BBC Homepage just became more user friendly getting a new customizable homepage just like Netvibes or Pageflakes.
You can customize the home page by turning on or off categories that you are interested in. The few category choices are: Blogs, Business & Money, Children, Entertainment, History, Music, news, Radio, Science & Nature, Sport, TV, Weather & World Service. It sports a nice Ajax interface and you can drag and drop regions to re-arrange the topics to your liking.
They also let you choose from a variety of color options (13 to be precise) or choose to have a rotating colored homepage every time you visit. The news portlets have 3 headlines with images which change when you mouse-over on a headline.
The changes are just to the BBC Homepage and when you click on a headline you would still see the old web design and colors in the rest of the site. It is nice to see a big news outlet such as BBC recognizing the growing popularity of such customizable Homepage and deliver it nicely. It is still pretty basic compared to what you could do with a homepage such as Netvibes, PageFlakes or Symbaloo where you could pull in headlines from a variety of sources of your choice.
If you are wondering, Symbaloo is my choice homepage and you can read my review here. They have come a long way since their release and it is faster, slicker and have added a lot of user friendly features that it is begging for me to do another review soon.
[via Digital Inspiration]