For its anniversary, Google News not only changes its organization, but also has more options in its web version.
It’s been 20 years since the Mountain View company, with its news aggregator Google News, profoundly changed the way many people access information online. Today, the tool has a new look on desktop browsers to not only simplify access to articles, but also and above all to offer more customization to users.
A (slight) new organization for Google News
First of all, local news is better highlighted thanks to a rise at the top of the page. Filters by city or postal code to add several places are now available. Then, the entries and themes such as For you, Favorites, France, International, Science and technology, Entertainment and the others, leave their left column to settle in a banner at the very top of the page.
But the main change is elsewhere: the display and organization of themes on the home page are now customizable. Concretely, it is now possible to choose the themes to display or not and to modify the order of display by simple drag and drop. All you have to do is click on the blue Customize button on the right. This selection or deletion of themes logically influences the articles displayed in the For You section.
Finally, the Fact-checking section, which offers results from independent organizations to give visibility to more sources, has also been extended. One way, according to the firm, to identify propaganda and misinformation articles.
A rejuvenated version already available in France
To test this new version, which is currently being deployed, head to news.google.com/home. If it is still the old version that is displayed, a button at the top of the page may offer you to manually switch to the new one. Note in passing that after 8 years of closure, Google News is also taking advantage of this anniversary to return to Spain. A reopening that follows “ the update to the copyright law, which allows Spanish media, large and small, to make their own decisions about how their content can be viewed and monetized“, explained the local branch of Google.