June 19th, 2008
10:46 AM ET

Welcome to AC360.COM

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Anderson Cooper

Hey everyone...

Drum roll please…

After months of top-level meetings with pie charts, turkey wraps and consultants using internet phrases I never knew existed, today we are happy to announce we have re-designed the 360° page.

I've given it a few test runs and it seems very user friendly. My mom still can’t figure it out, but I think just about everyone else will find the new design much better. I invite you to check it out. Look at it. Touch it. Smell it. Whatever.

We got rid of that blue background that used to fill the screen. (Cyber Consultants say blue "pops". I always thought “popping” was a good thing, but what do I know?)

One of the biggest improvements is with our blogs. Before the redesign, it could be tough trying to find the blog you were interested in reading. Now, we've streamlined the categories, and organized the posts according to topic and blogger. If you're interested in reading up on a Keeping Them Honest entry, scroll to that headline and click on the link.

Yes, it's that easy! (I know, I’ve been watching too many infomercials for miracle cleaners.)

Crowd pleasers like The Shot and Beat 360° are on the right and much more visible.

We've also added a ton of video from the show, our correspondents and beyond.

As always, send us your feedback. Let me know what you think.
Here's a guide from our digital producer David Reisner:

See you on 360°...

David M. Reisner
360° Digital Producer

We promised you more interactivity since we last updated the blog – and this year has seen some great new additions; the 360° webcam, our nightly 'live blog', Beat 360°, Behind-the-Scenes Vlogs and more… We'll we're at it again! So let’s see what’s under the hood, shall we?

New Link____________________________________________________________________
First cool bit of news: We've shortened the URL for the site...AC360.com – yep, that’s all... AC360.com. Tell your friends, tell your family (yes even grandma). This will be your one-stop shopping for all things 360°; both the homepage and the blog. CNN.com/360 and CNN.com/360blog will still get you there too.... but we wanted to be a friend and save you 2-6 keystrokes. Your fingers will thank you.

New Layout__________________________________________________________________

We heard you guys loud and clear and we've made our homepage content easier to read, see, and navigate. But before we get you behind the wheel, I wanted to let you know where everything is on the page... let me give you the grand tour from top to bottom! ...no, literally

At the very top you see 3 tabs:

  • MAIN: That's the homepage – here you'll find all the stuff you loved from the original site, with added navigational features with a selection of show topics larger than before.
  • BLOG: Where you can find all the latest blogs, comments, and posts.
  • VIDEO: This will take you to CNN’s extensive online library of video clips about politics, entertainment, weather, the world, and more.

News Flipper_________________________________________________________________
Below the tabs you'll see something we like to call ‘the news flipper’. It’s a really cool module that shows you the latest headlines from CNN.com. Scroll through a ton of stories, land on the one that interests you, and click the headline for more info.

"From the Blog"_______________________________________________________________
Next up we have our section on the blog we call "From the blog". This will be home to all the most recent blogs. You will often see one blog featured at the top – something we really feel you should check out. It can be anything from the latest insight from David Gergen to Anderson blogging from the field.

In the left column of “From the Blog” you’ll find all the most recent blog posts. As a new blog is posted – boom! You’ll know instantly. We give you a few lines previewing the blog allowing you to see more posts than before

The second column of “From the Blogs” is organized by the themes we live by at 360°: Raw Politics, Keeping Them Honest, Crime & Punishment. And we’ve added new categories to cover themes that are popular on the blog:

  • 360° Radar:
    Stories… well, on our radar! It’s things coming your way that you should know.
  • Erica's News Note:
    We love Erica just as much as you do, and it’s time she got a great spot on the blog. Here you can read about stories she’s following, reports you may have missed, updates on past coverage and anecdotes to share.
  • Behind the Scenes:
    Sometimes getting the story is just as engaging as covering it. 360° is particularly proud of the behind the scenes reporting posted on the blog, giving you an inside look at the day’s developments. We've got a lot more behind-the-scenes stuff in-the-works, but something we're starting soon is "TV Talk" where we blog about phrases we use in the newsroom, and more importantly, what they mean.
  • The Buzz:
    This is where you’ll find a heaping plate of Morning Buzz: For when its time to get up and get insight – we'll also bring you the latest news in the afternoon with Afternoon Buzz.

At the bottom of row two you’ll find a list of blog contributors and categories. Click on any one of the reporters or topics that interest you and receive a customized blog devoted to only posts from that person, or posts only on that subject.

Ok, one more time everybody ... back to the top!
The third column of the homepage will be the new home for all the daily segments you watch.

