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Revamped NYTimes.com Launches

The revamped NYTimes.com is here, and it’s as good as promised. First of all, look at all that white space! It’s glorious. Navigating between sections is now more convenient; all you have to do is click on the menu in the upper left hand corner. We appreciate that the Times updated its fonts as well.

Perhaps the most noticeable upgrade is article layout, as you can see below.

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The Evolution of NYTimes.com in Gif Form

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The much anticipated revamped New York Times website arrives tomorrow. If you’re like us, you’re excitedly anticipating the its debut. If you’re not like us, you’re probably lame. The Times is the best newspaper in the world! It’s getting a fancy new site! If that doesn’t make you want to pound an OE and high five your boys, what does?

Anyway, NYTimes.com has come a long way since it launched in 2001. To showcase that, The Atlantic created that nice little gif above. As you can see, 2001 was a sad, sad time.

NY Times Site Revamp Debuts January 8

The long awaited revamp of The New York Times’ website will take place on January 8. In an announcement, Denise Warren, the Times’ executive VP of digital products and services, said that the new NYTimes.com will be customizable, sleeker and faster than the current one.

The new site also gives the Times the ability to add digital products more easily. “With this redesign, not only are we refreshing the look and feel of our public-facing site, but we have also laid down the foundation that gives us the ability to regularly iterate and enhance the user experience on NYTimes.com,” explained Warren.

We’re excited about the change; especially the cleaner look. As we’ve already seen from previews of the site, there is a welcome influx of white space on the new version.

The Times said some users will be seeing the new site as early as today. If you’re one of the lucky ones, please send us some screenshots. We’d love to get a look at it.

NYTimes.com Attacked by Syrian Electronic Army

The New York Times’ website outage is believed to be the result of an attack by the Syrian Electronic Army or “someone trying very hard to be them,” according to Marc Frons, the company’s chief information officer. The SEA has a history of attacking news sites, from The Washington Post’s to The Financial Times’.

The SEA’s official Twitter account is indeed claiming credit for the Times attack:

NYTimes.com went dark for almost three hours today, but is now functioning normally. No word yet on if users had their information compromised.

NYTimes.com Goes Down for Second Time in One Month [Update]

The New York Times is having technical issues. Again. For the second time this month, NYTimes.com is down. We first noticed the outage a little before 3 pm, which makes it quite a significant mishap for the paper.

About two weeks ago, NYTimes.com went dark due to what a spokesperson called “a scheduled maintenance update.

We’ve reached out to the Times for comment about this new outage. Until then, enjoy a hit song from 1996.

Update (4:25 pm):
Admitting you have a problem is the first step toward recovery:

Update (4:27 pm):
A Times spokesperson just tweeted that the outage is “most likely result of malicious external attack. Working to fix.”

NY Times Launches Interactive Ads Just to Be Annoying

The New York Times, figuring that NYTimes.com wasn’t annoying readers enough, has launched a new interactive ad format. The system, called “Unveil,” is just that: When you drag your mouse across an ad, it changes to reveal a different image underneath. Fun!

The first advertiser taking advantage of Unveil is Sun Products. For its Wisk Deep Clean, each time you go over the ad with your cursor, an animated black light shows stains on a shirt that weren’t there before.

Denise Warren, NYTimes.com’s general manager, called Unveil an innovative way to “connect our advertisers with our highly engaged readers.” You’ll most likely describe Unveil as “Irritating distractions, dammit.”

NYTimes.Com Back To Being A Popular Website

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After falling to an abysmal 7th place in December, NYTimes.com climbed back to spots last month in the Nielsen ratings of current events websites. The site has still seen a 5.2 percent decrease in total unique visitors from the same month last year, which surprisingly follows the trend of the top 5 most popular sites, all which saw declines in readership. CNN Digital Networks — which made it to the #1 slot for January after overtaking Yahoo News — actually saw a bigger year-to-year decrease than it’s competitor: 2.5 compared it 1.2 percent. And here we thought everyone was reading news on the Internet these days.

Below a list of the Top 10 most popular sites, and their unique visitors over a year-to-year comparison.

Read More: In January, NYTimes.com Makes it Back to Top 5 — Editor & Publisher

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FishbowlNY Readers Respond: Split Over New York Times Pay Wall

2nytpoll.jpgLast week The New York Times announced that they would be introducing a metered pay wall to NYTimes.com by 2011, allowing readers to view a certain number of articles on the Web site before they were prompted to pay. Since the issue of paying for online content has been at the forefront of discussions about media lately, we asked our readers: Would you be willing to pay the price to access NYT articles?

Your response? The majority votes nay.

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Poll: Would You Pay to Read The New York Times Online?

NYw1T HQ.jpgBack in July, we asked readers how much they would be willing to pay for The New York Times online, after a survey from NYTimes.com revealed that potential charges could be as high as $5 a month.

A whopping 44 percent of our readers responded that they wouldn’t pay anything to read the Times‘ content, which actually is a little bit better than both the national average of people willing to pay for online content (about 50 percent), and the percentage of random people in SoHo willing to open their wallets (63 percent), according to other polls.

But now that Arthur Sulzberger has actual — albeit far off — plans to put up a metered pay wall for the Times in 2011, we wondered if anyone’s tune has changed. So now the question isn’t how much you’re willing to pay, but if you’ll pay at all. Let us know!


Would You Pay to Read The New York Times Online?(trends)

Previously: Would You Pay To Read NYTimes.com?, New York Magazine Poll: Newspapers and New Media Neck and Neck, But No One Willing To Pay, New Yorkers Less Willing To Pay For Content Than Rest of Country

Times Announces Pay Model

nyt logo.jpgAfter months of hemming and hawing The New York Times today finally announced plans for a pay model for its Web site, NYTimes.com.

The model will be a metered plan, as predicted by New York magazine’s Gabriel Sherman over the weekend. Although announced today, the plan won’t go into effect until next year, the New York Times Co. said.

The metered plan will allow users to access a certain number of articles for free before being prompted to pay for additional access, much like The Financial Times‘ current model. Subscribers to the print edition will continue to have free access.

Said publisher Arthur Sulzberger, Jr.:

“Our new business model is designed to provide additional support for The New York Times‘ extraordinary, professional journalism. Our audiences are very loyal and we believe that our readers will pay for our award-winning digital content and services.”

Full release after the jump

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