November 29, 2020
Google Assistant Tell Me Something Good

Google wants to Make People Feel Good about the World Around Them

Here’s a new twist on getting up-to-date with the things going on around the world, use the Google Assistant “Tell me something good” hot phrase…

There’s no question the news of the day (every day) contains a lot of negative stuff. In fact, it’s one of the operating strategies commonly used in newsrooms called, “If it bleeds, it leads.” It certainly seems all the news that’s fit to print is bad. But now, Google is attempting to reshape the landscape with a new initiative. And, it’s using its digital assistant to do so.

Google Assistant ‘Tell Me Something Good’ Introduced

Just fire up Google Assistant and speak, “Tell me something good.” The voice controlled app will then dole out positive stories. The search giant calls this “solutions journalism.” For instance, it might surface news about local Detroit residents turning an abandoned lot into a bee farm. Or, how Iceland employed unique tactics to reduce underage drinking:

“The news has always played an essential role in our lives, keeping us informed about the world and the issues we care about. These days we’re consuming more news than ever, and sometimes, it can feel like there are only problems out there. But the fact is, there is a plethora of ‘good news’ happening, and we’re not talking about unlikely animal friendships or random acts of kindness. Real people are making progress solving real issues—and hearing about those stories is a crucial part of a balanced media diet.”

To make this happen, Google is partnering with a few news organizations and working with the Solutions Journalism Network. (The latter is a nonprofit which explores ways to solve issues by covering insightful news.)

Overall, it’s part of a trend toward improving digital health, as social networks Facebook and Instagram have already introduced time-management toolsWatch a short explainer video about the new Google Assistant ‘Tell me something good’ feature: