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Social insecurity

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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Face off on Facebook

Until today, I was a member of a Facebook group called “the BNP are nasty racists and shouldn’t be here” (For non-British readers, the BNP is the UK’s ultra-right wing party). The group was set up a couple of years back to protest against a BNP presence on Facebook and it eventually gained hundreds of members. While casually flicking through my notifications today, I noticed that it had changed its name to “the BNP are nice and should be on here“.

I clicked on the link to find out which joker had changed the name of the group. My boyfriend suspected that Facebook had asked moderators to change its name for some reason. But when I saw the group, I realised that not only had its name changed, but also its description, thus altering its philosophy completely. It now was a pro-BNP group. Worst of all, I was still a member! I promptly left the group (along with many other members) and posted a warning to my Facebook friends via my status update.

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