Google Living Story, a new experimental way to read news online. The basic idea of a living story is to combine all of the news coverage on a running story on a single page. Everyday, instead of writing new articles having new different urls, living story resides at a permanent url with updated information.
With this type of development, you can have a quick overview of all the articles in one single url. The Google living story also updates by highlighting the newly updated story whenever you come back again. All the news is summarized for you.
For the past four months it has been a lab edition project by Google in collaboration with two of the country’s leading newspapers, The New York Times and The Washington Post. Later it was made as open source package that lets you to create similar living stories on your own website.
So, Today Google has introduced the Living Stories plugin and theme for WordPress. Now anyone who publishes through WordPress can use the plugin to organize coverage of an ongoing event on a single dynamic page.
As Eric Zhang explains on Google’s blog:
We first showcased Living Stories in December through a two-month-long experiment with the New York Times and Washington Post. We got great feedback from both readers and publishers. Our next step was to open-source the Living Stories format, allowing publishers to build on it using Google’s AppEngine infrastructure. We then released a version of the code that runs independent of our infrastructure. Since then, a number of publications have shared their ideas for ways we can offer additional tools to help them create Living Stories.
It’s easy to setup with its plug-and-play feature. You can find the tutorial on how to install the living stories WordPress plugin – Link
You can watch the Google Living Stories Official Video on YouTube
Ultimately, Google Living story is a very smart approach to news stories. The Living Stories project has a huge potential for the news industry.
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