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20,000 Sources Added to Google News in a Year’s Time

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Google News has apparently grown from using 4,500 sources to 25,000 sources over the course of a year. Barry Schwartz at Search Engine Roundtable noticed that the number below the search box on the Google News homepage has grown pretty significantly.

Google News sources

"I do not know when Google changed that number, but I believe it was some time in the recent past," he admits, but nobody else seems to be able to pin down when the change occurred either.

Either way the number has grown over 20,000 over a year’s time, and that is pretty significant. The interesting part to me is that just this week, Google announced that in the US, AdWords would now be regularly appearing in Google News search results.

Ads on Google News search results

Did Google decide to go forward with this because of the number of sources or was the number of sources boosted to increase results to accompany ads? Perhaps the two aren’t related at all, but it’s certainly something to ponder.

Another thing to ponder that Schwartz mentions himself is whether or not the quality of Google News will suffer as a result of adding 20,000 sources. That will depend on the quality of the sources themselves. I wouldn’t mind seeing the list (though it would take a while to wade through).

20,000 Sources Added to Google News in a Year’s Time
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    wow, it’s amazing!

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    ya this network includes a variety of publications including WebProBus

  • very concerned netizen

    Yea, seems nice at first, unless you are a newspaper journalist about to lose your job because Google’s gobbled your job up.WAKE UP People! I really don’t think this how the internet was supposed to turn out. I’ve watched the internet evolve from a community to a practical monopolistic dictatorship with Google infiltrating every facet of our society. Even my boss is brainwashed in thinking that we have no alternative except Google to output our product.
    Google’s making conventional journalism in newspapers irrelevant. What’s happening now is Google is like a bully. Everyone’s happy to get the gifts Google provides but are too afraid to stand up to Google because they fear they will be clobbered. The only thing Google really cares about is how to make even more money. As long as Google benefits, they will do something. Eventually it’s going to be hard for the average Joe to make money the old fashioned way, unless it’s sponsored by Google! This is ridiculous what’s happening. When Google can’t quench it’s thirst and satisfy the cash needs for their mega-machine, things are going to turn nasty but it will be too late. I imagine it’s like being trapped in a bad marriage.
    Everyone on the planet has been too busy cozying up to this giant that it will be almost impossible to break away without feeling a lot of pain. Mark my words.

  • http://www.bagatare.ro/ Guest

    question – can i add my news feed to google? thanks.

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    That’s a huge number

  • http://www.indiesurf.com Darren Tan

    Will people read Google News? For news, i believe we go to Yahoo! I just don’t find Google News cater to us…

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