Select a ZDNet blogger from our new home page

Select a ZDNet blogger from our new home page

Summary: The home page of ZDNet blogs has a new look. With our growing network of ZDNet bloggers, we needed a more interactive and fluid way to present the broad range of content and daily flow of posts.

TOPICS: Networking

The home page of ZDNet blogs has a new look. With our growing network of ZDNet bloggers, we needed a more interactive and fluid way to present the broad range of content and daily flow of posts. Selecting a blogger from the "Rollover view" allows you to preview that blogger's latest posts. With a few clicks, you can drill down to what most interests you or you can see who's posted what in the past few hours or days across the ZDNet blog network. We hope you'll find this a convenient way to scan and navigate our blogs. Alternatively, you can toggle to the "List view" for an alphabetical index of our blogs.



We're interested to know what you think of the new design, so don't hesitate to leave your comments in our TalkBack section below...

Topic: Networking

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  • I like it!

    Whoever designed the rollover view deserves a pay raise. Much better than the List View, thank you!
    Tony Agudo
  • Iz Nice

    Nicely Done!
    D T Schmitz
  • Hate it

    I dislike the change immensely. I want the old view back - the one with all the bloggers and their most recent article on one page. That was much easier to follow, and much easier to find any items of interest.

    The rollover view doesn't work. The links are javascript (come on, it's the 21st century - ever heard of CSS?) so I can't right click to open in a new tab.

    Even in the list view, how do I know if a blogger has written anything recently? Going down the 'last n' list doesn't work - they aren't sorted by blog, and you often fall off the end of the list.

    All I need is just a list of blogs - in a reasonably stable order - with the latest entry (or two). Since changing from that format, my readership of zdnet blogs has plummeted, as it's so much harder to find anything.
  • Camera lens crackers

    We have bloggers writing under assumed names, how about some "stand in" pictures? Click on Brittney Spears photo - and read George Ou's latest . . . ;)
    Roger Ramjet
    • I *like* that idea!

      I really, truly do! And it isn't the idea of a woman that looks like Britney Spears & understands tech, either... I swear!

      Justin James
  • Ugh

    I have been a regular ZDNet reader since... well, since about 1992 or so. With the exception of George Ou, David Berlind, Steve Gillmor, and Dan Farber, I have no clue who any of those faces are. I know the names just fine, but I don't pay attention to the author pictures. Dump it. Just dump it. As another commenter already pointed out, my readership of ZDNet's blogs fell significantly when you changed the listing format, and this is going to make it fall even more.

    Yes, it is good to have author's pictures, because it lends some humanity to the writers and helps readers mentally separate different writers ("oh yeah, the guy with the beard!"). But let's face reality. ZDNet bloggers aren't a group of supermodels (not saying you guys are ugly or anything), no one really sits there staring at your picture. It is wasted bandwidth.

    Maybe all of those development cycles should have been put into something that truly adds value, [b]LIKE FIXING YOUR BROKEN BROKEN BORKEN COMMENTS SYSTEM.[/b] When I waste development cycles on fluff while the application does not work right (after YEARS) I get this little present with my pay stub called a pink slip.

    The design work is nice, it's cute, don't get me wrong. But the person who decided to futz with this instead of the comments system is just fiddling some nice music while Rome burns.

    Justin James
  • Better, but not very efficient

    I like the idea, but it doesn't really work well in practice.

    First of all, it's very inefficient. I use Camino (a Mac Firefox spinoff), not sure how it is on IE or Firefox on the PC. But I have to click on each face to pull up their listing of recent articles. So to peruse what's new, I have to click and click and click and click. Forcing a user to go through so many clicks is a good way to lose a casual user.

    Second, the system is far from obvious. If I hadn't read this article, I'd have no idea how it worked. I'd have assumed that clicking on a face would have taken me to the home page for that blogger with all their listings. So I'm betting that the majority of users won't ever know this system exists.

    And most of all, as another poster has commented on above, the biggest problem with ZDNet is not the visual display of bloggers, it's the horrible Talkback system you use. Why not concentrate on improving this instead? It needs a "preview" function, it needs a simple way of adding links (a short URL can be pasted in as text, anything beyond the length of one line gets broken up and no longer works. If you use html tags, sometimes it works, sometimes it doesn't--very frustrating), and the stupid limits on thread length that everyone works around have to go!
    tic swayback
  • Has anybody seen that they can switch views?

    There's a small button above the pictures that says "list view." That gets rid of the pictures (if you really don't like our mugs!).

    • Doesn't help

      It doesn't help in two ways. First, it doesn't stick - so I have to change views every time. Second, the list doesn't tell me what articles they've written recently.

      There are other problems. Even if you like the pictures, they seem to be randomized. This is a new game...

      And I'm seeing an awful lot of flashing and flickering on the blog pages now, that I never saw before.

      If we didn't notice it (and yes, I did, after about 2 minutes of staring at it) it is being your designer FAILED FAILED FAILED at interface design. Inability to understand and interface is almost never the user's fault, it is almost always the designer's fault. If I have to learn how to interact with your interface, your designer lacks competance.

      This is reason #15,876,120 that I want to get my hands on every Web 2.0 person on the planet and show them the business end of a golf club: they put "cool" ahead of "usable" and all of their geek friends smile and say "right on!" while making interfaces less and less accesable. If no one can use your features, it doesn't bloody well matter what features you have. Period. End of sentence.

      Didn't you guys feature Jakob Neilsen in BTL not so long ago? I suggest you guys actually read him instead of just paying him lip service. He would tear this site open in about five seconds for its complete and utter lack of usability.

      Change this garbage. Just change it. Stop trying to make excuses about why it doesn't work, find someone who understands usability, and FIX IT.

      Let me reiterate my offer on the comments system, and extend it to the web site site design: for standard conultant rates of $250/hour, I will fix your website so it works on a technical and usability level. It won't be super-prettified when I'm done (not that it is very pretty at the moment) but at least it will be usable. And you'll get some hard, cold numbers showing whether or not outsourcing actually saves money.

      Increased usability = increased page views = increased revenue. Capice?

      Justin James
  • Fixed!

    I don't know whether it's permanent, but today (May 7) we're back to something like the original format. And it's much better!

    Now to go read sone blogs!