Mashable – the massively popular social media and technology site – released an iPad app this weekend. It’s called Mashable for iPad and it’s a free app. It was released on Friday and I’ve spent a little time giving it look over the weekend.
The app feels like a cross between an iPad magazine and a slickly designed iPad Twitter app. The UI is built around four columns that you can swipe and pull to show more and less of in both landscape and portrait views.
The left-hand column offers search, All Stories, Most Shared, Channels, and Feature Topics. The two Center columns are where individual articles and featured / related posts are shown, and the right-hand column is for sharing and commenting. The sharing column has easy pull-down controls like those used in Notification Center.
For me the UI is a little cluttered, but it’s very slick and easy to use nonetheless. The sharing and comments section is particularly well done. Related and featured posts are highlighted nicely and in a way that encourages lots of browsing.
Here’s the opening of the App Store intro for the app:
Mashable for iPad gives you an innovative way to surf the news that matters to you most.
Mashable’s mission is to empower and inspire people by spreading knowledge of social media and technology, and has become the largest independent news source dedicated to covering digital culture, social media and technology.
I’m not an every day Mashable reader, but I’ve been a subscriber to their RSS feed for years and read bits of their content fairly regularly. I would imagine regular and frequent Mashable readers will enjoy this app. It definitely feels like a good amount of effort has gone into producing a real iPad version – not just a sized-up version of their iPhone app.
Here’s an App Store link for Mashable for iPad.