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New: NPR Community

Hi, everybody —

NPR.org is launching a new set of social-media tools designed to let you communicate more directly with us — and with each other.

You can set up a profile, and tell us (and other users) more about you. You can friend other NPR.org users, Facebook style. (Check out the NPR Community home page for more.)

There's more: You can comment on all our stories now, not just on the blog posts. And your comments will show up instantly; no more waiting for me or another moderator to approve them.

It gets better: Your comments may get above-the-fold treatment sometimes — they'll appear in the inset column on a story sometimes, and sometimes even on the NPR home page.

And starting now, you can recommend stories you like, so both your NPR.org friends and users at large can see what's really generating interest on the site.

Check out the note about the social-media launch from our editorial director, Dick Meyer, over on the Inside NPR blog.

When you're done there, g'head on over to the community home page and set up your profile. Mine's here.

And then jump right in. We're looking forward to hearing more from you.

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