Google Puts Its News On A Timeline
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I'm hangin' at Austin Bergstrom International, preparing to fly east to Orlando to attend a gathering of like-minded interactive marketing peoples.
Though I'll be in the Walt Disney World environs, I fear there's no Space Mountain in store for this particular foray. Nope, it's all work and no play, which makes Turbo a dull interactive peep.
I'm still trying to get over the news of the Sun going down over Oracle, even as Automattic's Matt Mullenweg attempts to explain why the sun won't go down on Wordpress (which runs on MySQL, which Oracle just acquired when it bought Sun, and which owns its own proprietary database).
The good news is, if you want to try and keep up with this saga as new news develops, Google has introduced its new "News Timeline."
It's perfect for sitting around the airport trying to kill some time.
During my test run, I was able to glance at the news by day, month, year, and even decade (Enter a query on "IBM" and then show "Decade.")
Whoa, talk about a blast from the past. I was able to dig up a story from Time magazine dated December 6, 1954!
For fun, go and enter your birthday and see what the Google News Timeline history machine tells you about what was happening when you were entering the world (other than the fact that you were entering the world, of course).
I've long been a fan of Newsmap, which I would link to here were it working at the moment.
But I must say, Google News Timeline gives me a little more flexibility (in sources, in allowing for individual queries, and, of course, in the historical timeline).
For social media and news junkies, as well as sports fans, this is an excellent addition to an admittedly already crowded treasure trove of digital newshound applications. But true news junkies will always make room for one more.