CNN.com was launched on August 30, 1995. Initially, it was an experimental venture known as CNN Interactive. Ten years later in 2005, CNN’s blog site CNN Pipeline was born. CNN.com has since become one of the most preeminent news websites.
In 2008 CNN.com provided extensive coverage on the unrest in Tibet. In retaliation for that, Chinese hackers targeted CNN in April. However, CNN was able to take preventative measures and thwarted the attack.
The website is now an extremely popular and active website with many features including:
• CNN Opinion – Featured guest writers provide their opinion or perspective about a newsworthy item.
• Videos – Video clips from the TV channel and posted on YouTube are featured.
• Popular on Facebook – CNN.com links that readers have posted on Facebook are featured here.
• U.S. – National stories are listed.
• International – Stories that are creating news waves across the world are featured.
• iReport – A page for user to create their own news stories to share with the world.
• Living and Travel
• From Our Blogs – Blog entries from CNN reporters are featured with comments enabled for readers
• Quick Vote – A yes or no question is posed for readers to vote on.
• HLNtv – Featured articles that “dissect and demystify” newsmakers and news stories are written by HLN
personalities like Joy Behar, Dr. Drew Pinsky, Robin Meade, Nancy Grace and Jane Velez-Mitchell.
• Mother Nature Network – The motto is “Improve Your World” and the page has its own series of features.
• CNN Games Play Now – Free games for readers include card games, puzzles and assorted posers. In addition,
at the bottom of that page are links to the latest news stories, noted by current popularity.
• Hot Topics – This feature links to all topical items from the latest lottery news to sports trades.
In addition to the standard features, alternative features will appear that link to yet more stories or features.
CNN.com has obviously gone all out to make itself the all-in-one inclusive website for everything news and for home & family. With the enormity of its presence, it stands to be one of the most important entities on the Internet. Its user-friendliness and all encompassing array of features certainly make it one of a kind with interests for all.