Facebook Introduces Paper, a New App That Enhances and Beautifies Your Feed
If your dream is a Facebook feed free from distractions, you might be in luck.
On Thursday, Facebook introduced Paper, a new standalone app for iPhone that brings together your News Feed, news articles, videos and more into a single well-designed, distraction-free location. Though the app won’t be available until Feb. 3 — and then only for iPhone at first — let’s take a moment to drink in what looks to be a really stunning product from the social network’s new Creative Labs wing.
The tendency for the mobile versions of popular sites has always been to offer a stripped-down experience to better match small-screen real estate. It’s a strategy that makes sense for a site like Facebook, where the slightest tweak to the design nearly always results in a deluge of rants.
Paper takes a wholly different approach to what is essentially the same source material, offering up full-page themed content to keep you focused (and in the Facebook ecosystem, naturally).
The app starts at a familiar spot: your News Feed. It pulls in photos, videos and long-form posts. The app devotes the full screen space to that content, offering up some dynamic and intuitive interactions, so you can flip through stories like pages in a magazine (similar to the popular Flipboard app) or tilt the phone to pan around a larger photo, Ken Burns style.
You will also be able to update your status with a text or photo update straight from the Paper app.