Google news has started mining Twitter to flesh out their latest news headline results, including displaying your tweets as “latest news” mixed in with the news headlines, in a rolling marquee that does an autorefresh much like a Facebook page does.
A perfect, albeit sad, example is today’s news that actor Andrew Koenig – son of Walter Koenig, who played Checkov in the original Star Trek – was found dead of an apparent suicide, in a park in Vancouver. As thousands tweeted about the sad event, their tweets started showing up in Google News along with news headlines about Koenig.
Almost immediately, as the news spread across not only traditional and Internet media, but also through Twitter, Google News started featuring the Twittered message (tweets) about Koenig mixed in with the regular news headlines, in the Google News ‘Latest Results’ section.
Each of these screen shots were taken seconds apart, in the same section of the Google News page, as it auto-refreshed. Note the “Pause” link which allows you to pause the auto-refresh:
A headline from Pop Sugar Australia, along with a Twitter message:
|Get notified of new Internet Patrol articles for free!
|Or Read Internet Patrol Articles Right in Your Inbox!
as Soon as They are Published! Only $1 a Month!
Imagine being able to read full articles right in your email, or on your phone, without ever having to click through to the website unless you want to! Just $1 a month and you can cancel at any time!
Then it autorefreshes, and shows a Twitter message along with a headline from DigitalJournal.com:
Another autorefresh, and a few more Twitter messages mixed in with a headline from Des Pardes:
|We know you're sick of ads on websites. But we still need to pay to keep the lights on for you. So instead of huge ads and video ads, we use smaller, plainer ads. Still, if you'd like to support the Internet Patrol but not the ads, please consider supporting us here:|
Click on the “Latest Results” link (in this case “Latest Results for ‘Andrew Koenig'”) and you are taken to a full page – note the Twitter message (highlighted by us with a red box) intermingled with the news headlines (highlighted with an orange box) and, again, a “Pause” link to stop the autorefresh:
So how about it, Twitter tweeters – how do you feel about Google using your personal messages to pad out their Google News results?
No Paywall Here!
The Internet Patrol is and always has been free. We don't hide our articles behind a paywall, or restrict the number of articles you can read in a month if you don't give us money. That said, it does cost us money to run the site, so if something you read here was helpful or useful, won't you consider donating something to help keep the Internet Patrol free? Thank you!
|Get notified of new Internet Patrol articles!