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Mapping Google News

timothy posted more than 9 years ago | from the that-hansel-he's-so-hot-right-now dept.

The Media 133

CousinLarry writes "A neat project called Buzztracker.org has been mining Google News for over a year and keeping track of relationships between geographic locations mentioned in articles. The results are some really cool maps that actually seem to reflect the "buzz" of the day - check out the Vatican clusters from earlier this month, or the global New Year's chatter. You can also dig down into the articles from which the maps were generated."

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133 comments

FINEST POSTERIOR (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#12206211)

Belongeth to me.

I can't find Slashdot. (2, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#12206220)

Where is Slashdot on the map?

Wrong question. (2, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#12206453)

Why haven't they done this with porn and geographically linking ip addresses?

Re:I can't find Slashdot. (1)

Omkar (618823) | more than 9 years ago | (#12207305)

It'll show up in a few days. Watch for the followup story.

MetaWeb (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#12206223)

SEMANTIC WEB!

Re:MetaWeb (4, Insightful)

winkydink (650484) | more than 9 years ago | (#12206255)

SEMANTIC WEB!

Thank you Tim (Berners-Lee) Didn't know you were a /. reader. The question remains, while it's very interesting (and cool), what does one do with the aggregated data?

Re:MetaWeb (1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#12206360)

Whatever one wants. That's the beauty of it.

Re:MetaWeb (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#12206432)

1. Gather useless data
2. ???
3. ???
4. wait
5. ???
6. PROFIT!!!

I thought that was obvious (2, Funny)

commodoresloat (172735) | more than 9 years ago | (#12206618)

One draws maps with red circles on them.

I beg your pardon? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#12207580)

Why, that would be Sir Tim Berners-Lee, my dear boy. Please do try and get it right, next time?

Empire? (1, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#12206224)

Does that map remind anyone of the old game called Empire, or is it just me?

Makes me want to load it up again.. any modern implementations of it around?

Re:Empire? (1)

DesiVideoGamer (863325) | more than 9 years ago | (#12206692)

Yup, there is [worldempiregame.com] .

Re:Empire? (1)

Spirit Of Atlantis (672530) | more than 9 years ago | (#12208335)

If you like games like Empire also check out: -Heart Of Iron II >> http://www.paradoxplaza.com/heartsofiron2.asp
-SuperPower 2 >> http://www.superpower2game.com/
PS: If anyone knows more games similar to these, feel free to post their titles here too.

Re:Empire? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#12207114)

This is a more old school version. http://www.wolfpackempire.com [wolfpackempire.com]

Googledot! (-1, Troll)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#12206228)

Welcome to googledot.org [googledot.org] . News about Google. Stuff that is Google.

GNAA ON GOOGLE NEWS! (-1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#12206233)

lol [google.com]

they should map google's insider stock sales! (-1, Troll)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#12206250)

don't worry- fuckedgoogle.com did!



http://www.fuckedgoogle.com/ [fuckedgoogle.com]

Definitely on the Nifty List (2, Interesting)

gateman9 (733995) | more than 9 years ago | (#12206254)

This is by far one of the most interesting uses of data-mining I've seen in while. Neat to see what are the hotspots, as far as news goes, in the world.

The guys at Buzztracker desrve a cookie (edible variety).

Re:Definitely on the Nifty List (1)

civman2 (773494) | more than 9 years ago | (#12206299)

I'd like to see a graphic map of where these stories are, rather than just a list of places

I have a hard time connecting words and locations.

Re:Definitely on the Nifty List (1)

yotto (590067) | more than 9 years ago | (#12206836)

Try the second link (New Year's Eve)

Or, if you mean you want a list of stuff with Vatican Buzz in it... Yeah, that'd be cool.

What??? (-1, Troll)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#12206302)

This is by far one of the most interesting uses of data-mining I've seen in while

Did you just fall off of the turnip truck or something? How old are you, five?

