Google News Gets All Expandy
Google announced on its news blog yesterday that it’s added increased functionality to its US news presentation. Stories can be “expanded” in order to see related multimedia content.
So, for example, in the above we have the main Reuters story about IMF chief Dominique Strauss-Kahn followed by related videos and images. The tab in the upper right opens and closes these extra offerings and appears on mouseover.
One new feature not pictured above is a labeling system that tells the reader why particular related stories appear.
“For stories you’ve expanded,” writes Chase Hensel, Google News’ Associate Product Manager, “you’ll see genre labels for some of the additional articles that explain why they were chosen and how they add value. For example, you might see something labeled as an ‘Opinion’ piece or an indication that an article is ‘In Depth.’”