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Summary:

A primary goal for the GigaOM family is to provide the best experience for visitors, and that means keeping the sites performing as well as possible. We have rolled out site changes to make things better, and easier to find. It happens to look nice, too.

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This site has been a proud member of the GigaOM family for two years now, and things just keep getting better! One of the continual goals for jkOnTheRun is to provide the best experience for visitors, and that means making the site easier to use. You’ve no doubt noticed the subtle changes to the site design that have been rolled out, and soon you’ll see the performance of the site improve. The new changes have been implemented to make visiting jkOnTheRun as pleasant for the readers as possible.

These changes are being rolled out across the entire GigaOM family, so everyone can benefit no matter which site is being visited. The header at the top has been unified across the network, so it’s now easier to find desirable content no matter where it lies. The benefit will be immediate for jkOnTheRun as our content will be exposed to a huge new audience.

These changes don’t affect the content you are used to seeing here on the site. They’re intended to make it a easier for you to find what you are looking for, and enjoy reading it. You can still subscribe to the content at jkOnTheRun via email, follow us on Twitter (@jkontherun), Facebook, and get the RSS feed with everything as usual.

Om Malik describes the changes best:

Of course, many of the industries we obsess about– online video, mobile devices, collaboration, cloud computing and clean technologies among many others — are converging and are influencing the outcomes of others. Mobile devices redefine the meaning of collaboration, just as data centers for cloud computing drive up need for power, including clean power.

So what we’ve done is build a back-end system to showcase content from across the network, each one picking out the pieces that meet the needs of their unique set of readers. Our objective is to give you a more-frequently updated, more in-depth, 360-degree view of the technology business we so obviously love.

We’re anxious to know if you find the changes makes the site better to use. Please let us know in the comments, as you’re the reason we are here.

  1. Hey, I like a lot new design. It’s very clean and easy to read, and I like too new title bar. Congratulations.

  2. No question, a more pleasurable user experience. I, on the other hand, liked the old jkontherun; same as I prefer the local diner over Applebees. The gentrification of America won’t stop until we all say Grande instead of Large. Wow, do I feel old!

  3. I think the more this site integrates with GigaOM the more it ends up losing in individuality and character. Relinquishing control has made a colorful and interesting blog slowly turn into a bland corporate imitation. Sorry if that sounds harsh, but too much change doesn’t always lead to improvement. I have nothing against progress, and I’m glad you guys haven’t quit your day job, but I get the feeling you’re trying to fix something that was never really broken.

  4. Keep up the good work here. I love the deep analysis provided by GigaOm and jkontherun. Most other blogs simply regurgitate what pretty much everyone else is saying and provide nothing new. I come here (and to gigaom) pretty often to get more of the insight and more importantly analysis.

    Thanks.

  5. Glad you got rid of that drop-down menu at the top left, for choosing a different site in the family. Confusing, sluggish, and didn’t work until the page was completely loaded.

  6. Where has the link to your coverage of e-books, e-readers, etc? Thx

  7. James and Kevin,

    You know… your site is now bland. Your personalities are being taken out of the site design. A lot of your good original content, is being paired down, and seems to be more lead articles for paid for content on GIGOM paid site. I do not like the fact that your branding is taking second seat to GIGOM, and your uniqueness is being taken away. I miss the site of a year ago. The same holds true for The Apple Blog. The amount of content is going down, as is seems that you are being redirected to do research and create paid content. At first I thought the GIGAOM network would be great for cross sourcing articles and content for the various blogs. I Never truly like GIGAOM.COM I did like a few of Om’s articles. But never cared for his site.
    Now it seems that you are nothing but the “mobile” page on the GIGAOM mega-site, and have lost all of your site’s individual charm.
    I don’t fault you for wanting to make money from the site. I just wish you could had just been able to keep your own branding.

    I’ll keep reading, I just won’t enjoy the site as much.

  8. I’m liking almost everything about the site including the tabs up top. The problem is whats above the tabs. I was okay with the last couple of site refreshes, but damn when I visited the site this morning I couldn’t tell where I was, I thought they removed the individual blogs, and put it all under gigaom.com.

    I like many others will keep reading the site, but I’m disappointed that your site has literally lost every grain of individuality, except the writers.

  9. Congrads to the web designer.. for taking blandness to a new level. I don’t like the new design I’m afraid.

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