Google News Updated: More Diversity In Content And Media
The news aggregator and search engine allows for more personalization
Google News has been updated and expanded to allow for more variety regarding both content and multimedia. In addition, Google has added several new features which make using the news aggregator and search engine a more personalized and streamlined experience.
When a user sees an interesting headline of a story, which are gathered from across the web, they can now click to expand the story box. Each story box that is expanded will also have a label (e.g. “Opinion”, “In-Depth”) as well as a sliding multimedia bar on the side that includes relevant photos and videos. Furthermore, one can edit one’s interests under “News For You” and personalized top stories will appear daily. Finally, with the exception of the top story, only headlines appear on the page in one neat column until they are expanded.
According to the Google News Blog, “For a long time, we’ve realized that bringing relevant news to the surface is only part of the puzzle—it should also be easy to scan for stories of interest and dig deeper when you find them.”
The new features should definitely make reading the news a bit easier (and much easier than beginning a story on the front page and then searching for and continuing on page C7…). I tend to use iGoogle, in which I have manually imported RSS feeds from various sites I like, as my personalized virtual newspaper. But, perhaps the new Google News can find some good stories for me.
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