Why #R1review Just Works

"Alex from Attention Thieves and Alya from RWD join Edith in the studio."
“Alex from Attention Thieves and Alya from RWD join Edith in the studio.”

I’m currently listening to the BBC Radio 1 Review Show with Edith Bowman (she’s on the radio, not in my room listening with me).

Usually I don’t listen to the show live (Tuesdays 9-10pm) but listen to the podcast the next morning, whilst on the train to work.

In the podcast they cut out most of the music, leaving only 30-60 seconds of each track. This means I don’t get the track in full, unless I go out my way to find it later on. But I do get the full opinion of the listeners and show guests, which would probably influence me as to whether I go and find the full piece.

But tonight I’m listening LIVE. There is an amazing feeling of listening live. Knowing that there are thousands of others across the country (and possibly the world) who are giving their opinions on tracks that they’ve probably never heard.

Today Lily Allen released her ‘mumback’ single Hard Out Here. I tuned in tonight just as the song was finishing and I heard the opinions of the guests and listeners. There was just something about hearing other’s opinions on a song that I heard a few hours beforehand which excited me again about listening to the show live.

The first time I listened live to the show was on 22nd October. I tweeted in to the show and go a reply from the BBC R1 Twitter!

This excited me massively! Not only because @BBCR1 had tweeted me (and favourited my original tweet) but it was radio in realtime with instant(ish) interaction from the station.

This is what radio is about. Getting the listener involved and acknowledging them in a tiny way; read out their 140 character message, favourite their tweet or let them vote live during the show.

There’s just something about #R1review which excites me and reminds me why evenings on BBC Radio 1 are a fantastic place to find new music and get involved with the show.

Why Google+ Isn’t Winning Me Over

I read an article by The New Web about how their users are saying they would leave Facebook to use Google+ instead. You can read it here: stke.info/lfzsq

I have a Google+ account but I won’t be dropping Facebook or Twitter to use it. Here’s why:

1. Yet ANOTHER social networking site I need to convince people to join

For me that’s the biggest problem. I have problems trying to convince my friends to use Twitter. Plus will my Mum really want to use Google+? I don’t think it’s as friendly enough for my mum to get along with it. I got in just so I could see what was going on but I don’t think many of my actual, IRL friends will want to use this.

2. What information so I post in which circle?!

So I’ve got friends in my circles, but now I’ve got to decide which circle I post to! I like Twitter and Facebook because I can share the same information with everyone. If I didn’t want certain people to see it, I simply don’t post it. If you don’t want people to know about it, simply don’t post it!

3. What do I focus on posting?

I’ve got my friends on there and put them in circles and decided what I’m going to post, but what stops me from getting distracted? I like Twitter because those 140 characters keep me to the point and make sure I can’t waffle (unlike this post!). I just think that if I’m going to post on Google+ it’s going to be complete rubbish and irrelevant.

4. Will Google+ become a platform for companies?

I don’t think so. A company will then need your Google email address and permission for you to be added to a circle, whereas on Twitter & Facebook users don’t have to give any permissions! I might be wrong here but I don’t think it’s a good platform for this kind of interaction.

So if you hadn’t guessed, I’m not massively into Google+. I just don’t think that the ‘regular, non geeky’ internet users will migrate.

The ONE feature that I might use on Google+ is the Hangouts. I like that you can have up to 10 people with webcam and voices! This is something which Skype currently charges for! (Even then you can only have up to four.)

For now, I will be sticking to Facebook (which I’m using less and less) and Twitter.