Open Salon

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Open Salon
CategoriesPolitics, social issues, popular culture
First issueApril 17, 2008
CompanySalon Media Group, Inc.
CountryUnited States

Open Salon was a hybrid blogging platform and social network site started by the Salon Media Group, Inc. According to Salon Editor-in-Chief Joan Walsh "Open Salon gets rid of traditional gatekeepers, and makes our smart, creative audience full partners in Salon's publishing future."[1] After registering, users can start blogging immediately as well as rating and commenting on other posts. The Open Salon home page functions as a real-time magazine cover and is updated throughout the day. The best Open Salon content was featured on the cover of[2]

On May 29, 2009, Open Chats debuted--short, 5-minute interviews with OS contributors. Saturn Smith appeared in the first feature.[3]

Open Salon articles were frequently featured on the front page of Salon in the first two years of Open Salon's operation, but eventually disappeared. In December 2012, the Open Salon site appeared to have fallen into disrepair as a result of spam accounts overloading the system and many Open Salon bloggers moved on to the website Our Salon.[4]

On March 9, 2015, Salon Media Group, Inc. announced it would be closing Open Salon after six years of hosting a community of writers and bloggers.[5] Participants were notified and given two weeks to view their content before permanent closing of the site, which took place on March 31, 2015.


Open Salon was a finalist in the 2009 National Magazine Awards under the interactive feature-- a category that recognizes an outstanding feature or section of a website that uses multimedia technology, tools, community platforms or other interactive formats to deliver or share content such as news, information and entertainment, rather than practical instruction or advice.[6]


  1. ^ Hepola, Sarah (13 August 2008). "Open Arms". Salon. Retrieved 26 March 2021.
  2. ^ Lauerman, Kerry (28 July 2008). "Welcome to our public beta". Salon. Archived from the original on 9 April 2009.
  3. ^ Smith, Saturn; Lauerman, Kerry (29 May 2009). "Open Chat: Saturn Smith". Salon. Archived from the original on 12 March 2015.
  4. ^ Salzberg, Alysa (12 December 2012). "OS Update: What I know about what's going on here". Salon. Archived from the original on 10 May 2013.
  5. ^ Open Salon Staff (10 March 2015). "News about Open Salon". Salon. Archived from the original on 13 March 2015.
  6. ^ "Home". Archived from the original on 2008-07-28.