Re:Definitely on the Nifty List (5, Informative)

FuturePastNow (836765) | more than 9 years ago | (#12206381)

This [privateradio.org] site has another list, of the sources Google News uses (something Google refuse to publish). Also an interesting use of data mining.

Re:Definitely on the Nifty List (1)

plover (150551) | more than 9 years ago | (#12207194)

So I wonder if that means Slashdot is slightly more important to Google News (with 6 references) than Asahi Shimbun or CBC Manitoba (with only 5 references each.)

But yeah, the implications are that data mining makes it pretty much impossible for Google to hide anything used from the public. I like it a lot.

Re:Definitely on the Nifty List (1)

radiumhahn (631215) | more than 9 years ago | (#12206741)

It isn't pure data...it's been tainted by googles indexing... google could however do this against its internal dataset to get the least margin of error with the data that is known to exist.

Nov 3rd? Dec 26? (5, Insightful)

mzieg (317686) | more than 9 years ago | (#12207039)

I have to question the results a bit. Look at the archive for November 2004 [buzztracker.org] , especially around Nov 3rd [buzztracker.org] . Anyone remember any "buzz" about Ohio? Maybe a Florida 2000 reprisal? "Battleground States," anyone? That was a hugely geographic news event, and it doesn't even register on their chart. Likewise, Sumatra barely merits a blip on Dec 26 [buzztracker.org] . I'm not sure I'm buying this.

What we have here is one computer algorithm aggregating another computer algorithm's assessment of "newsworthy," with no provision for hindsight or fluff-vs-historical weighting. It's a neat idea, and the graphics are pretty slick, but I don't see any real value here.

thats old news.. (4, Funny)

ShaniaTwain (197446) | more than 9 years ago | (#12206268)

..no, literally. its made up of old news..

Strange.. (0, Troll)

Patrick Mannion (782290) | more than 9 years ago | (#12206270)

Most of the world's focus seems to travel along the border of the Soviet Union...

Communist conspiracy?

Can't say I'm surprised. (3, Insightful)

CSMastermind (847625) | more than 9 years ago | (#12206280)

Well when you think about it aren't those the exact places you'd expect to be hotspots?

Re:Can't say I'm surprised. (4, Insightful)

alphan (774661) | more than 9 years ago | (#12206450)

Well when you think about it aren't those the exact places you'd expect to be hotspots?

It is good that you could expect that. For me, there are a lot of different factors that add to complexity. Neutrality of Google being one, the fact that Google News is in English being another.

Re:Can't say I'm surprised. (4, Insightful)

jonno317 (807642) | more than 9 years ago | (#12206733)

Well, actually if you look at the bottom of google news you'll notice that it's in 21 languages other than English (counting Canadian English, Australian English, and the like as separate languages...so maybe a few less than that technically). But I'd say that Google is in enough other major languages to not be considered biased (at least as far as languages are concerned). If buzztracker.org is biased toward English, then I would say it's because of their choices and no fault of Google.

Re:Can't say I'm surprised. (1)

wgaryhas (872268) | more than 9 years ago | (#12206897)

But if you don't take that into account, there is a good chance that the datamining process only looks at the default english site.

Re:Can't say I'm surprised. (2, Insightful)

alphan (774661) | more than 9 years ago | (#12206934)

Even if one considers all languages, there are a lot of English news sources that are located in non-English speaking countries. Plus, I can safely bet that English still has the majory of the news pie.

That's cool (3, Insightful)

Red Moose (31712) | more than 9 years ago | (#12206291)

That is finally some news for nerds. About fucking time.

What a cool site, and it works very quickly and is not overflowing with advertising crap?

Re:That's cool (1)

sycamore_days (844237) | more than 9 years ago | (#12207250)

no ads yet.. that is.

Re:That's cool (1)

Koiu Lpoi (632570) | more than 9 years ago | (#12207770)

Wait, are you saying this "News for nerds. Stuff that matters." idea is really just a huge facade?

Bullshit.

This gives me a great idea... (4, Funny)

MisterLawyer (770687) | more than 9 years ago | (#12206292)

I should start a website, beertracker.org, to keep track of my daily buzz.

