Google News Gets Some Layout AdjustmentsBy: Chris Crum - October 23, 2012
Google is rolling out some new features to Google News search, including click-to-expand news results clusters, more multimedia and some updates to the layout.
“Last year we updated Google News to make it easier for you to scan for stories that are interesting to you and let you dig deeper when you find them,” said product manager Rudy Galfi in a blog post Monday afternoon. “Today we’re announcing an update that brings some of those same ideas to news search.”
“Each news results cluster is collapsed down to one result with the exception of the first cluster,” Galfi explains. “Click on the ‘Show more’ link to see articles from more sources. This improvement makes it much easier to scan through the search results to find just the collection of news coverage you’re looking for.”
Some expanded results clusters will be accompanied by a bar of videos and photos that are related to the content. In terms of layout, cluster images now appear on the left, and the source info has been moved to below the article links.
In other Google News news, Google is facing a growing number of issues with publishers who aren’t happy with the way the site operates. Google is dealing with proposed laws in Europe that would require Google to pay to license content to link to it, while in Brazil, publishers have simply pulled out.