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NickJr.com
NickJr.com logo 2004
NickJr.com's current logo, used since August 4, 2004 in the United States.
Type of site Children's
Available in English
Owner Nick Jr. (Viacom)
Created by Nick Jr. (Viacom)
Website www.nickjr.com
Alexa rank 3,297 (August 2015)
Commercial Yes
Registration No longer available
Launched June 1998; 19 years ago
Current status Open

NickJr.com is a website owned and developed by Nick Jr., launched in June 1998. The website serves mainly as an online portal for Nick Jr. content, and offers online games, video streaming, radio streaming and individual websites for each show it broadcasts.

NickJr.com has received positive critical reaction, receiving various awards including a Webby in 2003. Positive praise has also been received because of the steps taken by the website to protect user privacy.


NickJr.com logo 2000

NickJr.com's logo used from September 19, 2000 to August 4, 2004. It is still used in some online games.




NickJr.com logo 2001

NickJr.com's logo used from October 9, 2001 to August 4, 2004. It is still used in some online games.





HistoryEdit

NickJr.com was launched by Nick Jr. in June 1998. Initially the website was available only using America Online's internet service. The website was later available to all internet service providers and became a strong promotional tool for Nick Jr.  The website's popularity grew and in March 1999, NickJr.com became the highest rated website for children aged zero to six years old. Nick Jr. used the website in conjunction with television programmes which increased traffic. NickJr.com also maintained a high level of respect for user privacy during the growth of the website.

Before October 2001, NickJr.com's design was mainly images and image maps allowing navigation through the website. Then, in October 2001, the website was expanded and redesigned with Flash-animated buttons and advertisements. NickJr.com's design has changed repeatedly since then, with the website's current design making use of sidebars, web banners, and Adobe Flash.

In October 2001, developers started discussing expansion of NickJr.com to make it an even more desirable website for children to visit. Mike Skagerlind, the website's general manager at the time said "But we felt strongly that it could be a lot more. We basically wanted it to be the main place that kids go to on the Web."

On October 16, 2003, the website redesign began. The interface was revamped and to make it more appealing to children and the most significant development was the use of Flash for animated graphics and buttons.

On August 4, 2004, Nick Jr. redid the 2003 site when the new logo came into effect.

On October 11, 2004, NickJr.com made an on-screen bug during programming on television.

FeaturesEdit

GamesEdit

In 2001, Nick Jr. partnered with Networks Inc. to provide broadband video games for rent from NickJr.com. The move was a further step in the multimedia direction that the developers wanted to take the website. Skagerlind indicated that over 50% of Nick.com's audience are using a high speed connection which allows them to expand the gaming options on the website.

Videos/EpisodesEdit

NickJr.com provides streaming videos of full or partial Nick Jr. episodes. The service was originally launched as Nick Jr. Video, a popup panel showcasing broadband content such as video clips and games. It was then revamped and relaunched on September 30, 2004 as a sister website for NickJr.com. The new website expanded on clips and content on NickJr.com to provide full length Nick Jr. television shows. The United States service was again revamped in 2009 and began focusing exclusively on content from Nick's current schedule. With the ubiquitousness of online streaming, TurboNick branding was also phased out at this time.

NickJr.com in the UK does not offer the same ability to watch entire episodes, but offers short clips from Nick Jr. TV shows instead.

RadioEdit

 Logo for Nick Radio, combining iconography from both Nickelodeon and iHeartRadio.NickJr.com streams Nick Jr. Radio, a radio network launched in August 2004, in partnership with iHeartMedia (then called Clear Channel Communications). The network is also distributed through the iHeartRadio web platform and mobile app as well as New York City radio station WHTZ as a secondary HD channel. Nick Jr. Radio focuses on Top 40 music (geared towards the network's target audience of children and adolescents, with radio edits of some songs incorporated due to inappropriate content), along with celebrity interview features. In addition to regular on-air DJs, Nick Jr. Radio also occasionally features guest DJ stints by stars from Nickelodeon's original series.

ShowsEdit

NickJr.com maintains informational pages on Nick Jr.'s current programming lineup. Although the content for each program page includes Games, Videos, and Episodes that can be accessed through other parts of the site, show pages can also include show photos and character breakdowns.

Former featuresEdit

The ClubEdit

The Club was a massively multiplayer online role-playing game provided by Nickelodeon on Nick.com. It was a virtual community that used isometric 3D graphics. It allowed users to play games, watch video clips and explore locations based on Nickelodeon television shows. Construction of the game began in November 2004.[24] An alpha of the game was released in early 2006. The first beta was released in June 2006. From August 18, 2006, to January 6, 2007, the game was closed to the general public. Prior to this release, almost 3,000,000 children had tested the game.[25] The service was finally launched to the public on January 30, 2007 as Nicktropolis.[26][27]

Following the official launch of the service, additional improvements were made. In March 2007, the game was remodeled and given a new logo, and on May 11, 2007, the home page was remodeled to fit in with Nick.com's new look. On June 24, 2007, the game was featured in The New York Times, with a quote stating, "Pre-teenage viewers have a virtual playground to call their own." [28] In September 2007, the Nicktropolis Newsletter was launched, as an e-mail service to players, and in November 2007, the service became ad-supported.[29] By July 3, 2008, Nicktropolis had over 7,000,000 registered users.[30] That same year, the service introduced daily events on weekdays, the "Nicktropolis Blog" on the Nick.com message boards, and a new area to support The Big Green Help, the year-long Nickelodeon green campaign.[31][32][33]

The game received positive ratings in terms of appropriateness for children, with mixed critical reviews.[34] The service was redesigned as The Club on May 19, 2010.[35]

Nick ArcadeEdit

Nick Arcade (sharing a name with, but otherwise unrelated to, the TV series of the same name) was a series of games that could be downloaded from Nick.com. It allowed users to play any game before buying it. Nick Arcade games can still be found on Nickelodeon's sister website, Shockwave.com.

Link : Nick Arcade

Message BoardsEdit

Nick.com offered a moderated Internet forum called the Message Boards. On the boards, kids posted threads on and reply on topics based on Nickelodeon content. Emoticons were represented with icon GIFs. Notable Moderators were called NICKFrog and NICKPhilly.

Along with the redesigned Nick.com, the Message Boards were completely redesigned to match up with it in 2014.

The message boards were closed on March 31, 2016 after Nick.com removed the option to sign up as a user on the site.

ReceptionEdit

The critical reaction for Nick.com has been mostly positive, with the website winning numerous awards. In 1999 teachers. Nick.com also was awarded a Beacon award in the Education section. The awards reward excellence within the cable industry. The website has received two awards from the Broadcast Designers Association, getting a bronze award in 2001 and a silver in 2002.[36] In 2003 Nick.com received a Judge's Choice Webby in the Television section of the awards.[37] Nick.com also received positive attention for its privacy policies. In 1999 Nick.com received the first Internet privacy seal from BBBOnline, a subsidiary of CBBB that assesses privacy issues online.[5]

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