Google Cannot Patch Up Its Local News Service

September 27, 2019

A Xoogler had an idea for local news. Patch flopped. “Google Shutters Bulletin, Its Hyperlocal News Experiment” reports:

In a letter to users (obtained by Android Police), Google said in two weeks the Bulletin app will no longer be accessible. Users who shared content on the app will be able to download their posts until November 22nd. One reason Bulletin never took off was that it wasn’t highly publicized, so chances are few people are going to miss this.

With  the erosion of daily and weekly newspapers, how does a person get information about a particular city?

Not easily and maybe not at all.

What value were those old fashioned information services? Well, those old fashioned outfits provided advertising opportunities to zippy outfits like Google.

Who cares? Probably not too many Silicon Valley types. Anyway Google tried.

Stephen E Arnold, September 27, 2019


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