Shoulda thought of this earlier (2, Informative)

nxtr (813179) | more than 9 years ago | (#12206415)

Too bad. They [beertracker.com] have it already.

Re:This gives me a great idea... (1)

puiahappy (855662) | more than 9 years ago | (#12206422)

It`s nice but you will have to drink a lot off bear in a lot`s off places ;) maybe i`am going to help you :)

virtual sightseeing (3, Interesting)

tedtimmons (97599) | more than 9 years ago | (#12206305)

not news (pun intended), but here is a compilation of neat google maps I've been collecting:

http://perljam.net/notes/interesting-google-satell ite-maps/ [perljam.net]

-ted

Re:virtual sightseeing (1)

kjcdude (809669) | more than 9 years ago | (#12208235)

LOL sattelite has only been out for like a week or so. must of been bored eh?

Scorched Earth? (0, Troll)

angrytuna (599871) | more than 9 years ago | (#12206307)

Impressive. Can't wait to see it when they add baby rollers, heavy diggers, and funky bombs.

It's official. (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#12206421)

You've won the story.

Re:Scorched Earth? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#12206472)

THATS WHAT IT REMINDS ME OF!!!

ah gradeschool library computers @ 386

so many lunches spent there instead of eating or exercising..

i loved how you could tweak the config files and make the atomics a _real_ atomic
i wonder... is that game abandonware?

Spam tracks current events too (2, Interesting)

G4from128k (686170) | more than 9 years ago | (#12206311)

I've noticed an upsurge in "Living Willing" spam since the Terry Schiavo story and even a few Pope-related offers.

Re:Spam tracks current events too (1)

game kid (805301) | more than 9 years ago | (#12208379)

You mean "t3h LIVi/\/g W1LlZoRz" and "OMG G3T 4 l33t POp3 P0STAR STRAlT FOrM t3h V4tIc4N!!1"? I feel your pain too. I ought to build a "spamtrac" program or something, but my current account *crosses fingers* gets absolutely none. Thank God.

Nelson Mandela != Nelson town (5, Interesting)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#12206314)

It looks like the code needs a bit more tuning. http://www.buzztracker.org/index.html lists Nelson, NZ, as one of the hot spots. Clicking on that lists a bunch of articles about apartheid. I think the site code misinterpreted a reference to Nelson Mandela in one of the articles.

Re:Nelson Mandela != Nelson town (2, Informative)

Joff_NZ (309034) | more than 9 years ago | (#12206489)

Also, Nelson is probably one of the least newsworthy places on the planet.

It however, it quiet, has stunning weather, awesome beaches, friendly hippy locals. Many nice holidays spent in and around Nelson :-)

Does Google mind? (4, Interesting)

IBeatUpNerds (827376) | more than 9 years ago | (#12206316)

I remember about a year ago or so, there was a guy who was mining google news to produce an RSS feed. IIRC, google politely demanded that individual stop offering this to people. I can't find the article to cite this, maybe someone can help? At any rate, I wonder how google will feel about this.

Yes they do! (0, Redundant)

Ghoser777 (113623) | more than 9 years ago | (#12206370)

Here's a website with both txt and pdf of the order to pull my app that parsed google news:

http://homepage.mac.com/fahrenba/gn/gn.html/ [mac.com]

please tell us more! (and that link is dead....) (1)

Cryofan (194126) | more than 9 years ago | (#12206548)

You were using an HTML scraper/screen scraper to parse google news? THe link you posted is dead, BTW.

Did you want you to stop parsing google news or just stop offering it to people via your website?

Re:please tell us more! (and that link is dead.... (1)

psocccer (105399) | more than 9 years ago | (#12206768)

Take the / off the end of the link, like this [mac.com] and it should come up

Re:please tell us more! (and that link is dead.... (1)

Cryofan (194126) | more than 9 years ago | (#12206977)

you did not answer the question--did google want you to stop querying and parsing, or stop showing on your site the results of your queries and parsing?

