Washington Post Launching Delightful New Personalized ‘Google News’

  you've got mail

What's Hot on the World Wide Web?Do you love Google News but wish it was somehow tied up with the Washington Post? Then you will really be delighted to hear that the WaPo is launching something called “Trove,” which is a magical way to apparently personalize the news you wish to see on your screen — sort of the way you’ve been able to do on the Internet, using Excite! News or RSS or Bloglines or whatever, since the mid-1990s. But this will be different! (Right? It has to be different in some way, we assume, even though assuming anything sane is extremely dangerous when discussing the Washington Post.) Let’s take a look at all the personalized options you’ll enjoy whenever the “Washington Trove” appears and is quickly and totally forgotten by the few who bother to look at it, once.

You've got mail! (From Richard Cohen not wearing a shirt)[Wall Street Journal/DCist]

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93 comments

  1. Badtux

    Wow, so I can have Pravda on the Potomac streaming to my web browser looking just like a 1990's CGI.pl script? Way to move into the 20th century, WaPo!

  2. Tommmcatt

    Do you love Google News but wish it was somehow tied up with the Washington Post?

    I don't know. Do you like unsugared lukewarm oatmeal but wish it were somehow mixed up with bloody diarrhea and corn bits?

    1. lulzmonger

      Do you like masturbation but wish it was somehow linked to being skinned alive while writhing in a vat of turpentine?

  3. Beowoof

    I like the gray with blue links with such a visually stunning page and Dana Milbank and Richard Cohen, how could I not go and personalize my msnbc page.

  4. JoshuaNorton

    Never thought I'd see the day when somebody was actually ripping off Drudge.

    Bet that would zip right through one of them high tech 1200 bps dial-up modem thingies all the kids are using now-a-days.

  5. neiltheblaze

    But see, unlike with the paper edition, I can't draw an arrow through Richard Cohen's head, or erase his eyes or anything. I prefer a more interactive experience.

    1. lulzmonger

      True. Also, I've found that although their smoothness is beyond reproach, both desktops & laptops have a serious deficit when it comes to absorbency.

  6. donner_froh

    According to the WSJ, initial users "will have to sign up for Trove through a Facebook account, so interests and other information from their profiles, along with fan pages they joined, will be reflected on the news site."

    Is the Washington Post really stupid or do they think their readers are more stupid than they are?

    1. littlebigdaddy

      If you have seen the shit they've been publishing (e.g., today, a big story about some guy who had a platonic relationship with a co-worker), I would say there is really no floor to the stoopid among the readers.

  7. Sophist [APPLESAUCE]

    Do you love Google News but wish it was somehow tied up with the Washington Post?

    I'm there! Just give me ten minutes to dial up my Prodigy account.

      1. WriteyWriterton

        And I'll re-raise with my first computer with the CPM operating system that was going to last as long as DOS.

      2. horsedreamer_1

        Don't knock Gregg Easterbrook's in-home e:mail provider.

        (I assume he also has e:mail thru coloradocollege.edu, brookingsinstitute.dumb, theatlantic.insufferable, & tnr.eatshitpoorz.)

    1. ChessieNefercat

      I love my little Palm Z22 (no internet thingy) and use it every day. Also my ten dollar tracfone. I somehow stumble through life, though obviously not as one of the cool kids. Sniffle. I think I'll get off the computer now and go watch something from my cheapskate cable plan (shopping, come-to-Jesus, and rerun channels mostly) on my big heavy not-flat-screen TV.

      But goodness gracious, that WaPo thing is hideous!

  8. chascates

    Only one page to bring me the thoughts of Richard Cohen, David Broder, Charles Krauthammer, Kathleen Parker, AND George Will? Finally, Web 2.0!!

    Actually, make that Web. -2.0.

  9. edgydrifter

    Twas brillig, and the WaPo Trove.
    Did gyre and gimble in the wabe:
    All mimsy were the Cillizza-goves,
    And the Cohen raths outgrabe.

    1. Pithaughn

      up thumb for really obscure poetry reference and sooooooooo many PPPPPPPPP's. I will follow you: "willfully, heroic and covered in napalm. Light me. Enflame my heroic spirit, fan the flames of my weeping metaphoric Neil Young , Kent state, flower in a buhddist's gun barrel"
      I made that up.

    2. Sophist [APPLESAUCE]

      One, two! One, two! And through and through
      The editor's pen went snicker-snack!
      He left it…

      …oh, wait, we're talking about the Washington Post, aren't we? Never mind.

    1. Pithaughn

      Oh, win and love! My wench reciev'th a pinch! Cast thy seed into Grendels maelstrom of modern feminineness, preach love peace and justice.

    2. Sophist [APPLESAUCE]

      …this display of love for
      Ronald Reagan should be shared.

      Oh, don't worry, I'm sure it will be. Quite extensively.

    3. Beowoof

      I keep telling my students that laser tattoo removal is going to be huge, and there is more evidence of that belief.

    4. Dudleydidwrong

      I grasped her smouldering young hips gently in both of my trembling hands and roughly turned her around so that her winsome, tear-streaked face was away from me.

      "Kneel, woman!" I ordered. With a heavy shove from my hands she instantly obeyed, falling to her knees in luscious, quivering fear.

      I slowly reached around and undid the top button of her stone washed blue jeans, and followed that move with a quick down stroke of her zipper. I slid her jeans downward and her creamy white skin appeared in all of its glory.

      I unzipped my fly and brought my fully-erect member into the open. I was ready for action.

      I pushed upward on her black T-shirt so that I could move my hands beneath her and cup her small breasts encased in a black bra.

      There appeared before me a message, tattooed upon the small of her back, just above the hemispheric division of her sweet round ass:

      "Ronald Wilson Reagan"
      1911-2004"

      She yelped in surprise as I projectile vomited upon her. Unable to help myself, I vomited again and again before she could jump to her feet and, with a horrendeous scream, run away, leaving me stunned and alone.

      I lay there amidst my stomach contents. "Holy shit!" I uttered to myself. "I wonder what she has tattooed on her lower abdomen! I'll bet it is a photo of The Great Communicator, nibbling her lawn."

      Rape prevention methods are cruel at best.

      1. Negropolis

        Mommy! Someone's being nasty on the internet!

        just above the hemispheric division

        Thumbs for slipping in the term "hemispheric division."

    1. bagofmice

      Technically, it's IE 2, a reskinned and bugfixed version of NCSA mosaic. One of the first browsers EVAR!

  10. fuflans

    rcohen's personalized start page is 'rcohen' stories, reader's digest jokes and an error accessing david denby?

    way to appeal to that '71-83' year old demographic, wapo.

  11. Jukesgrrl

    Dana Milbank's haircut.
    Richard Cohen's beard.
    David Broder's intelligence.
    George Will's personality.

    Yes, indeed, a virtual Virtual Treasure TROVE.

  12. mourningnmerica

    "…a magical way to apparently personalize the news you wish to see on your screen…" Hey, they already have that. It's called Fox News.

  13. Mahousu

    You may laugh, but "An Error Has Occurred" was the most insightful, interesting article I've seen in the Post all week. And I never would have found it without TROVE.

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