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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°...

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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. David of Oak Park

    I'm a CNN regular.....but really bothered by the constant blocking of the wonderful camera work. Running a narrow banner of additional news at the bottom of the screen is fine but way too frequently it covers a quarter or more of the screen and we miss important film footage.
    Please stop.

    June 20, 2008 at 8:41 pm |
  2. Ruby LA. CA.

    AC, I must say I have to get use to the new page., but so far I like it* as long as Erica is not to hard to find then it's cool., speaking of cool you guys: Stay Cool in this heat* have a good wk*end.. see u.

    June 20, 2008 at 8:28 pm |
  3. Ratna, New York, NY

    Another suggestion to the webpage: a softer background color is better. Usually, you would like people to spend more time reading without hurting their eyes. The colors of the American flag are always a winner: blue, red and white.

    June 20, 2008 at 7:52 pm |
  4. Vilmarie

    Andy,

    Your website looks great! Your comments are smart, witty and funny. Never let the humor escape you.

    V.

    June 20, 2008 at 5:38 pm |
  5. Michelle- Tampa, Fl.

    Hey Anderson & David,

    The new 360 site is user friendly and I am happy to report to Anderson that there is no odor. Thanks for staying one step ahead and giving all of us 360 fans a fresh perspective. The blog redesign does make it easier to locate topics and read; however I must admit I did like the blue background. Anderson–don't worry my Mom can't figure how to blog either. Glad that you and your team made it back from Africa...can't wait to show my Science students the next installment of Planet in Peril. As always looking forward to tonight's show.

    June 20, 2008 at 4:43 pm |
  6. Sara.Ro

    I touch it! I have an Iphone:) And I realize it smells good too AC 360'blog. But from Europe the new domain can't b accessed yet.Yes I like it.Waw ,ur mom is navigate it.So now we understand where from the daredevil genes.

    June 20, 2008 at 4:34 pm |
  7. Sharon from Indy

    AC360:
    I have always seen AC360's websites as leader of innovative and state- of- the- art designs and ideas. But, though very easy to navigate, the new website doesn't have "punch". The website is too "gray" as they say in the newspaper business. I miss the "art" or photos on the home page.

    Also, the type font is too small. The last thing I want to do is strain to read a website.

    Furthermore, it looks like Anderson has angel wings behind him in the top portrait. Though highly regarded by his viewers........hmmm.

    Good luck!

    June 20, 2008 at 2:52 pm |
  8. Mary H - St. Louis, MO

    Ok, my postivie feedback so far is the blog page is much easier to read, I guess the white background is easier on the eye than the previous blue and black... who would have thunk that.... So far seems to be easy to find stuff.

    June 20, 2008 at 2:18 pm |
  9. JC- Los Angeles

    The new website is clean, crisp, straightforward, articulate, thought provoking, open, available, diverse and progessive; now if we can only get a leader like this, we might be back in business.

    June 20, 2008 at 1:38 pm |
  10. Vicky, Ontario, Canada

    Must say, you never get bored with AC360– you all are always thinking! I too liked the blue background better, guess I like "popping", but the large globe of the world seems quite appropriate - I often associate a globe with Anderson and AC360, and sometimes need to check one to see where he and the Planet in Peril group are. Took the new website for a test drive, and it's like my new car... need to get used to where all the controls for options are. For those wondering where the "instant feedback" has gone, I think it's now under the BLOG tab, in the section "About this blog". There's also a section on the MAIN tab, under Tonight's Show.

    Change is always a little hard, but often good, and this new format looks interesting.

    June 20, 2008 at 1:07 pm |
  11. Susan Lemarie

    I like the new webpage (especially having the contributors listed separately at the bottom), but I'm with the people that miss the Instant Feedback link (even though your automated response no longer refers to sorting out the "Marrriage proposals" from the hate mail...). I also miss the Transcripts link - it's nice to have the podcast and all the other video, but when I miss a night (which is rare), it's much faster to catch up reading the text.

    Susan Lemarie, Fairfax,VA

    June 20, 2008 at 11:08 am |
  12. Jeanine

    Anderson,

    I think it looks very organized. The instant feedback in on the "about this blog" area for those who cna't find it.
    Just something to think about....those who blog have so many questions and sometimes very good comments, it would be great if we could get a question & answer section. I am sure that most of the questions would be rather personal interest in you, but that's why we watch the show! It would just be nice to hear back sometimes. I really do hope you decide to write another book about your trips doing PIP. You are amazing at what you do.

    June 20, 2008 at 10:26 am |
  13. michelle: Ont,Canada

    Hey Anderson

    Have you done your daily blogging yet?
    Great job on the website,it's starting to make more sense now all the
    catagories all in one place!

