Too many news groups, it seems to me, are bent on creating their own version of free-to-use technology our of some misguided ‘keep-it-inhouse’ policy.
It’s an example of the battle between the proponents of the link economy and the companies that still think using other people’s software or linking to external content is a bad thing.
We’re doing our first live blog this weekend, from AFC Bournemouth’s away game. The sports desk is very excited at the prospect. I’ve shown them how the Liverpool Daily Post does it and some Portsmouth News examples.
The only minor snag is that we’re not supposed to use Cover it Live, the program both those papers rely on.
Instead we’re supposed to use the group’s recently released version.
But, as is so often the case in these scenarios, the company’s version isn’t as good.
I can only assume the group version has been created to try and emulate some of the success of CIL. But why bother? CIL has much more functionality. You can embed comments, videos and polls – all of which enhances the community aspect of the live blog. Your readers see it as a conversation, not a story they can comment on.
Here’s a comparison.
Now tell me, what would you do?
(We’re using CIL.)