Google add new Twitter feature – reinvent social news

Google are currently testing a new feature on Google News , that adds a new social layer into their news function. By adding your Twitter details, Google News stories will be populated with stories that your friends have tweeted out, in the sidebar. This is in a testing phase and you’ll see if you’re part of it, if you’re presented with a box that asks you to put your Twitter name in and click save. This is one of many forays they’ve made into social and it is one experiment from them that I like!

What Google have done is to get right to the bottom of what Twitter is all about – news. Niall wrote recently on the blog about Twitter being more of a news source than a traffic driver and if this experiment from Google takes off, it will be one of the most elegant and smart uses of Twitter I’ve seen in a while. With this they have provided a much needed product, that combines news sources with social and in a sense, has completely socialised news. And it’s certainly refreshing to see Google make a step into the social realm that you can really see working, and providing real benefit to the user. Until now there hasn’t really been an easy or credible way to just find the news content shared by your Twitter friends, but Google have their existing news asset that makes this work. The tweets on the side will only contain links to stories that are on Google News. And since Google manually check each site as a source before adding it to the Google News database, they can ensure that it’s credible.
Changing News

1824234195 e6b913c563 Google add new Twitter feature reinvent social newsThis is an interesting step in the socialisation, or democratisation of news. I don’t doubt that when/if this feature is rolled out, users will be drawn more to what stories their friends are linking to, than what Google News decides you should see. This dramatically shifts the power of the news agenda and I don’t think this introduction by Google should be underestimated. It’s almost like moving ‘letters to the editor’ to the front page of a newspaper! Though there are many experiments in the socialisation of news, to date these are mostly projects that explore how social news content can be the main focus or news source. This is different as it puts your friends’ news interests and links, right beside the main news stories. This is your personalised news homepage.


images Google add new Twitter feature   reinvent social newsGoogle are currently testing a new feature on Google News , that adds a new social layer into their news function. By adding your Twitter details, Google News stories will be populated with stories that your friends have tweeted out, in the sidebar. This is in a testing phase and you’ll see if you’re part of it, if you’re presented with a box that asks you to put your Twitter name in and click save. This is one of many forays they’ve made into social and it is one experiment from them that I like!

What Google have done is to get right to the bottom of what Twitter is all about – news. Niall wrote recently on the blog about Twitter being more of a news source than a traffic driver and if this experiment from Google takes off, it will be one of the most elegant and smart uses of Twitter I’ve seen in a while. With this they have provided a much needed product, that combines news sources with social and in a sense, has completely socialised news. And it’s certainly refreshing to see Google make a step into the social realm that you can really see working, and providing real benefit to the user. Until now there hasn’t really been an easy or credible way to just find the news content shared by your Twitter friends, but Google have their existing news asset that makes this work. The tweets on the side will only contain links to stories that are on Google News. And since Google manually check each site as a source before adding it to the Google News database, they can ensure that it’s credible.

Changing News

1824234195 e6b913c563 Google add new Twitter feature   reinvent social newsThis is an interesting step in the socialisation, or democratisation of news. I don’t doubt that when/if this feature is rolled out, users will be drawn more to what stories their friends are linking to, than what Google News decides you should see. This dramatically shifts the power of the news agenda and I don’t think this introduction by Google should be underestimated. It’s almost like moving ‘letters to the editor’ to the front page of a newspaper! Though there are many experiments in the socialisation of news, to date these are mostly projects that explore how social news content can be the main focus or news source. This is different as it puts your friends’ news interests and links, right beside the main news stories. This is your personalised news homepage. Leer más “Google add new Twitter feature – reinvent social news”

Real-Time News Curation – The Complete Guide Part 5: The Curator Attributes And Skills

In Part 4 I have gone through the newsmaster workflow, the tasks and specific responsibilities and in Part 5, I am covering the key attributes, qualities and skills a successful real-time news curator must have.

To identify them I have been looking both at the experience I have gained with this practice in this last five years, as well as at the growing literature available online on this “content curation” topic.

