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Nick Reynolds Nick Reynolds | 19:16 UK time, Thursday, 11 December 2008

Just a quick note and an apology.

We were hoping to get a video interview from Erik Huggers for iPlayer day. Unfortunately Erik will no longer be able to do this, although we are hoping for a blog post from him.

I'll keep you posted. Dave is even now beavering away with some of the stuff we have got "in the can", which I think you will enjoy.

See you tommorow!

Nick Reynolds is editor, BBC Internet blog


  • Comment number 1.

    Any chance of new features being announced tomorrow?

  • Comment number 2.

    Hello Nick, I see you are still pushing the blogs as the way to go.

    I only found this one by wondering what twitter was, as posted on the iPlayer site by Jonathan and googling it.

    You seem to be pushing your preferred medium (blogs) rather than the viewers' messageboards as the information dissemination tool. Is this because you are a writer rather than a viewer, so the controlled word is your sword.

    I somehow think though this is being done under the iPlayer day as an exercise to how to make blogs work, rather than posting on the POV/iPlayer boards most used by your customers at present .

    I will look into it further , but if I don't, as a regular user of BBC boards, know what twitter is.....it says something.

  • Comment number 3.

    Egg - I have no hidden agenda (all I do have is a rough running order for the day).

    It's difficult to put video, pictures and long blog posts on a message board (all of which we have on the starting blocks for the blog today).

    We'll be looking at the iplayer messageboard regularly throughout the day.

    I'm glad you found us!

  • Comment number 4.


    As a reader, and and somebody who reads several blogs and is a member of several message boards, I find that I visit blogs when I want information and boards when I want to have a more freeform discussion.

    To me, the BBC Internet team putting their iPlayer Day info on a blog makes perfect sense. Easier than trawling a board all day trying to find the relevant stuff.

    Actually, I personally tend to *avoid* sites that purely use forums as a method of getting official information out. I favour sites that use blogs, CMS or at least a heavily modded forum that can present the primry information in a blog-like or CMS-like fashion.

  • Comment number 5.

    Egg: Blogs are an entirely different proposition to messageboards. I've rarely used the latter - I think the rambling structure and lack of central discussion makes them more inaccessible. Blogs are much, much better for news and for structured debates around specific issues.

    The BBC Internet Blog is a great channel for promoting the BBC's digital projects - far more personal than the bland press releases from the press office.

    Keep up the good work, Nick and team.

  • Comment number 6.

    To clarify the point of messageboards being places where discussions may get lost in the myriad of threads, or wander "off" topic, BBC can solve that problem very easily. In the past they set aside a very small sub-board, where the Points of View production team, tried to get posters to discuss "set" programme topics. It didn't work for the simple reason that POV production team wanted us to discuss programmes/topics which we felt were NOT the ones which merited discussion (very twee, safe subjects, whilst ignoring long threads on DOGs/End Credit Squeezing/Background music etc). It was felt that they were manipulating the content of the programme, by telling us what programmes would be included, BEFORE they aired, and BEFORE there was any viewer response, and ignoring threads on programmes which were receiving HUGE response.

    The concept of a sub-board, where news and information was posted, and discussions held, WOULD work, AS LONG as employees of BBC (Editors/Producers of Programmes/News Correspondents etc) were prepared to become involved in the discussions.

    The difference between BBC blogs and BBC messageboards, is that, BBC staff talk to bloggers, whilst no-one wants to talk to message boarders. You then end up with idle chit chat, or chatting amongst ourselves, as no-one from BBC comes near the boards, except the Hosts.

    As a simple example, I noticed Danielle Nagler's blog on DOGs


    and the fact that SHE is involved in a discussion with bloggers.

    On the other hand, on the messageboards, we have had several very lengthy threads on exactly the same subject, DOGS, and NOT ONE person from BBC has spoken to us, or attempted to defend BBC's stance on DOGs. The following link to ONE thread with over ONE THOUSAND comments is simply the FIRST one I came across.


    It was started in response to Helen Kellie's appearance on Points of View programme, and NOT, due to someone from BBC posting to the messageboards.

  • Comment number 7.

    As someone who uses both blogs and boards on various sites, I still strongly believe that an official blog is the best way to get information out. And for those of us in the public to discuss things directly started by the BBC staff. And message boards for more freeform discussion. From the viewpoint of a user of both and someone with technical background, it just makes far more sense to me.

    That and otherwise there would be an expectation for BBC staff to read through each and every post relevant to what they do. And if they didn't, speculation would run rife.

    Maybe one answer would be if there was a section of the board(s) that was basically an announcement of each blog post? Maybe generated from an RSS feed?
    So at least there would be a way of automatically informing board-users of new blog posts.

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