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Abdullah’s words, which she deeply regrets, might never have been seen by the families of the young men who died had it not been for the fact that some people who spotted them noticed that her Twitter profile said she had written for the Guardian. This led some Twitter users to leap to the conclusion that she was on the newspaper’s staff, which amplified their shock and surprise.

via Open door: Kia Abdullah, Twitter and the Guardian | Comment is free | The Guardian.

Last week the Guardian received complaints about tweets made by a writer who occasionally writes for the Comment is Free section of its website.

This week, readers’ editor Chris Elliott dealt with the incident, in which the freelancer Kia Abdullah, made an attempt at some black humour on Twitter following the deaths of three backpackers in Thailand. The joke backfired and Abdullah’s association with the Guardian led to complaints to the paper.  Even Alan Rusbridger, the editor in chief, ended up commenting when he described the remarks as “grossly insensitive”.

I won’t go into too much detail about the original tweets (which Abdullah has now removed on request and apologised for) and the aftermath which Elliott has described in his column. What I want to post about is freelancing and responsibility to our clients and how far this should go. Read the rest of this entry »

Audioboo have launched private digital voice messages on the internet and it will soon been on iphone and android

Private messaging from Audioboo

I must admit that I have been very lazy about putting Audioboo to good use. That could all change with the recent introduction of private messaging via its web service.

One of Audioboo’s drawbacks until now is the fact that you have to share your boo with the world. Today, I received an email saying that Audioboo has now introduced private messaging and when I logged into my account I found a private boo from Audioboo fan Stephen Fry explaining the changes. Read the rest of this entry »

It’s now more than six weeks after a landmark election in modern British Politics. It resulted in the first coalition government for almost 70 years – something scarcely imagined a few months ago.

It was also tipped to be the first social media election. As the dust settled following the election and its aftermath, I attended the Value of Journalism Event organised by the BBC College of Journalism, where I heard a panel of journalists, politicians, pollsters and political activists debate the digital election.

Here are some observations from the event and my reflections on political parties and journalists’ use of social media during the election: Read the rest of this entry »

Last month I defended BBC radio stations’ use of Twitter and Audioboo against criticism. Well, it seems that some listeners’ misgivings  about Twitter has not abated and bosses at Five Live’s are using social media week to gauge people’s views on social media.

Yesterday, Richard Bacon spoke about why he uses Twitter to communicate with listeners, which has established him as one of Britain’s most followed tweeters. The article prompted some angry comments from listeners and despite my previous articles, I do feel they raise some valid points.

The first comment, from Carrie, questions how effectively social media is being used as a listening device and whether it is distracting from efforts to blog and engage with listeners on messageboards.

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My post on Friday concerned a discussion on the BBC’s use of Twitter and Audioboo at the news:rewired event on Thursday where a delegate branded it a waste of the licence fee. Well, today events took a new turn with a Daily Express article criticising the time and money that Auntie was putting into social media.

Malcolm Cole, led the offensive against this article, pointing out that the journalists who were making claims about the lack of interest in BBC presenters’ Twitter feeds had confused followers and following. And after highlighting this example of sloppy journalism, he added for good measure that there were two journalists working on this story.

You can still click through to the embarrassing “story”, but you will find that it has been removed.

News:Rewired at City University January 2010

Drawnalism's take on news:rewired

It’s always a tough call to decide which break out session to go to at conferences and yesterday’s News:Rewired was no exception. The event, organised by the website Journalism.co.uk, offered a glimpse of how the media is changing and which news models could prosper in the future.

The morning session included break-outs on Multimedia, Social Media and Search Engine Optimisation. I opted for the first one. The speakers included Steve Phillips, a traffic and travel correspondent at BBC London, who outlined how social media applications have aided his in this work.

BBC London Travel uses Twitter for both information gathering and sharing. They invite people to tweet them from their phones with stories of travel chaos whilst they are out and about. They use that infomation on radio, television and online. And of course, they also have their own Twitter feed to update the Twitterati. Read the rest of this entry »

Chain Reaction 2009

Originally uploaded by chainreaction2008.

In the past month, I’ve attended two conference-type events. Nothing unusual about that, other than they were the first events in the UK I’d covered as a journalist for more than a year.

In the eleven months up to August, I was out of the country and on my return to active service I noticed big changes to the events I attended. Previously, organisers had attempted some sort of interactivity, but it often felt token and meaningless. Both events were more successful in promoting interaction from delegates than previously – one reason for this must be the popularity of social networking.

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