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Slideshows take center stage

This just in:

Slideshows at NYTimes.com account for an amazing 10 percent of all traffic to the site, according to its general manager, Vivian Schiller.

Source: MarketWatch, via Lucas Grindley.

Schiller did not provide more specific statistics about the success of the slideshows, according to MarketWatch.

Check out New York Times slideshows.


Categories: multimedia, slideshows


6 Comments

  1. Aaron says:

    I believe it. Here at The (Jackson, MS) Clarion-Ledger, galleries consistently are among the most popular pages. We could put a up gallery of anything – football games to Pavarotti – and it will still receive more hits than most of the stories.

  2. I am trialling the software in order to get it on board at my local daily newspaper, but am having problems.

    It just stalls every time I try and load even a couple of jpgs? I realise this is not the place to ask techy questions, but I can see that this is a great journalistic tool, and that more people should be using it!

  3. Mindy says:

    What software are you talking about, Richard?

    If your photos are too large, maybe you should resize them. Check the dimensions in Photoshop — 800 x 500 is a decent size online.

  4. Meg says:

    I’m actually surprised. In general, I hate slideshows on news sites. Then again, I’m the impatient type that doesn’t want to click and click and click and click…

  5. Sorry, I made a subconscious assumption that you were talking about Soundslides, which is what I was using.

    I tried smaller images, similar to the dimensions you suggest, but still couldn’t get SS to load up the jpgs?

    Thanks in advance

  6. Mindy says:

    @Richard: Then probably it is one of these things causing the problem.

    1. You saved the JPGs as “progressive.” Won’t work. Re-save each one.

    2. File size of JPGs still too large. Should be in the ballpark of 100 KB or less, each.

    3. Too many JPGs — like, 100.

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