BBC home Archive beta

Yay, the official BBC homepage archive launched today, and check us being all web2.0 and down with the kids, we’ve even got a little beta sign.. wow, times have changed, and this in the same week my mum did her first blog post on the blogger account I set up for her community centre… blimey

As ever, indeed perhaps for the final time, Martin offers up his thoughts from an operational perspective in what could be his ‘last post’ as today was his final day at the BBC. At the going down of the servers, and at the rising of the feedback, we will remember him.

Anyway, this archive thing is great, but when we move out of beta and into… um, gamma, I’d like to see it fully integrated into the homepage proper. One idea we’ve talked about for ages is a shuffler, or nudger, like on a fruit machine. It’d be a sort of, ‘naah, don’t like that, show me something else’ type affair. Other thoughts are a daily scrape of all the sub pages promotions. Or taking a chunk of the Popular and New section and having a ‘what other people are doing’ style thing… So can someone build any of these for us please?

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December 2005

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