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The incredible shrinking website!
Member Name: mikeonabike
Advantages: Probably the most entertaining engaging website on the whole internet
Disadvantages: Everytime I visit it seems to lose another section. The BBC plans to halve the size of the site soon
** bbc.co.uk **
From the first time I got onto the internet to the present day the bbc.co.uk has remained one of my favourites. Unfortunately it has shrunken a little bit over time. When I first went on the BBC site a few years ago there were all sorts of miscellaneous items that I found interesting like silly games. I played Tardis Tennis for weeks, if anyone remembers it?
There came a time when most of the great games had disappeared from the BBC site. Just last week came the terrible news that with cutbacks BBC 6 is to be axed and the BBC website is to be halved in size. I am really sad about this as it really is one of the best websites out there in cyber space even though it is ever shrinking nowadays.
Rather than cry on about all the things that might be cut I'd like to highlight some of my favourite bits of the website that are still at least for the moment up for people to use and enjoy. I won't mention the obvious ones like support information to current TV and Radio programs as these are blindingly obvious things that you would expect to find on the bbc.co.uk website anyway and they are in no danger of being cut.
Learning. Yes learning I would never have believed a website could share and teach so many wonderful things in such clever and inventive ways. I found myself spending hours and hours going through all the guides and interactive history, nature, science and arts sections.
bbc.co.uk is almost like being a casual university student able to trawl through subjects at will and digest whatever you feel like at the time.
I also found the sections on grammar and English really useful too. I sometimes forget what a semi colon is for or where an apostrophe should go. But when I look it up or work through a free BBC lesson on the subject I get enlightened. Unfortunately I have a memory like a sieve so not much sticks, but I can always look it up again when I get stuck. How brilliant a website bbc.co.uk is to offer learning for free. Really useful in depth learning too.
Courses search. Tied into the learning section is or possibly was -if you're reading this a few months after I've written the review - a search engine for learning courses in all subjects. So if I was reading a an article on Tai Chi or Maths I can just use the BBC courses search engine to find me somewhere local where I can enrol on a course. Everything from degree courses to no pressure general interest night courses or correspondence courses in included. How cool is that?
360 degree photos. I've clicked onto some BBC web pages of areas of the country that interested me only to find that somehow the BBC have managed to take completely seamless 360 degree photos of a well known local spot. The 360 degree castle view in Wales was my favourite. It was like visiting the place without leaving my living room.
** In conclusion **
The above items represent some of my favourite things about the BBC website but there are millions of weird and wonderful things waiting to be discovered on bbc.co.uk
Why not go there now and check the site out for yourself while you still can, before the BBC implement their plan to halve the size of the website.
Thanks for reading my review.
Summary: Still the best site but for how long? Vist while it's still great