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Update, Reload & Party

Folks – we are going to be relaunching our site shortly, and what this means is that there will be moments of high anxiety and major service disruptions. Well, anxiety for us at least. And I apologize in advance for service disruption.

As of now we are not going to be making any updates to the site, up until we have cut to over to the new servers, and the new look. This should take most of the afternoon, and good part of the evening. At that point, I would be ready for a stiff drink … and some fun. (Finally a chance to dress in all black!)

We have plans for that as well. We have teamed up with Sharpcast to have a little party this evening at Mighty in San Francisco. [ Yahoo Map ]The private party is sold out (so to speak.) You are welcome to join us later at 10 when the private event is over. We will have a live band and deejay music. All details on Upcoming!


Looks like most of the site is working, though there is some weird stuff, and we will be working hard to fix this. I just wanted to take a moment and give a shout out to TeamGiga: Dave, Barry, Chauncy, Ideacodes, Katie and Nitin, who worked around the clock to help me meet the launch goal. I also would like to say thanks to friends like Mike Rundle who influenced my design sensibility and to Matt Mullenweg for writing WordPress. Tina Sedonne did the most excellent illustrations. Thank you guys!

Couple of design notes:

The Tabs: You channel surf on television, and you tab browse on your Firefox/Camino/Safari and IE 7 (beta). The tabs are just a way for you to focus on the sections/categories you love the most. Don’t like VoIP, but like to keep up with Mobile, just hit the mobile tab.

Featured tab is for our top stories of the day. When you have stars like Robert Young and Wagner James Au writing, well you got too much good stuff to have just one top story. All Stories give you everything from “today” in one easy to consume page. Just want to read Katie’s stories, you can click her byline and get only her posts.

More RSS Options: You might have noticed more RSS options. You can pick and choose what you like by your interests. (Mobile, VoIP & Telecom, Connected Home, Startups, Broadband, Software 2.0, India Inc., Online Games and Featured Posts Only.) We will offer you Author-Only feeds in a few days, so stay tuned. If you want it all, there is always the GigaFEED!

GigaOM Weekly Email: In case you miss it all, we can send you a weekly email, with our recommended picks. Hope you sign-up, even though it’s old school.

Folks, I am out for now, and counting on your patience, and support. Please send us feedback using our contact form. Bugs, complaints, suggestions and how we can improve this: I am at your service. Here is to writing more good stuff!

46 Responses to “Update, Reload & Party”

  1. Yeah, like I said, I’m talking about the visual design, not the way the site’s content is linked to. I guess it was done by ideacodes, but they could have just been following orders. I’m not sure that most people would think this visual design was better than the last.

  2. hi ajay –

    well, can’t say i was the only person involved in the effort — the man himself was a significant influence, as was our design team over at Ideacodes and others Behind the Curtain.

    however, one of the overall goals was to make it easier for people to discover the different content verticals the GigaOm team covers, and also to provide the writer headshot illustrations, to make it clear that folks like Katie and Robert and others were also writing stories, not just Om.

    the tabs are there to make it clear what subject areas we cover, as well as to allow people who like those subjects to focus more on their specific interests. we also created the ‘Featured’ section so that articles didn’t move so quickly off the main page. before, when everything was all in one area many times feature articles flew by quickly — however that view is still available via the ‘All Stories’ tab if you like the all-you-can-eat approach.

    while i can’t comment on the colors & look & feel (i’m not a designer), it was a design that several people seemed to like. but hey, we know we can’t please everyone. and we’re always open to suggestions :)

    regards & we’ll keep working on it,

    • dave
  3. Hello Dave, Good to hear my opinion was registered. Don’t mean to step on any toes, are you the one who came up with the design? I was just stating some honest criticism of the new design, mostly aesthetic (except for the bloated comment boxes, please cut those down). Perhaps you can articulate what the goals of this visual design were, why you made the choices you did. I’d be interested in hearing about it.

  4. I think the old design looked more professional. The current one looks like some random wordpress blog on the net. I’m specifically speaking of the rounded corner-framed posts with categories and tags unceremoniously dumped at the bottom, the comment speakbox frames that may seem cool to some but waste a lot of space, and the light blue and cartoon visual design that adds some personality but seems like some amateur blog on the net. The header and the footer of the pages are fine, it’s the framing of the content that’s not so great. I also like that you added links to contiguous articles, I always wanted those.

    I like that you tried to add some personality but your visual design communicates who you are. The old design communicated a slick, professional reporting blog, the new one seems like some kid on the internet installed wordpress and tried to write something cool. I prefer the former though it could always have been spruced up.

  5. Oh and on the layout:
    I think it looks good. 2 things though:

    the black line on top that strikes right through the logo is not necessary imho, and the horizontal scrolling annoys me :) also, do you sell your sponsors to only advertise to 1024 px + folks, and not to 800×600?

  6. Om et Team, I wish I could provide some constructive feedback on how to improve the new site but I’ve knocked around for about 30 minutes and can’t find any weaknesses.

    Lay out is simple and intuitive. Color scheme is easy on the eyes and
    inviting. Nice use of rounded corners and bubble comments to make the site feel less “tech” and more community.

    Hope you all enjoyed the party and any subsequent sleep. It is well deserved.


    p.s. If you are going to have an India tab, why not a “Canada” tab? We’re doing some great things up here.

  7. My only criticism – and this is design-related – is the serif font for your blog post titles. It just doesn’t flow with the rest of the theme, which is smooth and bubbly. Either make it bigger, fatter or just go with a similar font style to everything else.

    That said, I really dig your solid placement of ads (integrated but not obnoxious like other blogs and content-sensitive tabs across the top; the two stand-outs for me.

  8. ebrahim: thanks for the feedback, and sorry to make you feel ‘blue’…we might try out a few font ideas to see what works best for folks.

    moritz: we want to bring the broadband wiki into the OMpire at some point in the near future… working on that one.