News About Google News: Comments In Testing

Posted Aug 8, 2007

Yesterday on the corporate blog, Dan Meredith and Andy Golding, both software engineers on the Google News Team, wrote about an experimental feature.  The new experimental feature is that comments will now start showing up on Google News stories.  These comments are only published from a select group of readers.  The long-term strategy of this feature is to allow all participants to comment.

“As always, Google News will direct readers to the professionally-written articles and news sources our algorithms have determined are relevant for a topic,” wrote Meredith and Golding.  “From bloggers to mainstream journalists, the journalists who help create the news we read every day occupy a critical place in the information age.”

For now, Google News is testing out this feature in the U.S. and then the comments will start branching out to other countries.  It would be interesting to see comments in native languages.  For example, imagine if in India, a user can comment in Hindi, then Google News India will have the comment in India right besides the translation of the comment.

This is definetely an exciting feature for Google News.  It makes the site more interactive, Digg-like, and provides different perspectives on issues.

[1] Google Blogoscoped: Google News Adds (Special Comments)
[2] Google News Blog: Perspectives about the news from people in the news