More details on Network News and opting out

Friday, April 23, 2010; 8:12 PM

On Wednesday, we rolled out a new home page feature, at the top right, that allows you to create a more personalized, social way to experience the news. We call it Network News.

The new box highlights the washingtonpost.com articles, photos, blogs and other content most popular with Facebook users, who click "Like" or "Share" to indicate their interest. The feature will also allow you to log into Facebook from washingtonpost.com and see what your friends have enjoyed on the Post's Web site. Similarly, if you are already logged into Facebook and visit washingtonpost.com, you will instantly see your friends' recommendations. Only you or your friends can see your choices.

If you are concerned about allowing Facebook to share your "Likes" publicly, then you can change your visibility settings at Facebook.com under "Likes and interests" in Privacy Settings | Profile Information.

When you're logged in at washingtonpost.com, under Most Popular you will see Facebook aggregation of what Post content is most liked. If one of your Facebook friends has also liked or shared any of the most popular Post pieces of content, then you will see his or her name under that link.

The Friends Activity Feed shows what you and your friends have shared when you're logged in. If you don't have enough friend activity involving washingtonpost.com content, then you will see some recent activity from other Facebook users who have set their "likes and interests" to be public. You will also see activity from those "public" users if you're not logged into the Friends' Activity tab.

If you want to know more about how Network News works, click here and click on the tab that says "About."

We had a Live Chat at washingtonpost.com Friday in which I answered questions from many readers about Network News, explaining in detail how it works and addressing specific concerns that people had on privacy, how it works and options to not use it. You can read a full transcript of that chat here.

Want to Opt Out?

For those of you who don't want Network News module to show up at all, please click on the X on the module and follow the instructions to disable Network News.

If you want to opt back in to Network News you can do that by changing your homepage preferences here.

Don't hesitate to let us know if you have any additional questions by emailing me at narisettir@washpost.com.

Raju Narisetti

Managing Editor

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