Google’s News Comments

The NY Times Media Decoder blog announced that Google has pulled the plug on its News Comments project. While allowing people who were quoted within an article to provide feedback on their article was a “new” concept, this service went largely unused. Google did not mention how much this service was actually used.

I don’t have data to back up this hunch, but it seems logical that people would continue to do things as they have been doing out of habit. I also believe that most people did not know this option existed, and continued to work through the media that directly quoted them through editorial comments and corrections (opposed to a third party). I have to say that it was not clear how this function worked either since it seemed that the responses could have been made from anyone from the general public.

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About repplinger

John has served as a Reference Librarian at Willamette University since 2002. He is the liaison to the Science Departments, and is responsible for maintaining the collections related to the life & physical sciences. His research interests range over the entire spectrum of libraries and information sciences, but includes: - Google and its influence on information & society - The Internet's influence on information seeking & sharing behaviors - Trends of scholarly communication - Electronic learning environments - Traditional pedagogy - GIS use in academic libraries

Posted on July 2, 2009, in Google and tagged . Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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