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      22.10.2012 20:29
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      Excellent website, just like the paper

      The metro newspaper is much like the website and vice versa, advertisements cover the front page, not news stories. Companies can actually buy the entire front page to themselves if they so choose and, if you go to the metro website right now, the entire background of the page is covered in an advertisement. However, this is a free paper that circulates almost 2 million everyday and gets so many website hits it tops google instant and page searches. The price you pay for the paper (nothing) means you need ads, so i'm not complaining, i think its a fantastic idea in fact! Although i can't see the Telegraph catching on to this idea somehow...

      The website is well laid out with the top stories taking up most of the page space with clear priority over the rest of the stories. There are no stupid banners or large text stories, they are all of a similar size and are listed with short captions giving a little bit of info of what they're about. Because the metro newspaper and website publish the same content, you'll find an exact copy of what you read in print, on the website. That's quite handy if you ask me.

      The Metro website is well designed, its modern, it has a good bandwidth so it never crashes despite popularity and the images are all of good quality, some even in high definition, or at least what appears to be "above average" definition, while some are not so good. The text is easy to read, it's the right size at 12 point, and in many cases bigger than that, particularly for the headlines.

      The website is updated throughout the day but bear in mind this isn't a breaking news service. I still stick with BBC news for the breaking stories, it's updated every minute, the Metro of course, less so. But it's a free, summary sort of paper, it's not heavy going, its not in depth but the website gives you a good brief on bigger stories. Major stories are covered on the same day, not so major stories are just put at the bottom of the page the next day.

      The website is easy to navigate with tabs for the main categories on the site such as TV, News, Sport, ShowBiz and much like the paper, has user pages where people can comment, send in tweets and texts, and that's the sort of intractability that i commend from this paper. There is a good deed section where if some stranger has helped you out, say by buying you a drink, helping you somehow or another good deed, you can send them a friendly thank you mention in the paper.

      Overall a very good website, they have a good layout and design, its organised, yes its full of propaganda ads but its a free paper so what are you complaining about? Great service and i hope it continues to be as good as it is now. No doubt a few "updates" will take place at some point...

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        04.04.2010 10:31
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        Good place to go for basic news stories

        As an online newspaper this is reasonably good it is based on the free daily newspaper, The Metro.

        Site Design:

        The site looks busy and does well to combine the main stories of the day with gossip, entertainment, irreverence and adverts relevant to the area you live in. There is good use of headers and footers, banners and the photographs are of very good quality. There are links to a number of other areas of the site and these are easy to find and accessible.

        Content:

        This would be my biggest criticism of the site, the stories are short and concise and its sometimes difficult to get beyond the story. With other papers you may get comment and context but these short stories don't entirely offer that.

        Having said this, there is a decent range of content, from news and politics to World News to local news to sport, to travel to entertainment they do cover a lot of areas quite well, but don't cover anything really well.

        Commercial:

        There are links for banking, gambling, shopping and other areas which may be of interest but please be aware that these are sponsored links and therefore possibly not as balanced as they may be independently.

        Overall:

        Overall I enjoy browsing the site as it can be up to date and provide links to the latest stories but I then move on to other sites to chase these up as the content is only of a basic level. I enjoy the site, it does offer interesting views on things to do in London which is great and offers on Restaurants and days out which are awesome. The stories are eclectic and often humorous and there is a good selection of sports stories. This is a definite 3 out of 5 website, the content is fine if not basic and the style is very impressive.

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        08.10.2009 22:20
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        A great place to keep you entertained and informed

        I work in an office and live in Scotland so it is rare that I look out of the window on my lunch and think that I fancy a walk with all of that rain beating down on me and so I regularly go on the internet on my lunch and always take a look around metro.co.uk to catch up with all of my news.
        The website has 4 main areas which I like to visit which are the NEWS, SPORTS, FAME, WEIRD sections and these are the ones I go onto on a daily basis to keep upto date with everything.
        The news section has a good selection of news stories which are well laid out and informative.
        The sports section gives a little bit of everything from the world of sports with all of the sporting news listed in a newspaper style on the one page including news from the world of rugby, cricket, football and formula one not unusual to be listed on the site.
        The fame section is all about the world of celebrity and keeps you upto date with news and rumours from all over the world (mainly UK and US).
        Weird is a section dedicated to exactly as it says in that is gives you the weirder news stories from around the world.

