Google News is Now Influenced by Google+

May 4, 2012

Google News got somewhat of a facelift, including larger thumbnail photos. That’s not the most significant aspect of its new look, though. News stories that appear in Google News will now be influenced by Google+.

Some other features that Google News has included are a realtime coverage page that will display news stories as soon as Google News hears about them. This will make it easier to stay up-to-date on what’s happening in the world. This will make it easier for stories to be organized.

Another aspect that will come in handy to get the opinions of others, including those in your circles, journalists and other public figures are saying about breaking news stories. This feature will only occur if you are reading the US edition and are a member of Google+ signed into your account. You’ll have the option to turn it off so that you only see headlines if that’s what you prefer.

Google says in a blog post, “Many news stories inspire vibrant discussions on Google+, and today we’re starting to add this content to both the News homepage, and the realtime coverage pages.”

These new features will be rolling out in the upcoming week to “provide users with a beautiful, consistent experience across Google.”

Do you like how Google News can now be connected to your Google+ account?

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