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Dave Lee | 11:55 UK time, Wednesday, 19 November 2008

BBC technology correspondent Rory Cellan-Jones has written this interesting piece about journalists using social networking to connect with their audience. Originally penned for Ariel, our internal newspaper, he wonders if journalists using services like Twitter (if you're a member, follow us @bbccouk)are on a bit of an ego trip and are in danger of wasting their time:

The 1,300 people in my Twitter community know a lot about technology but if I devote too much time to them, then I'm in danger of letting down millions of viewers and listeners who will never go near a social network. Then there's the fact that small pressure groups can hijack these networks - open source software groups are well-organised but should I listen to them more than Windows or Mac users?"


(left to right: Fi Glover, Rory Cellan-Jones, Dan Heaf & Iain Lee) Photo by byrion on Flickr.

Daniel Bennett lays into the argument with a comparison between Rory and 'Bob', his make-believe, pre-web journalist.


In the FT on Friday, 'Project Kangaroo' takes a bit of a beating from Kip Meek, chairman of the Broadband Stakeholder Group:

Imagine underlying demand for it is fantastically high, requiring BT and ISPs to invest heavily to maintain service levels. In this environment, Kangaroo would have benefited from next generation access but borne none of the risk."

In reply, a spokesman for Kangaroo said:

The creation of any on-demand content platform carries its own investment risks and the truth is great content is helping ISPs build their businesses."

Our blogger in residence, Steve Bowbrick, has a detailed post discussing his meeting with a person he's calling the "most important person at the BBC right now". That person is Matt McDonnell, and he's in charge of search.

Media coverage of death of Baby P brings all sorts challenges for BBC Online. Martin Belam discusses the issue of carrying out court orders online, particularly when dealing with pulled articles that, despite being removed by us, remain online via Google Cache and similar.

Erik Huggers, director of BBC Future Media and Technology, has been busy once again setting out his vision for the BBC of the future. Press Gazette reports that Huggers expects BBC.co.uk to be the BBC's second biggest channel, second only to flagship channel BBC One. Erik's thoughts are backed up today by the news that 24% of consumers watch content on BBC iPlayer for an hour a week or more.

Finally, BBC Backstage is hosting no less than two Christmas parties this year. One for anyone around Manchester, and another for anyone around London - both taking place on 13th December.

Dave Lee is co-editor, BBC Internet Blog.


  • Comment number 1.

    The popularity of iPlayer and BBC content is driving average UK internet usage up. I believe ISPs allocated 16-18Kbps per user connectivity to the internet at peak periods. Watching the growth of the iPlayer streaming service -circa 500Kbps per stream, that average has probably doubled with ISPs footing the bill in terms of more capacity, filling existing capacity or permitting user experiences to fall.

    Although it is difficult to have pity for folk who promise, free for ever, unlimited, total and complete Broadband, there is a genuine issue to resolve, which is how we share the Digital Commons at peak periods. This is not fully addressed by fibre. Fibre provides faster access to the commons so is just one element.

    As an avid user some of the issues are outlined here http://www.bbbritain.co.uk

    There also a working solution available http://www.omlq.co.uk . The challenging question is whether BBC's demand for a quality user experience can be met by Broadband networks only capable of delivering a best endeavours solution. The broadband and internet engineers have done a great job, but they cannot assure the end user experience due to congestion at peak times. The problem is fixable but ISPs will need to describe the true nature of what they are selling (or sold) and the BBC needs to describe the end user experience it is attempting to create and expecting the ISPs to deliver.

    It's great and and be better still.

  • Comment number 2.

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