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Saturday, July 10, 2010

What has happened to Google news?

Was a big fan of google news. Yes, it is now in past tense.

Seriously, the first time I had clicked on the News link when it was there, I was hooked.

You got world news on top. You almost clicked the news button on top and what you were looking for was usually the number 1 link.. right there as though they read your mind!

You could also scroll down just half a page and fast flip links to things that interest you!

Now, it is all messed up. You get local weather which we don't need google to tell us. Based on searching (through google) looks like the changes are permanent and there is no plan to give an option to revert back to the old settings! Apparently that is to help the user!!

Local news which we usually don't care about.

Taking off any flexibility of even seeing what you want in a format you want, all in the name of personalization.

Why did Google do this?

Did they ever ask folks in the top of the news page "Are you happy with Google news? do you want any changes? Do you want us to be more like Bing news or Yahoo news? If we copied those pages would you still read Google news?"

etc. etc. and my bet is the answer would have been "do not mess with this product" from most folks who read it.

Why Google? Why?

Why would a company that was doing a lot of things right now doing a lot of things wrong?

The mess with Buzz, now the mess with News?

Do you hire too many people from Yahoo, Microsoft and Facebook recently?


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I am not responsible for comments posted by others... At 12:24 AM, Blogger Narayanan Venkitu wrote...

Mani Rathnam , Rahman....add these people to the list..along with Google.

Mid-life crisis maybe

I am not responsible for comments posted by others... At 7:43 AM, Blogger janani wrote...

I agree with you 100%. I wish atleast Google would have a turn off button to undo these changes!!

I am not responsible for comments posted by others... At 8:28 PM, Anonymous Anonymous wrote...

hey Sundar..hope everything is alright at your end ...no blogs from you in the last few days??

I am not responsible for comments posted by others... At 2:44 PM, Anonymous Anonymous wrote...

Hello Sundar,

where are you these days? No post after July 10th.

Gone to India to pick up girls?

Sujatha Ramesh


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