Social Reader finds the news you want and helps you share it. It is a Facebook-enhanced reader that lets you instantly share what you are reading, see what your friends are reading, follow the latest news on topics that are important to you and discover stories recommended for you. In a previous life, Social Reader was an app inside Facebook but it is now on its own at socialreader.com.
We’ve introduced a control that allows you to turn Instant Sharing “On” or “Off” directly within Social Reader – on the desktop and mobile web. Instant Sharing automatically lets your friends on Social Reader (and potentially on Facebook, depending on your Facebook settings for Social Reader) know what articles you’re reading. Leave it on to lead the conversation, or turn it off if you’re feeling a little less social.
You can experience Social Reader in the following ways:
We aggregate news from high quality websites, including trusted sources like The Washington Post and Reuters, fun content from Deadline Hollywood and Wetpaint, as well as top tech and sports publishers. You can see a full list of news sources we work with to make sure you have the latest news.
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: We first take a look at your Facebook profile to see if we can find articles based on your interests and likes. As you read stories, our algorithm is taking note and adjusting based on what you’re reading. For example, if you read lots of content about healthy living, you’ll probably start noticing more headlines about exercise and healthy eating tips.
Social: If your friends are sharing articles on Social Reader, we want to help you discover it. What your friends are reading is an important signal, but not all friends are created equal — at least when it comes to news topics. If you often read stories from certain friends, we’ll show you more of their reads.
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.
Our algorithms are pretty magical but they’re not perfect. That’s where you come in. If you’re not seeing the right headlines on the front page, you can go search to add topics or go to the “Your Topics” page to customize your set of topics.
Every article on Social Reader is part of a topic or set of topics — you’ll see this at the top of each headline and at the top of every article page. Click on the topic to get more of the latest headlines about a specific topic.
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.
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.
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, seeing what your friends are reading, discovering personalized content, and more. Remember, even if you log in, you still have the option of turning instant sharing on/off.
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 websites contributing content to Social Reader. On washingtonpost.com, your experience is the same as it has always been: You can find award-winning journalism and breaking news from the Post newsroom, and you can choose to recommend stories and share them with your friends on Facebook. The articles you read on washingtonpost.comwill not be posted to your Facebook network unless you choose to do so.
We’re always interested in hearing feedback. Please get in touch with us and we’ll get back to you quickly!