Terror plot kills local news on the BBC News homepage

Martin Belam  by Martin Belam, 11 August 2006

Yesterday's immense security operations across the UK to foil a suspected bombing plot were no doubt one of the 'surge events' that I talked about the BBC's homepages having to cope with when I was writing on the reboot:bbc.co.uk competition blog.

It was interesting to see how the BBC's new personalised web 2.0-ish panels on the UK edition homepage degrade - with a message that "Postcode options for local news temporarily removed from this page due to traffic load. Sorry for any inconvenience"

BBC News dynamic panels graceful degradation

It is nice to see graceful degradation built in to a dynamic BBC homepage application.

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