Monitor News/Sports/etc.

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Hi DuckDuckGo community!

I'm new here and joined cause I would love to see what you guys think about the following feature:

It's really hard to stay up to date on news. Let's think about a situation as it currently is in Europe/Ukraine. From protest to almost a war situation there has happen so many things. Many reports have been written on different sites, but it's really hard to follow. The only way to do so is to repeatedly go back to news sites. I have to do that several times on several sites to get a general good balanced meaning.

How cool would it be if I could type something like !monitor {topic} and it would figure out me the latest updates from sources which are related to the topic.
So if I would type a topic related to sports, it would source from for example ESPN, otherwise from NYT, guardian etc. It would be cool if I don't have to refresh somehow, like keeping it open as a auto updated list.

This could also be used for following topics:
- Sport
- Storm Tracking
- News in general
- Conference/Events (WWDC for example)

Hope this makes sense!
The Guardian
• posted 4 years and 7 months ago Needs More Definition

I just realised that i described it as a !bang (!monitor {topic}) but it actually should be a function from the size - instant answer
posted by dhess 4 years and 7 months ago Link
Thanks! Was a bit confused :P
posted by zac Staff4 years and 7 months ago Link
There is currently a News instant answer that you can trigger with, "news" whenever there's a relevant story.

Can you elaborate on what you mean by following the stories?
posted by zac Staff4 years and 7 months ago Link
That's awesome! The only addition - the following/monitoring of news - would be to have an autoupdate of that list.

So every certain time interval the list would give the latests headlines back and update the view.
posted by dhess 4 years and 7 months ago Link
The idea of "collecting" current events from a myriad of sources sounds great - until you realize that "news" has quickly been reduced to a few rerouting sources and a lot of "whippin' it around the 'net".

If a news collection service is implemented, it needs to allow tiered sources - collecting from the "usual suspects" news agencies, collecting from foreign but reliable news agencies, collecting from small countries news agencies that typically don't show up until page 1000 of a google search, and a random collection of from each tier.

DuckDuckGo has the potential to re-level the playing field for *reliable* sources - whether commercial, government or crowdsourced.
posted by <hidden> • 4 years and 2 months ago Link