Yahoo! News vs Google News

By samooresamoore (1251644898|%a, %b %e at %I:%M%p)

In my last post, I talked about how amazing I think RSS is. This post is about how to apply the usefulness of RSS to news search engines. I decided to compare Yahoo! News and Google News because these are the two news search engines I plan to use the most in my research about oil consumption.

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The competition

I looked at the results from both Yahoo! News and Google News for the query "oil consumption" (including the quotes) for the last day and for the last week. I felt that looking at the last week would give me a good overall view of how relevant recent results from each search engine would be to my project. I looked at the last day to get an idea of how many relevant results I would receive daily in my RSS feed using this query.

For the last week, I looked at the first 20 results of each sorted by relevance. Here are my results expressed in percentages:

Last week
Yahoo! News Google News
Yahoo! News 35 10
Google News 30

As you can see above, the results from Yahoo! News were slightly more relevant than the results from Google News. The 10% shown at the intersection of Yahoo! News and Google News is the percentage of results that were BOTH relevant and overlapping. This was to give me a gauge of how many of the results that I would consider useful were actually appearing on both. It is clear that a lot can be gained from using both news searches as opposed to one.

For the last day, I looked at all of the results since there were fewer than 20. I recorded my results below using the actual number of results:

Total results from Yahoo! News: 11
Total results from Google News: 15

Last day
Yahoo! News Google News
Yahoo! News 4 3
Google News 4

It appears from these results that on a daily basis, Yahoo! News and Google News will give me about the same number of relevant sources in my RSS feed. A few more days would have to be looked at to draw a strong conclusion about this, but looking at the last day should give us a decent idea. The 3 shown at the intersection of Yahoo! News and Google News is the percentage of results that were BOTH relevant and overlapping. It can be seen easily that on a daily basis most of the relevant results from Yahoo! News and Google News are the same. If I had an RSS feed of these results, I would only get one additional relevant source from looking at both as opposed to one. Obviously, once again a few more days would have to be looked at before drawing a strong conclusion on this.

The conclusion

The important thing I have taken away from this for my project is that by having RSS feeds from both Yahoo! News and Google News using the query "oil consumption," I will get at least a handful of results that will keep me updated with relevant news about oil consumption.

As for my personal use, the combination of these tools has given me an even better way to prepare for interviews in the coming months than RSS alone. In my previous post, I mentioned that RSS gave me what I took BIT 330 for. The use of news searches with it will help enormously in preparing for interviews, because it will deliver the daily news about the companies I am interested in right to my RSS reader. Here's a list of some of the daily searches I plan to subscribe to that could help get you started:

Company Yahoo! News Google News
Goldman Sachs Y G
Morgan Stanley Y G
Deutsche Bank Y G
Citi Y G
BOA Y G

Subscribe to RSS feeds for each company you're interested in to keep you up-to-date and prepared!

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