Taptu’s new iPad app

By April 28, 2011Portfolio

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Our portfolio company Taptu has recently pivoted from a mobile search proposition to the social magazine space.  They have had iPhone and Android apps out for a few months now but I have been waiting on their iPad app which came out a few days ago.

Reading news on my iPad is part of my morning routine and I have been a pretty happy user of Pulse up to this point, which I have preferred over Flipboard primarily because of its speed.  My only gripes with Pulse are the that you can only fit so many feeds onto a page and the limits on the content available.

Taptu solves both those problems.

The technology that powered the Taptu search offering has now been tuned so that any content source can be brought into a stream on Taptu and they can combine multiple sources into a single stream.  That means you can mix sources to create customised streams and have everything you need in the streams you can see on a single page (4 streams in portrait view, 3 streams in landscape).

I’ve set mine up to with dedicated streams for Facebook and Twitter and then a mixed stream for VC news and a mixed stream for premiership football news.

One of the neat things about they’ve done is allow people to share their curated feeds, or in Taptu parlance become ‘news DJs’.  The VC news feed I’ve got is one that was created by Scott Sage, an Associate here at DFJ Esprit, and the premiership football stream is one that Taptu curates.

The team at Taptu are going to help me curate my own stream with my favourite blogs, sites and Twitters.  I will let you know when it goes live.

The app has a few nice UI touches as well, in particular I like that you can view the full history of a stream and see how old each item is.  That helps you know how up to date you are and whether you have too many or too few sources curated into the feed.

My only substantial gripe is that there is no Instapaper support, which I’m told has been a common feature request since the iPad app went live and will be coming soon.  For now the ‘read later’ options are to email stories or bookmark them inside Taptu which creates a stream of saved stories.

Check it out.  Let me know what you think.

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  • I tried the new app last night and had the same thoughts as you regarding the instapaper type capability. Did not get the whole dj’ing thing but now that I see what Scott has done it all makes a lot of sense and it is a great way to follow all the blogs you like and organize in a single stream. BTW – might want to talk to Scott about why he did not include ‘The Equtiy Kicker’ in his stream.)

    Once they have the curate your own streams open to all users it will be much more practical then paper.li as I don’t have time to read everyone’s daily separately despite the nice newspaper format they use. However, I would be able to dip in out of a stream you curate.

    I also like the way the full article is laid out once clicked on the headline.

    Overall a great pivot and should be a big winner in the DFJ portfolio. You guys must be proud.

  • Thanks Sunil. Very helpful.