Harshdeep 2.0

May 16, 2006

News timeline on NDTV.com

Filed under: Uncategorized — harshdeep @ 5:11 pm

There are a lot of reasons why online news score over the traditional newspapers – freshness of content and easy search being the most prominent.

But old habits die hard – I hardly visit a news site for non-technical news – I get them the conventional way, through newspapers. But recently, I visited NDTV.com – it's pretty impressive and there is one feature that I fell in love with.

When you click on a news item, in addition to the text of the story, you get a Timeline panel in which related stories are listed in reverse chronological order. So if you've not been in touch lately, it gives you a good context of the story. 

For example, I clicked on the timeline window for a news story regarding protests against the new reservation policy being proposed (in India) and I got a list of news items from the time this policy was announced to protests in different parts and changing statements from politicians – it definitely gives a better insight into the matter than reading separate pieces of news here and there would.

Kewl

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