Sorry about that.
I’d fire my webmaster but, frankly, he’s me.
Shane Richmond, while avoiding responding to Antony’s post mentioned earlier, has unveiled something rather special: My Telegraph.
And very interesting it looks too. As described, it’s both a place to blog yourself and to gather stories from the paper. A workspace? A social network? A bit of both? From the looks of the pics on Flickr it resembles a blog-centric social network, like Vox. But Shane’s not giving too many details.
It certainly has the makings of a significant expansion of a major national newspaper into the user-generated content field, although the legal ramifications of all this blogging under the Telegraph’s name must have given them pause for thought.
But, worries aside, it could also be the idea that triggers mainstream adoption of blogging by the British public. And that’s pretty damn exciting.
What’s chilling is how journos are staking out Facebook and starting ‘tribute’ groups to victims as soon as something like this happens. I saw this firsthand when English teacher Lindsay Hawker was murdered in Japan a few weeks ago: I was invited to one of those groups, joined, and was suddenly inundated with journo requests from Closer magazine and others, who thought I was a friend of the girl’s and wanted a tell-all interview for their own ‘tasteful tributes’. You can imagine my response to the journalists.
Yes, I can.
Is he being reactionary, or is this going to be a genuine problem?
Ironically, I’m typing this in an internal meeting with my attention on 50% on the proceedings.
Good response to the scare-mongering in the Indy last week.
An attempt to define the top 10 UK blogs based on feed subscriptions
However, it it with heavy heart that I report that it was only the second most important bloggy gathering in London over the weekend.
Those satirical slanderers of stagecraft, the West End Whingers, held a party for assorted thesps, writers and bloggers, and had a fine time of it all.
Bet they didn’t have any Adnams, though.
(We really should have a blogging journalists’ drinks at some point)