The city's first live news ticker lit up Monday morning at 1000 Denny Way. (Mike Siegel/The Seattle Times)

Most of us look for news on our smartphones, tablets, computer screens or TVs. Heck, we might even pick up a good old-fashioned newspaper.

But what about news from a building?

Drive along Denny Way and you’ll see it — the 44-foot, 6,400 light-bulb ticker that displays news headlines from the west side corner of the new headquarters of the Seattle Times.

The concept of a news ticker is “somewhat retro,” the Times’ own story acknowledged, though the technology behind it is less so. The headlines on the ticker, drawn from the home page, update automatically via RSS feed.

Fans of the Times seemed to like it. “That’s pretty rad!” wrote one local on its Facebook page. “COOOOOOOL!” wrote another.

What do you think, geeks — is the news ticker an oldie or goodie?

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  • Guest

    Congratulations to the Seattle Times on this new feature! Wouldn’t it be lovely if certain other technologically-adept companies in the South Lake Union area engaged the ambulatory public with information radiators such as this?

  • Laird Nelson

    What if it were mounted on, say, a big spinning globe?

    • Monica Guzman

      As a former staffer at the Seattle P-I … wouldn’t that have been something ;)

  • Dan J Mckee

    and today’s big news… the Sacramento Kings get a new arena! oh the irony 

    • Will in Seattle

      I think you mean … Thank God!

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