Images:Google News vs. Yahoo News

By WdchenWdchen (1261423005|%a, %b %e at %I:%M%p)

Finding images on Google News and Yahoo News

Outline

  1. Introduction
  2. Description of Project
  3. Images from Google News
  4. Images from Yahoo News
  5. Comparison
  6. Summary

Introduction

There are a wide variety of tools out on the internet that help you to search for images. The two specific tools that I want to focus on are Google News and Yahoo News. Both of them spur from the search engines that we all regard so highly, Google and Yahoo, and it definitely is not a surprise that they both include image searches from their news section. For these search engines to be successful and continually encourage more users to use their services, these new innovations must occur regularly.

Project Description

The term project that I have chosen to focus on is that of Crime and Violence in the United States. For the most part, I will be creating a tutorial for the new employee demonstrating the current work that I've been doing, followed by steps to make the transition and how to succeed in the new position. I will be gathering various forms of information, from websites, search engines, image sites, simple tools, etc. to help with this process. Currently, I have been collecting ongoing news articles, and occasionally relevant images that pertain to this topic and may be helpful in visually observing to understand what exactly is occurring. The purpose of the blog is to compare two news image sites, Google News and Yahoo News, and to demonstrate the usefulness of each for the completion of this project.

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Images from Google News

When you first go to the Google News website, it provides you strictly with the top stories of the day. In order to view the images, you have to click on the images link as shown on the right, which will bring you to Google News Images. From there, if you have time, you could always just scan the photos of the top stories and click on them to read further. Or, if you're on a time crunch and only want to find images that relate to the topic of Crime and Violence in the US, you would create a query and conduct the search. It would appear as if the syntax features from the Google search engine are carried onto Google News as well.

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After clicking on the [images] link, this is what the page looks like. A bunch of thumbnails are listed on the screen and if you point your cursor at one of them, you are provided with the title of the article that it is taken from, the source, the photographer(s), and the snippet, or summary of what the story is about. As far as the bottom right corner goes, that little number just acts as a reference to how many other similar images there are related to the picture. This can be very helpful because it provides a quick and easy way to find common pictures without having to expend much effort.

Now, back to the search process. During those moments, where you are on a time crunch, you may not remember to use any syntax features in your query. Therefore, after doing a quick crime search, you will be able to find some images. From the results, however, only 3 out of the first 10 prove to be of much use.

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With a bit more time, you could incorporate the use of a syntax, in hopes of refining the search and generating better results. What if we limited the search for only sites with the [edu] top level domain with the query crime site:edu? For Google News, however this doesn't appear to generate any better results. From this query, still, only 3 out of the first 10 are relevant.

One good thing about Google News Images is that it provides you with an archived selection, from which you can pick the time frame you want to search for. At the right, you can see the toolbar that allows you to make this selection. This in a sense, is archiving through the news articles, but with the pictures from the article only shown.

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Images from Yahoo News

Similarly with Yahoo News, when you first enter the website, it takes you to many articles featuring the top news of the day. By clicking on the [photos] link on the toolbar as shown to the right, it takes you to Yahoo News Photos, in which you are exposed to photos that are categorized in the following manner:

  • Most Viewed Photos
  • Most Emailed Photos
  • Most Recommended Photos
  • Top Stories Photos
  • U.S. News Slideshows
  • Business Slideshows
  • World Slideshows
  • Entertainment Slideshows
  • etc.

Below is just an example of one of the categories

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From there, if you have time, you could always click on a picture to find more information about the situation that it is coming from, or you could conduct your search and be on your way. One main distinction between Google News and Yahoo News however, is that when you conduct a search with Yahoo News, it first takes you to a normal results page, featuring some photos, but predominantly website results. To change the feature and obtain only photos, you must use the cursor and select [News Photos] as demonstrated below.

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After doing so, only images appear, but an added benefit is that the description is provided beneath, as opposed to Google News, in which you would have to place your cursor on the picture or click to find out the context.

Conducting a query for [crime] with Google News, we would obtain relevant results for 6 out of the first 10. However, if we wanted to do a comparable search under the query [crime site:edu], Yahoo News for some odd reason will not allow us to do so. We are able to conduct the query for Yahoo and also under Yahoo Images, but not under the News Photos.

Images from Google News vs. Yahoo News

In the meantime, I would say that the major distinction between Google News and Yahoo News is the set-up and page layout. In terms of page layout, I would say that Yahoo News has Google News beat. I like the way that the categories are broken down for Yahoo News because it makes everything a lot easier to locate.
As far as the one [crime] query that was conducted for each goes, Yahoo News seems to have generated better results as well, out of the first 10 results anyhow.

However, the one main issue with Yahoo News is that it is a little bit harder to navigate. After clicking on the [Photos] link, you have to use the cursor once more, to select the [News Photos] option, which is a bit more inconvenient. Also, the query [crime site:edu] did not work with Yahoo News either.

Pros for Google News

  • Ability to use syntax features
  • User friendly and convenient fo find News Images
  • Features that provide you with relevant photos

Cons for Google News

  • Only satisfactory results
  • Layout could be more appealing

Pros for Yahoo News

  • Generates good results
  • Appealing page layout featuring photos in various categories

Cons for Yahoo News

  • A little difficult to navigate through the page
  • Not all syntax options function

Overview

Overall, the distinction between Google News and Yahoo News is not very big. Sure, there are some differences, but in general, it is just a matter of preference on which one you use. Ideally, if you had all the time in the world, you could use them both at all times and always compare and contrast. As far as my term project goes, I will probably jump back and forth. Depending on what kind of results I get will determine whether or not I continue my search to the other image site and vice versa. It is only because I have a bias towards Google that I would start with Google News as my first image site, but you might prefer Yahoo News, and there would definitely be nothing wrong with that.

For images, however, there are many other tools that may prove to be even more useful than the two. Sites like Google Images, Yahoo Images, or Flickr, which although aren't directly limited to news photos, might provide better images. The images from Google News and Yahoo News are only drawn from the articles, and therefore may not provide me with that great of results anyhow.

Due to the variety of the internet and all of its resources, I might never really set my mind to one resource, but use a combination of a couple in order to generate the best results possible.

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