Google News Used To Be Better

    November 24, 2005

Ever since Google News changed their algorithm 4 or 5 months back it just isn’t as good.

I’m primarily talking about the front page and the main sections … the search is fine.

Google appears to be over-catering to a global audience by including many more foreign sources. I don’t have a problem with foreign news sources but here are a few examples from the current Google front page:

It’s Over for Jessica and Nick – Malaysia Star (Malaysia)
Cheney takes flak for Iraq invasion – People’s Daily Online (China)
Broncos seal Thanksgiving victory – BBC (UK)

Google News is often linking to foreign sources over American sources even when covering U.S. based news. I would like to see Google revert back to its original algorithm. There was much more variety in the news sources making the front page and a quicker changing of the links. This made for a more interesting news portal to me. I also didn’t notice the foreign sites being linked to so prominently when covering the NFL :)

Any thoughts …. Comment Here

Rich Ord is the CEO of iEntry, Inc. which publishes over 200 websites and email newsletters.

Rich also publishes his blog WebProBlog which focuses on internet business and marketing trends.