How to follow NewsJunk on Facebook

It’s easy — we created a person for you to befriend, someone named John Newsjunk, who magically says exactly the same things that NewsJunk.com says through Twitter.

Here’s how to…

1. Search for “John Newsjunk”

2. “Add as friend”.

3. We’ll approve all friend requests.

You can follow NewsJunk through status updates on Facebook.

NewsJunk on Facebook

There is an eighth way to follow NewsJunk: on Facebook!

Add “John Newsjunk” as a friend on Facebook. (You do this by searching for “John Newsjunk” then clicking “add as friend”). We’ll approve all friend requests, and then you can follow NewsJunk through status updates on Facebook via Twitter.

That makes eight ways to follow NewsJunk:

1. Refresh the home page periodically.

2. Subscribe to the RSS feed.

3. Follow it on Twitter.

4. Read it on your iPhone.

5. Befriend it on FriendFeed.

6. Receive emails through Google Groups.

7. Add “John Newsjunk” as a friend on Facebook. (You do this by searching for “John Newsjunk” then clicking “add as friend”). We’ll approve all friend requests, and then you can follow NewsJunk through status updates on Facebook via Twitter.

8. Watch for developments on the NewsJunk weblog.

Any other ways we’re missing?

PS: You can include NewsJunk headlines on your blog or site.

NewsJunk headlines on your site

You can add NewsJunk headlines to your site with this bit of HTML.

<script type="text/javascript" src="http://newsjunk.com/js/top5.js"></script>

Displays links to the first five articles on the Top-25 page. Here’s an example of a page that uses this bit.

<script type="text/javascript" src="http://newsjunk.com/js/recent5.js"></script>

Displays links to the five most recent articles on the NewsJunk home page.

You can see examples of both on the Scripting News home page and of course you’re welcome to include them on your blog or website.

Russert honored on NewsJunk

We’ve used the background on the Twitter page for NewsJunk to dramatize the history of the news we’re so passionate about. We’ve run pictures of Teddy Roosevelt, the Kennedy-Nixon debate, and most recently the picture of Harry Truman holding the famous Dewey Beats Truman newspaper.

http://twitter.com/newsjunkies

Today we switched the graphic to a dramatic headshot of newsman Tim Russert who died suddeny today. We’d like to say we knew him personally, but we didn’t. However we are students of his work, and his death today was historic, a passing of a political power in the middle of a Presidential campaign.

7 ways to follow NewsJunk

For now there are five main ways to consume the flow:

1. Refresh the home page periodically.

2. Subscribe to the RSS feed.

3. Follow it on Twitter.

4. Read it on your iPhone.

5. Befriend it on FriendFeed.

6. Receive emails through Google Groups.

7. Watch for developments on this weblog.

Still diggin!

PS: You can include NewsJunk headlines on your blog or site.

Fresh politics for iPhones

And Blackberrys, Nokias — any web-enabled mobile device.

http://m.newsjunk.com/

It’s designed to look good on cell-phone screens. Needless to say, it’s updated along with the other 5 ways to get your news fix. :-)

A place to comment on the Top-25 page

We’re interested in seeing how comments might work with NewsJunk.com, so to begin, we added the ability to comment at the bottom of the Top-25 page.

If you want to add a comment, just scroll to the bottom of the page, and add one. If you’re an authenticated member of Disqus.com, your comment will go through immediately, otherwise it goes into a queue for moderation.

To get things started I added an inital comment.

New feature on the Top-25 page

We’ve added a column to the Top-25 page that says how many hours the link has been on NewsJunk.com. This makes it easier to find the hot new stories.

http://edit.newsjunk.com/counts

Stories are removed after 24 hours.

NewsJunk gets podcasts!

The next step in the evolution of NewsJunk.com is to include selected political podcasts. They’ll appear in the normal flow of stories, and when they’re of special value, will be linked in the right margin. For example, I want to link to the podcasts of the three major Sunday morning political news shows every Sunday as they become available.

Here’s a screen shot that illustrates what a podcast looks like in the flow.

The first podcast to appear is ABC News Nightline, a daily 20-minute show, that is often about politics. Last night’s show is about Hillary Clinton’s concession, and a look inside the Obama organization.

Update: Podcasts are now included as enclosures in the NewsJunk RSS feed.

Top-25 most-read NewJunk pieces

Yesterday we added our own url-shortenter — it does the same thing as tinyurl.com, but also allows us to track the number of times each article was clicked-to from NewsJunk.com, and from Twitter and FriendFeed readers.

http://newsjunk.com/counts.html

Right now it just shows the 25 most-read pieces for all time, but later we’ll have it do it for 24 hours or something like that. Learning as we go. :-)

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