Outside.in Redesigns, Improves Usability

The image “http://outside.in/images/title.gif?1194460346” cannot be displayed, because it contains errors.I had a very engaging discussion with Steven Berlin Johnson, the CEO/founder of Outside.in recently. Because my memory has been destroyed by stress and sleep deprivation I can’t say more than that — except that it was interesting (only partly kidding).

He’s extremely thoughtful about the challenges of local and has written about some of them on a new blog posting called “The Pothole Paradox” about (hyper)local news. Simultaneously, the site has again been upgraded. Each new redesign makes it more useful and usable. Here’s a discussion of the new features.

One of the things I like is the organization of content by neighborhood (from a drop-down menu):

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Another nice feature is the large map views of the content. See here and here. There’s also a new iPhone version of the site as well.

Outside.in is technically a local “news” site but it will probably evolve into something more all purpose eventually.

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2 Responses to “Outside.in Redesigns, Improves Usability”

  1. Steve Says:

    I had never heard about that site before. Very interesting concept I just wish it had more recently feeds.

  2. Outside.in Gets Money, New CEO « Screenwerk Says:

    [...] a ton of valuable “hyper-local” information there. Steven Berlin Johnson has been particularly thoughtful about the issues surrounding local [...]

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