A new app for the iPad lets you combine your interests and desire to learn into one eminently readable and fun to use app. Trapit for iPad is new, completely FREE, and delightful.
Yes, there are a ton of news readers available for the iPad and iOS in general. But, what Trapit does is let you focus on a passion and then learns exactly what you like about it, with a little help from you. It personalizes the news at a level I have only seen before in Zite (my very favorite news app, which I reviewed here).
This is how it works: When you open up the app, you will be given the option of creating “traps,” or you can choose to read traps that are curated by the Trapit team. Creating a trap is super easy. You just click on the Create a new trap button and enter a keyword for something that you love. You can see some of the traps I have created in the top photo. The photo just above shows the curated traps.
One thing that I love about Trapit is that besides the usual articles and blogs you get to read, videos are included for browsing on any given topic. The only thing that I don’t like about Trapit is that when you open something up to read, it is displayed just as it would be if accessed via Safari. I love Zite’s display of articles that strips style away and just gives you words. But, that is personal preference, and you may just love to see articles in their natural habitat.
Currently, Trapit pulls articles, blogs, and videos from more than 100,000 sources, and I guess that list is getting longer every day. Read items from these sources immediately or choose to read later by adding articles to your reading list.
Trapit also learns what you like by noting when you give something a thumbs up. But, the app walks you through the process quickly. It just takes 5 thumbs up before Trapit learns what you like. It is easy to share things on Twitter, Facebook, and by email.
Trapit does send 1 email a day noting highlights in your chosen topics. If you don’t want the email, you can choose to disable them from the preferences within the app.
So, if you want to learn more about things you feel passionate about and want to do it with a FREE using a slick interface, Trapit for iPad may just be what you’re looking for.
That’s it for me today. Until later, …