Let your friends see what you’re reading on Salon

Follow us through the Washington Post Social Reader and share articles seamlessly

By Liam O'Donoghue

Published July 31, 2012 12:00AM (EDT)

I’ll admit it. When the Washington Post launched its Social Reader last year, I was a skeptic. “Why would I want to see what my friends are reading (and vice versa)?” I wondered.

But the app took off like a rocketship -- it’s been downloaded more than 25 million times -- and I’ve been converted. Now that Social Reader has expanded to include dozens of partners, I love being able to skim through the app’s personalized homepage to discover articles and outlets I never would have found on my own and see what’s trending on a day-to-day basis among my Facebook friends.

Plus, there are so many articles I enjoy that I would never have the time to manually share and this makes it easy to get those stories out there without any extra work.

Here’s how the Washington Post describes it:

Washington Post Social Reader is a free Facebook application that offers a new way to read news from The Washington Post and more of the Web's best news sources — with your friends. Once you're using the app, the stories you read will be instantly shared with your friends, and your friends' reads will be shared with you, creating a socially powered newswire of intriguing articles.”

If you haven’t tried it out yet, now would be a great time -- Salon just got added to the Social Reader ecosystem, and we’re among great company with outlets like Global Post, the Atlantic and ProPublica. Just click here to download the app and let the fun begin.

Also, I should give a shout-out to our great tech team for making this happen: Thanks, Rachel, Jason, Ibu, Ahmad and Jesse!

Liam O'Donoghue

Liam O'Donoghue is Salon’s communications director. He writes about what’s happening at Salon and manages Salon’s social media assets. You can follow him on Twitter @Liam_Odonoghue.

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