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March 25, 2010
Sacramento Connect partners to be featured on sacbee

Sacramento Connect, the social media and linking network that debuts Monday on and on other blogs and sites in the region, uses a toolbar powered by Meebo, Yahoo and Lingospot through customization by Bee web developers. The toolbar will help readers search for and find related content across the Sacramento Connect network and easily share it through Facebook, Twitter and email. The Bee intends to continually expand and update its list of handpicked content-linking partners, thus enriching readers experience in easily finding related, quality content.


While the toolbar is sort of the glue that holds the network together, it is only one part of Sacramento Connect. On you may have already seen some of our topic pages powered by Lingospot, such as our pages on Arnold Schwarzenegger, Arco Arena or Health Care. Some of these pages are self-generated through Lingospot's aggregation of related content from, other news sites, blogs and Twitter. The pages are generated based on what readers are clicking. If enough readers click a certain story, Lingospot launches a topic page based on that interest. Bee editors can also launch topic pages in anticipation of events or news, such as our recent Winter Olympics page that pulled in RSS feeds from news sites, blogs from local athletes competing in Vancouver, tweets from Olympic athletes and coaches, etc.


So when readers click content from Sacramento Connect they will also be helping launch more topic pages on Bee editors will also look to create some topic pages that showcase Sacramento Connect content.


We will also have a landing page on for Sacramento Connect. The page will feature content from Sacramento Connect that is generating the most clicks from readers that day, the most recent posts, and featured content from Bee editors looking for content they find newsy or interesting. As Bee editors find newsy or interesting content across the network, they will also be tweeting links and posting links on Facebook.


On Friday, we'll discuss how the toolbar will make it easier to find the content you want.

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The Scoop is a blog where the managers of talk about new initiatives and our plans for You can reach us by at the e-mail addresses below or you can comment on our postings.

Tom Negrete is managing editor of The Bee and oversees the daily work of journalists who produce news content for the newspaper and Negrete, who has been at The Bee since 1994, has served as assistant managing editor for business and sports, sports editor and assistant city editor. E-mail him at or reach him at (916) 321-1171.

Seán McMahon is The Bee's Director of Digital Media, overseeing the interactive efforts of the company. His e-mail is

Linda Gonzales is digital team leader for and has been an editor at The Bee since 1995. You can email her at

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