Re:please tell us more! (and that link is dead.... (2, Interesting)

Ghoser777 (113623) | more than 9 years ago | (#12207521)

It's actually both:

From the text (how did I get marked redundant in my first post, even if I did screw up the url somehow):

In the hope that these events have resulted from your inadvertence rather than your deliberate actions, we propose the following:

1. We demand that you cease and desist using our search service in a manner that is not authorized by our Terms of Service. This includes, but is not limited to, (1) no longer sending automated queries to www.google.com, or other affiliated sites, and (2) no longer using search results from
www.google.com or other affiliated sites, except in accordance with our terms of service and this letter. This applies to the GoogleNews menubar interface to Google News as well as any other products or sites that you operate or control.

2. We demand that you cease and desist using the mark GoogleNews or any other mark or name that incorporates our famous GOOGLE mark or any similar marks.

3. If you remain interested in providing our award-winning search services to your users, we suggest you visit the variety of programs we offer at http://www.google.com/services/.

Re:Does Google mind? (1)

IBeatUpNerds (827376) | more than 9 years ago | (#12206621)

I hate replying to my own posts, but oh well. One of the follow-ups to me had the link to the information (albiet with a trailing slash that shouldn't have been), however some yo-yo felt that was somehow redundant. Whatever.

Let's see what happens when google sends these chaps one of these: these. [mac.com]

Of particular interest to these guys should be the section entitled "No Automated Querying."

Re:Does Google mind? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#12208125)

<?PHP
/* This program is public domain. Do with this what you want.

Disclaimer. Don't expect this to be here, to work, or to get fixed.
But if you have a question or comment, email: mailto:julian_bond@voidstar.com

If you're using Gnews2rss you presumably find it useful.
Please email Google (news-feedback@google.com) asking them to produce RSS
directly out of Google News Search.

And why not host it yourself to save my bandwidth costs.

Hacked at to make compatible with "top stories" by xxxx xxxxxxxx
set number of articles with ?num=NUMBER in the URL of the script in your RSS reader
eg. myhost.com/googlenews.php?num=10*/

if (!$num OR $num > 15)
{
$num = 6;
}

header("Cache-Control: public");
header("Content-Type: text/xml");

$itemregexp = "%</td></tr></table><a href=\"(.+?)\".+?>(.+?)</a><br><font size=-1><font color=#6f6f6f>(.+?)</font> <nobr>(.+?)</nobr></b></font><br><font size=-1>(.+?)</font>%is";

$allowable_tags = "<A><B><BR><BLOCKQUOTE><CENTER><DD><DL><DT><HR><I> <IMG><LI><OL><P><PRE><U><UL>";

$url = "http://news.google.com/news?ned=tus";

if ($fp = @fopen($url, "r")) {
while (!feof($fp)) $data .= fgets($fp, 128);
fclose($fp);
}

/*
Some people seem to have problems with google not returning anything
uncomment the following lines and comment out the content-type header
to see what google is returning.*/

$match_count = preg_match_all($itemregexp, $data, $items);
if($num > $match_count)
{
$num = $match_count;
}

$data = strstr($data,"<a class=s href=#s_6>Health</a>");
//print "<html>";
//print "<pre>";
//print $data;
eregi("<title>(.*)</title>", $data, $title);
$channel_title = $title[1];

$output .= "<?xml version=\"1.0\" encoding=\"iso-8859-1\" ?>\n";
$output .= "<!-- generator=\"gnews2rss/1.0\" -->\n";
$output .= "<!DOCTYPE rss >\n";

$output .= "<rss version=\"2.0\">\n";
$output .= " <channel>\n";
$output .= " <title>Google Top Stories</title>\n";
$output .= " <link>". htmlentities($url) ."</link>\n";
$output .= " <description>Google Top Stories</description>\n";
$output .= " <webMaster>none</webMaster>\n";
$output .= " <language>en-us</language>\n";
$output .= " <generator>&lt;a href=\"http://www.voidstar.com/gnews2rss.php\">GNe ws2Rss&lt;/a></generator>\n";

