Google News Doesn't Retain Search Query From

Nov 21, 2011 • 8:25 am | comments (7) by | Filed Under

Google News LogoLast week we reported Google Forgets Your Query Between Verticals.

At first, I thought Google not remembering your search query on to pass through to Google News was a mistake but it might not be.

Try it yourself, go to type in a query and then click on the "News" link in the top navigation. Guess what happens? You are taken to the Google News home page and that is all.

A Google News Help thread has Googler, Erik, saying that this is not necessarily a bug, if I am reading him right. He said:

First off, we want to thank you for your feedback regarding this particular change in functionality, where clicking the News tab after running a query in Search takes you to a clean News page. As always, we welcome and take user comments very seriously.

Sometimes Google will make smaller changes like this one in preparation for larger improvements to our products further down the line. We appreciate your patience during this process. To help maintain the quality of your Google News experience, we do have a workaround for this issue. Clicking the "News" option on the left side of the search results page will bring you straight to the Google News results for your search. The results should be quite similar to those that appeared previously using the "News" tab at the top of the page.

He then added in another thread:

We're constantly running experiments and making changes to the interface of Google products to improve the user experience. To switch between Search and News results, click the "News" option on the side of the window rather than on the bar at the top of the window.

I know Google drops the query when you go from Google to Google Maps but does it make sense for Google to Google News?

Forum discussion at Google News Help.

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