03 July 2008

Sky Launches Interactive Site

Sky News has unveiled a new beta version of its website where interactivity and customisation are the name of the game.

The site has a community section managed by Pluck which currently comprises discussion forums and comments areas.

According to the Guardian, the community offerings will be expanded in the future to allow users to create profiles of themselves and start writing their own blogs.

Other current interactive features include a Story Tracker device enabling visitors to select up to ten articles for which they want to receive automatic updates.

And the left-hand sidebar has a customisable element as users can select the category of news they wish to see displayed there.

Sky News Networked Media editor Steve Bennedik said of these new customisable sections: “The features we are introducing to personalise the site are just the start of a process aimed at allowing our users to tailor sky.com/news to suit all their online needs.”

The site has also introduced a new blog penned by Sky News anchor Eammon Holmes.

Further details on the new site can be found on the Sky News editors’ blog.

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