The issue with an automated news services like Google news is that they are easy to fool, if you know where to look.
That is: free as in costing nothing. Everybody and their uncle can use the system to spread their news, or lies. Without a shred of screening, as the author of the Wigblog found out.
"In any event, once word gets out on this, I can imagine lots of bloggers submitting "press releases" with their daily blog entries, enhancing their visibility by spamming Google News," the blogger noted.
That triggered Tom Vendetta, another blogger, to perform a test. The 16-year-old sent out a press release, claiming that he was hired by Google and had become the youngest employee in the search engine's history.
As the seed was planted, users over on Digg.com caught the virus. They dugg the story and set the long tail into motion.
Vendetta's prank demonstrated a real issue with Google news, or at least the credibility that people attribute to the service. And the same goes for Digg.
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