Google News Picks Human-Curated Content from Pubs

By CIOinsight  |  Posted 06-14-2010
Google confirmed it is experimenting with human-curated content with Editors Picks, a new section on Google News that features favorite stories culled from editors at Reuters, The Washington Post, Newsday, and several other publications. That approach is a critical departure from Google's usual math-based methodology. This sort of human-crafted curation is proving increasingly popular in this age where user-generated content has become the rule instead of the exception.

That approach is a critical departure from Google's usual math-based methodology. The Editors Picks section lets professional journalists - not the usual search algorithms - pick the stories that appear there, according to the Nieman Journalism Lab, which discovered the experiment June 10.

Google confirmed the program was one of 50 to 200 experiments the company regular runs on its Websites all over the world.

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