  • Tonight’s Show:
    What to expect on the next edition of 360° at 10p ET.
  • Beat 360°:
    Same fun caption contest – but new layout. Now you’ll be able to see today’s contest and yesterday’s contest! Stay tuned for more interactivity here – but click on the day of the week – and you'll be able to play along – just like the good old (yester)days... You can also click the link below Beat 360° to get a customized blog of only BEAT 360° blogs. Now that’s what I’m talkin’ about!!
  • Planet In Peril:
    With Anderson and the team just getting back from Africa – check here for the latest blogs, vlogs, and pictures from the trip.
  • AC360° Daily Podcast
    You can get the award-winning Anderson Cooper 360° Daily Podcast two ways – watch it here on CNN.com, or subscribe and download from iTunes
  • The Shot
    Look no further for one of our favorite features. Watch previous clips of video crazy enough to be crowned ‘The Shot”

…So there you have it! We've got a lot more great features in store, but we were just too excited to hold this back any longer. You guys have really been great embracing and evolving the blog… So let’s keep the dialogue going and let the blogs begin!

Filed under: AC360° Staff • Anderson Cooper • Behind The Scenes • David M. Reisner • Live Blog • T1
soundoff (111 Responses)
  1. iris

    Love your news. I was torn about the young soilder who had rejected our Lord in such a time. He is young and confused with war. So am. May God bless him.

    July 9, 2008 at 5:20 am |
  2. Berlene

    I watch 360 every night and love the show very much. I have made a new step to your NEW page, which is a big step for me. I will have to leave to nav to all these neat subjects. Watching your program right now. Keep up the good work!!!!

    July 8, 2008 at 11:25 pm |
  3. Teresa, OH

    I like it, I really really like it !

    June 23, 2008 at 12:50 pm |

    fantastic site and tv performance. wish to experience upclose and personal personalities in diplomacy, politics, intelligence who are silently making contribution to change American society and are unnoticed to date.

    shahed nazrul

    June 23, 2008 at 12:31 pm |
  5. Hee, S.Korea

    hi Anderson and 360 crews
    always good to hear from you on the blog.

    the newly changed website looks more simple and organized.
    but there's a worst part for me. i can't watch the podcast here after the redesign.
    i've been watching your show through podcasts that were linked on the front page since i couldn't watch cnn in the region i am living now.
    i've been watching them without downloading files because all i have to do was just following the link. it didn't require any new promgrams or softwares to be downloaded and it was very convenient for me.
    as i'm not a i-pod user i don't know what to do now. feel like i'm in the same shoes your mother is in. i think i just have to keep trying out.
    is there anyone who can help me figure it out??

    June 22, 2008 at 5:16 am |
  6. Rose from Southern Calif

    Hi Anderson...

    I think that your new look its different, need to get use to thou. It's not llke you needed to improve, but it is a little easier. Keep up the good work and welcome back!

    Rose from Southern Calif.

    June 21, 2008 at 11:15 pm |
  7. Cathleen, OR

    Hello Anderson and 360 Team,
    I want to add that I think the picture of Anderson at the top with the
    globe of the world in the background is so cool! It is so totally you!
    Thank you for the great compasssion you have for the people and
    animals; I am grateful for the education and practical ideas you
    give us, so we can contibute to make our planet a better place!
    Peace and joy to all of you!

    June 21, 2008 at 4:30 pm |
  8. L


    Love the new site, so much easier to use, especially for someone like me who is not an internet guru..checking email and doing research for school is bout the extent of my internet use!

    I love the tabs, and love the way it is broken down, especially the blogs. I really enjoy your series Planet in Peril, makes me realize there is so much more out there and the effects are worl wide.
    Really love the site since I work nights and cannot wach the show, I DVR it every night, and download the podcast on nights I can't watch it!
    L in MN

    June 21, 2008 at 3:25 pm |
  9. CRAIG

    im so confused, please explain how . if obama has a black father, and a white mother, and he clames his white mother and white grand parents raised him, HOW DOES THIS MAKE HIM AN AFRICAN AMERICAN. seems to me he has more white culture in him than black. I truly belive if he was running as a white man he wouldnt get a vote,

    June 21, 2008 at 3:24 pm |
  10. Gail Duncan

    Well, change is the way of the world and ain't no stopping it. I would have to play around with it more for I give my verdict. Mainly I want ya'll to keep covering the events that are important to our planet and educate us with possible solutions. Any who, I will always be a fan. Stay fresh and exciting.

    June 21, 2008 at 6:57 am |
  11. rc

    Is it just me or cnn is becoming more like MSNBC when covering this election?

    June 20, 2008 at 8:41 pm |
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