At last Thursday’s press unveiling, CNN.com SVP and GM Kenneth “KC” Estenson said one goal was to do a better job highlighting video. Mission accomplished.
As my colleague Kevin Allocca wrote, a beta feature called “NewsPulse” (“like an iTunes for news”) enables visitors to see how popular particular stories are. Topping the list Monday morning: “‘Jane Doe’ found in N.Y. identified,” followed by “Morrissey in hospital after collapse.”
Several readers asked WebNewser over the weekend whether CNN.com Live was still online. Fear not. You can reach it by typing in the URL yourself (CNN.com/live) or going to the Video and clicking on the “Live on CNN.com” hyperlink below the banner to the right.
The redesigned site also offers a higher profile for iReport, which allows users to submit news articles.
But the real question, as always, is how the new CNN.com is playing in the Twitterverse. Some sample tweets:
“I’m impressed…at first glance it’s a very clean, well presented UI.” — @pepperjamceo
“new CNN.com almost gave me a heart attack. Sweet Jesus, when did that happen?” — @kristinmc
OK, someone cut off Kristen’s caffeine supply. We don’t want any tragedies.
Call me crazy, but I like CNN.com’s redesign. — @karstendick
Diggin’ the new CNN design. Very nice. Give me a solid grid and I’m happy. — @AisleOne
The newly redesigned CNN.com: Lipstick on a pig. Just sayin’. — @tindogcoffee
“CNN.com re-design goes live tom’w, promises ‘easier access to stories about car chases and missing white children.'” — @willmckinley
You have to admit that last one is funny.