Social Networking Features
Just wanted to take a minute to let you know about the new social networking features we recently launched on washingtonpost.com.
The new suite of features includes personalized pages for each registered user, new discussion groups and improved comments software.
The personalized MyPost pages, at this point, allow for readers to upload an image, publish biographical information, track discussion groups they're a part of and keep a friend list. It will also aggregate all comments a reader leaves on washingtonpost.com articles. The goal is to keep adding personalization options to these pages so that readers can set up de facto home pages for themselves if they choose. Additionally, these pages can serve as a starting point for direct interaction among readers. For example, here's my page.
Another cool feature of MyPost are discussion groups, where readers can join a community of interest around a certain topic. So far, we've rolled out a number of groups, including:
-- E.J.'s Precinct, a politics group hosted by Washington Post columnist E.J. Dionne.
-- Right Matters, by the National Review's Ramesh Ponnuru.
-- Trend Spotter & Co., by The Post's Suzanne D'Amato.
-- The Secularist's Corner, conversation on religion, politics and liberty, with Susan Jacoby.
-- Admissions 101, by Post education reporter Jay Mathews.
-- Rights Watchers, a discussion on human rights crises around the world with Ken Roth and Reed Brody.
-- Mr. Robinson's Neighborhood, a group on race, culture and politics, by Washington Post columnist Gene Robinson.
-- The Carpool, a local commuting group by The Post's Steve Ginsberg.
-- Voting Blocs, a group on interest-group politics, co-hosted by washingtonpost.com's Chris Cillizza and Jason Manning.
-- Jobs Talk, a discussion on job hunting, careers and the workplace.
There are more groups coming soon, and we hope these will give our readers a wide range of topics to discuss on washingtonpost.com.
This rollout also features some improvements in our comments functionality. As mentioned earlier, all comments made by readers will now appear on their MyPost pages. Also, readers can now recommend a comment, which will allow us over time to find and promote the best user comments. We soon plan to offer filtering options so that readers can scan only the most recommended comments on an article.
These features continue the expansion on what we believe to be a core element of web journalism: the dialogue between reader and journalist, and between reader and reader. We hope you enjoy what we've launched to this point, and there will soon be more to come.
Executive Editor, washingtonpost.com
By Jim Brady |
August 22, 2007; 12:07 PM ET
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