Use the “Float it” button to highlight stories you enjoy or find interesting. Articles you read are private until you float them and are not shared outside the app.
We believe you should be able to let your friends on Social Reader know when there’s a story you like. Using “Float it” puts you in full control of letting friends know which articles interest you. Back to the top
You are the only one who can see the articles you have read. All of your reads are saved for you on your Activity page under “My private reads”.
We partner with over 80 websites to provide you with the highest quality content and a delightful seamless reading experience. These partners include trusted sources like The Washington Post and Reuters, entertainment content from Deadline Hollywood and Wetpaint, as well as top tech and sports publishers like GigaOm, Bleacher Report and SB Nation. You can learn more about our partnership program and see a full list of our partners here In addition, we aggregate news headlines from over 20,000 sources across the web, so whether you’re fascinated by knitting or want to learn everything about legos we can keep you informed of the top stories on all your interests.
We have some great technology and really cool algorithms. In other words, it’s complicated…
In all seriousness, we know there are a lot of content choices and we work hard to improve your reading experience through a combination of personal, social and editorial recommendations:
Personal: When you start using Social Reader, you’ll see articles from many different sources. Each article is associated with a topic. As you read articles and add topics our algorithm is taking note and adjusting based on what you’re reading and the topics you’re following. For example, if you read lots of content about healthy living, you’ll probably start noticing more headlines about exercise and healthy eating tips. If you sign in with Facebook, we’ll take a look at your Facebook profile to see if we can find articles based on your interests and likes.
Topics: Follow topics you’re interested in and the latest news about them will appear on your Front Page. All you have to do is hit [+] on a topic and we’ll make sure you’re always in the loop.
Social Activity: The articles your friends float will apear on your Front Page. This way, you’re always looped in on the latest news your friends are interested in.
Editorial: Behind the scenes, we have humans! Our editors are scouring the web to make sure you’re not missing out on the biggest and most interesting stories. You don’t have time to track everything so we’ll do it for you.
Every article on Social Reader is part of a topic or set of topics &mdas you’ll see this at the top of each headline and at the top of every article page. Click on the [+] next to the topic’s name to get more of the latest headlines about it.
For example, if you’re following “Technology,” we’ll give you the latest content about mobile devices, tech trends and other things related to technology.
No. Only your friends can see what topics you follow.
You don’t have to log in through Facebook to experience Social Reader, but doing so helps us deliver a better news experience based on your interests and what your friends are recommending. It also makes it easier to share what you’re reading and comment on articles.
In addition to not having to remember yet another ID and password, signing in with Twitter makes it easier to tweet articles you find.
Yes, though its features will be limited. You’ll be able to access the front page and some articles, but won’t get the benefits of following topics you care about, floating articles, discovering personalized content, and more.
To remove Social Reader from your Facebook account: * Sign into Facebook on the Web * On the left side of the page, under “Apps” you’ll see “Washington Post Social Reader” (click “More” if Social Reader doesn’t show there) * Hover your cursor over “Washington Post Social Reader” and click the pencil icon * Click “Remove App”
They are two separate experiences. Social Reader aggregates content from a wide variety of high-quality sources covering a breadth of U.S. and international topics. The Washington Post is one of over 90 sources contributing content to Social Reader. On washingtonpost.com, your experience is the same as it’s always been: You can find award-winning journalism and breaking news from the Post newsroom, and you can choose to float stories that you enjoy.
We’re always interested in your feedback. Please get in touch with us and we’ll get back to you quickly!