A few changes on the BBC website

Published March 13, 2009

There have been a few tweaks on the site that are worth mentioning, the first is on the news homepage. The ticker at the top of the front page has changed slightly to display both latest news and breaking new. There is also more control over the ticker, with a pause button plus forward and back controls.

The idea is that the more important breaking news stories will show with white text on a red background, whilst the latest headlines is red on white.

Also, the box on the right hand side that indicates which stories are popular by Most Read and Most Emailed has changed. The emailed tab has become “Most Shared” to indicate that users are highlighting news items on Facebook, or sharing them in other ways. More information about the above changes is available here.

One very important change to the site, in my opinion, is the ability to embed video content on third party sites. So, if you find a news story you would like to add to a blog post, to illustrate your point, that is now really easy to do. There was a more technical way to do it previously, but now the player comes with information about the video content and the story it relates to. Read more about that here.

Finally, it looks like the Radio 4 homepage will be getting a much needed upgrade. Apparently, the team are looking through the results of the user-tests and will be implementing their findings and releasing the redesign shortly. Some of the ideas behind that are shared in the Radio 4 Blog.

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