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Trial and Error

Testing Fine Living

February 21, 2007 6:27 AM

I had so much fun testing my chocolate IQ yesterday, I decided to spend more time on the Fine Living site. Scripps has been bullish on online video for several years, so I always like to swoop in unannounced on its various sites to kick the video tires.

I enter fineliving.com in the browser window and my first impression is that I’m impressed. That’s because the web site actually includes a link in the upper right hand side of the page for “featured videos.” As you know, I’m a big proponent of web sites that promote their videos. I know, I know. Promoting your videos is a crazy idea.

I click on the link for “Take a Break in Belize” because that sounds like a nice idea. And the web page says the video isn’t available. That’s strange, I think, that a site would promote a video that’s not live. But about 10 seconds later, the clip starts playing and it works just fine.

But given that little disconnect, I decide to test some other links on the page. I opt for “food and drink” under the channel guide. I choose a video on flavor-infused oils. And this one works just fine with no errant messages.

I try one more video from the home living section, on how to save energy in your home. It’s full of great tips. Check it out.


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