Newssift was a news search engine developed and offered by the Financial Times. It was active from 2009 to 2010. Newssift crawled thousands of news sources worldwide, selected and merged by editors. Really special was the output page. The user could refine the results according to various categories. In addition, analyses of the mood or article sources were offered and there was an overview of the user's own search history.

Language English

Launched March 2009
Closed 2010

Developer FT Search unit within the Financial Times

Country of Origin US America

2009 - 2010 Financial Times

Topic News SeEn

Region No Limitation

Technical functionalities
SeEn with analysing, data mining tools
Robot/Crawler based, algorithmic search
Manually by an editorial team selected sites search engine
Semantic search

Used SeEn Newssift

Older Version Internet Archive / WebCite

McGee, Matt (2009): »Newssift, a semantic business news search engine created by The Financial Times, has launched in beta tonight. Currently indexing thousands of news sources worldwide, and with millions of articles in its database, Newssift aims to bring context and meaning that its creators say is missing from traditional keyword-based business news search engines.

Users can refine queries across multiple search options, such as Topic, Organization, Place, Person, and Theme/Keyword (see the gray area at top). Below the suggestions, Newssift’s search results include additional context, such as the ability to refine results by Sentiment and/or Article Sources (see pie charts on left). Using the screenshot above as an example, a searcher could quite easily drill down to find news articles that talk positively about Yahoo and its new CEO, Carol Bartz … and then click to see negative coverage, too. The ability to save searches is a nice feature, as is the saving of your search history, both of which can be accessed quickly from the search engine’s main navigation bar.

A team of editors helps choose and aggregate the sources that Newssift crawls, but Johnson says the engine gives no preference to Financial Times news articles. « Source


Critical points

Features & Functionality

A Video about the funktionality: What is Newssift? on Vimeo Source


Example results page for "Barack Obama": Source

References & further Publications

Wikipedia (EN): n.a.
Wikipedia (Others): n.a.

Other Sources

Patience, Nick (2010): Goodbye Newssift, we hardly knew you. Online available at Too much information. URL:
CrunchBase: Newssift from FT Search Inc. URL:
Jacobsen, Nils (2009): Newssift: Die Super-Suche der Online available at Meedia Topstory. URL:
McGee, Matt (2009): Financial Times Launches Newssift, A Business News Search Engine. Online available at Search Engine Land. URL:
SCHONFELD, ERICK (2009): The Financial Times Launches Its Own Business News Search Engine (Newssift). Online available at TechCrunch. URL:

Created: 2013-02-18