With Discover, Google will “help you discover new and interesting content about things that matter to you.” Something seems to have changed recently with Google Discover, as more users get more and more new news and evergreen articles.
Over the past week, Google Discover users have been complaining about being served news that is days old. For some, the entire feed is filled out in this way without content that has been published in recent hours. Updating the feed from the Google app does not load recent stories. Others are still getting updated articles, but have also noticed an increase in older content.
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For example, when planning your next trip, Discover can display an article with the best places to eat or sights to see. Suddenly, a travel article published three months ago is timely for you.
Over the past two years, I have anecdotally noticed that people are still surprised when Discover discovers old articles. In recent weeks, it seems that more and more users are seeing evergreen content and older news. It’s a pretty big change from posting stories in the last few hours, if not the minutes.
This recent uprising, encapsulated by a high-profile Reddit thread, reflects how most people use Discover to stay up to date on their interests, as well as current events, and therefore does not like how the feed has “stopped showing recent news.” be that Google is experimenting, but quite a bit, with what is shown in Discover, it is not clear if this is part of a broader change of mandate for the feed.
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