Whenever you need an answer to a question, Google is probably the first source you turn to. But how does Google come up with the best answer to your question?
Google follows an algorithm that uses the words that you enter into the search engine to find the best websites that could help you find the response to your question.
Recently, Google made a change to this algorithm to accentuate original reporting. Original news reports often come from a primary source, and they are less biased.
How does Google Search Work?
Google’s search engine is a software system that searches the World Wide Web, based on the keywords entered by the user.
Through an algorithm, the system finds all the websites that contain the keywords. The system will narrow the searches based on the reviews of people, the relevancy of the date, and the number of times the keyword appears. The user is presented with a web page of links that is created by the search engine. The search engine also categorizes its findings such as images, videos, and news.
Over the years, Google has tweaked its algorithm. For example, software engineers have trained the algorithm to recognize synonyms of words to provide better results to the user. To learn more about search, read our earlier article here.
Google’s New Algorithm
Google’s new algorithm highlights original news reports instead of a more recent version of the story.
Before this algorithm was implemented, Google used to show the latest and most updated version of a story. However, after this change, the search engine will provide users with reports that were published when the event took place. Google believes that original reports have more factual information and therefore, prioritizing original reports on users’ webpage will be more helpful.
This change can be beneficial as often original reports have facts related to the story instead of opinions and analysis of other people. Additionally, Google’s new algorithm will allow the reporter who first discovered the story to receive more credit. Usually, when a reporter publishes their writing online, their argument can easily be stolen by other reporters who read the article on the internet. In this process, the voice of the original reporter is lost, and they do not receive the appreciation for their work.
Despite these benefits, prioritizing original reporting has some drawbacks as well. For instance, original reports may lead to people not reading follow-up reports. Follow-up reports can be essential as they combine multiple sources to present the reader with a bigger picture of the story.
Sources: theverge, inc.com, abcnews, howstuffworks