Most people to whom I have shown, explained or illustrated the “newsmastering” workflow, as I like to call it, have missed to understand the value and potential of the curation process, by focusing too much on the technology aspect: how do you do it, where do you click, how do you publish it on your site, and so on.

In fact, while technology does play an important role in helping a curator find, aggregate, filter, curate and re-publish existing content, it is in the expertise and skills of the curator the opportunity to create meaning, make sense of disparate info and add value to a newly created “whole”.

What makes a successful “newsmaster” is therefore not the ability to maneveur freely with RSS feeds, aggregators and PHP includes, or having access to the latest content curation technology, but rather the level of passion and depth of interest for a specific subject matter, and the harmonious and coordinated application of a rare and multidisciplinary skillset. Something, I would hope, that will be soon taught in professional journalism and communication schools.

Therefore, if you have been wondering what are the specific skills and attributes a real-time news curator must have, I have devoted this section of the guide, to this very specific topic.

Here is what I have discovered:


What skills do I need to have if I want to be an effective real-time news curator? Can I just pick the best headlines and links on my topic of interest or do I need to do know / do more? What makes a great news curator stand out from those who do automatic aggregation or from bloggers who create simple news stories lists?

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In the previous parts of this Guide to Real-Time News Curation I have looked at what are the key problems giving way to the emergence of real-time news curation, at the differences between automatic aggregation and filtering and human-powered manual curation. I have also spent some time illustrating some real-world examples of both automated aggregation and human curated news content. Leer más “Real-Time News Curation – The Complete Guide Part 5: The Curator Attributes And Skills”

Should bloggers have control over ads that appear next to their content?

Given the collective bargaining power needed to amass ad dollars, many popular independent bloggers have handed over their sidebars and headers to large blog networks, trusting them to seek out advertisers in return for a percentage of revenue. The larger networks can sometimes contain hundreds of bloggers and sell access to their blogs as packaged deals, meaning a single ad will be displayed across dozens of blogs within a network.

In most cases, this is ideal for the blogger because he can focus on creating content without having to waste time chasing down advertisers.

But occasionally this can lead to an ad placement with which the blogger doesn’t agree, and this is when controversy erupts.

Take, for instance, the Scienceblogs network, which faced a revolt from over a dozen of its own bloggers a few weeks ago when it decided to launch a corporate blog sponsored by Pepsi.

The blog — since taken down — resembled all the other blogs on the network and was aggregated alongside them in its main news feed. Perhaps most outrageously, the corporate-penned posts were being indexed in Google News, which has a high bar of entry for what news sources it allows.


Via TheNextWeb.com: Should bloggers have control over ads that appear next to their content?
Excerpt, then a comment:.

Given the collective bargaining power needed to amass ad dollars, many popular independent bloggers have handed over their sidebars and headers to large blog networks, trusting them to seek out advertisers in return for a percentage of revenue. The larger networks can sometimes contain hundreds of bloggers and sell access to their blogs as packaged deals, meaning a single ad will be displayed across dozens of blogs within a network.

In most cases, this is ideal for the blogger because he can focus on creating content without having to waste time chasing down advertisers.

But occasionally this can lead to an ad placement with which the blogger doesn’t agree, and this is when controversy erupts.

Take, for instance, the Scienceblogs network, which faced a revolt from over a dozen of its own bloggers a few weeks ago when it decided to launch a corporate blog sponsored by Pepsi.

The blog — since taken down — resembled all the other blogs on the network and was aggregated alongside them in its main news feed. Perhaps most outrageously, the corporate-penned posts were being indexed in Google News, which has a high bar of entry for what news sources it allows. Leer más “Should bloggers have control over ads that appear next to their content?”

Belgian broadcasters try kneecapping DVRs, demand compensation

Belgians are probably most interested in knowing whether their country will survive its strife between the French and Flemish-Dutch speaking groups, or whether it will break apart into separate nations. Here at Ars, however, we’re more interested in the country’s peculiarities with respect to copyright law and broadband technology (and, of course, Belgium’s wide variety of beers and chocolate). We recently wrote about Belgian bandwidth hogs, and in the past on ISPs having to filter P2P and newspapers suing Google News. This week it’s Belgian broadcasters seeking to cripple Digital Video Recorders and get compensation for their introduction.

