By Rebecca Hiscott2013-10-28 09:48:32 UTC
Longform journalism is far from dead. This may seem counterintuitive in the age of the 140-character update, but the digital world still demands quality, in-depth reporting -- it's only the medium that has changed.
In an with 's , founder Mark Armstrong suggested that "social recommendation" has played a role in the resurgence of interest in longform journalism. "When people read something they really love, they become its biggest cheerleader," he wrote.
Twitter has become a beloved resource for everything from to , and it can also be an asset in tracking down the skillful, thought-provoking articles you've been craving. You can consult the Twitter feeds of your favorite news outlets to see what longform content they have to offer, or use the hashtag to see articles recommended in real time by Twitter users. Mashable compiles its own weekly list of , too.
For a more curated experience, consider subscribing to these seven Twitter accounts for longreads to discover the web's hidden gems.
is arguably the "Patient Zero" of curated longform content. In 2009, Longreads founder created the #longreads hashtag so Twitter users could share and discuss quality works of fiction and nonfiction of 1,500 words or more. The hashtag blossomed into a Twitter account and a , which has since partnered with to offer a daily stream of exceptional writing and reporting from places like , and magazine.
is a destination-based offshoot of Longreads sponsored by . Longreads contributing editor curates a selection of serious travel articles from sources like , and .
uses its Twitter, and platforms to recommend new and classic works of longform nonfiction from places like , and .The site also hosts weekly with top-tier nonfiction writers like , and .
showcases works of serious investigative journalism from major outlets like , and , and from smaller publications that other curators may have overlooked. All articles are archived on The Feature's and offer a "Read Later" function courtesy of bookmarking app .
co-founder started with the simplest of concepts: "If you only read one thing today, make it this." Accordingly, Johnson shares a single piece of longform journalism every day, from sources like , and . Johnson also offers a weekly for non-Twitter users.
is a paid subscription site that commissions and curates longform fiction and nonfiction from renown writers. On its Twitter page, you will find links to rare or exclusive pieces from , and , among others. Byliner also links to quality content posted at other news sources, and alerts followers to any free pieces available on its . Recently, for example, Byliner shared nine free stories by in honor of the 84th anniversary of A Room of One's Own.
is a multimedia publishing platform that commissions bestselling and award-winning works of longform nonfiction that range from magazine to book length. Each feature is sold individually on Atavist's and is available on its and apps. Atavist's storytelling software is now in open public beta, allowing any author to log in and create interactive content that can be shared across the web.
BONUS: BOOKMARKING APPS
If you come across an intriguing longread online but don't have the time to read it in full, try one of these free bookmarklets to save articles for offline reading.: Instapaper is a simple bookmarklet that allows you to save your longreads for later via an icon in your Bookmarks Bar. It's available for iPhone, iPad, and .: Flipboard is a content curation platform that lets you browse articles and bundle them into a stunning digital magazine. In addition to searching for content within the app, you can save your favorite articles from the web with the Flipboard bookmarklet. Subscribe to magazines by other Flipboard users for a more personalized experience. The app is compatible with iPhone, iPad, Android, Kindle Fire and .: Readability translates web pages into an easy-to-read format for computers, iPhone, iPad and Android, and offers a bookmarklet to save articles for offline reading.: Pocket, formerly known as ReadItLater, allows you to save articles or videos from your browser or from more than 300 apps including Twitter, Flipboard, -- another bookmarklet -- and , a content curation app. The Pocket reader is available for iPhone, iPad, Android, Kindle Fire, and more.
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