    See you later
    Michelle D.

    June 20, 2008 at 10:06 am |
  14. Sherri

    I like the new look- I will try all the new features out and let you know. It's been a very rewarding experience to be involved in a small way with the evolution of the site. I really enjoy the opportunity to participate and feel like I'm making a contribution. I always take away a lot of food for thought from reading the different stories and the comments from other bloggers- that's a good thing. I watch the show every evening and have gained a tremendous amount of information from the different special pieces as well. I look forward to the next Planet In Peril installment too. I like the 'vlog' and the behind the scenes blogs from the different producers and camera people- as well as Anderson and Sanjay, Jeff Corwin, etc. Kudos for all the hard work and dedication to bring your viewers and bloggers the world at large for our perusal.

    June 20, 2008 at 9:55 am |
  15. Lisa L

    Dear Anderson

    I enjoy your website, especially obtaining back copies of your articles quickly and easily.

    I like having "Anderson's View" being more visible, and perhaps some blue to relax the eyes.

    I thank you, as I believe both great articles and books can bring joy to life.

    Keep up the great work.

    Sincerely

    Lisa L
    Sydney, Australia

    June 20, 2008 at 9:41 am |
  16. Laurie Anne (from Malta)

    Hi Anderson & everyone in the team. This is great. I don't get to see you that much live because of the different time zones. Over here your shows air at around 2 or 3am. And, I'm not that much into podcasts. Sometimes it takes too long to download them and then you'll only get a few minutes. It's frustrating. So this makes up for it. Thanks for the interesting reads and the news. I like the down-to-earth approach. The blogs and everything else are great and it feels like you're 'talking' to us long distance and I don't feel like just a simple reader but a participant. So, God bless, keep up the good work. You're all simply wonderful.

    June 20, 2008 at 6:04 am |
  17. Kelley

    I have always thought that Anderson Cooper is a very down to earth reporter who always seems to really care about what he is reporting on. He's also nice to look at,
    Thanks
    Kelley

    June 20, 2008 at 6:04 am |
  18. Connie

    Anderson,
    LOVE you and your show and your new website!
    I am a news and politics junkie and watch your show and read the blog daily. You are the best journalist in the buisness and seem to really enjoy your work. (unlike some other unnamed "journalists")
    Thanks to you and CNN for keeping me informed.
    Connie L
    SLC UT (No- I am not mormon)

    June 20, 2008 at 3:43 am |
  19. Orlando Ashley

    Shame, shame, shame on Jon King for continuing the misquote on Michelle Obama's word for the sake of hype in his interview with Mrs. McCain. As National Bureau Chief you'd THINK he'd take time to get the quote correct. Does he do his research? As with most who are hyping this story he quoted her and left out the word REALLY from her quote... which makes a HUGE difference in the meaning of the statement. Mrs. Obama clearly said "For the first time in my adult life, I am REALLY proud of my country." Which means MORE SO - "above and beyond" the usual level of pride. If you are a reporter you should report the truth. Stop hyping this issue for your own gain by leaving out FACTS. CNN should know and do better! Get it right Mr. King, for the first time in my adult life I REALLY disagree with your tactics. Would you leave the REALLY out of that quote!?!

    June 20, 2008 at 2:54 am |
  20. Shumila

    I must say the new layout has me a little disoriented. Moreover, I am not entirely sure about the background color. (Or the color behind your head... It looks like you're trying to blend into the background or something.) I agree with many of the other comments in that the blue was "popping" in a good way.

    June 20, 2008 at 2:42 am |
  21. talib

    this comment is open your eyes that michelle obama was talking about the fact that america was built by racism, racism, racism, and it's good to finally believe that all the america people who claim to be righteous are looking at a man, black man for the content of his character not the color of his skin. but some of the elite racist can't believe this has happen. your on national broadcasting and have the power to shape the opinion of the public. so why do you continue to do good sometimes but other times be neutral are you afraid to lose your voice like dan rather. will you be puppet for the elitist or a hero for the common man. why does the media keep reshaping the true. the bible said that jesus had feet like bronze, hair like lamb's wool. so was he black or white? why does the world keep changing the history of the black man what are you afraid of. i know you feel what i'm saying the world is changing because the truth as been distorted, so now america is doomed to be destoyed because it's lack of being the land of the free. it is free for all went all men are not create equal because of their skin color. people want change so we can secure a future for all humanity. what side are you on the side of right or wrong. the scriptures state that in the last days being right will seem wrong.

    June 20, 2008 at 2:27 am |
  22. Meg - Victoria, BC

    I like it, and it's fantastically easy to navigate. Great site, keep up the good work online and on screen. Wonderful!

