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Have news web sites lost their collective minds?

Old 09-24-10, 01:27 PM
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Have news web sites lost their collective minds?

The new CNN Politics section is beyond atrocious. Does anyone like this?
http://www.cnn.com/POLITICS/

<a href="http://imageadventures.com/other/cnnnow.jpg">Historical screenshot of today's page for future reference</a>


MSNBC has gone to some crazy format with moving tools on the right and expanding content areas (you have to click "show more text" to reveal part of the story) and scroll down areas instead of a steady stream of content, not to mention the clutter of related items and videos.

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http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/39324896...-decision_2010

Social media tools are cluttering the news, and idiotic implementation is making it worse. My humble opinion.

Anyone find this trend to be a positive one?
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Old 09-24-10, 01:36 PM
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Re: Have news web sites lost their collective minds?

I suspect that this, and the IMDb changes that everyone is complainging about, are to make the website more iPad friendly.
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Re: Have news web sites lost their collective minds?

I can't fix posts, but the broader definition of ipad friendly is "idiot friendly".
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Old 09-24-10, 01:46 PM
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in the future only the crazy people and the Luddites will read the news on their computer. everyone is going to be reading it on their smartphone or tablet computer on the go, in a coffee shop or on the couch at home
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Old 09-24-10, 02:16 PM
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MSNBC looked bad years ago, but I actually think they look a little better now.

At least yahoo news and google news are still ok.

These days if I just want a quick read of the news, I check the news at twitter eg google "twitter cnnbrk".
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Website design has just gone completely downhill in the last couple of years. All of these AJAX controls and other nonsense is like how people used to type documents with 7 different fonts when the little Macintoshes came out. Hopefully, we'll go back to simpler interfaces that aren't so heavy on network calls every millisecond.
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Re: Have news web sites lost their collective minds?

It's like espn.com. Apparently website designers think the more clutter, the better.
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I use NubiNews to access my Google Reader RSS feeds.
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I can't stand browsing the web on my ipad but because of your comments, I tried the CNN page. No, it's still awful.
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It's like espn.com. Apparently website designers think the more clutter, the better.
Ugh, complete overkill. And then they autostart videos and drop ads down. I hate it.
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I think I'm in love with rss again, don't know why I didn't stay with it.

I like the "preview in Firefox" web feed option in Firefox. Click "subscribe to this page" which brings up the preview and you can just bookmark it. Very clean.
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Cluttering up websites has been a trend for several years now.
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RSS is absolutely the way to go. I actually get most of my news from the Google News widget on my EVO and the BBC.

And actually, for those of you who hate the iPad, I will say I think the BBC app on the iPad is just about the best way to lay out news. It's five rows, each with a different category, and you scroll horizontally across each row to see the news stories, which show up on the right side of the screen when you select one. It's simple, effective, the layout is consistent, and no one would ever think to lay out a web page that way.

Let's see if Apple will let me get away with hotlinking to one of their images:

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Website design has just gone completely downhill in the last couple of years. All of these AJAX controls and other nonsense is like how people used to type documents with 7 different fonts when the little Macintoshes came out. Hopefully, we'll go back to simpler interfaces that aren't so heavy on network calls every millisecond.
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Re: Have news web sites lost their collective minds?

Originally Posted by CRM114 View Post
Website design has just gone completely downhill in the last couple of years. All of these AJAX controls and other nonsense is like how people used to type documents with 7 different fonts when the little Macintoshes came out. Hopefully, we'll go back to simpler interfaces that aren't so heavy on network calls every millisecond.
I can't remember agreeing with something you have ever posted more than this.
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