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.
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?
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…
@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