Ars got hold of a letter addressed to cable provider Telenet, a letter in which compensation and technical crippling of the DVR were demanded. A similar letter went to Belgacom, another cable TV provider. This letter, kindly provided to us by Inside TV International, was jointly written by the CEOs of the three Flemish broadcasters.


Belgians are probably most interested in knowing whether their country will survive its strife between the French and Flemish-Dutch speaking groups, or whether it will break apart into separate nations. Here at Ars, however, we’re more interested in the country’s peculiarities with respect to copyright law and broadband technology (and, of course, Belgium’s wide variety of beers and chocolate). We recently wrote about Belgian bandwidth hogs, and in the past on ISPs having to filter P2P and newspapers suing Google News. This week it’s Belgian broadcasters seeking to cripple Digital Video Recorders and get compensation for their introduction.

Ars got hold of a letter addressed to cable provider Telenet, a letter in which compensation and technical crippling of the DVR were demanded. A similar letter went to Belgacom, another cable TV provider. This letter, kindly provided to us by Inside TV International, was jointly written by the CEOs of the three Flemish broadcasters. Leer más “Belgian broadcasters try kneecapping DVRs, demand compensation”

Personalized Google News – Will That be on the Test

By Michael Gray

For a moment, I’d like you to think back to high school. Remember how there was always that one kid who would raise their hand and ask the question “Will that be on the test?” Now, thanks to Personalized Google News, we have the answer.
… If Google News was limiting the news sources I read I never would have seen that article or had that idea …

Last week Google announced they will be bringing personalization to Google news. I have no love of Google’s personalized search, but I understand that Google thinks it gives them a POD (see point of differentiation). The problem with this personalization is that if you limit your news only to sources you agree with, you’re missing the whole picture. Like that annoying kid in high school, you’re so focused on passing the test and getting a good grade that you’re missing the bigger picture and the opportunity to think and learn.

Since I got the iPad, one of the things I’ve started doing again is reading the news via newspaper apps. They expose me to ideas and concepts that I wouldn’t see if I read only SEO blogs and forums. Hopefully they make me a more educated and well rounded person, but I know they allow me to be more creative: I take things I read and use them as starting points for the projects I am working on. For example, this article about the Crown Victoria and Lincoln Town car being discontinued gave me the inspiration to write a social article about the Prius and other “green” cars becoming taxis for an automotive website I work on. If Google News was LIMITING the news sources I read, I never would have seen that article or had that idea.
… by limiting your input you limit your perspective and your ability to better understand an issue …


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Michael Gray

By Michael Gray

For a moment, I’d like you to think back to high school. Remember how there was always that one kid who would raise their hand and ask the question “Will that be on the test?” Now, thanks to Personalized Google News, we have the answer.

… If Google News was limiting the news sources I read I never would have seen that article or had that idea …

Last week Google announced they will be bringing personalization to Google news.  I have no love of Google’s personalized search,  but I understand that Google thinks it gives them a POD (see point of differentiation). The problem with this personalization is that if you limit your news only to sources you agree with, you’re missing the whole picture. Like that annoying kid in high school, you’re so focused on passing the test and getting a good grade that you’re missing the bigger picture and the opportunity to think and learn.

Since I got the iPad, one of the things I’ve started doing again is reading the news via newspaper apps. They expose me to ideas and concepts that I wouldn’t see if I read only SEO blogs and forums. Hopefully they make me a more educated and well rounded person, but I know they allow me to be more creative: I take things I read and use them as starting points for the projects I am working on. For example, this article about the Crown Victoria and Lincoln Town car being discontinued gave me the inspiration to write a social article about the Prius and other “green” cars becoming taxis for an automotive website I work on. If Google News was LIMITING the news sources I read, I never would have seen that article or had that idea.

… by limiting your input you limit your perspective and your ability to better understand an issue … Leer más “Personalized Google News – Will That be on the Test”