The wait is over. The Virtual Revolution aired on BBC Two Saturday 30 January 2010, and can be watched on iPlayer
for the next seven days (of which, more later!).
So what did you think?
No small amount of tweets came forth with the promotion of a hashtag
on the screen at the top of the programme:
@catherineelaine Really? This documentary comes with a hashtag (#bbcrevolution) for you to tweet about the programme. Oh, I love the internet :) @Snips #bbcrevolution Innovative and fun to see a hashtag used to co-ordinate twitter comment. Every TV show should have an onscreen hashtag :-)
This #bbcrevolution tag was debated / derided by some who argued that it was too long a tag for tweeting purposes - suggesting #vrev as an alternative; although this suggestion was made before the tag had appeared on the screen, and #vrev wasn't generally used thereafter.
@mikebutcher Watching The Virtual Revolution on BBC2 8.30pm with the longest official hashtag ever: #bbcrevolution ( #vrev ?)
It's true that #bbcrevolution is quite long, but even if we'd gone with #vrev it would have had to have been #bbcvrev (sorry, house rules) - saving 6 characters, yes, but hardly a beautiful, tongue-roller...!
Other matters arising - iPlayer and international audiences. During the show Aleks tweeted
a response to a question on twitter to confirm that the series would be available internationally on iPlayer, however this was a wires-crossed moment, as we aren't able to make the programmes available in this way.
@stewartcuk Find it ironic that Saturdays #bbcrevolution documentary promoting the open values of the Internet was only available in the UK on iPlayer
We recognise the international nature of this content and have endeavoured to make all of the video content on our website
internationally available for viewing, embedding, download and re-use. We have certain constraints as a UK publicly-funded broadcaster, however this production has made unique efforts to make our content as universally accessible as possible.
Furthermore, everyone will be able to access considerable sections of the documentary series through our 3D Documentary Explorer
(available after episode two), where you can watch the documentary in the context of the programme's research, interview rushes and surrounding information.
So these issues aside - what did you think?
One final thought/plea: quite a few people wondered whether we had missed out key issues, ignored important, vital debates in this space... More than likely we may have, but for now, please hold off judgements or comments of this nature until the series has concluded. There's three more episodes; three more hours of considered information and analysis - it would seem most fair to reserve the debate on 'missing pieces' until we've seen the series as a whole. You can check out the forthcoming series themes here
Many thanks to all who have watched and commented already. We look forward to hearing from you throughout the series!