It's social media week on the 5 live blog
Social Media Week: day one
No, it's not something I just made up. It's a real, international week of conferences on the theme of social media (Facebook, Twitter, blogs and so on). It's mostly for business-people and techies but we've hijacked it to do something useful here on the blog. At the end of last year I promised I'd be starting a survey of 5 live's use of social media in the new year.
So, starting today with Richard Bacon, I'm publishing five interviews with important 5 live figures about their use of social media. We caught Richard in his studio right after he came off the air last Thursday. He talks mainly about Twitter, his principle means of interacting with his audience while off-air and a genuine source of stories and reactions for the programme itself. Play the video and then tell us what you think in a comment.
Is 5 live making too much use of social media or are programmes improved by engagement with users of the social networks? Is social media a substitute for old-fashioned editorial effort or an essential enhancement. Should 5 live be investing in content and interaction on non-BBC web services like Facebook and Twitter or should we confine our efforts to our own site?
Steve Bowbrick is editor of the 5 live blog
- Richard Bacon is @richardpbacon on Twitter. He has 1,329,894 followers.
- The programme of activities for Social Media Week London, which is unconnected with the BBC.
- An embeddable version of this video is on YouTube.
- Thanks to Aaron Eccles for organising the interviews and to Guy Oldfield and Jimmy Smallwood from the 5 live Interactive team for their essential help with the video.