By Michael Dorausch, D.C.
Google News began a new feature earlier this month that allows people and organizations mentioned in news articles to post comments about the news they were mentioned in. Google posted a “heads-up” on this new, experimental feature, on their Google News blog page, on August 7th.
I first learned about this new feature in a web developers user forum on WebmasterWorld, a very popular and niche user generated content website, owned by Brett Tabke. There was a significant thread of discussion on the webmaster website whether this latest move by Google News was going to be good or bad for publishers. As the owner of an online publishing web site, I was not quite sure whether this new feature would have any effect in relationship to visits, for a site like Planet Chiropractic.
Danny Sullivan, of Search Engine Land, posted a detailed article (Google News To Newsmakers: Send Us Your Comments) on August 8th, regarding the new Google News feature. Danny is a leader in the industry of search and his article goes into great detail about these new experimental features. He posted a couple of screenshots of Google News articles related to the topic “McDonalds”, and until today those were the only versions of comments that I’ve noticed so far in Google News.
The Commissioner’s comment suggested that it was encouraging that the Food and Drug Administration was addressing the topic of marketing cough and cold medications for children. In his comments he mentioned that while cough and cold products are marketed aggressively to parents, they have not been shown to be effective and have been linked to serious injuries and even deaths.
Google News, the new comment system gets two chiropractic hands up!
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