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Jamillah Knowles | 12:19 UK time, Tuesday, 1 June 2010

The time has come for us to unveil our fancy new name and outfit here on the blog and podcast pages.

Welcome one and all to the reincarnation of Pods and Blogs - now we are known as Outriders.

On the podcast this week there is a full explanation of where we came from and where we may be headed. The nice thing about the new name is that it not only describes our place here on the site and the podcast but also the innovators and trailblazers we talk to each week.

Now instead of a narrow focus only on podcasts and blogs, we can take a look at the wider web culture where you, me and everyone we know can get involved and talk about what makes the internet interesting.

You can also hear more about the people who helped create the new look and feel for Outriders. The BBC Radio 5live online have been brilliant for sorting out the blog and changing everything over behind the scenes. I definitely owe them some cake!

sp66.jpgSpencer Holtaway got his digital crayons out for us to design the beautiful new logo and livery. On the podcast he tells us about the themes in the design from our global outlook to our nodes for contact and of course the sound wave that our twitter friends said they wanted to keep.


s66.jpgMike Atherton came up with our name. He's a rather excellent sci-fi and TV writer as well as a blogger so who better to help us out for a term that is all-encompassing?

So, whether you tether with your mobile or maybe if you have found the new sound to make podcasting fresh and fun, then we want to hear from you.

We have all sorts of ways to get in touch now so come on in and say hi!

As usual our Twitter stream runs through some of our ideas for each new edition so do drop in and let me know what you have seen. That way I can fish out the right people to talk to when it comes to your interests online. Our twitter page is here.

Also - we now have a Facebook page.

This is where we can have some longer form discussions about topics on Outriders. So jump in any time. There's a topic open at the moment where you can let me know your thoughts on our facelift.

Thanks to everyone who made this happen, from Chris, Rhod and Kevin who started us off five years ago and of course to all of you, for making the web such a vibrant place filled with surprising places to visit each week.

jk-thumb-240x240.gifHere we go!
- Jamillah

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