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Google to Show Special Commentary by News Subjects

Posted By Robert Gorell On August 8, 2007 @ 1:20 pm In Google,New Media | 3 Comments

Google News is shaking things up today, announcing a special comments feature that allows subjects of news stories to talk back [1], right next to the stories [2] in which they’re featured.

We’ll be trying out a mechanism for publishing comments from a special subset of readers: those people or organizations who were actual participants in the story in question. Our long-term vision is that any participant will be able to send in their comments, and we’ll show them next to the articles about the story. Comments will be published in full, without any edits, but marked as “comments” so readers know it’s the individual’s perspective, rather than part of a journalist’s report.

Looks to me like another opportunity for transparency and spin [3] to get pureed in the media blender — for better and for worse. What do you think?

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URLs in this post:

[1] allows subjects of news stories to talk back: http://googlenewsblog.blogspot.com/2007/08/perspectives-about-news-from-people-in.html

[2] next to the stories: http://www.techcrunch.com/2007/08/08/google-news-hypocrisy-walled-off-content/

[3] spin: http://searchengineland.com/070808-191446.php

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