Friday Reads is a community of people who contribute to a global confab about reading via social media. Founder Bethanne Patrick simply posted to her Twitter feed one Friday last fall, “What are you reading today?” and added the hashtag #FridayReads. An internet happening was born.
Bethanne’s weekly question has morphed into a cross-platform conversation. You can join the fun on Tumblr, Twitter, or Facebook or receive the Friday Reads email newsletter. And, you can win a book just by participating. The official mission of Friday Reads is one I can get behind 100%: “Our goal is simple: to raise reading’s visibility and encourage more people to join in!”
I don’t know about you, but there are weeks when I feel like most online content is depressing: email lists that devolve into sniping, news articles that are alarming, or social media comments that I either can’t keep up with, don’t get, or wish I hadn’t read. Friday Reads reminds me that virtual community can be affirming, smart, enjoyable, and informative.