Thereâ€™s an old saying that all news is local. But all news is personal tooâ€”we connect with it in different ways depending on our interests, where we live, what we do and a lot of other factors. Yesterday Google revamped the Google News homepage with several changes designed to make the news that you see more relevant to you. They also trying to better highlight interesting stories you didnâ€™t know existed and to make it easier for you to share stories through social networks.ï»¿
The new heart of the homepage is something they call â€œNews for youâ€: a stream of headlines automatically tailored to your interests. You can help us get it right by using the â€œEdit personalizationâ€ box to specify how much youâ€™re interested in Business, Health, Entertainment, Sports or any subject you want to add (whether itâ€™s the Supreme Court, the World Cup or synthetic biology). You can choose to view the stories by Section view or List view, and reveal more headlines by hovering over the headline with your mouse. Google will remember your preferences each time you log in. If you donâ€™t want customized Google News, hit â€œReset personalization” to clear all personalization preferences. If you haven’t previously customized and would prefer not to, simply close the â€œEdit personalizationâ€ box. You can always go back and change it later.
To give you more control over the news that you see, Google is now allowing you to choose which news sources youâ€™d like to see more or less often. You can do so in News Settings. These sources will rank higher or lower for you (but not for anyone else) in Google News search results and story clusters. They’ve also added keyboard shortcuts for easier navigation, like in Gmail or Google Reader. When youâ€™re in Google News, hit the question mark key to pop up a full list of shortcuts.
There are the subjects that interest you and then thereâ€™s the major news of the day. To make it easy for you to find the big stories like Hurricane Alex, theyâ€™re adding links to topics that many outlets are covering. Youâ€™ll find these topics in the Top Stories section on the left side of the homepage as well as in linked keywords above headlines. Clicking on a topic link takes you to a list of related coverage that you can add to your news stream. You can change your preferences any time in â€œEdit personalization.â€
Google isÂ also more prominently displaying the Spotlight section, which features stories of more lasting interest than breaking news and has been one of our most popular sections since they introduced it last fall. And then thereâ€™s local news; theyâ€™re now highlighting weather and headlines about your city or neighborhood in their own section, which you can edit with whichever location you want to follow.
Finally, you can now easily share story clusters with other people via Buzz, Reader, Facebook or Twitter. Just select the drop-down menu marked by an arrow on the top-right of each story cluster. In the drop-down, you can also choose to see more or less of the first news source.
The redesigned Google News homepage is rolling out today in the English-language edition in the U.S., and Google plans to expand it to all editions in the coming months. Theyâ€™re making the ability to choose which sources youâ€™ll see more or less often available in all English-language editions worldwide and plan to expand it soon. For more information about these changes, check out the video below or visit Google’sÂ Help Center.