I just noticed Google's recommended stories

About: Google News

source:  Google news help


What are recommended news stories?

Google News can suggest news stories just for you. If you have Personalized Search enabled, you can sign in to your Google Account to get recommended news stories based on your past news selections. These stories are highlighted just under the top news stories on your News page, in a clearly marked section. You can also get a full page of recommended stories by clicking on the section.

Here's how it works: By signing in to personalized news and keeping Personalized Search enabled, you allow Google to track and save your news selections. Then, Google News can automatically recommend relevant stories just for you by using smart algorithms that analyze your selections. The algorithms compare your tastes to the aggregate tastes of other groups of similar Google News users. Simply put, we recommend news stories to you that have been read by many other users who've also read similar stories as you in the past.

The more you use Google News while you're signed in to your Google Account, the better your recommendations will become over time. Note that we cannot provide recommended news for you if you do not sign in to your Google Account or if you turn off Personalized Search component of personalized Google News.


Thinking in a visionary veign this can become a variation of Mark's idea of Money as a Vote - Selective Spending - Update ... only you vote with your clicks not your money.  I see this as a way for "us" to tune into a global consciousness. 


How are Google's recommendations working for you ?

Tags

  1. google
  2. google news
  3. recommended
  4. voting
  5. clicking
  6. recommender
  7. ai
  8. selective spending

Comments


Mark de LA says
I found that they were only a distraction.  I would rather search for news on a topic rather than try to figure out why some of the stories showed up in the recommended bunch. You should know that I have never liked push news in the first place. 


Seth says
To me, if it works, it would be a plastic habits reinforcer and a time saver.  Of course if it doesn't work it becomes a distraction.  As of now i can't say that i could document ever gotting useful information from a recommender like those at amazon. But i have come close and frequently do look at them.  This feature would be much more useful if it reflected all of my clicks ... im not sure that just operating on the rather narrow range of stories that Google indexes for its news could ever be useful.  But i am definitely going to be watching this out of nothing more than just curiosity.  If i find a story there that i would not have otherwise spotted, i will surly let you know.

I think it is useful to report instances of when these new age ai stratagies actually work.  When i was composing this item i wanted to go find the reference to 3417 which me sill thinks is related here ... i remembered the item but as i did not tag it could not initially find it.  I went looking in group mark and group politics to no avail.  Finally i started lookin in the tag list in group mark and ran across the room buying which lead me to 3468 which refers to 3417.   Too round about for the likes of me ... so i tagged 3417 into voting.  Too bad I had not thought of investment or money for those would have lead me there directly.  Oh well ... this network grows if you keep rubbing it .


Seth says
M 2006-05-24 08:43:42 3614
Don't you already "vote with your clicks" ? 
... not if no process is sensitive to them.

Mark de LA says
seth 2006-05-24 08:56:30 3614
M 2006-05-24 08:43:42 3614
Don't you already "vote with your clicks" ? 
... not if no process is sensitive to them.
in a round about way doesn't google keep track of visits to webpages & the popularity of topics etc. & then google ads get posted around those items. 

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