This morning I came across an interesting set of principles for site design. It was developed as part of the BBC 2.0 project.

That led me to the BBC Director General’s “BBC 2.0: why on demand changes everything“. Also a very interesting read as a case study for the web as part of a medium of mass communication.

One particular topic out of several I found of interest:

Interestingly, on July 7th last year, which was by far the biggest day yet for the use of rich audio-visual content from our news site, the content most frequently demanded was the eyewitness user generated content (UGC) from the bomb scenes.

Shaky, blurry images uploaded by one member of the public, downloaded by hundreds of thousands of other members of the public.

It’s a harbinger of a very different, more collaborative, more involving kind of news.

Here, as at so many other points in the digital revolution, the public are moving very quickly now – at least as quickly as the broadcasters.

I also find it interesting to see how news spreads through channels like Flickr. Eighteen months ago we were mysteriously bounced out of bed at 6am, but there was nothing on the TV to explain what had happened. I went up to the roof patio and took some of the first photos of the Buncefield explosion, including a photo taken just 20 minutes after the blast, and uploaded it to Flickr. A slightly later photo hit the number one spot for interestingness for that day. And as many other people’s photos appeared it was possible to get a lot of information, even ahead of the national news, including eye witness accounts, about what had happened.