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Google releases "Living Stories" code

Mar 05, 2010, 17:32 (1 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Joe 'Zonker' Brockmeier)

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"You are reading a standard-form news article, and when new information comes to light, the piece you're reading might just be referenced in a follow-up — but it won't be displayed in context or be easy to navigate. However, if Google's Living Stories experiment takes off following the release of its code, that won't always be the case.

"Along with The New York Times and The Washington Post, Google worked on developing a new prototype for displaying news dynamically. The Living Stories project, announced in December of 2009, was an experiment on how to present news coverage online in a dynamic format rather than the staid and unchanging single-story per page mode. The project ran for about two months, and has been highly successful. According to the Google team that worked on the project, the feedback received has been extremely positive — with 75% of the people reporting that they preferred the Living Stories format. More importantly to publishers, who strive to keep time on site as high as possible, the readers spent "a significant amount of time exploring stories."

"The problem with the online news

"For all of the advances and changes brought about by online publishing, the way that news is reported online has changed remarkably little from print days. The speed of publishing has changed, and readers are able to access information on new and exciting devices: But the actual layout of a news story has remained more or less static."

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