Google News revamps, goes local

June 30, 2010

Google News is getting a face lift, making it easier for people to personalize the news by location and preference. The new “heart of the homepage,” as Google software engineer Kevin Stolt described it in a blog post,  is  a stream of headlines targeted to people’s tastes and interests.

Users can edit what comes in on the stream according to topics such as Business or Sports as well as view the news either as a list or by section.

Additionally, Google News is letting people choose which news sources they would like to see more of and those they want to view less often.   According to Stolt, “these sources will rank higher or lower for you (but not for anyone else) in Google News search results and story clusters.”

Like all media, Google News  is bitten by the local bug and now delivers city and neighborhood-specific headlines as well as the weather. One last bit, it’s now easier to share “story clusters” on places like Facebook and Twitter.

The video below explains it in more detail:

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Bad move, Google. The new layout takes away personalization and moves a set of (to many people) unwanted sections at the top of the page. The new column layout means twice as much scrolling to see the sections I really want. I don’t care about incorporating Twitter, Facebook, or any other service; news is news. Bring back the old layout, please.

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