The founders of lyric website Rap Genius revealed today that they’re starting to move into annotating news content too, under the name News Genius.
They were onstage at Disrupt NY, where they gave a surreal, joke-y interview without too much detail about what News Genius actually is. Co-founder Mahbod Moghadam mostly told the audience to follow the Twitter account and asked, “When is Obama getting a verified account?”
If you do follow the account, you can see links to a number of annotated news-related documents. The first one appears to be President Barack Obama’s statement to the Senate on gun control, which has been marked up with links to additional content and context. For example, when Obama referenced the shooting of US Representative Gaby Giffords, News Genius includes quotes from the Wikipedia article on that shooting.