I’m belatedly adding this announcement I posted to Facebook last week on Trotz.com for posterity – who knows when Facebook is going to go belly up?!? In all seriousness, I was both humbled and honored by nearly 100 friends, coworkers and family far and near taking time to lend words of support. I think you dearly for all your blessings.
So last week I said goodbye to my workplace of 18 years. While it may be hard to believe so much time has passed, these photos certainly suggest otherwise. What’s next? I’m equally excited about not only taking a little time off but also the opportunity ahead. Here is the note I sent to my colleagues earlier today:
As many of you already know, my 18 years at Turner are coming to an end.
What I will miss the most are the people of Turner. Not that new project or product – but the other human beings it’s been my honor to work alongside for so many years.
It has been a pleasure to have lived, loved and learned new things every day of my years spent at Turner. I think back to my job interview in 1997 – with much more hair, and much darker hair at that, talking to Jim Walton about how the internet was going to change media as we know it.
Strategies change, business headwinds ebb and flow, but with the kind of people I’ve had the pleasure of working with at Turner, a job becomes more than a job – it becomes a passion. And for having that opportunity, I am forever thankful.
I am looking forward to future adventures, and feel certain that our paths will intersect again.
In the interim, I can be contacted at firstname.lastname@example.org.
After over 18 months of work amounting to literally thousands of staff hours, the CNN.com site has been reborn in full embracement of modern web content and technology approaches. After an extensive beta, the site has now replaced the prior version of CNN.com which had essentially never had this extensive and end-to-end redesign in it’s nearly 12-year-long history.
You’d think I’d hear about this around the office, but instead saw this blogged by someone at Optaros, a vendor we use. My co-workers David Payne, Dermot Waters and Lori Adams are blogging the CNN.com Relaunch project. Check it out here. The comments are a great read.
Something strikes me as… different. I can’t quite put my finger on it. It looks cleaner. Brighter. Cleaner. Grayer. Whiter. Redder. Bluer. Nicer.
The blogs seem to have welcomed the new video treatment (no popup player, and now in Flash!), the Amazon-like ‘We Recommended’ feature, the intelligent use of Ajax, the tabbed presentation in stories highlighting multimedia elements and even, daresay it, the cleaner ad presentation. Some comments do opine for the ability to embed videos on user sites, however. I do think the new site embraces the spirit of Web 2.0, emphasizing the blogosphere on every story (via Sphere) and utilizing Topix for local coverage. Another very cool feature are the new Hot Topics pages, which are being autogenerated for pretty much any story, personality or subject you might dream up; here are a few examples: tuberculosis, Lindsay Lohan, Vioxx, and George W. Bush. As an added bonus, all of these are also available as RSS feeds, huzzah!
As with Gametap 3.0 that launched yesterday, my team has been working on the advertising portions of this project for many months. I’m encouraged to read in some blogs that the ads are less obtrusive, and on the technology side, we’ve really broken what I believe is new ground with some of the underlying approaches, especially around the new video players.
Please do check it out, and be sure to add your comments – there is a handy ‘+Feedback’ link on most pages, and the site wants to hear your opinion. More coverage of the beta can be found here.
Photos, musings and miscellany – New and Improved!