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Published: 3 Nov 2011

Social Network for Long Reads


American author Steven Johnson (Where Good Ideas Come From) has launched a new social media platform based on the twitter model for verbose literature lovers to share what they’re reading – without the 140-character limit.

Johnson got the idea from a book of enlightenment quotations, called The Commonplace Book, and wished there was a 21st-century digital equivalent. He used this idea to create a network where users can share full-length quotations from any electronic book, article, or essay by clicking the ‘Findings’ bookmark link installed on their browser.

While social media has added another dimension to how people consume media and written work, publishers feel the desire is still there for long form journalism and writing online. Take a look at our Long Read report for how the industry is changing.