by Jenn Jarvis
WATERLOO (KWWL) -- After a rough week on Wall Street, the financial markets are again creeping into casual conversation. And a new social networking tool wants to facilitate those conversations online.
The financial news giant, The Wall Street Journal, launched a new social networking feature on its site Tuesday. Called the Journal Community, it gives you the option to interact with other WSJ readers.
After logging in, you can create a profile with your picture, profession and interests. Then you can choose to connect with other users, similar to a friend request. You can also directly message other users.
Next, you're prompted to join groups that range in topics from cooking to retirement savings. Groups help you to find other people with similar interests, but you can also post discussion questions in the group.
Perhaps the most useful feature is the "Find Answers" section. You can submit any question and other users can post answers or feedback.
The downside to the new content: you have to be a paying subscriber to access it. WSJ has traditionally restricted much of its content, looking to keep subscription rates up. But, the WSJ blogs and community forums are open to the public, and the new organization plans to free up some of the online features in the future.
Online Reporter: Jenn Jarvis