Networks sniffing out social media

I wrote earlier today

As to what’s happening on the ground, we’ve seen the broadcast media folks on television, but a lot of the reporting is using file content that’s hours old … how dull! Enter the ordinary person equipped with a mobile phone and a bit of software … and the reporting landscape changes fundamentally, and for ever. Now it’s possible for anyone to make individual commentary via social media and to get that material out via other social networks. Yes it can be dreadful stuff, but it’s going to get better and it’s direct, immediate, and unfiltered by network concerns.Spinning a Learning Web, Nov 2008

Actually the BBC and VoxAfrica have been using social media to garner comment from Seesmic users in the past 48 hours or so. In fact, the BBC is on the case as far as the potential of social media is concerned. The outcome is used online and in television news. It’s still hours old, but as digital streaming channels become available by the networks, that could, and probably will change. Think about it. User as content … censorship …

BBC Have Your Say

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