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News and Sentinel adds Facebook and twitter updates
April 20, 2010 - Art Smith
Frequent visitors to this site hopefully noticed a couple of new links on the left side of the page a few days ago.
It is now possible to get the top headlines each day delivered directly to both your twitter feed and your Facebook news feed.
For the social networking challenged out there here is some background.
Twitter is an online service where you can “follow” what other are up to around the world. There are millions of users following one another. Twitter updates are limited to 140 characters, so what you get are very brief updates from a lot of sources. They can now follow The Parkersburg News and Sentinel and get three or four top stories per day with links back to the newspaper site.
Facebook is king of all social networking sites, started by a college student at Harvard to serve the campus community. The site currently has more than 400 million active users, many of whom check their page multiple times per day to see what their “friends” are up to. The site is built upon people “friending” people they know, or think they know, and by joining groups organized around things they are interested in. Updates made by groups and by friends are posted on a user’s news feed.
Our goal is to add a little real news to the new feed. By adding our “fan” page to your facebook you will get several stories a day appearing in your new feed. If you find that you want to read the story, we provide a link for you. The new Facebook page will replace the news application we have had on Facebook for a while.
We added the links last week; already more than 200 people have added the page.
It’s quick, it’s easy, and it might make you a more informed individual, so click on the link and we will help keep you informed about things other than Farmville. What’s Farmville, you ask. Well that a topic for another blog.
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