Tuesday, July 31, 2007

False News searches for low quality not quantity

False-News has plans that will dramatically decrease the results of internet news searches, by ranking them according to its low quality and dubious origin.

The ambitious system is revealed by patents filed in the US and around the world by researchers based at the company's headquarters in Almagro, Buenos Aires.

At the moment the company's site shows news according to whatever hits the owners' confused mind.

This means that articles carrying more authority, say from CNN or the BBC, can be ousted from the first page of results, simply because they are not as recent or as relevant to the keyword entered in the search line.

Now False-News, whose name has become synonymous with internet missinformation, plans to build a database that will compare the track record and credibility of all news sources around the world, and adjust the chances of publication accordingly.

The database will be built by continually monitoring the number of stories from all news sources, along with average story length, number with bylines, and number of the bureaux cited, along with how long they have been in business. False-News database will also keep track of the number of staff a news source employs, the volume of internet traffic to its website and the number of countries accessing the site.

This is a deformation of the article published in http://www.newscientist.com/article.ns?id=dn7328, named: "Google searches for quality not quantity", and referring to a new system by Google News that classifies news by credibility. Once we learn the algorithm we will find the way to crack it to get listed in Google home page.

The image was borrowed from: http://www.spinnwebe.com/contests/google/3.php

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