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Odd that it became a hub more than started out as one

 

All the tweeter watchers forwarded on, as did emailers etc contributing thoughts and opinions on what was going on. Without them using it as a hub for sharing the info, it would have been as turgid as the Echo...

 

That was participative, and the Guardian deserves huge thanks for facilitating that: all those "are you in Chile and do you know any miners?" questions on the Beeb are trying to do what the Guardian did this week. And I bet it morphed into that, rather than was entirely deliberate on their part

 

They deserve huge thanks but I wonder whether that was also something of a "were you there" moment in the history of the net...

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At the end of it all I chose to read the Henry/Broughton/Purslow confirmation at S&M rather than watch it on telly or listen via the radio - I think that says it all.

 

I'll be quite happy to sit back in 30 years time as we sadly toast the memory of the owner who brought us No.19 (and 20 to 32) and think "where was I... oh, yes - the MBM". The forum has felt more of a community than it has for years and The Guardian was a part of that wider family. It's been brilliant. :applause:

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Am not thanking them, the same guys will be sneering at us from the Fiver etc next week (not that I don't enjoy that for what it is either) but their coverage was the best available.

 

However, what defined the experience of remotely following events for me was Twitter. It was the first time that I properly followed a breaking and developing (and thankfully concluding) story with Twitter leading the way. I had most of the key tweeters followed already but I happened to have Tweetdeck open on Monday night when it all started kicking off. And apart from too many RTs it was generally that few minutes ahead of any newspaper or sports site.

 

The forum was good because everything was aggregated here and we could have a go at each other based on our 'positions' taken over the last while. :P

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Why do they need thanks? I'm glad it was there but do you think they did it for our benefit and not theirs?

Be interested to know your thoughts on the new owners. Are they here for us or for themselves?

 

Like Joey in friends, I believe there are no selfless acts. We got a massive benefit from their coverage and I imagine re engaged a number of old fans who were turned off whilst also picking up neutrals too, from general interest if nothing else, and although I hate to say it 'brand recognition'

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Why do we need to thank them? Poor thread.

There's no harm congratulating a job well done - the Guardian's coverage was by far a cut above all the rest and took a focus on the issue that none of the other media outlets even considered. I would not have known a tenth of what I knew without their efforts so I'm more than fine and happy to thank them. Plus they printed my name on the page at one stage so Go Guardian!

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Be interested to know your thoughts on the new owners. Are they here for us or for themselves?

Exactly the same. Glad they're here but there's no need to thank them because they're in it for themselves, not us. And rightly so - they're businessmen, not philanthropists. I doubt there'd be any fan gestures if they thought it'd harm the business. Involving them makes commercial sense.

 

Maybe came across a bit harsh about Guardian coverage, though. It was not only extensive but refreshingly un-Sky.

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