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Some changes at FCW.com

You may have noticed some changes at FCW.com recently.

Well, we are trying to freshen things up a bit ... and we are also trying to build on our promise that 1105 Government Information Group's three main publications -- FCW, GCN, and WT -- will cover the government IT world in a more holistic way.

Here is the message that FCW.com Web Editor Stephanie Kanowitz sent to our staff yesterday:

You may have noticed some changes on FCW.com lately. Last week, we added what we ... have been calling a universal navigation bar. You will find this at the top of every page. It includes links to all 1105 Government Information Group properties, spotlighted FCW content, archives, subscription services and more. GHIT, GCN and WT also have the nav bars, but their "Spotlight On" links include things related to those publications.

Story pages also look slightly different. The box in the upper right-hand corner now has tabs to the latest stories from GCN, WT and FCW. These are generated by RSS feeds.

Speaking of RSS feeds, see what FCW RSS feeds you can subscribe to.

Lastly, FCW has added two blogs: The Lectern and Letters to the Editor. The Lectern is written by columnist Steve Kelman and tackles the same issues he takes on in his columns only in a more conversational and less formal tone. The Letters to the Editor blog is self-explanatory.

If you have not done so already, check out the great coverage of the Federal 100 Awards this year.


There will be more changes as we move forward. Again, as I have stressed numerous times, the merger of FCW, GCN, and WT is an opportunity to cover stories in a more complete way, and therefore this is one way to do that -- by pointing to each other's stories from our respective Web sites.

One thing I really like about the universal navigation bar is that it puts everything up top -- including blogs, which used to be buried.

And I actually just noticed that the 'most viewed' stories feature is gone. I don't know about you, but I like seeing what everybody is reading. We'll try and find a place for that feature without cluttering the page too much.

And, on a personal note, if anybody has a good Web-based RSS feeder, let me know. I was using a client program, but it seemed to slow Outlook. (What can I say -- I had a lot of RSS feeds.) So if you know a good Web based program, I'd love to hear about it.

Posted by Christopher Dorobek on Apr 04, 2007 at 12:16 PM


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