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Netscape for Breakfast – What were they Thinking?

Written by George Manty  · June 30, 2006

I got up this morning and checked my email and low and behold I had a bunch of comments waiting for moderation on my Netscape vs. Digg post. The comments sounded as if Netscape’s social bookmarking site wasn’t beta anymore. So I took a trip over to the Netscape home page and sure enough they went live with it. Now that was a bold move!

I thought for sure they would make some tweaks based on user feedback. Nope, they just went live with it, pretty much looking the same way it did when they announced the beta was out.

The funny thing is that I was going to write a post next week that compared Netscape with Digg. I had never used Digg before so I signed up for an account this week and tried it out.

Much like Netscape’s sign up, the sign up for Digg was fairly simple.

Then I went to look at couple of articles and I voted (dugg) one of them that I found interesting. That was an easy process and I could easily find it.

I brought up Netscape’s beta in a new browser and looked at both objectively. Both interfaces are extremely similar. For some reason, I found Digg’s interface a little more intuitive. I am not sure why, but I think it might have something to do with the fact there are less graphics cluttering the scheme. Also, I don’t like the fact that when I click on an article in Netscape I don’t go directly to the site the article is from.

The one thing that I do like better in Netscape is the tabbed window at the top of the screen. You can easily switch between some of the top stories under a heading by going from one tab to another and I think that is very nice.

Overall, they are very similar. I have to give Digg a slight edge in useability over Netscape, but only slight.

That said, what I should have compared was the new Netscape with the old Netscape. Regular visitors of Netscape are definitely going to be comparing the old with the new. Instead of comparing Netscape with Digg, I should have done a comparison of Netscape with Netscape.

I personally don’t care a lot for social bookmarking sites. They are interesting to visit sometimes, but my browser’s homepage has been set to Yahoo for a long time. I like to see headline news stories, not news submitted by the site visitors. At least that’s my current feeling on the topic. I may change my mind at some point, but my homepage won’t be changing from Yahoo to Netscape (or Digg) anytime soon.

So what do you think of the new Netscape? What do you think of Digg? What do you think of social bookmarking in general?

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3 Responses to “Netscape for Breakfast – What were they Thinking?”

  1. Christian on July 3rd, 2006 4:57 pm

    The phrase is “lo and behold.”

  2. gmanty on July 3rd, 2006 6:42 pm

    Ooops. Thanks for the correction.

  3. 1MaybeMaybeNot1 on July 10th, 2006 8:13 am

    like anything else, it will just take sometime to get used too. ūüôā