I check the news several times a day on the internet. In the past I have defaulted to CNN.com. They seemed to have good selection in lead stories and were never late with breaking news.
But now I'm looking for a new site to get my news from. Why? Here's why:
The written word is gettting trounced by internet net video.
On the list of 12 Top Stories, only 7 of them can be read, 5 of them are video only.
I want to read my news, not watch it on video. Not to mention the time it takes. After clicking on the link, the video window pops up and the video starts streaming, then the advertisement plays. It takes 30 seconds to get to the actual video news story. That's half a minute to wait for my link to complete, an eternity in web site design.
In 30 seconds, I could have probably read the entire news article if it was written, or after the first paragraph, decided I didn't want to finish the story. Also, when you watch the news, you cannot highlight text and Google search to learn more about things easily.
I cannot understand why CNN is pushing video so much over text. Maybe they make more on advertising. Maybe they think it's what people want.
So, I'm looking for a new news site to check. Any suggestions?Posted by michael at January 18, 2007 04:27 PM