Re:Does Google mind? [cont.] (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#12208140)

for ($i=0; $i< $num; $i++) {

$item_url = $items[1][$i];
$title = $items[2][$i];
$title = strip_tags($title);
$desc = $items[5][$i];

//$desc = eregi_replace("&nbsp;-&nbsp;.* ago</font><br>", "<br>", $desc);
$desc = strip_tags($desc, $allowable_tags);
//$desc = htmlspecialchars($desc);

$output .= " <item>\n";
$output .= " <title>". $title ."</title>\n";
$output .= " <link>". htmlspecialchars($item_url) ."</link>\n";
$output .= " <description>". $desc ."</description>\n";
$output .= " </item>\n";
}

$output .= " </channel>\n";
$output .= "</rss>\n";

print $output;

// More debug stuff
//print "<pre>";
// print htmlentities($output);
//print "</pre>";
?>

New Business Plan! (4, Funny)

Fyz (581804) | more than 9 years ago | (#12206319)

1. Map out the world in x and y coordinates.
2. Feed google buzz data into huge neural network.
3. Predict location and magnitude of future events.
4. ???
5. Profit!

Re:New Business Plan! (2, Interesting)

MrAnnoyanceToYou (654053) | more than 9 years ago | (#12206542)

4 = Sell your business and services to Google.

New, much better business model than the old one of sell your business to M$ or Intel. Why better business model? Who would you rather work for?

Re:New Business Plan! (5, Funny)

Ingolfke (515826) | more than 9 years ago | (#12206601)

I actually spent the last 3 months of my life writing something very similar to this for my PhD thesis. My work was slightly different then what you explained though. Basically I take the Google data, use it to prime the network, and then feed in historical data from a particular news site into the neural network. The app processes the data, and predicts which news events the news site will report on in the coming days. I've run this application against Slashdot, since such a wide range of topics are reported on here, and have found that the application can guess 7 stories from the next day 87% of the time. I didn't have nearly this much success with other news sites, so I decided to figure out why I was so successful. I found that the nueral network was simply reporting on news events that happened more than 3 weeks ago, contained words like 'Star Wars', would search for anything about Google and then would add the question "Are they becoming evil?", would take all Microsoft and EFF press releases, and somehow managed to pull every 17th email from Linus Torvald's inbox, would repost every 19th article, and would occasionally take a story about someone being prosecuted and insert "Your right online" in front of the original news source's title. Unfortunately for me, the nueral network seemed to learn too much from Google and now requires that I become a member of its club before I can see any more future stories.

Re:New Business Plan! (1)

GeorgeMcBay (106610) | more than 9 years ago | (#12207946)

If you want to know what stories Slashdot will post, just look at what they posted they week before. What goes around comes around here in Dupeville.

Overlay onto Google Maps, stupid! (1)

GnomeAttic (97126) | more than 9 years ago | (#12207276)

That is all.

Woop! (-1, Flamebait)

airrage (514164) | more than 9 years ago | (#12206352)

Looks like the lights are on in the first world. For the rest of you, the trick kids is to bang those rocks together!

BuzzTracker? (3, Insightful)

Storlek (860226) | more than 9 years ago | (#12206354)

Apparently they didn't Google their own name, or else they would've noticed the name was already in use for a fairly popular music composition program [buzzmachines.com] .

Other possible topics (2, Funny)

14erCleaner (745600) | more than 9 years ago | (#12206385)

Googling mapping news

New Google mappings

Goo mapping news

Mapping new Googles

New mapping goggles

Re:Other possible topics (1)

14erCleaner (745600) | more than 9 years ago | (#12206402)

Actually, this one is for real, and kind of a cool hack:

Google News Map [douweosinga.com]

Animations (3, Interesting)

Doctor O (549663) | more than 9 years ago | (#12206387)

Now, take the data and put up some nice animations, archive the first 100 articles or so and put it into some nice database to mine for interesting stuff. Should not be too hard to script together the data gathering, you can already start fetching stuff while developing the functionality and frontend.

