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Here's a gripe about the BBC that is a bit different from the usual. No it's not about the outdated and quite frankly extortionate licence fee. It's not about the mediocre programmes, the lack of decent movies or endless repeats, and it's not about the biased over moderated and inaccessible 'Have Your Say'. All of these are perfectly valid points though.
My gripe is about the BBC's attitude towards social medial. Or rather its CLOSED attitude when it comes to social sharing on the Internet. As it happens I'm one of those rare people who don't use Facebook and I also don't use Twitter any more either. For various reasons I stopped using them and closed my accounts, although I'm still somewhat dubious as to whether or not Facebook HAS actually deleted all my data as I requested! I do, however, still use a social network and still like to browse some of the news stories on the BBC websites and as many people do, when I discover and interesting article I like to share it with friends and family. As it happens the BBC being such a cutting edge organisation have provided the usual sharing buttons on their pages. So what's the problem I hear you ask?
There's no Google Plus sharing button, that's the problem!
There's no Google Plus sharing button, that's the problem! The Facebook and Twitter sharing buttons are in a prime spot and there are other sharing options on most pages for places such as Digg, Stumble Upon, Deliciious and Reddit. So who on earth still uses Delicious, Reddit and Digg?
You can of course email or print the page you're looking at, but absolutely no means to share on Google! Very strange when you consider that the BBC actively use Google Plus to promote their content and they appear to have a growing number of followers. It's basically a one way street though. They're happy enough to plug their stuff, but they aren't making it easy for their stuff to be shared on Google and to me that's a bit unfair.
I would normally just bite my tongue and grumble a bit, but I've been emailing them for months regarding this and I am also aware that other people have been doing the same. To date they haven't replied once to my polite request for this feature. Whilst I am aware there are browser extensions that one can use for sharing, I generally prefer to keep my browser lean and clutter free. Besides, most sites have a button tucked away somewhere specifically to do this job. To top it all off I have just found out that they're going to using Facebook to stream Wimbledon and the 2012 Olympics live... not that either of them interest me in the slightest. Hmm... Nice to see you have a new bed partner then Auntie Beeb. Hope that all works out for you, and just for the record, no I don't have a flaming TV licence. So there!!!