Re: Google News Badges and Additional Personalization
Jul 15, 2011 8:01 AM
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Google News Users
I love the idea of New badges that bring topics I'm more interested in up to the surface of my searches faster, but I'm concerned about this reducing the news I didn't ask for that I see.
To my mind part of the value of a news aggregator is that I see articles I might not have known to look for. This badges feature is going to have a tendancy to make the news cater to what I have liked or read in the past only and potentially replace new and different articles I'd have wanted to see with ones similar to previous interests. While I appreciate the purpose of this I'm concerned about this making the news I see much more homogenous than it was before.
In this age of strong polarization there are plenty of sources that will cater to my established viewpoints and preferences in picking what news to deliver to me and how. I like to think part of using an aggregator like this is that I get different and opposing views and articles I'd otherwise never have seen. As you create new features for this service please also consider that while catering to my interests and preferences is a good thing, some effort to preserve at least a section of the page that pointedly does not cater to past clicks only or even that shows me the opposite of past preferences might help keep our world a little more well informed and understanding of viewpoints other than our own.
Thanks so much for continued work on a great product!