Huffington Post merges into Facebook newspaper

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socialnetworking_revvs_small.jpgADOTAS — I lurk at Huffington Post and like similar sites, it doesn’t seem to me to be a place where user interaction is a high priority despite the rhetoric. But maybe this new initiative will change that.

The Huffington Post has launched HuffPost Social News, a collaboration between HuffPost and Facebook that connects HuffPost users with their Facebook friends, the news they are reading and the stories they are commenting on.

Through its integration of Facebook Connect, HuffPost Social News seamlessly combines the news and opinion of HuffPost with Facebook’s user experience and power to connect people. According to Arianna Huffington, co-founder and editor-in-chief of The Huffington Post, “This new platform lets our community of engaged users easily share stories and post comments for friends to see–it’s HuffPost’s version of a digital water cooler, enriching and deepening conversations around the day’s news. Social media has fundamentally changed our relationship to news. It’s no longer something we passively take in. We now engage with news, share news, react to news–news has become something around which we gather, connect, and converse. HuffPost Social News makes this more dynamic than ever.”

HuffPost Social News allows users to increase their presence on The Huffington Post by automatically creating personalized profile pages that keep track of all their HuffPost Social News friends. At the same time, users retain complete control over what stories and comments are shared with their Social News friends, as well as what is posted to their Facebook Wall, and into their Facebook stream. Users can also see how their friends are voting on HuffPost polls and their contributions to “Eyes & Ears,” Huffpost’s citizen journalism platform.

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