- customizable location/interests when becoming a member
- user can narrow down what they're looking for
- ads are more custom to interests, where in print they're more custom to the section they're in
- top picks, popular stories, etc.
- social & user interaction - facebook, twitter, etc.
- multiple navigations
- exact time story was posted/updated
most of these are pretty positive aspects of the web; however, some of the problems that we recognized were the overwhelmingness of all the news articles that were available and how when viewing one, the website tries to link you to several others that are related or within the same section. you really miss out on that sense of knowing all/most the news as you do when reading the newspaper. there's no end point to the website.
our next assignment was to start trying to come up with a few different concept ideas and to sketch out some wireframes illustrating those concepts. here are my three.
*social based - after talking these all over with some classmates and marty this morning, i've decided this is the concept i want to stick with. it's really focused on the social aspect, with the top featured story being next to an instant feed of what friends/people are saying about the story. marty suggested that i make it possible to select the types of people to chat with about the story, to make it more customizable for the visitor. the website would probably connect to facebook or something, and also has options to share news stories, star your favorites and view friends' shared news stories.
arrows - this concept focuses on the problem i talked about with being overwhelmed with all of the available news. to avoid this problem, the entire page goes one week at a time with the side arrows giving the viewer the option to go back a week or forward a week. each news story section also has the option to arrow through the news stories within that section. the viewer could hypothetically stay on one page to get all their news.
virtual newspaper - it was a tough decision between my social media concept and this one. this one is a mixture of the last concept (avoiding overwhelming stories) as well as helping viewers who aren't comfortable getting away from the printed newspaper. it starts off explaining what process they're about to go through along with a progress bar towards the bottom. it takes the viewer through each section to select news stories they'd like to read about, and then converts them into a virtual newspaper. we talked about how this option could have a few different possibilites, for example instead of selecting stories, they could just select the sections they want to read about so it wouldn't be as overwhelming.