Google made a decision to open the In The News box to the whole web - with predictable consequences
The Las Vegas shootings highlighted a nasty flaw in Google's Top Stories algorithm. It's one that could be exploited.
Google is making changes to its “first click free” system:
In 2009, we updated the FCF policy to allow a limit of five articles per day, in order to protect publishers who felt some users were abusing the spirit of this policy. Recently we have heard from publishers about the need to revisit these policies to reflect the mobile, multiple device world. Today we are announcing a change to the FCF limit to allow a limit of three articles a day.
For those not away, FCF allows paywalled or reg-walled sites to allow visitors from Google to read an article they find via search without having a subscription or login.
Google News US has launched collectable badges for reading news stories.
This is stupid.
Mary has provided plenty of more detailed reasons why it’s stupid, too. Another example of Google jumping on a social bandwagon without really understanding it?
From his column in The Telegraph, in which he explains why he barely noticed the BBC journalists’ strike:
I consume vast quantities of news – but almost entirely without the assistance of the BBC. I get up early and read a fair quantity of newsprint, notably this paper and the FT. But if I then switch on my computer and go to Google news, I can see what everyone is reading across the planet. I can watch stories break in real time.
Never had him down as a Google News man…
When I was in my early 20s, and working in my first proper journalism job, my features editor and boss at the time, Andy, took me for a pint. But he didn’t take me to the usual pub, he took me to one a little further away from the office. And he took me there because he was about to give me the nicest – but the most dramatic – bollocking I’ve been given before or since.
@adders I’m not doubting you. But in a world where the first to publish gets better Google News treatment, this will carry on happening