    June 20, 2008 at 2:11 am |
  23. Ilhana, Bosnia

    Hei Anderson!

    I'm already on the site and very pleased! Though I would say the same if it was only your photo on the front and nothing else hehe – can't help the overwhelming love for you^^

    Great work everyone!

    See you on 360!°

    June 20, 2008 at 1:55 am |
  24. Teresa from Oklahoma

    I like the new sight much better. I had a hard time with the old one finding the blogs. My fav is the Featured Contributors. Now I can go read everything David and Candi write.

    June 20, 2008 at 1:45 am |
  25. Kat, BC, Canada

    Hello,
    I love the new design and layout. But I wish there was one more thing added to the new web site. I wish for a section where links to Anderson's comments can be easily accessed, calling this section something like: Anderson's Corner, or something along those lines.

    Other than that, I think the new layout and design is indeed an improvment from before due to its easy access and also the colors used.

    Thank you for always providing interesting but meaningful coverage of news at home and around the world. Looking forward to the next installement of PIP.

    Best regards,
    Kat

    June 20, 2008 at 1:36 am |
  26. Maryanne Wierzbicki

    Hello Mr Anderson Cooper,

    Your new website is awesome.
    I really like it
    Great very easy to read and
    the stories are great.
    Good Luck.

    June 20, 2008 at 1:16 am |
  27. Julliet

    The new site is not bad at all. Easier to maneuver and more detailed. i like it so far. But what's up with the feedback link? It might have been an oversight. Great work though.

    June 20, 2008 at 1:09 am |
  28. Monika

    Okay, maybe I can add a little wish. Maybe you could add some color to the blog page, like a nice pale pink or pale green or beige. That white background really is very hard on the eyes. The Planet in Peril page looks awesome. Something along that line would be great. And I love the picture at the top; please don't change that.

    June 20, 2008 at 12:58 am |
  29. Elsa

    Hey Anderson!

    The new site is pretty awesome but I think something is missing. I would like to see all the winner's comment of Beat 360... THEN it would be perfect! By the way, I love your sens of humor. Hahah! (always did, actually) You should post blogs more often.

    June 19, 2008 at 11:47 pm |
  30. Saera El Paso, TX

    this is pretty cool
    curious that this is launched right after myspace launches its new look... i love coincidences
    David and Anderson, you guys are too funny

    June 19, 2008 at 11:17 pm |
  31. Florence Emerson

    Hey Anderson and 360 team, I just want to congratulate you guys on creating, actually, recreating a great sight! I'm just browsing around, and it's really awesome!
    Keep up the great work!

    June 19, 2008 at 10:50 pm |
  32. Lucy

    Anderson, the site is great and you look fab no matter what. But don't we want to set off that gorgeous silver hair of yours against something other than white? Doesn't have to be blue, maybe a darker background on the top part only – how about a "Graphite Glow" background. And don't let them change your pic, or add anyone elses. Cuz you're my boo, now:)

    June 19, 2008 at 9:50 pm |
  33. skipper

    I like it!

    June 19, 2008 at 9:48 pm |
  34. Monika

    At first glance, it seems quite overwhelming; at second glance, it seems to be well organized. I'm not sure if the page is updated now automatically. If it is, that's a good thing. Maybe you can do the same thing when a comment is added, like during the live blog?

    Bad thing: The black background. I so hate this black background. A blue background would match the many titles and headlines on the blog page so much better. Please get rid of this black background!

    I just tried to switch back to the old homepage, and when I got back to the new blog page, there were these weird symbols again like the Euro sign and others. I then have to refresh the page to get rid of those. Not sure what causes that.

    Other than that, it looks great. Looks like all those pie charts and turkey wraps paid off.

    Anderson, you're just too funny! Please, do try to blog more, if you can! Your show and the blog are just not same without you.

    June 19, 2008 at 9:46 pm |
  35. Genevieve M, TX

    I like the new page format. It is easier to navigate and find what I want to see.

    June 19, 2008 at 9:44 pm |
  36. Tracey - Boston

    I agree with your mom Anderson... it's a little confusing for me...right now I'm trying to find how to blog for tonights show. I don't see it yet. Maybe when the time nears I'll see where to click.

    🙂

    June 19, 2008 at 9:41 pm |
  37. Minou, New York City

    Hey, I like change! I think you all did a great job. The site is easy to handle and I love the video tab.
    The PIP site is just amazing!!! That one is the best.
    The only thing I don't like are the colors you're using for the site. I liked the blue better. The red and grey – combo seems so 80's – dentist- office to me.... but that's just me. The white background is so hard on the eyes.
    I saw some people wanting AC's pic changed. I love that picture; but I would add one of Erica somewhere on the main site. She's just as much a part of the show as Anderson is! ....and it gives the men folk something to stare at....

    good job, guys!

