Customize Google News Sections For Economic Intelligence

In September 2009, Intelegia published, “The Many Faces Of Google For Economic Intelligence“, a series of posts dealing with how to use the different Google applications to find information for economic development purposes.  One key application, Google News, has been modify to make life easier for the online researcher in economic development agencies.

Users of Google News can now create and customize their sections and share them with others.

Once logged on to Google News with an username and password, users are asked to complete a form with details which Google will use to create the section.   Details such as a name of the section, search terms, type of edition, source location and the permission to publish the section must be filled out.  Figure 1 below illustrates this process for a customize news section for “foreign direct investment”.

Figure 1:Creating Google Customized News Section
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When users click on the “Create” button on the bottom of the page, the section will appear with the default sections that comes along with Google News.  Figure 2 shows the appearance of the “Foreign Direct Investment” section on the left hand side of page highlighted in dark blue.

Figure 2: Listing of “Foreign Direct Investment” Section
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This new feature is only available for Google News editions for Australia, Canada, India, Ireland, New Zealand, the United Kingdom and the United States.

Google Customized News Section is available here