A Newspaper for the Web
Date: Fri, 12 Jan 96 17:18:52 -0800
From: Peter Langston <psl>
Subject: A Newspaper for the Web
I couldn't imagine being caught dead with a copy of USA TODAY under my
arm, but ... for a WWW resource, it's not bad. Its glitzy, content-light (or
perhaps "content challenged") format is just right for the relatively glitzy
Web. And they really seem intent on making it work; I understand that they
have over 20,000 pages ranging from sports to weather to... um, news.
For instance the weather must have thousands of pages alone - aside from
the expected clickable map of the U.S. for region selection (750 cities!)
there are a dozen weather articles including topical ones like "Storm Fades
Into History" (with 3 sub articles) and obvious perennials like "Next Week,"
"For Pilots," and "Weather Lite - Fun facts and bet winners."
So far I've been exploring their weather stuff and finding it quite usable
(unlike many other WWW weather resources that are much more meteorological
than I need when I'm trying to decide what to pack for a week in Boston).
Although response was relatively snappy, there are apparently several other
people using their web site, too. They went online 8/21/95, got their first
million hits by 10/16/95 and reached two million by 1/10/96.
USA TODAY <http://www.usatoday.com>
" " Weather <http://www.usatoday.com/weather/wfront.htm>
© 1996 Peter Langston