AOL has relaunched AOL News. The new design lays out news in an blog-like fashion, with excerpts of all the day's main stories laid out chronologically from top to bottom.
Dave Winer says good, river of news.
But Download Squad asks, does it make sense to present mainstream news on hundreds of diverse topics in this fashion?
It's all about loyalty (or otherwise). Blog design makes sense if readers are loyal and visit the site frequently, AND are interested in most or all of the stories. If they want to dip in an out and read what interests them, the design will frustrate them quickly, and the (highly successful) BBC News website is a much better option.
Why am I interested? Because I'm planning on microchunking academic content into a blog-like format next year. Will it work? Anyone tried it?