I'll sign up, give it a whirl, but who needs more time on the Net. Not me.
NEW YORK, Sept. 23, 2008 – NYTimes.com announced today the public beta launch of TimesPeople, an opt-in social network that connects The Times’s unique and influential audience through shared interests in news and information. TimesPeople provides NYTimes.com readers with a way to share their thoughts and recommendations about The Times’s content with other readers, making their public activities on the site more open.
Members of the TimesPeople network can share recommendations and comments and view the public activities of other members. Members can also share ratings and reviews of movies, shows, restaurants and hotels.
TimesPeople activities are visible to members in a toolbar at the top of most NYTimes.com pages. Members also have profile pages, which display their public actions and the public actions of other network members, and list their followers.
“We created TimesPeople as a community built around sharing news and information, giving our readers a way to connect with other like-minded readers,” said Marc Frons, chief technology officer, digital operations, The New York Times. “TimesPeople is a great way for our readers to discover content on the site they might not have otherwise.”
TimesPeople members can sign up for RSS feeds with the latest activities of other users in their network and sync their updates to their Facebook news feed through a TimesPeople application available at http://apps.new.facebook.com/timespeople/.
New users can sign up for TimesPeople on the homepage of NYTimes.com or at www.nytimes.com/timespeople. Existing Firefox beta users will not be affected by today’s public beta launch. TimesPeople is free.
The public activities included in TimesPeople are readers’ comments, recommendations, reviews, ratings and other actions they take on NYTimes.com that are intended to be visible to other users.
According to Nielsen Online, NYTimes.com had 19.9 million unique visitors in August and is the No. 1 newspaper Web site in the United States, a position it has long held.
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