Yahoo! News Getting Redesign, Good for Blogs

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Yahoo! News has a new redesign in the works, and in a move that will make many bloggers and "citizen journalists" happy, they are giving some love to blog posts that are covering popular news stories. On what appears to be each article page, there is a section for "most blogged" within the particular category you happen to be in.

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For example, if you are reading a political story, you’ll see a "most blogged – politics" section. If you’re reading a tech story, you’ll see "most blogged – technology", and so on. Under each article in the "most blogged" sections, there is a link to see more "blogs about this story," which brings up a small box on the same page that you can navigate through independently. There are also other sections for "most viewed" and "Elsewhere on the Web."

Some are giving Yahoo! a big pat on the back for throwing blogs a bone. "Yahoo! may be struggling financially, but when it comes to supporting the rest of the web with standards and generous links – they are in the lead among the the big search and advertising companies," says Marshall Kirkpatrick at Read Write Web.

To be fair though, Google does have a similar feature on Google News in the left-hand column of its topical pages. They also once announced that they would filter out a good amount of blogs from its actual news results to provide a more "authoritative" selection of articles for any given query, but they do have the feature pictured at the left, not to mention Google Blog Search.

That said, there is definitely nothing wrong with what Yahoo! is doing. While Yahoo!’s not the force in search that it once was, Yahoo! News is still pretty popular. This is going to be a great way for readers to discover new and relevant sources to obtain information from. It is also going to give bloggers a chance to get some good promotion, which in turn will be great for their own readership.

According to Amit Agarwal, Yahoo!’s Buzz Tracker is used to come up with the content for the "Most Blogged" sections. To view the redesign, you can simply alter the URL of any Yahoo! News article page. Just change the "s" to "story" like  below:



There’s no word on when Yahoo! will actually launch this redesign, and it is certainly possible that it could be changed before it is launched. It’s not bad though in my opinion. What do you think?

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  • http://antiques-collectibles-auction-news.com Michael Hudson – Editor

    Regarding the question to include or not include bloggers in Yahoo! News results, I have a serious bias to include.

    As editor for one of the top antiques news sites in both Yahoo! and Google and that same site being within the top 10 on Google for just the single word antiques, I find it amazing that this same site cannot be found as a relevant news resource within Yahoo! News. A major concern for many who contact me searching for news and information regarding antiques and collectibles is where can someone go as a comprehensive resource.

    Just maybe the folks at Yahoo! are taking note and making changes that their end-users desire. I surely hope so!

  • Guest

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  • Guest

    I was raised by a very liberal democrat. This bais media is rediculous. Where are all the comments about Biden. Where are all the harsh questions about how his personal ideas compare with Obama’s. Obama is running for president not vice president. So we as a country will be electing someone as president. We are not addressing this fact. Yahoo news makes it sound as if Palin was satan here on earth and that no one believes the smoke coming out of her mouth. Where is the real ideas being addressed. Compare and contrast each canidadate and where they stand on the issues. I hope someone decides to address both sides equally or all the media is doing is stacking Mccain’s deck. Even I at this time am completely ashamed of how a woman who has accomplished so much is being so unfairly hammered by the media, while Biden hasn’t even been so much as interviewed.

  • http://www.localhawaiinews.com Ron (Hawaii News)

    It is good to see Yahoo joining in and recognizing that blogs are a driving force in the news industry.

    Google just redesigned their Blog search page to match the popular Google News as well. Things are looking up for news bloggers.

  • Guest

    There are 2 problems with this.

    The first is that the new format has turned users away from Yahoo.  Users complained through the feedback section to get Yahoo to stop hiding the articles, but Yahoo turned on its user base and deleted the comments instead of fixing this travesty.

    The second problem is that so many blogs are funded by right wing groups and all contain the same old hate-filled content that Americans voted against in the last election.  That makes the Yahoo blog links irrelevent and gives an extraordinary amount of weight to the extremists who write these blogs.

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