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Suw Charman-Anderson

Suw Charman-Anderson

Suw Charman-Anderson is a social software consultant and writer who specialises in the use of blogs and wikis behind the firewall. With a background in journalism, publishing and web design, Suw is now one of the UK’s best known bloggers, frequently speaking at conferences and seminars.

Her personal blog is Chocolate and Vodka, and yes, she’s married to Kevin.

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Kevin Anderson

Kevin Anderson

Kevin Anderson is a freelance journalist and digital strategist with more than a decade of experience with the BBC and the Guardian. He has been a digital journalist since 1996 with experience in radio, television, print and the web. As a journalist, he uses blogs, social networks, Web 2.0 tools and mobile technology to break news, to engage with audiences and tell the story behind the headlines in multiple media and on multiple platforms.

From 2009-2010, he was the digital research editor at The Guardian where he focused on evaluating and adapting digital innovations to support The Guardian’s world-class journalism. He joined The Guardian in September 2006 as their first blogs editor after 8 years with the BBC working across the web, television and radio. He joined the BBC in 1998 to become their first online journalist outside of the UK, working as the Washington correspondent for BBCNews.com.

And, yes, he’s married to Suw.

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Friday, January 12th, 2007

Strange Attractor Podcast III: Web 2.0 myths, blog fuckwittery and Twitter

Posted by Kevin Anderson

Suw and I have been away from podcasting for a while. It’s only been 107 days, Odeo tells me, since the last podcast. Erk. Sorry.

We decided to relegate Suw’s tried but tired £7.99 Tandy-special plastic microphone and get a nice Sennheiser. It was giving both Suw, and the mic, psychological complexes after interviewees (including our friend, Euan Semple), chortled at the poor thing. If we ever get around to having little podcasters, I’m sure it will return to service.


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We begin the podcast by groveling and begging for forgiveness for not podcasting more frequently. Quickly moving on from self-flagellation, we restore confidence in our own superiority by rubbishing the Daily Mail (1:25), and a particularly shitty column on blogging. Listen to me put on my best crusty, faux-posh British accent. If you’re still listening, we move on quickly to trashing Forrester (2:28) and a pay-for report about this whole Web 2.0 thingumy. Suw was directed to it by a super-secret squirrel contact so she could rubbish it. She obliged. Then, having not had enough of rubbishing clueless online efforts, we make fun of The Independent and their ahem… blogs (4:40). Oh, newsflash! They have actually updated the ‘blog’. Hell, the Indy’s bloggers - and I use that term loosely - took almost as long to post as Suw and I have to podcast.

After a brief description of mushy pees peas at 7:40, we discuss the criticisms that clued-up journalist Martin Stabe had of the Indy’s efforts. And just to highlight a great blog post, I’ll mention the questions that Andrew Grant-Adamson thinks editors should ask:


1. Does it do anything which cannot better be done in another section of the site?

2. Does it develop the paper’s interaction with the readers?

3. Does it gain a valuable audience? (A particular niche, readers who are new to the paper etc)

4. Can you give the blogger sufficient time to blog successfully?

5. Have you chosen a writer or writers who have the aptitude to blog successfully?

From 11:37, we talk about Twitter. Suw Twitters about it as we podcast.

If you want to download this as an MP3, you can download it here.

Suw and I have plans to podcast more often. She says, optimistically, once a week. Maybe when we get a portable recording device. Any suggestions?

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7 Responses to “Strange Attractor Podcast III: Web 2.0 myths, blog fuckwittery and Twitter”

  1. Lloyd Says:

    Nice one my lovelies!

    Suw - blog more!

    Kevin - say more! don’t let her wibble on and on so, and treat us to more of your Darth Vader.

    Nice show notes - And I thought you were talking about mushy peAs! Mushy pees gives a whole new meaning to Pie Floater :D

  2. Lloyd Says:

    PS of course “Any suggestions?” is nothing like “What do you think?” :P

  3. Steve Says:

    No offense Kevin and Suw, but when you were talking about Twitter, I was pondering about how social media technology enables us to think that other people actually care about what we are doing. You’re both interesting people, but who would care about me?

  4. Graham Says:

    Steve, maybe youre friends, people you’ve met/know in blogspace?? There’s no-one on my Twitter I either haven’t met or know in some form thru blogs.

    On one level Twitter is pure nattering into the void. On another it’s the most flexible and potentially useful social media tool out there. And on another level it’s web 2 Haiku.

    Lastly, it’s fun.

    More podcasts please, this was interesting. Find an issue, wring it to death, keep an eye on rambles, wrap the thing within 30 mins and you’ll make the perfect walk-back-from-the-school-drop-off-podcast :)

  5. Robert Andrews Says:

    “Shit”, “arse” *and* “fuck”?
    Hey, the podcast is back! :)
    More4 News beat T’Indie with doing bad Typead shit - http://more4news.typepad.com/more4_news/.

    LeMonde just switched everything over to Wordpress, (which I’d wholeheartedly support) so they’d obviously got beyond the open source consideration, and beyond even the Lemeur/Six Apart factor.

    Twitter’s an empty space opened up by a broad question. I think the point about it is that it’s whatever you/we guys are making of it. Agree with Kevin about the overlapping conversations (imagine a venn diagram).

    It’s interesting but there’s a way to go; needs good group functionality. Would clearly be great for business communications, and the whole group text thing has to explode any time soon but Yahoo! mixd seems to be doing it in a more user-friendly way. I’m excited about Jaiku.

  6. Ian Delaney Says:

    It’s worth noting that ‘crack’ journalist Waterhouse wrote almost the same article back in October:
    http://www.dailymail.co.uk/pages/live/articles/columnists/columnists.html?in_page_id=1772&in_article_id=408680&in_author_id=255

  7. Simon Dyda Says:

    That was fun!

    There was another steaming pile of horseshit in The Independent today