The Bond Between Google News and Osama Bin Laden

September 11, 2001, an unprecedented act of terrorism on U.S. soil, by a foreign militant group led by Osama Bin Laden, changed the course of history. People around the world were trying to comprehend what had just happened, and its implications to public safety, foreign policy, financial markets, and their own lives. Much of that […]

September 11, 2001, an unprecedented act of terrorism on U.S. soil, by a foreign militant group led by Osama Bin Laden, changed the course of history. People around the world were trying to comprehend what had just happened, and its implications to public safety, foreign policy, financial markets, and their own lives. Much of that exploration happened online. In the aftermath of this tragic events Google News was born.

Now, after 10 years Bin Laden is in the news again. The story of the killing of Bin Laden has taken the online world by storm. This time, relevant coverage from around the world is just a click away, in an automatically compiled Google News cluster with more than 80,000 sources.

Krishna Bharat, Founder and Head of Google News today said that "Google News now has over 70 editions in over 30 languages, and sends over 1 billion clicks a month to news publishers worldwide. Additionally, 1 out of 6 web searches on Google includes a set of news results, which're computed with the help of Storyrank. This helps bring coverage of the most important news story matching the query to the top of the ranking."

"We wanted to share with you some of the news coverage of the death of Bin Laden. For those you who enjoy digging into data, here's a list of over 150,000 links to news articles mentioning Osama Bin Laden over the last 5 days (May 1-5, 2011)," Bharat added.