In their quest to index the planet, Google has now announced they are working on indexing old newspapers. Does anyone still remember what a newspaper looks like by the way? The newspaper database is still fairly new but is going to grow at a very rapid pace. Not too long ago Google set out to index books, well now they are doing the same thing with newspapers. One can only wonder what Google is going to index next, perhaps comic books or magazines?
In all seriousness though, it will certainly be great to be able to find the original newspaper article for a momentous event such as the moon landing. According to Google:
“You’ll be able to explore this historical treasure trove by searching the Google News Archive or by using the timeline feature after searching Google News. This effort is just the beginning. As we work with more and more publishers, we’ll move closer towards our goal of making those billions of pages of newsprint from around the world searchable, discoverable, and accessible online.”
From now on when you do a search in Google, the newspaper index will also be searched and if any of the results are from the newspaper index you will see a little “google news archive” button. According to Read Write Web though, they were barely able to find any information presented in such a way. Perhaps it really is a bit too early to start searching through newspapers.
What do you think of Google’s announcement?