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TimesPeople: The New York Times launches a social network and Facebook app

Notice the addition of the RECOMMEND button at the top of the familiar NYT box that appears at the top right beginning of every story.

Notice the addition of the RECOMMEND button at the top of the familiar NYT box that appears at the top right beginning of every story.

Interesting new things coming out of the New York Times today. TimesPeople is a social network for people reading the New York Times online, whereby they can recommend stories. It reminds me of a mashup between a sort of site-specific Google Reader’s Shared Items feature—since essentially all you can do now is recommend NYTimes stories (I don’t see any sort of commenting or reply features to really grow community and inspire interactivity between users)—and Twitter / FriendFeed where you can follow your friends and they can follow you. Unfortunately, there’s not anything very dynamic about the following, since it, again, only gives you a list of what people you friend are reading. There are no comments or notes on these and no way that I can find to say “Hey, thanks for recommending this science story, Suzy, I was really surprised to hear that hydrogen could do that when super-cooled!” I would imagine that such features are on their way.

Main Page for TimesPeople with live view of stories people are recommending

Main Page for TimesPeople with live view of stories people are recommending

In any case, check it out. If you sign up for it, add me as a friend. I only found one of my friends by using the email tools, so I’d like people to follow me so I can follow them. If you’re an avid NYT reader and a discerning filterer of information, please add me as someone you follow. As with everywhere else, I’m cksthree on the NYT. You can follow me on Twitter too if you like.

Oh, I almost forgot to mention, they did build a Facebook app (which is why I think there’s more to this move than what currently meets the eye).

TimesPeople Facebook App

TimesPeople Facebook App

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