    June 19, 2008 at 8:23 pm |
  38. Heidi

    I loved blue one , but on this one , I can see AC relay has blue eyes ,,,,let me check him a little more ,,,,well I can see he has god haircut , but I can't see what very well what is color of his hair just small deferens between hair and background ,,,,,,,,,I am just tzing you you look very good felah,

    June 19, 2008 at 7:57 pm |
  39. Ratna, New York, NY

    It is nice, but I sort of miss the blue background: blue is a relaxing color and it also looks good on Anderson Cooper.

    June 19, 2008 at 7:41 pm |
  40. Margaret

    Hi Anderson,

    The new AC360.com is easier to navigate and I like the fact that I can read the first paragraph of the blogs before opening them.

    At first I thought I was in the wrong blog but after reading afew subheadings, I realised the page had been updated.

    June 19, 2008 at 7:41 pm |
  41. Megan Dresslar

    Hi David and Anderson!!!!!!!
    Cool website! I love this new website!!! It is so easy to find everywhere to see!!!!! I love change new blog or Erica's notes!!! That is so awesome to see!!!!! Thanks for information for me! I learned new thing website. I am enjoy new something new! I wonder I can find link for the email directly to the show the instant feedback, I can't e-mail you, I missed instant feedback so much, I wish I want to send e-mail to Anderson..... Can you tell me where is instant feedback is? let me know. Also I see some 360 reporters are not there yet. But I am thinking....... Yes! I love your new website!!!! 🙂
    Thanks!!!!!
    Megan D.
    Shoreline, Wa

    June 19, 2008 at 7:37 pm |
  42. Jacqueline

    "LOL" I invite you to... "Touch it. Smell it". Hmmm....
    My dear Anderson, you have been in the jungle too long. I don't think we've gotten that far with the internet yet. Or have we?? Maybe you know something the rest of us don't. What exactly did you and the PnP crew discover in Africa?

    Anyway, regarding the new look of site...Liking it!

    June 19, 2008 at 7:21 pm |
  43. EJ (USA)

    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.

    Family values. That's what we love. Get mom to blog more, Anderson.

    June 19, 2008 at 7:05 pm |
  44. EJ (USA)

    Ok, so where is the link that has shots of Anderson with jeans and various tshirts? I looked all over for that and can't seem to find it.

    June 19, 2008 at 7:02 pm |
  45. Charlotte Jacques

    Dear blogcensor; I wanted to wish Anderson a happy birthday but my computor got a nasty virus and had to have its memory wiped. If you can hear me now, Im getting used to this new thing but cant pick up pictures. Will keep trying. 88 (cj)

    June 19, 2008 at 6:59 pm |
  46. Jill, Florida

    I like it !!!

    June 19, 2008 at 6:59 pm |
  47. Lori, Boston

    Hi Anderson,

    I love it! It is very user friendly. So easy to find the topics you're interested in. Oh, by the way, I'm sure your mother will get the hang of it. Looking forward to tonight's show.

    June 19, 2008 at 6:58 pm |
  48. Cathleen

    Hello Anderson and 360 team,
    I think your new web site is great. The type, print and color all
    have great appeal. Yes, I do like the blue background, yet that is
    mainly an artistic factor. The colors in the photos and video are
    outstanding; Your efforts do make reading and watching the
    news almost five dimensional. I used to watch the news mainly
    to keep up with current events out of a sence of responsibility;
    however, you make it so interesting with all of your features, and
    full circle reporting. I have a degree in journalism from Cal Tech,
    and I do greatly appreciate your objectivity in reporting; it would be
    fun to hear your oppinions more often; I enjoy your sence of
    humor! I am 48, (and it is just a number in many ways) yet I am
    stiill learning the new technology; I think that your mom is very
    brave. It must run in the family!

    June 19, 2008 at 6:55 pm |
  49. caren from los angeles

    So, you've taken to Obama's campaign slogan I see. My verdict: User friendly and action-packed yet organized and not too busy. Nicely done ya'll! Same great site, nice new look!

    June 19, 2008 at 6:53 pm |
  50. Christina

    Hey Anderson,
    You got rid of the blue? Don't the cyber consultants know about Anderblue? Shame on them. I lked the blue and I also think popping is a good thing.

    As long as you blog more, I will like whatever style you choose.

    By the way, have you heard from Joan Rivers? hehe, I thought your comment was funny. Not sure if she will though!

    Have a great evening!

    June 19, 2008 at 6:45 pm |
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