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Friday 24 January 2014, 14:24

Nick Reynolds Nick Reynolds Assistant Editor

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Here's some useful information from the past couple of weeks which you may have missed.

"BBC targets social media users with Instagram video news", reports Media Guardian:

"On 16 January, BBC News launched Instafax, a new short-form video news service delivered to Instagram users. The project is a month-long experiment, with three 15-second videos uploaded a day, intended to serve as a roundup of the day's news...

...The BBC is not the first to be testing the value of social media platforms for video news reporting. NowThis News specialises in short-form visuals for social networks including Facebook, Vine, Twitter and Snapchat. It has created Instagram videos in this format since 2012, the same year the site launched..."

news archive connected studio shoreditch.jpg Delegates at the Connected Studio event in Shoreditch, London this week

Connected Studio has been busy. The News Archive Connected Studio this week was extensively tweeted by participants in London and Belfast. The image above was taken by the BBC News Labs team of delegates in Shoreditch.

The Guardian also reports on this Connected Studio project to find easy ways to help children log in ("How your child's art could unlock a more secure online world"):

"Think through all the competencies required to log in to a website. Not only do you have to be able to read and write – in an age of touchscreen computing, not at all something which can be assumed of everyone online – but you also usually need an email address, and frequently a Twitter or Facebook account as well. You must remember a password and type it with no visible feedback other than the number of characters written. And you have to keep that information secret, no matter how proud you are of it...

...Given how many adults fail at those simple tasks, it's a bit much to expect it of the under-10s."

The Connected Studio team issued a Newsletter summarising their work over past year. You can follow them on Twitter at BBC_Connected.

The launch of BBC iWonder was well recieved (see these comments on Creative Review's article, although Tech Digest ran it through a "hype check"). Andrew Pipes blog post about the World War One Interactive Guides is still open for your comments. Tim Plyming outlines more about the project on the About The BBC blog.

From the BBC R&D blog: "The Year That Was - BBC R&D's North Lab Yearnotes"

From the BBC Responsive News blog: "A year as an undergraduate web developer at the BBC".

From Guardian Tech: "Kinect to blame for BBC iPlayer on Xbox One delay, says developer"

From The Daily Mail: "Make iPlayer viewers PAY a licence fee': BBC calls for reforms to deal with 500,000 homes that only watch programmes online."

Finally, the BBC Internet blog's twitter account passed the ten thousand follower mark this week. If you follow us on twitter, thanks.

Nick Reynolds is Editor, BBC Internet blog

 

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