Round up: Friday 15 October 2010
It's busy. Well, it's busy where I am. Here are some links:
On the whole, it seems that the redesign is supporting the primary user goal very well. There are several ways available for users to find their programmes easily although identifying types of search results could be clearer. Featured programmes on the home page pod and in the iPlayer section surface the most popular items and aid serendipitous discovery of others. Browsing and taxonomies could be improved on in future releases to ensure it more closely matches users' understanding rather than reflecting the BBC's internal language and categorisation...
"The iPlayer, the commentariat and BBC Nathans (or otherwise)": from Simon Hopkins on the Unthinkable Consulting blog, replies to an article in the Register in September by Andrew Orlowski. Simon says:
In a country where millions upon millions of people are using Facebook to keep in touch, share thoughts, and, yes, presumably talk about what TV and radio they like, it would be insane not to integrate FB into the iPlayer.
Disclaimer: Unthinkable Consulting carried out the research on Social Media and Accountability discussed on this blog earlier in the year.
Many were pleased by the news that the BBC has changed it's guidance on linking, including Ben Goldacre: "WIN: new BBC guidelines say science news stories must link to the scientific paper" and the charmingly named Geekosystem.
Afred Hermida praises the new BBC Editorial Guidelines: "BBC adopts thoughtful guidelines on social media"
That's it for now.
Nick Reynolds is Social Media Executive, BBC Online