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Current events are often hot topics among friends. Whether it’s the latest news about an election, the latest celebrity rumors, or how your favorite player did in last night’s game, we all have interests we follow and share with friends. Our interests are personal and we all have unique preferences when it comes to news.
Today we’re announcing a new experience that makes it easier to follow and share the news that’s most important to you, the My Bing News beta on Facebook.
In the app, you can browse today’s top stories and subscribe to the categories that interest you most – like Politics, Entertainment, or Sports. Or you can specify a specific topic to follow – like Lady Gaga, the Green Bay Packers, or Dancing with the Stars. My Bing News will automatically pull the most important stories based on your interests from sources across the web into a personal My News homepage tailored just for you.
Integration with Facebook makes it easy to check the news while you’re checking in on your friends, and easy to share what you find with others.
You’re in control over what and how you share. You can share and comment on an individual article, or, if you choose, enable sharing as you subscribe to topics and read stories. It’s up to you.
It’s also simple for your friends – they can read what you share without needing to install the app or seeing any prompts for permission.
Try it out today at http://apps.facebook.com/bingnews and start following your favorite topics.
- Nathan Penner, Senior Program Manager, Bing News Team
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One important thing (IMHO): When you say, "from sources across the web into a personal My News homepage tailored just for you." I think it's a glaring exercise in precisely missing the point. It is just those "sources across the web" that are personal to me--but YOU'RE choosing what those sources are, it sounds like. What's changing in these days of "alternative media" is the very fact that there is no monolithic determination of what constitutes news (as used to be the case in the days of the "dinosaur/legacy" media dominance).
Put another way, will this portal allow me to pick and choose the news sources that I want? Can I select Huffington Post AND Drudge Report? CNN AND FOX news? If I can't, then I think calling this "personal" is a misnomer. At best, it allows me to mix and match news categories from a PRE-SELECTED group of sources. That's not empowering me as a news consumer, really. Not in today's world where bloggers are just as important a news source as the classic, mainstream media.
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