A social media vox populi experiment

March 19, 2010

IMG01877-20100318-1751The BBC World Service tested its capacity to produce large-scale social media events by hosting an ambitious global conversation in multiple languages from Shoreditch Town Hall in London on Thursday.

For the six-hour event, billed as “Superpower Nation Day“, the public broadcaster used television, radio and the Web to connect with people around the world.

Contributors answered the question “Is the Internet a right or a luxury? by typing into a social media platform that used Google’s translating tool to interpret comments.

Other events included live music and a reading of scenes from William Shakespeare’s play “Romeo and Juliet” in multiple languages.

Mark Sandell, the editor of  “World Have Your Say”, spoke to Reuters about the event.

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