This Will End Well

Quickly: Google News is going to allow users to comment on stories.

From the press release:

“We’ll be trying out a mechanism for publishing comments from a special subset of readers: those people or organizations who were actual participants in the story in question. Our long-term vision is that any participant will be able to send in their comments, and we’ll show them next to the articles about the story. Comments will be published in full, without any edits, but marked as “comments” so readers know it’s the individual’s perspective, rather than part of a journalist’s report.”

Ten dollar bet that Google’s concept of “participants” will be a very vague one. YouTube comments, except for the news? Err… Can’t wait.

— Neal Ungerleider