Note to readers: Network News expansion

Thursday, July 29, 2010; 4:43 PM

Four months after launching Network News, a tool that allows the Post's readers to rank content via Facebook's "Like and Recommend" button, we're expanding the product and adding new Facebook and Twitter features to bring our articles together with the conversations they create.

Through Twitter, we are conducting thousands upon thousands of real-time searches to bring back tweets about each of our articles. We're showing these tweets on every article page. If you want to join in the conversation around that article then simply post your tweet straight from our page.

The Network News Facebook changes we've made allow you to dig deeper into the stories, blogs and features people respond to most on the Post. You can now see what people recommend by section as well as across the site. Simply go to a Sports story, scroll to the Network News box on the right hand side and see what's most popular in Sports. Another change you will notice is that the "Like" button has been renamed as "Recommend."

If you don't want any of these features, it's simple to deactivate the entire tool by clicking the red X on top of the Network News box. You'll be redirected to a page that says "Manage Your Profile". Scroll to the bottom of the page and click on "Disable Network News". You can always reactivate Network News by going to "Change Preferences" at the top left hand corner of the homepage and choosing "Homepage Selection". Or, get there by clicking here. If you're opted out of Network News now then you will have to reactivate the tool to see any of today's additions.

We're very excited to add these features to Network News. News is social and we recognize that our content has a vast web of conversation around it. We are making it easier than ever for you to join those conversations and see what other people think is the most important news of the day. You'll be able to see these changes on all articles published after 3:30pm EST today.

Please let us know if you have any questions, concerns and thoughts about enhancing Network News by emailing We'll be continuing to improve the product.

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