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  • I've spent more than 25 years at the intersection of traditional and digital journalism. I've helped to invent ways to read and interact with the news and advertising on computer screens and iPads, and before that, I wrote news stories on typewriters and six-ply paper. I co-founded WashingtonPost.com and hyperlocal pioneers Backfence.com and GrowthSpur; served as editor of Philly.com; taught media entrepreneurship at the University of Maryland; and have done product-development and strategy consulting for all sorts of media and Internet companies and startups. You can read more about me here.

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April 20, 2009


Joe Murphy

Are there *any* news orgs out there trying new approaches to interface / presentation? I mean, beside the NYT. ('nother question: Do any of the NYT's sister papers get any of the online functionality goodies that the NYT builds?)


As a concept, the Google News Timeline is pretty cool. In practice, though, it's not all that useful or informative. Try searching just about any topic and see if the results you get in the timeline correlate at all for what you're interested in. Even something as seemingly binary as the "Phillies" leads to all kinds of unrelated content.

Obviously, it's still a Google Labs product, and they're sure to work out the bugs, but I'd say this is still more a proof of concept than a fully realized product.

Dave Lee


But the Google News Timeline operates with the same operators that the search engine does. So you can search out all the unrelated stuff, no?

I like the timeline a lot. My only complaint is that it's a bit cluttered and ugly looking. I know (and love) Google's consistency of style -- but I think it could be improved for something like this to make it easier on the eye.

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