Everything in the world is just fine


Today the BBC unveiled a new look to the BBC News website.

It’s a refreshing update. I visit very few websites these days and BBC News is one of them (it’s actually the home page in my browser).

I like the new design. I left a comment (#75) on the post at The Editors to say so, including my only critique that the use of two BBC logos so close together clashed visually.

Being the BBC and how so many people have strong opinion about what they do, the announcement post has attracted a lot of comments. As comments are moderated, it’s been interesting seeing the total comment count jump dramatically every 10 or 15 minutes (as I write this, it’s up to 162). Clearly someone at the BBC is working flat out behind the scenes.

Plenty of criticism – you can’t please everybody – with some good suggestions among them. I’m sure the BBC is listening and it will be interesting to see if any of them are acted on.

One I’m certain will be is the large number of complaints about the weather.

Rather, the link to weather forecasts which, with the old design, was prominent and easy to find. With the new design, there is no obvious link other than the customization option you have one click down the screen (and I like this option a lot).

Heh! You know that all is well with the world if the complaints you get about something are all to do with the weather, no matter what else is going on.

In any case, congratulations, BBC, nice job.

Neville Hobson

Social Strategist, Communicator, Writer, and Podcaster with a curiosity for tech and how people use it. Believer in an Internet for everyone. Early adopter (and leaver) and experimenter with social media. Occasional test pilot of shiny new objects. Avid tea drinker.