Google News Testing Twitter Integration With “Friends”

Google is testing a new feature that lets you connect your Twitter account to Google News. Some people are seeing a “Friends” box on the right hand side of Google News inviting them to do this.

The friends box asks you to enter your Twitter username and click “Save.” When you click save, Google News will refresh, and you will see a list of updates containing news articles shared by the people you follow. Google even has a help document on this feature.

@jblukin spotted this and posted a picture of the sign-up box:

Google News Twitter Friends

And @dacort posted a picture showing the Friends box in action:

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Google’s help page on the feature clarifies that the Friends box only shows you links to news content that can also be found in Google News. Other links they share, if they aren’t Google News-worthy, so to speak, won’t be shown.

Related Topics: Channel: Social | Google: News | Top News | Twitter

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  • http://www.tcampbell.net T Campbell

    Oh, please, God, no.

    The thing I like best about Twitter is that it doesn’t pretend everyone who reads my status update, or everyone whose status update I read, is a “friend.”

    Friends are a subset of my people of interest, but I loathe the way Facebook cheapens that word.

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