Social What?

Social media has now established itself as perhaps the best way to receive up-to-date news as soon as it’s released.

Computer keyboard [illustrative]. (photo credit: ING IMAGE/ASAP)
Computer keyboard [illustrative].
(photo credit: ING IMAGE/ASAP)
The most obvious and widely used social networks are the likes of Facebook and Twitter, however, not only are there ways of utilizing these to provide exactly what you want, but there are also other channels that you can access that can deliver a different interface and even different stories from JPost.
This article aims to help you, the reader, to navigate all the different social media outlets that are available to you from The Jerusalem Post. You might have noticed that on there are several clickable icons on the right hand side of every page:
These allow you to access the different social networks at the click of a button, but there might be some you don’t recognize.
We’re going to go through each one, explaining what it does and how you can get the most from it.
Although not strictly speaking a social network, by signing up for our free newsletter you will receive the top stories of the day every day. An easy to read one page email delivered directly to your inbox, where you can read the best stories from JPost as well as being able to click on various articles to discover more.
RSS Feeds 
Perhaps the least recognizable of all the icons on the website, this icon gives you access to all of Jerusalem Post’s RSS feeds. A basic RSS feed gathers together all the content of the website and updates itself in real time, so you know exactly when there’s a new story. The JPost RSS feeds are split up into the various categories of the website e.g. Breaking News, Middle East, Arab-Israeli Conflict, Diaspora and so on. This allows you to pick which categories you want to be the most up-to-date on. RSS feeds need to be used in conjunction with a reader such as Feedly that will automatically update your feeds when there’s a new story and notify you of it.
From the least recognizable to the most, the Facebook icon is known by pretty much everyone in the world these days. On the JPost website, there are three locations you can click the Facebook icon, the top right hand corner, as mentioned before, the left hand side of the screen and directly above an article that you’re reading. The first takes you directly to Jerusalem Post’s Facebook page, whereas the second and third allow you to share the articles to your own Facebook page, a friend’s page, a group or a private message.
Maybe recently you’ve noticed that you aren’t seeing the new posts from JPost as quickly as you’d like, having to always check the page itself for the latest stories. Do not fret because this is rectifiable. On JPost’s Facebook page, you can decide how and when you see the posts that are made. Once you have “Liked” JPost, there are further options that appear as a sub-menu under the “Liked” button on the cover photo. Here you can choose to “Get Notifications” every time there is a new update on the page, add it to your “Interest Lists” on your own Facebook page for others to see. Next to this is the “Following” button under which the sub menu allows you to select a couple of options: “See First” so that all new posts go directly to the top of your newsfeed, or “Default” so that they are in your newsfeed as normal.
Twitter is the easiest place to skim read the latest news from Jerusalem Post directly as it happens. Similarly to Facebook, there are three locations on JPost where you can click the Twitter icon, whether it is to share or to visit our Twitter profile. On our Twitter profile you will see a steady stream of headlines and images as they happen, which you can retweet, favorite or reply to. Each tweet also has a direct link to the article it references so you can see the whole thing and explore the rest of the JPost website.
Google’s attempt to break through into the social media sphere has not entirely been a success in comparison to the others. You must have a Gmail account to access Google+, you might even have one already without realizing since all Gmail accounts automatically have a Google+ profile. Friends on Google+ are referred to as Circles – you can create as many circles as you want and categorize your friends, then just add Jerusalem Post to one of these circles and you’ll get updates from our page automatically. You can share, like and comment in the same way as Facebook.
The professionals’ network of choice, rather than connecting you with just friends, LinkedIn connects you with colleagues and people from other fields of work. Jerusalem Post’s LinkedIn page allows you to see articles that are more business or academia related, as well as being able to reach out to the people who work here. You can share, like and comment in the same way as Facebook.
The Jerusalem Post has its very own channel on YouTube where you can watch all the latest videos from our reporters on the scene and interviews with people ranging from government to sports. By subscribing to our channel you’ll get a notification directly to your email as soon as we upload a new video. You can share, like and comment in the same way as Facebook.
Reddit is a huge online community where individuals can like, share and comment on content that they have found on the internet. There is a ranking system whereby if an article or link is liked many times, it will go on the front page, which millions of people see daily. It is a great place to share interesting articles you have read on JPost as well as for finding fascinating pieces from across the whole web. There are topics ranging from the very broad, e.g. politics, to the very niche e.g. wood work.
Stumble Upon 
Another community generated platform, Stumble Upon shows you stories and images that have been submitted to the site according to your registered interests. There’s no commenting here, but you can like or dislike something as well as share it externally and follow certain users. The more articles you like from a particular topic the more Stumble Upon will show you things that are related to it. Just sign up and start “stumbling.” 
A few more icons to notice: 
P is for Pinterest, a virtual pinboard where you can pin images that you like.
F is for Flipboard. Flipboard aggregates content from across the web into broad topics so you can browse through them like a magazine.
t is for Tumblr. Tumblr allows users to create a mini blog on which they can share all forms of content.
The last icon, when clicked on, shows almost all the social networks across the entire internet, so if your favorite isn’t mentioned above or doesn’t have its own icon on the JPost site, you’re bound to find it in here!
If you do have any questions about social media or the Jerusalem Post in general, please do not hesitate to get in touch with us at or message us via our Facebook page.