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Nick Reynolds Nick Reynolds | 19:27 UK time, Friday, 3 December 2010

The news that BBC Worldwide plans to launch a version of the iPlayer for iPad in the United States has been recieved with much excitement. "This is huge..." reports paidContent. "Rejoice..." says GigaOm.

"How Question Time got as big as The X Factor on Twitter" reported the Guardian. BBC Question Time Down The Pub blog was not impressed:

There are many terms about the use of hashtags and Twitter to measure (like "influence" and "amplification" ha ha) - most of them snakeoil and bogus - but the vast majority seem to indicate that The X Factor is significantly more popular than Question Time...

Charles Arthur of the Guardian responded in comments.

If you're of a technical persuasion you'll understand these two:

"More pushing not pulling using XMPP and Strophe.js" from the BBC Research and Development blog.

where is the BBC's SVG or scaleable vector graphics content? from the BBC Backstage mailing list.

You'll probably also be interested in this FOI request from What Do They Know: Documents on the HTML iPlayer TLS content protection scheme.

"TV Viewing on the Internet: some real numbers at last" comes from Building an Entertainment Powerhouse.

Finally two things my colleagues have asked me to tell you about;

Growing Knowledge: a project between the BBC and the British Library with the involvement of Bill Thompson and Aleks Krotoski who presented the BBC series Virtual Revolution. From the Growing Knowledge website:

The BBC and the British Library are working together to find out if social media's rise in popularity across all ages and professions has affected research and what this means for libraries... To do so we'd like to ask you a few questions each month. We'll then publish our results with a selection of your comments.

There are data visualisations available online.

And the BBC Red Button team have updated their FAQs.

Nick Reynolds is Social Media Executive, BBC Online

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