Website ramblings

2009-04-15 00:00

A belated welcome to the Witness website, home to some 70000 unique monthly visitors.

It's an intriguing hangout... can you guess the most visited page on the site? Yup, the classifieds.

It seems the majority of visitors make their way to the classifieds column for various reasons... to find employment, rent their flat, see who's getting hitched, and who's alive and who's not.

And yes, I know the current format is not user friendly. Believe me I know. You all just won't stop phoning. If I could get off the phone, I could work on fixing it.

That said, a new classifieds page is on it's way.

Our previous letters editor Jack Frost gave the most insightful anecdote on the classifieds. He recalls a teacher by the name of Hector Commons, who had retired from Maritzburg College. Each morning, before he would get out of bed, he would open up the classifieds and read the death notices. His standing joke was that if he did not see his name there, then he could get out of bed and make a cup of tea.

One morning his name appeared in the column.

Needless to say, everyone - ex-pupils, staff, etc - were all in a frenzy. But actually, it was Hector Comins (note the spelling) who appeared in the classifieds. What Commons thought about it is not recorded.

Anyway, the word of the day is Twitter.com - a micro-blogging website which is finally picking up steam in South Africa, but which has been in the news for the wrong reasons recently - having the Mikeyy worm get stuck in and spam-tweet the newsfeed. But they seem to have sorted it out...

The Witness should be on there shortly... so if you're a fellow Twitter tweeter, look out for us to follow the latest news updates.

The Witness website is undergoing a redesign currently... you know what they say: change is as good as holiday. But this ain't gonna be no holiday. For you, maybe. But for us, it means working hard to make the news more interesting and digestable online, as well as entertaining...

Speaking of which, check out Galen Schultz's Splashy video to see what some of the highlights of the 20th festival were.

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