Monday, February 21, 2011

Although the content of can be appealing, the layout and design of the site is not.

Cluttered with photos and headlines everywhere, it's reminiscent of my children's bedroom on a Saturday morning after a sleepover. 

The content is better than the design. There are several ways of interacting with the site, opinion columns, video, even a way to watch the newscast if you missed it, via DVR. A box for the stock market is even on the upper right hand corner of the page.

As for advertising, I noticed a Sprint and a credit score ad. Not really anything fantastic but things that still apply to the general public.

I did like some of the content on this site but found its' political views to be a little nauseating. I seriously hate reading Planned Parenthood rants. How many times do we have to read about anti-abortion fanatics? How many times do we have to listen to Mr. O'Reilly. Seriously? This guy is a huge hypocrite.  Anyway, if they cut out a lot of their fat, they might be a better, more reliable site., as to be expected, has a wonderful website presentation. Not only is it visually appealing but the content of the photos actually draws you into the story.  It is very easy to read and instantly includes you as part of the audience by bringing up your Facebook pals, enticing you to become a part of the site.

It's topics relate to everyone, worldwide. It discusses peer networking sites, automobiles, even plights for our furry (and not-so-furry) friends. The reporting is probably the most original and objective that I have seen so far.  Video and i-report are both ways of interacting with the site and its creators.

Cars are the most advertised besides news in general.  The audience is naturally the world at large, so they must cater to it. I didn't notice any pop-ups.

This site is very clean-cut and straight to the point. The visuals are appealing right along with the relative articles. CNN has always been a reliable source for information as it does not usually have any fat. It's one of my personal favorites, online or television.

Monday, February 7, 2011

The Atlantic, Review

The Atlantic serves as a news website but it is kind of boring to look at.

Dark blue just doesn't really pop on the page and there are so many pictures...there aren't as many articles as one would hope. Content is lacking in comparison to other sites. The lines are all over the place, making your eyes wonder but never really focus. This site is not very well organized and the labels of the contents are vague. What does the label "culture" mean? I don't like that one at all.

There is some interaction on the site through video and email. Most of the ads are related to the site or job hunting. The site is pretty easy to navigate but it is not very appealing.

I am bored to tears just looking at the front page.

Review of

There is a reason that Time Magazine has been around for so long. It's just great to read.

The site is visually appealing, with bright red and white contrasting colors and design lines that do not annoy.
All of the content is organized well, the pictures are smaller, leaving room for the many articles displayed.

The content is actually very interesting. It discusses national and international news, addresses opinions on a level that does not seem like reading a highschool gossip column and features fun facts on different topics. The writing style is formal, there are several original pieces, including one very curious story about the Bank of China. There are several ways to interact with the site, including Twitter and Facebook, going mobile and podcasts. A panel of links to contact the site producers is on the very bottom of the page.

As for advertisements, they were pretty limited. I noticed more advertising for Time Magazine than for any other product. There were many headlines with links to articles.

I love this site because there are so many articles. I saw so many interesting leads that I kept stopping to read them. It was pretty hard to continue to write this blog when all I want to do is go back there right now and read.