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Google News, still in its test or "beta" phase after launching in 2002, says it will let people specify what categories of news to display on the page, giving an array of choices including results chosen by keyword.
The Google News home page is now customizable, allowing you to add or delete main news categories (such as business, sports and so on), as well as increasing or decreasing the number of headlines within a section. You can also add sections from any of the 22 country-specific versions of Google News to your own page.
Looks like we would probably soon see my.google.com :)
Anyway, they are getting forward.
I had an opportunity to speak with Ron Carpinella, GM in charge of the southern United States, back in February of this year and asked him this exact question.
He said that Google had no plans to become a portal (like Yahoo) or allow it's users to create their own personal web pages.
This personalization of Google News sure does come off as a step in that direction though...
I suggest Google should make the following enhancements:
- Make it easier to delete sections. Currently, you have to click into a section to delete it (it took me a while to figure this out). There should be a way of deleting from what I'll call the "sliding cards view".
- Don't force the user to have to look at Top Stories. And/or don't force those stories to appear at the top of the page.
- Allow me to send my Customised News template to a friend. My brother has similar interests and also supports Tottenham Hotspur (sad but true). It would be cool to send him the "page I made" with headlines relating to both.