        Positives:

        - A well laid out website
        - Good depth of information in stories
        - Easy to use
        - Free to use website
        - No registration required
        - Quick loading times for pages

        Negatives:

        - Not as much depth as major newspapers offer

        This is a website worth a click around on your lunch and offers good content that keeps you upto date with the world of news.

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          05.10.2009 18:01
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          The website where you can read an electronic copy of the free newspaper

          It was the news that the London Evening Standard was going to be given away for free, the newspapers that is, not the company, although the current owner - Alexander Lebedev - did only pay a pound for it, that prompted me to write this review. I remember years ago that my father used to bring home the Standard every evening and catch up on the events of the day before the days when we had a telly. Everything he needed to know, he reckoned, he could learn from the Standard.

          I'm not sure about that but what is certain is that it packed a lot of concise information into a compact form. Years later, when I was still working I used to spend a lot of time with clients in London. Every morning I would travel up by train. I used to see people reading a newspaper, Metro, and leaving it behind on the seat and I used to grab a copy to read. Then I discovered that it was usually available on the platform of most station, most that is except Ascot, where I used to start my journey. Maybe they considered themselves too posh for such a publication!

          Metro is a great paper, so long as you don't take it too seriously. It reminds me very much of the Standard. It leans a little too far towards the likes of the Sun in content though, although that doesn't include the infamous Page 3. It does have a snappy style, though, that enables you to get the most out of it in that shortish journey to work each morning.

          When I retired, one of the things I missed was the Metro: no train journeys, no Metro. Then I discovered the Metro website and, lo and behold, one of the options on the extreme right of the Home tab on webpage banner is e-Metro, a link to a virtual, electronic copy of the paper. For convenience they have even reproduced the day's copy immediately below, with the legend: Turn the pages here>. Clicking on the front page shown takes you to a new webpage where you can read on your computer screen, not just today's copy but also those from the previous five days.

          I've subscribed to have them send me a weekday email with the link to that day's copy so that I can make sure I don't miss anything. Particular favourites are 60 second interview, Television - What to Watch, Metro Mail (I've written a few emails myself!) and, being a Sudoku addict - Metroku. A few of the news items refer you back to the Metro website and here you can find all of the news items in the virtual paper, and more.

          Besides the Home tab there are a whole load of others, from which my favourites are Weird, MetroLife, Travel and Tech, which do pretty much what it says on the tin. If you want to try to earn a bit of extra cash then ME View may be the place for you. You can upload video you've shot and if Metro readers download it to their mobiles you earn 15p a time. Metro may also ask if you will add an advert to your video and then you can earn even more! Some people seem to have earned hundreds, if not thousands.

          So, the Metro website. Well, don't expect to find anything intellectually challenging here. Even the Sudokus won't keep you occupied for long. It's good for whiling away a half-hour or so and you might just find something amusing that will make your day. If not, well, it hasn't cost you anything and you've saved a few rain forests into the bargain. That can't be bad can it?

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          17.08.2009 16:25
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          Pick yourself up a copy.

          The Metro is a free daily paper available at most of the major cities around the UK and can be picked up at numerous locations, usually based around public transport. The paper is available Mon - Fri, excluding all the usual bank holidays.

          The Metro is an easy to read newspaper, that is probably most similar to the red top tabloids, however you do not get quite as much gossip, self help columns and celebrity photo's (thankfully), as you would expect in the usual tabloid papers.

          The first 15 or so pages of the paper are taken up by the usual current affairs stories that you would expect in any newspaper. The stories tend to be quite brief and are easy to skim over whilst still getting the general facts. So great for a quick read on the train to work but not so getting an in depth understanding of government actions, foreign affairs etc etc.

          The sports section at the back I do find a little disappointing. It is usually 6 pages at an absolute maximum and I find the actual descriptions of the sporting events are very brief and skipped over, and there is more focus on matters surrounding the sport rather than the actual sport itself. Additionally if you're hoping for coverage of any sporting events that aren't that popular, or a less well known football team etc etc then you will be disappointed as they probably won't be mentioned. As with a lot of papers they do try and get in a few sports stars to write their own columns, which include cricket from Alistair Cook, and football from Mark Bright. Again this is all fairly light reading but is great for passing the time whilst commuting, and stirring up a few topics of conversation for the pub.

