Tuesday, July 18, 2006

Controversy helps promote crappy site

The "new" Netscape.com launched recently and was ill-received by Netscape users. Steve tried to unearth a controversy, saying that Netscape editors seeded the story on its homepage, to which Jason responded saying that users voted it to the top of the news on the homepage. Sounds like they're both missing the point.

What's more disappointing about the new Netscape.com homepage is that after hours and hours of usability, design and testing is that it sucks. That's the real news here, folks. The headline should read "Major Internet Player Launches Crappy Redesign". Care to differ? Just ask your users.

Let me beat the response to the punch -- I'm sure there were Beta people pissed when VHS came out. It happens. But turning on your base isn't exactly a wise business move. Unless, of course, you're going to fund a second-rate homepage to compete and possibly overtake Google. Good luck with that.

By the way, Yahoo, your new homepage blows too. The old one had more information, didn't have misfunctioning apps on its homepage (e.g. Yahoo Mail) and didn't force crappy celebrity/entertainment information like "The 9" in my face.

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2 comments:

Michael said...

Why are so many -- Netscape, the NYTimes, etc. -- rushing to make their sites look like a blog, or have a predominant look of a "social media" site??

It's a good idea, but too much -- like what Netscape has done -- to WAY too, too much. Very annoying. The viewers' choice is nice, but I'd also like some news judgment to play a role; not a popularity contest.

-- Mike
(Yes, I'm late with this comment, but was on vacation last week and used my free time to focus on living rather than blogging.)

David Binkowski said...

It's as if Jakob Neilsen's dream is coming true - design no longer matters when it comes to web sites. ;)

Hey Mike, I appreciate all comments. I just got back from vacation too, so sorry for the late approval!