Google: feeds for news sections and news searchesWednesday, August 10, 2005
Google have finally introduced the ability to get feeds for their news sections and, most usefully, for searches of Google News and customised English Google news pages, in either Atom or RSS format as you prefer. (I think the choice might confuse some beginners however, and almost all news readers can handle both, so I do wonder if they'd have been better off just offering the one.)
So if you want to keep an eye out for a certain word or phrase being mentioned in the Google News pages, you can now get a feed for the search results. In your feed reader just add the link http://news.google.com/news?q=YourSearchTermHere&output=atom or http://news.google.com/news?q=YourSearchTermHere&output=rss depending on which format you want (changing YourSearchTermHere to what you want to search for).
I've been wanting a feed for Google Alerts updates for so long (email alerts of your search terms found by Google not only from Google News but also on the Web, and in newsgroups). This new feed capability will deal with the "News"-only option for Google Alerts, certainly. Now if only they'll introduce feeds for "News AND WEB" alerts too.
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