Monday, 11 August 2008

!0 Downing Street YouTube


Gordon Brown's second YouTube exercise asking for questions from the public has come to a close. It's great to see that the PM wants to respond personally to issues raised by people like you and me.

But is this really the best way to do it? Submission of questions has ended and the answers aren't due to be published until September - an exercise like this really needs to be immediate or it will lose its impact. Then, if you're interested in what people have been asking the PM and want to browse the questions, as far as I can see, there is no easy way to do it - you have to go through the questions one by one. Quite simply, nobody is going to bother.

And finally, how does the PM choose which questions to answer? Will he choose to answer the trickiest questions or will his people cherry pick the easy ones? In the end it doesn't matter which option he chooses because regardless, people are naturally going to think he's chosen the easy ones.

An exercise like this must be transparent or it will have no value. Naturally, we at Yoosk can think of a much better way of carrying out a public engagement exercise like this......we just need somebody at Downing Street to listen to our ideas.

Saturday, 9 August 2008

Facebook App


This is a quick taster of what our new facebook app will look like. Users will be able to browse and vote for questions from within facebook and even post their own questions without leaving facebook! In the meantime, if you're on facebook, why not join our facebook group here?

Widgets

A recent development for Yoosk are our two new widgets. The widgets are a practical and easy way of gathering questions from sources as diverse as local media sites to personal blogs. This is an example of our "super" widget:



and a "live" version of this can be seen on Jo Swinson's personal website here.

...and our smaller version:



which can be seen being used by Johnstone Press newspaper the Halifax Courier here.

Summer of Networking

Early summer saw Tim in London on a quest to secure some investment for Yoosk - several promising leads have come of his visit and Tim had the chance to take part in some interesting events.

One of these was the Channel 4 sponsored 2gether08 event in Shoreditch, held over the 2nd and 3rd of July.

Whilst there, Tim was interviewed by Intruders TV:

video

July also saw Yoosk nominated for its first award - The Catalyst Awards - OK, we didn't win, but its the taking part that's important isn't it...isn't it? Anyway there was some stiff opposition and the eventual winners were great sites being run by some very bright and innovative people.

There were also meetings with MP's and local councils about how best to use Yoosk to help politicians and councillors engage with the public - more on this later when we have finalised some details.

Back to Blogging

The Yoosk blog is back with a new address and a new resolve to keep it going this time. We'll try and use this space to highlight anything of interest we see out there in the social media world and keep you updated with anything new on Yoosk.