Welcome to the New Switched!
One of our biggest frustrations with the old version was how quickly stories would disappear after landing at the top of the page. The new Switched addresses this in two ways: first, we've got spots for highlighting breaking news and features sitewide, and secondly, you'll see brand new sections on our story pages that show related stories. We've come a long way since our beginnings back in March of 2007, and the technology world has grown along with us. Back then, Facebook and Twitter were both in their fledgling years, and the iPad was still the stuff of fanboy dreams. Our coverage has grown to reflect how every aspect of life -- from politics to travel -- is affected by technology, and we see this design as an evolution of those aims. So get familiar with new ways to access the latest news, gossip, memes, tips and more.
Note: We're waiting for the sections to populate, so it may take a few hours for these to look right.
Our comments system finally got a much needed face-lift, and you'll now be able to comment via the magic of Persistent Login. If you're on a post, click 'register' to select a new username, or you can opt to sign up at the top of every page on the log-in bar. Overall, it'll be much cleaner commenting, and we're excited about the simplified like/dislike options for posts and nested comments that make reading and responding easier.
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Thank youThis redesign is the biggest project ever undertaken at Switched, and there's no way it would be launching tonight without the continued support and help from many people at AOL. I can't thank the AOL Tech design team, with Rick Garner, Erik Sagen and Brett Terpstra, enough, especially for smoothly handling a unique production and design schedule. Justin Glow and Michael Torgler, thanks for lending your expertise to the project -- we would've been lost without you. Joshua Fruhlinger, you've been absolutely essential to the project and launch, and I'm thrilled with where Switched is going. I'd also like to thank both Brad Hill and Marty Moe, who offered much-appreciated support and guidance throughout the long development process.
The Switched redesign is just a start, and we've got an updated iPhone app, great new video franchises and many more exciting features launching in the next few months. Of course, special thanks to the Switched team for putting up with the countless site revisions, mocks and long hours, and supporting the most exciting thing we've done thus far. Bravo, boys (and girl). The best is yet to come.