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G doesn't slant things. It's completely automated. There was a recent article in Wired about a huge exodus of American readers to european web sites for objective reporting, and that G-News was one of the reasons.
Does it hit critical mass?
Interesting to see if Gulf War 2 does for Google news what the first one did for CNN.
Yahoo does a much better job of aggregating news sources, you can find some interesting stories on Yahoo you might not have otherwise found.
I find myself wanting to use Google news and do at least once a day, but I am not fond of the format of the news (a lot of scrolling/poor use of space), as I am of MyYahoo where in I can choose different news outlets, order, and number of headlines. I have been a loyal MyYahoo user for some time. I will keep checkin in with Google...
It was my distinct impression that there was no human intervention other then the algo for determing content diaplyed on Google News.
That's the impression I had, too. It's hard to imagine a human editor being involved, because sometimes stories are duplicated or are accompanied by an incorrect photo. A human editor would have to be pretty amateurish to make such obvious gaffes.
Because it's all automatic, it can take a few minutes for breaking news to start making its way to the front page. Even though Google's news crawl is continuous--it is always running, 24 hours a day--we have to be able to see stories on the web before we can start to rank them as important. I was doing searches to track the latency, and the first "war has started" article (it was from South Africa, interestingly) appeared in our index within 3-4 minutes of when cnn.com posted the breaking news on their home page. It did take a little while after that for it to make it to the home page, but I think it was the top story within the hour of when the first actions began.
<added>And I think the variety of sources helps a lot. I've seen Arab News, Voice of America, and tons of other diverse views from all over the globe. I think that's a good thing. But again, let me emphasize that all the story selection is automatic.</added>
it is always running, 24 hours a day
Thanks for clearing that up for others. I already knew that, as I used to post news stories and was amazed that G new about it within minutes, i.e. started showing up in the serps (back in November).
I've had my suspicion that the newsbot was a hyper version of the fresh-bot, and somehow the design and function of them were similar.
G doesn't slant things. It's completely automated.
Having got to the end of this thread I'm not sure that this is that relevant... but:
Does any one know the ratio (GG?) of western internet-newspapers to those from the rest of the world.. It just strikes me that however impartial the algo attempts to be, the western news machine has an inherent advantage for getting it's stories to the top because there are so many similar stories (I make no judgement about the right or wrong btw.. )
GG.. I'd be interested to know whether the algo promotes or demotes stories that are on the same topic but take a different slant.. I'd assume that you'd want as many converse views per topic?
[edited by: ciml at 1:05 pm (utc) on Mar. 20, 2003]
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