Google is trying something new ...

 
Note the little  comment icons  that are starting to appear next to news stories.   Google explains this as follows:  "We'll be trying out a mechanism for publishing comments from a special subset of readers: those people or organizations who were actual participants in the story in question. Our long-term vision is that any participant will be able to send in their comments, and we'll show them next to the articles about the story. Comments will be published in full, without any edits, but marked as 'comments' so readers know it's the individual's perspective, rather than part of a journalist's report."   The first one i spotted is shown below. 
source: google news
Proving Worker Status
Wall Street Journal - 15 hours ago
By JUNE KRONHOLZ WASHINGTON -- Employers warned of labor shortages, particularly in agriculture during the fall harvest, as the Bush administration appeared ready to implement new rules that would press employers to fire workers who appear to be in the ...
Business targeted in immigrant crackdown Minneapolis Star Tribune (subscription)
google news commentComment by Craig J. Regelbrugge American Nursery & Landscape Association
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Comments


Mark de LA says
I think that the unintended consequences is that Google will just be wasting their time. Personally, if I want more opinions other than those already imbedded in the shit from the M$M I will go read a blog.  Lots of news websites (CNN etc.) already offer comments feedback on stories, particularly in the UK. Frankly, I don't think the truth will be enhanced with this feature. Stories on topics with a lot of polarity will just add to the clutter.


Seth says
What is different here is that Google will select only the comments of people directly involved with the story.  That's  what makes this feature stand out in my mind.   I don't think that they can select these comments automatically ... so that to implement this feature they need a staff of people who must determine if the person is directly involved with the story or not.  Whether they can do that with no bias is something that will be interesting to watch.  


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