Google News Allows Subject of Stories to Respond

google news Perspectives about the news from people in the news
Posted by Dan Meredith and Andy Golding, Software Engineers, News Team

MOUNTAIN VIEW CA (RUSHPRNEWS) August 12, 2007 -We wanted to give you a heads-up on a new, experimental feature we’ll be trying out on the Google News home page. Starting this week, we’ll be displaying reader comments on stories in Google News, but with a bit of a twist…

We’ll be trying out a mechanism for publishing comments from a special subset of readers: those people or organizations who were actual participants in the story in question. Our long-term vision is that any participant will be able to send in their comments, and we’ll show them next to the articles about the story. Comments will be published in full, without any edits, but marked as “comments” so readers know it’s the individual’s perspective, rather than part of a journalist’s report.

As always, Google News will direct readers to the professionally-written articles and news sources our algorithms have determined are relevant for a topic. From bloggers to mainstream journalists, the journalists who help create the news we read every day occupy a critical place in the information age. But we’re hoping that by adding this feature, we can help enhance the news experience for readers, testing the hypothesis that — whether they’re penguin researchers or presidential candidates– a personal view can sometimes add a whole new dimension to the story.

We’re beginning this only in the US and then, based on how things go, we’ll work to expand it to other languages and editions. We’re excited about the possibilities of this new feature and we hope you are too, so if you’ve been covered in a news article please send us your comments and we’ll work with you to post it on Google News.

Google News for Mobile
Posted by Asif Zahir, Product Team

MOUNTAIN VIEW (RUSHPRNEWS) August 2, 2007 – We launched Google News for mobile devices last year to bring you access to the news you want, whenever you want. You can search for and browse through your favorite news headlines, all optimized for viewing on a mobile phone. You can even customize the homepage to add news sections that you care about.

What I like to keep in mind, though, is not just how convenient Google News for mobile can be, but how essential. One of our engineers was recently traveling through Africa when he ran into a loyal Google News user. When the Googler asked the local if he knew that Google News was available on mobile, the local guy replied with a puzzled look: “Of course — how else would you get to it?” Well put, since nearly 9% of the world accesses the Internet via a mobile device.

Since then, we’ve launched Google News for mobile in 20 countries and are working to make it available in many more – so stay tuned if your country isn’t yet covered. If you’re living in Brazil, Sweden and Norway, I hope you’re enjoying any of these three most recently launched versions! And if you happen to be reading this and you’re a publisher of mobile news content we haven’t yet discovered, we’d love to hear from you.

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