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Friday, September 23, 2011

Three New Social News Reading Apps for Facebook: WSJ, The Guardian, and Washington Post

Wall Street Journal:
WSJ App on Facebook

WSJ Social on Facebook

The Guardian:
The Guarduan App on Facebook

The Guardian on Facebook

Building on Guardian News & Media's recently-announced digital-first strategy and pioneering open approach to journalism, the Guardian is now among the first companies to make the news industry more social. The new Guardian Facebook app integrates with Facebook's Open Graph platform and the Guardian API, enabling Facebook users to read and experience Guardian content without leaving Facebook.

That means that all the familiar Facebook functionality is there as well – see the faces of other people who have interacted around the same content, discover news stories filtered by your social graph; comment, like and share articles, plus become a fan of specific Guardian and Observer sections to be alerted to the latest content you're interested in.

If you choose to use the app, then when you follow links on Facebook to the Guardian's website, you will be shown the content on a Facebook page. This enables you to see what your friends are also reading from the Guardian, and what is proving popular from the site among Facebook users.

The Washington Post:
Washington Post Social Reader

The Washington POst Social Reader App on Facebook, include Mashable updates.

1 comment:

  1. All these seem pretty interesting experiments. I'd add that is doing some interesting stuff around social news reading too but trying to help users build a news graph outside Facebook rather than grafting news consumption on to it. The attraction of FB is obvious - a lot of people already there, a lot of time spent there. But the drawbacks are also obvious. A lot of people there, a lot of noise, and no/small revenue.

    We built Hearsay ( ) to let people who really want to be part of social news distribution and consumption play with the idea in an environment where it is really clear what you are doing.

    We think that a lot of people can benefit from passive sharing, but it might be better to have a single URL of what you have read that day which people can visit, than to have every single story tickering past everyone you know. Love to know what you think of it.