A new Digital Web Magazine column, Fluid Thinking, has this outstanding advice for Web designers: "Think fluid. The WWW isn't a fixed medium. It's unpredictable. It will do unexpected things to your site, and the best you can do is go with the flow."
- Separate design from presentation, and let users design the site themselves using a style sheet, as AllTheWeb already does.
- Syndicate headlines with RSS. Offer not only general categories, like Entertainment or Sports, but search-term-specific RSS feeds, as I offer on Holovaty.com. Put targeted ads into those RSS feeds -- I'd bet people would actually like them.
- Offer an e-mail service, like the New York Times' News Tracker alerts. For example, I would really appreciate an e-mail any time a news article included the word "beatles". Or send the e-mails out on the hour.
- Put together photo galleries. People love photo galleries. Clearly Google has the technology to grab news images; why not put 'em together?
- Offer an opinions section. I'd be interested in seeing what pundits from around the world were saying about certain things. And include bloggers in the mix.