Current TV launches new site
Just days after being honored with the Nobel Peace Prize, Al Gore's Current TV has launched a new website that seems focus more on collaborative content and social networking than on video creation and television distribution.
Al Gore has proven that there can be life after politics. He's written several best-selling books, received an Oscar for An Inconvenient Truth, helped develop Current TV, a cable television station focused on getting young people interested in the world around them. and he was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize last week. Seven years ago, he was running for president and since that time he's done all this.Today Current launched a new website at Current.com that not only brings all the television content to the web, but also seeks to build a new social media platform. The site has a completely new look, a wealth of new features, and a few components seem to have been pushed out the door. When a visitor first stops by Current.com, they are greeted with a tutorial introducing the new site. Gone is the ability to embed videos from Current on your own blog; it's unclear whether the videos that have already been cross-posted will still work. The forums have also been retired and replaced with a collective blogging platform. At first glance, the most interesting part of the redesign is the fact that all television media is now available to stream online. The television schedule is presented in a wheel format that allows visitors to easily peruse the day's content and tune into interesting pods on their computer. It took over two years, but the site is finally fully-functional for those who can't get the station through their local cable provider. The site also adds a viewpoints section which serves as a sort of video town hall on the most popular issues in our society. It did seem a bit buggy and crashed my Firefox a few times though. While I'm excited to see this feature evolve, I'm a bit bothered by the fact that most of the viewpoints are from Current employees who don't disclose this in any way.