USA Today's new website went live this morning.  You can read a note from the editors about the redesign here and a breakdown of the new features here

I like it. 

The key here is the social networking component.  Users can create profiles that include personal information, blog entries, photos and a list of friends.  These profiles are then linked to every time a user comment on articles.  You can see the test profile I created here

The site also includes tons of other features such as tagging, voting on stories, RSS feeds, etc.   The user interface includes a good dose of Ajax, which is smart.  It will cut down on page views a bit but it creates a much better user experience.

In order to succeed online newspapers are going to have to build vibrant communities around their websites.  With its new site, USA Today appears to be doing just that. 

Give it a look and let us know what you think in the comments.

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Todd Zeigler
Todd Zeigler serves as the Brick Factory’s chief strategist and oversees the operations of the firm. In his sixteen year career in digital, he has planned and implemented campaigns for clients including the Pickens Plan, International Youth Foundation, Panthera, Edison Electric Institute, and the American Chemistry Council. Todd develops ambitious online advocacy programs, manages crises, implements online marketing strategies, and develops custom applications and software. He is bad at golf though.