Google News Now Integrates Google+ ContentBy: Josh Wolford - May 3, 2012
Google has integrated Google+ into another one of their products: Google News. As of today, you can now see content from your Google+ circles in “Top Stories” as well as the all new realtime coverage section.
Here’s what they have to say iGoogle+News+Blog%29″>n a blog post:
Many news stories inspire vibrant discussions on Google+, and today we’re starting to add this content to both the News homepage, and the realtime coverage pages. This way you can see what your circles, journalists covering the story and notables like politicians or others who are the subjects of stories have to say about breaking news, and even contribute to the discussion directly from Google News.
Now, comments from Google+ will play prominently on the page, as you can see in this screenshot from the new realtime coverage page:
Realtime news, by the way, is exactly what it sounds like. It’s an aggregation of stories as soon as they become available in Google News.
As of right now, you have to manually upgrade to get the new features. And of course, if you’re not signed in to your Google account you won’t see all of the Google+ content. If you want to stay logged in but you don’t want to see Google+ content, you can turn it off in the Google News settings.
You might not see all of this quite yet, as Google will be rolling it out to Google News U.S. readers over the next week. Google has been pushing Google+ into more of their products lately. Although it shouldn’t surprise anyone, considering their “Google+ is Google” mantra, some people are publicly pissed about the recent Google+/YouTube integration.