After groundbreaking success of RSS readers in neat magazine like UI such as Flipboard, Feedly and Google Currents, Facebook has taken a leaf out of that same book. Yesterday, Facebook announced an application called Paper which basically gathers all the stories from your newsfeed and would aggregate them in a neat magazine like interface without any interference of buttons. The entire focus here would be on content as well as stories and no distraction reading.
The application would be available in the United States starting February 3 for absolute free. Another good news is that the application is going to be Ad Free at least to start off with.
Facebook said the following in the post on their website while launching Paper:
Paper makes storytelling more beautiful with an immersive design and fullscreen, distraction-free layouts. We’ve also made it easier to craft and share beautiful stories of your own.Your Paper is made of stories and themed sections, so you can follow your favorite interests. The first section in Paper is your Facebook News Feed, where you’ll enjoy inspiring new designs for photos, videos, and longer written posts. You can customize Paper with a choice of more than a dozen other sections about various themes and topics—from photography and sports to food, science and design. Each section includes a rich mix of content from emerging voices and well-known publications.
It is obvious that with paper, Facebook is concentrating in connecting the users to more resourceful content available on the platform rather than just in the circle of friends. This is indeed a bold move and one that would be very interesting to see how it pans given the massive failure that Facebook Home was.