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Living Stories provide a new, experimental way to consume news, developed by a partnership between Google, the New York Times, and the Washington Post. In Li...
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Google Living Stories is an experimental project by Google that showcased (over a brief period between 2009 and 2010) how technology could be used effectively to provide a new, richer and more effective way to organize, serve and present news stories online.
In the Living Stories model, each story is a stream that is continuously updated over time with new updates, additional stories, images, and other multimedia resources that are published over time.
These are organized on the page in a way that provides maximum accessibility to the reader, allowing him to skim, explore, filter or dig in depth into any category or specific item.
Nonetheless abandoned by Google, Living Stories remains a very inspiring example of how automated news aggregation and manual curation, both required in heavy doses to achieve this type of results, could provide a truly innovative mode of producing and offering access to news information.The greatest news of all is that Google has left the model, examples and infrastructure for using and improving upon it available to everyone for free.
"The Living Stories code is available as open-source for anyone to use on their own sites at: http://code.google.com/p/living-stories/"
Must see. 9/10
Free to study, use and adopt.
More info and examples: http://livingstories.googlelabs.com/
WordPress plugin: https://code.google.com/p/living-stories/wiki/WordpressInstallation
Google extends strengthens its grip on news. Goog luck to small players!