What Do You Think of the New Patch?

A completely new design is being tested on five East Coast Patch sites

On Sunday night, Patch launched a redesigned platform on five of its sites on New York’s Long Island. The sites — BellmoreGarden CityLevittown, Long Beach and Merrick — give Patch users a look at a test design that should go nationwide early next year.

The biggest change is the addition of "groups" — topic-specific news feeds that let Patch users choose the updates they receive on the customizable homepage. Groups now organize all news, content and information on the new site.

By following or unfollowing different groups, users can make the daily experience of taking in the news more relevant to their everyday lives.

The major groups, like Breaking News, Schools, etc.—will be run by Patch editors — but users will also be encouraged to start groups of their own. Members of a group can post their own stories, photos, events or just talk about news happening in the community.

All in all, the new site fosters a more collaborative community atmosphere that fits the way each town works from day to day.

By design, Patch users outside of the five test towns cannot post or create items on the test sites. This was done to prevent out-of-town content from filling up each of the sites, and to keep things locally relevant. Also, some features may change before the new platform is launched nationally.

Visit the BellmoreGarden CityLevittownLong Beach or Merrick Patch sites and let us know what you think.

Ken Palosi September 27, 2012 at 12:50 PM
Definitely a much cleaner look. I like the fact that I would be able to filter out the vociferous few who dominate the comments section. I don't really like the way a handful of people from other regional Patch sites have been dominating the comments section. As a blogger for the Patch it has dampened my enthusiasm for blogging on a regular basis. The groups feature is o.k. but based on my experience with Yahoo groups and Facebook groups people don't really make use of them like one would hope.
Morgan Day (Editor) September 27, 2012 at 01:16 PM
Thanks for the input, Ken! And although I love seeing tons of comments on North Canton Patch, I will have to agree with you that it would be nice to see more local comments — comments from the folks right here in North Canton. I'm eager to see how the groups function plays out too!
ed sadon September 28, 2012 at 05:19 PM
keep up the good work. EJS


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