PayPal redesigns site, eliminates pages

PayPal is one of the web’s most recognizable brands, and it’s no spring chicken. But that doesn’t mean that there isn’t room for a makeover.

Yesterday, the online payments giant announced a website redesign that will be rolling out to PayPal users in the United States in the coming weeks.

Google’s Blogger refresh: too little, too late

It’s easy to forget that more than a decade ago, when ‘blog‘ was still a nascent buzzword, Twitter co-founder Evan Williams launched a service that would help propel blogging into the mainstream.

That service, Blogger, was acquired by Google in 2003, and a year later, Williams left to pursue new opportunities.

Eight lessons from Gawker’s redesign atrocity

Gawker’s recent launch of a new design may prove to be one of the worst redesign launches in the history of the internet. It not only sparked an outcry from users, but let to a massive drop in traffic for one of the internet’s most popular publishers.

In the face of what can only be described as an online publisher’s worst nightmare, Nick Denton, the outspoken head of Gawker, has been unusually silent. Until now.

In an email he sent to staff, he admits that “the transition was definitely more bruising for readers and our own staff than
it needed to be
” and discusses what is being done to rectify the situation.

Facebook profile pages get a big overhaul

Hundreds of millions of people around the world have set up a Facebook account, and with that account comes perhaps one of the most important pages on the internet: the Facebook profile page.

Given Facebook’s popularity, which shows no immediate signs of waning, one might assume that Facebook would be content to leave the profile page as it is. As they say, if it isn’t broken, don’t try to fix it. But that’s not Facebook.

Twitter’s redesign: the good, the bad and the ugly

While major fashion brands unveil their latest styles this week in New
York as part of Fashion Week, Twitter yesterday unveiled a new look that
is as eye-catching as some of the fashions you’ll see on display on the

The goal: provide “an easier, faster, and richer experience“. The plan:
role out some major changes to portions of the Twitter userbase over the
next several weeks. The reaction?

Digg 2.0 tries to woo publishers

Social media has been a boon for savvy online publishers who make a
concerted effort to take advantage of it. Back when social media was
coming into its own, Digg was one of the popular services that
publishers latched on to.

The reason was obvious: hitting the Digg homepage could easily drive
massive amounts of traffic in a very short amount of time. Few
publishers, of course, dream of anything less.