|Monday, 30 September 2002
is in beta test.
Last week I read the news via Google.
There are still plenty of competing
stands out above the crowd.
I am convinced that Google News will be a success.
It complies very well with Jakob Nielsen's criteria for a successful web site.
Almost all of the criteria behind the acronym
- The Google news is of high quality.
The site offers pluriform world class word news.
- Google refreshes the page several times per hour.
Chances are high that you see a page that is only a couple of minutes old.
As a guarantee it lists the age of the news.
- The download time needs a bit of improvement.
Unfortunately the homepage shows
below the fold
the headlines of all categories.
It unnecessarily slows down the home page
(measured with a 56K modem connection)
- first useful text
- whole page including generated thumbnails
- The site is easy to use.
The design and navigation are good.
The articles are easy to read.
Links are clear and easy to click.
- The site complies with the needs of a news consumer.
- The selection of world news is good.
- The news is objective and fresh.
- Below every article you'll find links to related stories, with a huge diversity of opinions from world wide sources.
- The Google news uses the unique possibilities of the Internet,
It is a fine example of
to the Googlers.
- continuously scans thousands of online news sources,
groups stories by subject from several sources,
selects the most relevant stories,
scrapes the heading, introduction and a covering picture.
- Google clearly is a true Internet company.
The news service nicely extends Google's unique search technology.
A number of other news portals are not happy
with Google's news service.
For the moment their objections are limited to
Surprisingly other objections are not mentioned yet:
- Will Google news head towards
- The Google search engine has reached a de facto monopoly in 4 years.
that misses in the Google result list
might as well not exist at all.
Will news only be news if it gets listed by Google?
- Will Google obliterate competing news sites?
Will Google news be thread to pluriform news gathering in the long run?
- Thread to journalists?
- The Google news is automatically assembled
fully by computers.
Not a single journalist, editor or designer works on the individual editions.
- Hopefully such a computer is objective.
Yes, hopefully, as nobody
to verify it.
Should or shouldn't
you entrust something important as the news to a computer?
Born Thursday 26 September 2002, my second cousin: Noa Stad.
Congratulations to my cousin Yvonne.