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What happened to custom sections in Google News?

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What happened to custom sections in Google News? TRose11209 12/15/11 9:02 PM
I used to be able to see all my blog posts on Google News with a custom section framed as (author:"Tom Rose") but it doesn't recognize that term any longer. What happened? Anyone know?

Thanks in advance!
Re: What happened to custom sections in Google News? Erik S. 12/16/11 10:36 AM
Hi Tom,

The author: search operator is no longer available. For author-specific Google News content, I would recommend use of theĀ Authorship capabilities in Google News, introduced last month. Integration with Google+ circles means easier following and engagement between authors and readers.

Best,

Erik
Re: What happened to custom sections in Google News? Rodney Ulyate 12/22/11 3:51 AM
Doesn't that mean, though, that my authors of choice have to be signed up to Google+? If the highly utile "topic:" search operator is still available, why do away with the "author:" one?

Not to get all strident on you, but this really sucks. I've been using, and loving, that function for months.

Best,
Rodney
Re: What happened to custom sections in Google News? PatMarcello 12/27/11 2:49 PM
I agree, Rodney. I'd love to know why this was taken away. That was a great feature for we prolific writerly types.

Pat