The BBC have finally released their updated homepage, after months of Beta. It’s very Web 2.0 with curvy edges, pastel colours and viewer customisation.
When I first saw it, I wasn’t impressed. I couldn’t really put my finger on what it was exactly, but the colours weren’t right and it just didn’t do it for me. The only bit I felt was of any use was the clock in the corner - which is very cool, by the way.
But now it’s released, it’s much better. Again, I’m not sure exactly what’s changed to make it different, but I feel like it actually works.
Anyway, the benefit: You can pick and choose what information you want and you can drag it around the screen.
It’s like the Yahoo pages of old, a customisable homepage, but this is done the BBC way. And everyone knows when the BBC does something, they do it right. It may not be right for you, but they’ve put a lot of thought into it.
I’ll be honest and say I’m not going to use it very much. I don’t remember the last time I went to bbc.co.uk. I tend to go to news.bbc.co.uk or else I know the extension I’m looking for: /radio, /tv or /sport.
However, well done to the BBC for updating a homepage that was looking very old and increasingly done.