Google Looks to Twitter As a Social Layer For News

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Google is apparently testing the integration of Twitter within Google News, according to a report from Search Engine Land, which in turn was based on a tip from a reader who apparently saw the experiment in action and posted a snapshot of what it looked like on Twitter. The feature adds a small box to the right-hand side of the page that allows users to login with their Twitter credentials and then ?see when people you follow are talking about the news.? Search Engine Land even found a help page about the experiment. The description of the feature says that it will allow users to ?find news articles that your friends are sharing on Twitter,? but notes that the new Friends section will only show articles that can be found in Google News.

?If someone you follow has shared an article or a link that cannot be found in Google News, then you will not see that update in the Friends section,? it states. It?s not clear from the description whether the links that Google parses for the feature will include blogs or only traditional mainstream news sources. When you do a search on Google News, the ?blogs? category is one of the filters you can choose from the left-hand column, but those articles aren?t included in the typical Google News home-page layout.