France’s presidential website evolves as Hollande is sworn in. The sites providing an insider’s view of the 2012 Cannes Film festival. And marathon runners in the Philippines are having to watch out for zombies…
France: presidential website evolves as Hollande is sworn in
When François Hollande was sworn in as president of France on Tuesday, the presidential website Elysee.fr started to take on an entirely different look. Most of the old content has been removed and archived on a separate site, and photos of the new head of state and his partner Valérie Trierweiler have replaced those of their predecessors.
Once the new president was elected, his communication team started transforming the former socialist candidate’s campaign site into the presidential transition website.
This is the second power handover for Elysée.fr which was launched in 1997 under the presidency of Jacques Chirac, and was basically an institutional communication platform. Its interface changed radically after Nicolas Sarkozy’s election and was modeled on his 2007 campaign site. The president’s photo was initially omnipresent, but given less focus with the latest version launched in April 2010, which was inspired by the White House website.
In addition to the presidential website, François Hollande’s teams have also taken over the presidential accounts on social networks and other multimedia sharing sites. Facebook, Twitter, Flickr and Dailymotion, tens of thousands of web users are following information and updates on the French president via these platforms. The accounts are currently running in tandem with those used by François Hollande during his campaign.
The 2012 Cannes Film Festival online
The 2012 Cannes Film Festival runs from the 16th to 27th May and will be receiving a great deal of online coverage. In addition to the official site and the Twitter thread devoted to the film festival, web users will be able to consult a number of other sites and blogs, to follow all the latest from the Croisette throughout the festival period.
On the site "In the mood for Cannes" Sandra Mézière will be sharing her vision of the festival. A script writer and film industry professional, she has been attending the Cannes Film Festival for the past 18 years. She will be blogging from inside the event, sharing her reviews of films, as well as describing the atmosphere and the gala evenings.
Another site providing an insider view of the festival: « Cannes en live », run by four film buffs. They will be posting photos and videos from the various festival venues throughout the fortnight, along with information on what’s happening on the sidelines, and the unique events taking place across Cannes.
The Cannes Film festival is synonymous with glitz and glamour so the “Blog de Cannes” will be focusing on all the not to be missed parties, and the places to go and be seen throughout the festival period. The site will also be giving a great deal of coverage to all the stars and starlets making the news over the two week festival.
And finally the blog “Madame à Cannes” is for fashionistas and followers of fashion. Set up in partnership with French daily the Figaro, it will be providing all the latest gossip along with who’s wearing what from the celebrity world : a light hearted site which will also have a lot of video content.
Pastpages.org: the news homepage archive
All over the world, libraries are meticulously archiving newspapers, but what happens to news websites? Ben Walsh is a journalist at the "Los Angeles Times" and has created a program that saves, hour upon hour, welcome pages from dozens of news site. The images are then published on the “Pastpages.org” blog which web users can consult freely.
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Video of the day
People taking part in a marathon in Manila in the Philippines got a bit of a fright recently, not only did they have 42 kilometers to run, they also had to avoid being caught by… zombies! An interesting way of getting exercise which will be soon be repeated in other cities across the country.