Someone wanna join? This cries 'distributed database'... ;)

Re:Animations (2, Interesting)

jmc (4639) | more than 9 years ago | (#12206848)

Now, take the data and put up some nice animations...

Indeed, I see lots of interesting possibilities for mapping and animating data like this on the web.

In fact, after the last election I had a nifty idea to create some sort of animated map of the US showing how political affiliations have geographically shifted over the years (primarily, the North slowly turning blue and the South slowly turning red). Then I started to think about extending that to a generic web app to display and animate various demographic data. Basically, a very dumbed down and animated online GIS.

It really would've been somewhat trivial to throw together with Flash, pulling in XML data streams. My biggest stumbling block ended up being finding a nice raw map of the US in vector format, either at the county level or even state level.

Anyone happen to know of a good source for free vector maps that can be easily imported into Flash?

Re:Animations (2, Insightful)

Chuq (8564) | more than 9 years ago | (#12208385)

In fact, after the last election I had a nifty idea to create some sort of animated map of the US showing how political affiliations have geographically shifted over the years (primarily, the North slowly turning blue and the South slowly turning red). Then I started to think about extending that to a generic web app to display and animate various demographic data. Basically, a very dumbed down and animated online GIS.

This sounds like it would be most easily done with a Worldwind [nasa.gov] Add-on [nasa.gov] !

but (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#12207196)

all it really tells you is where all the reporters are. I don't see how this would be very useful at all: by the time all the reporters are in sri lanka for instance, the tsunami has long past.

That's BS! (2, Funny)

Fyz (581804) | more than 9 years ago | (#12206395)

It's just a screenshot from the NORAD command center!

Re:That's BS! (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#12208086)

Would you like to play a game?

Animation? (0, Redundant)

femto (459605) | more than 9 years ago | (#12206400)

It would be really cool to see an animation of the map over time, to see how world attention 'sloshes' around. Even better if it was combined with a ticker showing which significant world event corresponds to each burst of activity.

This is pretty nifty (4, Interesting)

aftk2 (556992) | more than 9 years ago | (#12206414)

While mapping the news activity over the whole world is certainly cool, I can see this having an even greater effect when applied to a smaller area. For example, if you're moving somewhere, you could easily see crime news applied to the particular region. It doesn't have all have to be depressing news, either: you could use such a "buzz" indication to find out information like the following:
  • find where there are lots of new jobs being generated
  • view up-and-coming areas by their positive "buzz" (new creative hot spots, architecture, etc...)
  • find areas of town with great new restaurants
I think this is where it starts to get exciting (and more useful). Mapping Google news? Meh. Mapping the northwest, and giving that information to Citysearch? You betcha.

Read news? (0, Offtopic)

DragonHawk (21256) | more than 9 years ago | (#12206603)

This is technically off-topic, I suppose, but I can't think of any other place to post this, and it's kinda related. Moderators can make the final decision, I suppose.

Anyway: I stumbled across a weird Google behavior the other day. If you do a regular Google for "read news" you get some weird results at the top of the results page:
Read on
News: 4
According to http://www.esp-software.com/index.php?option=conte nt&task=view&id=3&Itemid=1 - More sources &#187;
Try it: http://www.google.com/search?q=read+news [google.com]

Anyone have any idea what that is? New feature still in development? Old feature never finished? Documented feature I'm being stupid about? Ordinary bug?

Inquiring minds want to know. Well, not really, but Slashdot readers might. Well, me, anyway.

Geographical links a little tenuous (1, Informative)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#12206417)

Some of the smaller map points are a bit broken.

There's a bunch of articles linked from a clickable hotspot in Nelson, a small-ish city in the South Island of New Zealand. They're all about people with a surname of "Nelson", as far as I can tell, nothing to do with the geographical aspect.

