News 2.0

Posted Tuesday 6th June, 2006

The 7th July, 2005 was a great day in history; it marked the date the G8 leaders pledged to double 2004 levels of aid to Africa from US$25 to US$50 billion by the year 2010. However, it was also a solemn day in history; the date of the London suicide bombings.

When I first heard about the bombings, I was sat at my desk in the office, browsing BBC News Online. The reports were patchy and the press were obviously receiving mixed messages from the authorities because there was talk of everything from power failure on the Tube to minor explosions.

It was at this point that I realised that online news is generally not a priority to the various news agencies - we were receiving better information via the radio or from television-by-proxy (our various family members on the phone). The online news was updated regularly but due to it’s text-based nature, the impact was limited. The second problem, of course, was that within a few minutes the entire country was attempting to access all of the internet news sites and the load was slowing page load times significantly.

And then I noticed the most recent pictures on Flickr

Emergency services surround the wreckage of a bus ripped apart as part of a coordinated terrorist attack in London in July 2005. (Sourced from Wikimedia)

As soon as the events began to happen, people were taking photographs; either with cameras or camera-phones. Once they got to work or returned home, they uploaded those pictures for the world to see. This, of course, is the beauty of Flickr - it is the nature of the beast. However, this community gathering of information supplied us internet-limited news hounds with constantly updated information and exposure; I can still remember the horrifying shock of seeing the now-famous pictures of the double-decker London bus with it’s roof ripped open.

The reason I’m blogging about this now is because FlickrBlog posted this interesting article on the current student protests in Chile.

Reminded of my experiences obtaining current news via Flickr last year, I was prompted to ask myself whether Flickr is a new generation of visual news aggregator?

I noticed shortly after the July bombings that the BBC began requesting digital camera and camera phone images to be submitted by readers. Clearly the Beeb have seen the benefits of that good ol’ Web 2.0 community spirit!

Perhaps Flickr is, in effect, the beginning of News 2.0…

Included in: News, Thoughts, Tools, Web

Categories:

  1. Accessibility
  2. Agile
  3. Ajax
  4. Apache
  5. API
  6. Architecture
  7. Books
  8. Browsers
  9. CMS
  10. CouchDB
  11. CSS
  12. Design
  13. Development
  14. Django
  15. Email
  16. Events
  17. Gaming
  18. Grammar
  19. Hardware
  20. HTML
  21. HTTP
  22. Humour
  23. Idea
  24. Information Architecture
  25. JavaScript
  26. jQuery
  27. Lean
  28. Life
  29. Linux
  30. Literature
  31. Mac OS X
  32. Management
  33. Meme
  34. Microformats
  35. Monday
  36. MySQL
  37. Networking
  38. News
  39. Personal
  40. Photoshop
  41. PHP
  42. Process
  43. Python
  44. Reference
  45. REST
  46. Science
  47. SEO
  48. Server
  49. Site
  50. Sitepimp
  51. Social
  52. Spelling
  53. Syndication
  54. Testing
  55. The Future
  56. Thoughts
  57. Tools
  58. Tutorial
  59. Tutorials
  60. Typography
  61. UI
  62. UNIX
  63. Virtualisation
  64. Web
  65. Web Standards
  66. Widgets
  67. Wii
  68. Writing
  69. Xbox
  70. XHTML