We are going hyperlocal

Hardly anyone knows who their neighbours are any more. But imagine if every road had a google email list, a street blog or a twitter feed. An email list removes the need for someone to design a leaflet, print it, deliver it, and respond to the tear off slips. That means that it’s a lot harder to write a joint letter to the council about litter and double parking.

I’ve long believed that these new tools of communication and self organisation do not just lend themselves to projects at a massive scale but also at a hyperlocal level.

As Benjamin Ellis says “we are going hyperlocal and it may just be the most disruptive stage of the Internet yet”

50 people who should tweet

Suggestions have flooded in, so quickly that I might have to hold a ballot. So far we have:

1. Robert Winston
2. Gordon Ramsay
3. Neil Tennant
4. Shami Chakrabati
5. Tony Benn
6. Boris Johnson
7. Danny Baker
8. Mark Steel
9. Prince Charles
10. Kelly Holmes
11. John Humphrys
12. The Chuckle brothers
13. Billy Bragg
14. Tim Berners-Lee
15. Richard Holloway
16. Richard Dawkins
17. Jonathan Coe
18. Lord Norton
19. Robert Peston
20. Sebastian Coe
21. Paul Deighton
22. Terry Wogan
23. The Queen
24. Jeremy Clarkson
25. Amy Winehouse
26. Robert Kilroy-Silk
27. Anne Widdecombe

50 people who should use Twitter

Stephen Fry (if it be he) has become an instant success using micro-blogging platfrom, Twitter. Life would be enriched if more of Britain’s treasured characters were sharing their daily thoughts with social networkers. So I’m compiling a list of the 50 well known people who should tweet. Good, bad, charming, rude, the rogues and the pious, you name them and I’ll write to them over Christmas to urge them to join Twitter.

My first pitch to start the ball rolling: Robert Winston