Through With Buzz (3, Interesting)

Doc Ruby (173196) | more than 9 years ago | (#12206424)

The big circle in the US is called "Washington", which is rated at 03%. It obscures "New York" in the GUI. Boston is available, and the only other US buzz is Grand Rapids, apparently on the strength of a local paper's report 2 days ago of a resident killed in Cairo. I find all that hard to believe, or at least to make into any sense. The GUI is unusable, and the mapping of data to "reality" defies sensibility. I think the buzz has gone to their heads, and they should put the pipe down quick.

but google news API is not available yet, is it? (2, Interesting)

Cryofan (194126) | more than 9 years ago | (#12206451)

How are they parsing google news content? Google news does not yet offer an API, correct? What are they doing, screen scraping? You can only query google programmatically about 1000 times a day, I think.

I wish I had more details...

And this is a REALLY stupid aspect to tackle--connections between cities.
THe real cheese would seem to be in word counts, and connections between words--like "economy" and "recession", etc.

Really cool but suffers from a common problem... (4, Insightful)

terraformer (617565) | more than 9 years ago | (#12206454)

That being one level of hierarchy to display complex data. China (Top with .09%) is top dog because all international press refer to china as a whole and fails to reference individual places in china (ie; Guangdong Province) despite the sheer size of the country. Therefore, China is over represented when looking at news. However, in the case of Gaza (the second highest at .08%), the exact opposite occurs where Gaza steals all of the thunder from the larger Palestinian issue (Gaza is one of two territories in question and is not in Palestine, the place where all of the problems in the middle east originates from).

If, they represented this in hierarchical format, the middle east would dominate by picking up points from children Gaza, West Bank and Palestine (not to mention Iraq). Baghdad is probably a good example here. How much actually happens in areas outside of Baghdad proper but gets labled baghdad anyhow.

Re:Really cool but suffers from a common problem.. (1)

cuerty (671497) | more than 9 years ago | (#12206504)

Also it is distorted by where it's consulted from, if I enter googlenews encounter more news of latin america that those that appears there.

Not to sure... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#12206468)

about the quality of this.

Check out Nelson, New Zealand ... there seem to be an awful lot of stories about Nelson Mandela but not so many about him being in New Zealnd.

Ok so.... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#12206471)

Seriously, what's the purpose of this?

Why do we need this? (3, Interesting)

A Sea and Cake (874933) | more than 9 years ago | (#12206497)

Why do we need this?

A map that showed where the stories getting the least attention that contained certain keywords - famine, Schiavo, wobbegong, whatever - came from would strike me as more interesting.

We already know where the stories indicated by this map are coming from, because they're taking up ridiculous amounts of space on the front pages of newspapers everywhere.

The need for maps that show where news is not from (2, Interesting)

WillAffleckUW (858324) | more than 9 years ago | (#12206633)

We already know where the stories indicated by this map are coming from, because they're taking up ridiculous amounts of space on the front pages of newspapers everywhere.

Exactly. If it hadn't been for the Tsunami, would we have seen as many stories from adjacent countries, for example?

Just because it's not reported, doesn't make it not news. It's just that our filters screen out things that aren't the latest thing.

Breakthroughs (1)

Darth Cider (320236) | more than 9 years ago | (#12206523)

I'd like to see keywords mapped, especially the word "breakthrough," which I look up on Google News when I'm bored.

speaking of google news... (1)

Teja (826685) | more than 9 years ago | (#12206525)

this site [privateradio.org] shows what sources google has linked to from the past few weeks

Morphing.... (1)

TedTschopp (244839) | more than 9 years ago | (#12206534)

I started to play around with morphing each of the days images into the next. I'll spend more time away from work trying to get that to work. The effect for the month of April was interesting. Now to watch it for the full year, that would be very cool.

