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Google News tests “Friends” section with Twitter

October 8, 2021 | Debbie Turner
Google News tests “Friends” section with Twitter

We’ve recently reported on the growing decline of the traditional print newspapers amidst the rise of finding our news online and now it seems one of the most popular sites for online news, Google News, is experimenting with a Friends section that will integrate people’s Twitter accounts with the site.

The test of the new feature means some chosen people lucky enough to see a Friends section on the bottom right of their Google News page can try it out, according to Radhika Marya over on Mashable, sourced from Search Engine Land. If you have the Friends section then you simply put your Twitter username into the text box, press “save” and you’ll be able to check out news articles from Google News that have been shared by your friends.

Other recent customizations from Google News have proved popular, such as “News For You” which enables people to narrow down news search for particular fields of interest to them. Mashable also points to a survey in March, the Pew Internet Study, which showed that three quarters of people who access their news online receive forwarded news via e-mail or from networking sites.

Just over 50% of people then forward that news to other people. For more on this go to Are you one of those people who have the option to try out this test feature? If so please let us know what you think of it by sending in your comments.

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