          There are a few adverts and classifieds in the paper, which is to be expected from a free paper since they have to generate income somehow. The classifieds are tailored to the area why you pick the paper up and you can stumble across the odd good advert in there. There's a job advert section which are grouped into various categories and poster at certain days of the week so you know when to have a look. Although the jobs tend to be at a fairly low level, there are still a number of options so its definitely worth a look if you are on the hunt.

          Other than that, the paper contains the usual sections you would expect to find, include the games/cartoons, TV guide & movie/film/book reviews. The reviews section is a little strange, in the sense that it seems to take a very high brow view of everything, and can harshly criticise anything that doesn't slip into the Oscar nomination category. This seems a fairly strange approach for a paper that is simply written and attracts a wide audience, most of whom, like myself, sometimes enjoy watching films that are easy to watch and fun as opposed to artsy. I tend to ignore the review section.

          One of my favourite parts of the paper is a small section towards the middle which gives people the opportunity to write in with their comments on various news issues. People really do become quite irate at various issues and some of the letters published you can't help but just laugh about.

          For a free paper this really is quite a decent read and a great way to pass the time whilst on the train.

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            15.08.2009 21:52
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            a great little site!

            I regularly read the metro whilst traveling on public transport to pass the time.

            The website is very similar to the paper you can read on the buses/trains and personally i enjoy checking the website for the up to date news as well as more light hearted news.

            The site is so easy to navigate around, with a tab running along the top with a range of pages to click onto. These inlucde, news, sport, lifestyle, weird, shopping etc. Plenty of sub-topics to choose from depending on what you want to find out about!

            Also the main page gives you the est temp for London, helpful for Londoners!

            Personaly i find the job section very useful, as i like to keep my eye out for jobs which may interest me. On the site, it iseasy to pick your area (mine been leeds) and it takes you jobs today, where you can quickly search for jobs! very handy for keeping up to date with jobs!

            My favourite part of the site, is the 'weird' section, full of random and weird stories from around the country and world! These are always an interesting read as well as some funny videos and photographs too!

            I wont descibe each section of the site in detail, but i'd recoomend visiting the site if your interested in news and other topics such as lifestyles, horoscopes etc!

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            05.10.2008 22:06
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            an interesting website

            Metro.co.uk is the website version of the metro newspaper which can be picked up each day from train and tube stations. It is essentially a news service website, but far more light-hearted than the likes of bbc.co.uk and other similar sites. In addition to covering the mainstream / important news stories that have a major impact on world events they also include reports on more bizarre and obscure events, which are enjoyable and humorous to read. Examples include the burglar who fell asleep whilst inside a house he was burgling only to be awoken by police and strange crop circles from around the globe.

            The website is very user friendly and is made more interesting by including a number of pictures and videos relating to the stories shown. The following sections can be found on the site and scrutinized in more detail if you wish, News (world, news focus, headlines, climate watch), Sport (football, cricket, rugby, F1, pictures), Fame (60 seconds, celebrity pictures, gossip blog), Metrolife (music, food & drink, books, restaurants, tickets), Money (current accounts, credit cards, savings accounts, loans), Metrosexual (find a date, love doctor, horrorscopes), Travel (travel reviews & flight offers).

            Another great section is the fantasy football league which they run. It is similar to the one run by the sun newspaper yet unlike the sun one it is completely free to join and there are prizes to be one for the best performing managers every month. I have played this for the past two seasons and its great fun. Players score points depending upon their individual performance and the performance of the team, they are awarded points for a win, scoring or assisting a goal and completing a match, yet lose points if they lose, are carded or substituted. There is even an option which enables you to create your own mini-league so you can go in direct competition with friends as well as everybody else who has a metro fantasy football account.

            One of the best aspects of the website is the succinct way that the news stories are written; they include all the important facts and leave you with a thorough understanding of what the article is relating to without being pages long. The benefit of this is that if you are at work or don't have much time, you can keep up to date with all the breaking news and not have to spend precious time doing it. If a story is deemed important it is at the top of the page and with one click of the mouse you are taken to the full story. Definitely recommend this website for some news delivered in a light hearted way.

            Thanks for reading, enjoy the website.

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