Google News announced it would start experimenting with a new feature that allows the sources in articles it aggregates to write comments, extending the smallish quotes that usually run with stories with more context and details. On the face, it sounds like a good idea, as anything that will provide more depth to journalism should be applauded. However, there’s been a bit of an uproar over Google trying to “own” these comments by putting them only on the Google News site and not on the sites where the articles come from. Google says it will verify that the people commenting were indeed mentioned or quoted in the article before allowing comments. What do you think of this idea? Is this a service to journalism, or is it another move by an online company to steal mindshare and traffic from traditional sources of journalism? What features of this would work and what wouldn’t work? Share your thoughts in the comments below and I’ll run the best ones in the next Your Take Roundup.
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