Facebook has today introduced its own take on a news app: Paper. It's coming February 3, but will be U.S. only at launch. Since this is a Facebook product, there's a healthy dose of your friends in there, with Paper first opening up on your Facebook News Feed. But – thankfully – there's more to it than that.
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.
From the video and the early press images we can see, Paper looks to be a beautifully designed application. Of course, it was spearheaded by Mike Matas who did the original photo apps for iPhone and iPad at Apple, so that's no surprise. There are a few hints of Flipboard in there for sure, but all-in-all we're looking forward to trying it out. There aren't exactly a shortage of apps to deliver us our own flavor of news, so it's going to be interesting to see how Facebook thinks it can do it better.
Hopefully it will expand beyond the U.S., and beyond just the iPhone in due course. For more on Paper, check out the promo video up top, and Facebook's official release at the source link below. We'll know much more come February 3, but at this early look; does this look like something you could get behind?