In a move intended to provide people with information on positive solutions, Google is testing a new feature that delivers only good news when asked, as well as a feature in google.com to serve
quick links to information the user might need.
“Tell me something good,” a new experiment for Google Assistant, delivers “a dose of good news,” writes Ryan Burke,
creative producer, Creative Lab at Google, in a blog post. It aims to reduce anxiety by being overly focused
on a problem rather than trying to find a solution.
During the trial phase, the information serves up on any device with Google Assistant installed, such as Google Home, Android phones or
The stories highlight positive news with real solutions. They focus on real people trying to solve significant problems like the opioid addition problems sweeping the United States or
ways to prevent teen drinking problems.
The results are curated from the Solutions Journalism Network, a group that aggregates positive and feel-good stories from publishers worldwide. The
results link directly to stories on publishers like The New York Times, and NPR.
The search feature, which filters out bad news to reduce negative news fatigue, allows people who use the
Google Assistant to say “Okay, Google, tell me something good,” and the feature returns only good news. Burke wrote that Google enabled the feature because it sometimes feels as if there
are only problems out there,” and it wants readers to have a balance.
Another search feature that recently appeared in google.com serves up a quick link to suggested information based on the
search history of the user in that specific browser.
In one instance a prior search on “cruises” or even the “Crystal Cruise Line” in google.com several weeks later
served up suggestions in the browser window even before typing in a keyword or term to query.