registration Not required
Available language(s) English
Owner Google
Created by Google
Launched 14 September 2009[1]

Google Fast Flip is an online news aggregator from Google Inc. that mimics the experience of flicking through a newspaper or magazine, allowing visual search of stories in manner similar to microfiche.[2][3][4] It was launched in beta by Google Labs at the TechCrunch 50 conference in September 2009.[5][6][7]

The site presents images of stories from Google's news partners, which can be clicked on to navigate to the story on the news provider's own website.[7] Stories can be scrolled between using the mouse or cursor keys. The presentation of stories uses a similar algorithm to Google News, but stories can be ordered by publication as well as by subject.[6] Krishna Bharat of Google News has said that "Fast Flip is mostly for longer shelf-life content, the kind of content you want to recommend to other people."[8] Fast Flip was created after Larry Page "asked why the web was not more like a magazine, allowing users to flip from screen to screen seamlessly."[4] Fast Flip is available on iPhone and Android mobile devices.[9]

Users of Fast Flip are able to follow friends and topics, find new content, and to create their own customized magazines around their searches.[10]

At launch, there were 39 mainly US-based news partners. Google says it will share the majority of revenue from contextual adverts with its news partners.[7][11][8]

Fast Flip has been praised for allowing visual,[12] fast[13] and serendipitous[14] browsing of news stories, but it has been criticized as being a novelty,[15] anachronistic, as it emulates print media,[16] limits navigation and presents few news sources,[17] and as being more focused on the needs of publishers than of readers.[18][19][20] Its visual search has been compared to the beta visual search of Microsoft Bing[21][2][16] and to The Onion's microfiche iPhone app.[22] Fast Flip has also been cited as a demonstration of Google's power in the news marketplace; by setting up another news interface that uses publishers' content without returning much value.[23]

See also

References

  1. Bharat, Krishna (14 September 2009). "Read news fast with Google Fast Flip". The Official Google Blog (Google). http://googleblog.blogspot.com/2009/09/read-news-fast-with-google-fast-flip.html. Retrieved 2009-09-21. 
  2. 2.0 2.1 "Bing and Google launch visual search". Mirror.co.uk (Mirror Group). 15 September 2009. http://www.mirror.co.uk/news/technology/2009/09/15/bing-and-google-launch-visual-search-115875-21675590/. Retrieved 2009-09-21. 
  3. Boulton, Clint (15 September 2009). "Google Fast Flip is Geared to Generate More Ad Dollars". eWeek. http://www.eweek.com/c/a/Search-Engines/Google-Fast-Flip-is-Geared-to-Generate-More-Ad-Dollars-184305/. Retrieved 2009-09-21. 
  4. 4.0 4.1 Shiels, Maggie (15 September 2009). "Google turns page on news content". BBC News. http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/technology/8256054.stm. Retrieved 2009-09-21. 
  5. Krazit, Tom (14 September 2009). "Google testing Fast Flip for Google News". CNet. http://news.cnet.com/8301-30684_3-10352342-265.html. Retrieved 2009-09-21. 
  6. 6.0 6.1 Bunz, Mercedes (15 September 2009). "Google's Fast Flip is for publishers". PDA: The Digital Content Blog (The Guardian). http://www.guardian.co.uk/media/pda/2009/sep/15/digital-media-newspapers. Retrieved 2009-09-21. 
  7. 7.0 7.1 7.2 Allen, Katie (21 September 2009). "Google's mission to drive up newspaper revenue". The Guardian. http://www.guardian.co.uk/media/2009/sep/21/google-newspaper-fast-flip. Retrieved 2009-09-21. 
  8. 8.0 8.1 Johnson, Steve (14 September). "Google news feature mimics print sources, lets people browse stories". San Jose Mercury News. http://www.mercurynews.com/businessbreakingnews/ci_13335796. Retrieved 2009-09-21. 
  9. "Mobile Preview". Google Fast Flip. http://fastflip.googlelabs.com/mobile. Retrieved 2009-09-21. 
  10. http://pcmike.com/2009/09/25/googles-fast-flip-is-pretty-slick/
  11. "All Sources". Google Fast Flip. http://fastflip.googlelabs.com/sources. Retrieved 2009-09-21. 
  12. Sherman, Erik (15 September 2009). "Google Fast Flip Becomes the News Stand, Pressure on Publishers". BNet. http://industry.bnet.com/technology/10003382/google-fast-flip-becomes-the-news-stand-pressure-on-publishers/?tag=shell;content. Retrieved 2009-09-21. 
  13. Smith, Stevie (16 September 2009). "Google offers swift page perusal with Fast Flip". The Tech Herald. http://www.thetechherald.com/article.php/200938/4447/Google-offers-swift-page-perusal-with-Fast-Flip. Retrieved 2009-09-21. 
  14. Taylor, Catharine P (16 September 2009). "Google's Fast Flip and the Return of Serendipitous Surfing". BNet. http://industry.bnet.com/media/10004137/googles-fast-flip-and-the-return-of-serendipitous-surfing/. Retrieved 2009-09-21. 
  15. Cheng, Jacqui (15 September 2009). "Hands on: limitations of Google Fast Flip make it a novelty". Ars Technica. http://arstechnica.com/web/news/2009/09/hands-on-limitations-of-google-fast-flip-make-it-a-novelty.ars. Retrieved 2009-09-21. 
  16. 16.0 16.1 Bradley, Tony (15 September). "Google Fast Flip Bridges Digital and Print Media". PC World. http://www.pcworld.com/businesscenter/blogs/bizfeed/172056/google_fast_flip_bridges_digital_and_print_media.html. Retrieved 2009-09-21. 
  17. Merritt, Nick (21 September 2009). "Why Google's Fast Flip misses the point". TechRadar. http://www.techradar.com/news/internet/why-google-s-fastflip-misses-the-point-635923. Retrieved 2009-09-21. 
  18. Hickins, Michael (16 September 2009). "New Google Service Nothing To Flip Over". InformationWeek. http://www.informationweek.com/blog/main/archives/2009/09/new_google_serv_1.html;jsessionid=1OR13LQ2CE5LTQE1GHPSKH4ATMY32JVN. Retrieved 2009-09-21. 
  19. Mick, Jason (16 September 2009). "Is Google's Fast Flip News Service a Stud or a Dud?". DailyTech. http://www.dailytech.com/Is+Googles+Fast+Flip+News+Service+a+Stud+or+a+Dud/article16251.htm. Retrieved 2009-09-21. 
  20. Coursey, David (15 September 2009). "Is Google "Fast Flip" Really Just A Slow Slider?". Tech Inciter (PC World). http://www.pcworld.com/businesscenter/article/172010/is_google_fast_flip_really_just_a_slow_slider.html. Retrieved 2009-09-21. 
  21. Beaumont, Claudine (17 September 2009). "Microsoft Bing visual search takes fight to Google". Daily Telegraph. http://www.telegraph.co.uk/technology/microsoft/6202660/Microsoft-Bing-visual-search-takes-fight-to-Google.html. Retrieved 2009-09-21. 
  22. Arthur, Charles (16 September 2009). "The Onion Microfiche: all the satire that's fit to fit on your iPhone". Technology Blog (The Guardian). http://www.guardian.co.uk/technology/blog/2009/sep/16/onion-microfiche-iphone-app-news. Retrieved 2009-09-21. 
  23. "Google Fast Flip". idiomag. 2009-10-27. http://platform.idiomag.com/2009/09/fast-flip-for-iphone-and-the-power-of-google/. Retrieved 2009-10-28. 


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