Ted

Here's the Map for Slashdot Mentioned Sites (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#12206536)

Here's what it's like to be other sites that have been mentioned on Slashdot. Notice the pattern here? :)

Connection Rate:

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Chasing the Pack (and running from it) (3, Insightful)

doom (14564) | more than 9 years ago | (#12206537)

What I like about google news is that it's an incredibly easy way of keeping an eye on what has been called the "pack journalism" problem. Just as an example, trying doing a google news search on "Count Every Vote Act": that's consistently turned up less than 100 hits since it was announced. Is there some reason it's not newsworthy? Similarly, when the Ohio recount thing was going down last year, it took *forever* for it to punch through as a top-level story. Evidentally the pattern is something like a story is dead until the AP Wire runs it, and then a thousand other news "sources" pick it up.

I've had the thought that it might be cool to implement an anti-news site that would do something like show you links to New York Times stories that have never been referenced by the top page of Google News.

Russian Irrelevance (1)

jdaily (35368) | more than 9 years ago | (#12206563)

One glance at the map shows dramatically how irrelevant Russia is becoming to the rest of the world. How often would such a map have bypassed Moscow entirely during the Soviet era?

Re:Russian Irrelevance (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#12206607)

One glance at the map shows dramatically how irrelevant Russia is becoming to the rest of the world. How often would such a map have bypassed Moscow entirely during the Soviet era?

Except for stem cells, that is.

Sometimes news happens below the surface, and bubbles up unexpectedly, just like when China finally decides to invade Taiwan (example).

Jared Diamond (1)

orzetto (545509) | more than 9 years ago | (#12206566)

Say what you want, but it's interesting to note that the current buzzspots are aligned exactly along the main East-West axis in Eurasia (from China to Europe) as indicated by Jared Diamond [wikipedia.org] in Guns, Germs and Steel [wikipedia.org] .

How long until... (2, Insightful)

jacksonj04 (800021) | more than 9 years ago | (#12206611)

How long until Google invites the creators to join the team for coming up with such a great idea? Or failing that, aquire the rights to the concept and implement it.

Google have a habit of doing great things with software they get hold of, can't wait to see what they do with this.

Another cool google hack (2, Informative)

digital bath (650895) | more than 9 years ago | (#12206643)

www.paulrademacher.com/housing [paulrademacher.com]

A cool combination of Craigslist housing listing and Google maps. Seems to be very well done.

Animate it! (2, Interesting)

elambi (251600) | more than 9 years ago | (#12206756)

It would be interesting to watch an animation of where the Buzz is over a period of time.

weak tsunami impact (1)

demmer (623592) | more than 9 years ago | (#12206775)

http://www.buzztracker.org/2004/12/26/index.html

i was under the impression that there was nothing else in the news around that time ...

The Big Red *splat* (1)

EvilStein (414640) | more than 9 years ago | (#12206847)

... must be right about where the servers for buzztracker.org are located.

Realtime map (1)

nslu (532403) | more than 9 years ago | (#12207201)

http://www.marumushi.com/apps/newsmap/newsmap.cfm [marumushi.com] has an interactive almost-realtime flash map of google news.

News are shown as rectangles, color coded by topic, size-coded by the importance (number of related news), etc. And you can back track topics by time, you can see a topic grow as news spread and shrink as people stop writing about it. Best viewed on huge screens.

News Map (1)

ChristianBaekkelund (99069) | more than 9 years ago | (#12207338)

I'm surprised no one has mentioned the "News Map":
http://www.marumushi.com/apps/newsmap/newsm ap.cfm

It's very cool. Not a geographical map, but a spatial one, with quantity of stories being graphically displayed with size.

Inaccurate data!!! (2, Insightful)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#12207728)

This map isn't accurate. You're not reporting on the news. You're reporting on what made headlines. There's a big, big difference.

More people are murdered in Detroit than in than in Baghdad or the surrounding area.

More Americans are kidnapped in Mexico in 3 days than in Iraq in a months' time.

Isn't Mexico supposed to be a friendly country?

Why does the press ONLY focus on Iraq?

Clinton sent us into Bosnia. In fact, we're still there, and the only improvement was the arrest of Milosevic. Since then, they've had as many troubles as they had before. Why doesn't the press report this?

The truth is, the press is HEAVILY biased. They all take their lead from the NY Times, and the NY Times is as biased a newspaper as biased can be.
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