Newspapers and Serendipity

I’ve written about The New York Times’ attempts to create online the serendipitous experience of leafing through a newspaper.

Paging through a newspaper allows you to come across things you weren’t necessarily looking for. Some of that experience seems to be lost online, even with hyperlinks, contextual navigation and other techniques.

That’s why I’m still a fan of the “Times Skimmer.” It’s a layout of new stories that presents about a dozen stories and headlines, and the ability to quickly evaluate them and move to another set.

Check it out: Times Skimmer by The New York Times.

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