There's a lot to like about the new page, and Jake O'Donnell, eternal optimist that he is, has a list of things he likes about this bold new iteration of one of the most trafficked sites in the world. Me? I like to hate on shit, so here are five things that immediately jumped out at me as shoddy, gimmicky, poorly-planned or otherwise bad about ESPN.com now.
1. The "NOW" section. This has been described as "like Twitter." I don't want something that's "like Twitter" on a site that isn't Twitter. If I want Twitter, I'll go to Twitter. The streaming, all-kinds-of-news quality that Twitter has is sometimes a bit much -- I want a settled page.
2. It's very cluttered on desktop. Scroll down past the top of the page where everything is orderly and you'll get to a point where you have "NOW"/Twitter on your right, NFL Nation stories in the middle, NHL highlights below that, NCAA Tournament video above... and thus, tons of disparate-seeming texts and photos everywhere. There's a lot to take in at once. It's a little better on mobile, where "Favorites" and "NOW" are separate from the actual news.
3. Speaking of which, why is anything on the page in the order that its in? Hard news is mixed in with opinion pieces, editorials, videos, SportsCenter highlights... there seems to be no cohesion to any part of the page. They just want to give you as much as possible. What is going on here?
4. The floating share column in every post. Wow, thanks for not letting me forget at any point while reading that I can put this on my Pinterest page. I'll tell you when I want to tweet, okay?
5. Change is scary and I hate it. So there.
Only the final reason is guaranteed to ebb and fade with time. Well, actually, I'll probably be used to all of this pretty soon. But that doesn't mean I don't hate it now -- or that there isn't legitimate beef about clutter and trying to turn the page into SportsTwitter. What do you think? Let us know.
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