When I post here about a BBC programme my traffic logs show a visitor with this URL prefix arriving on my site -
www.live.bbc.co.uk/buzztracker/buzz/moderation/.... Tracing that link back leads me to the BBC Buzz website, which I must confess I have not heard of and which doesn't appear on search engine results, although an earlier similar service (which also monitored this blog) does. But once you have found BBC Buzz there is this quite clear explanation of its purpose, although there is no mention as to whether the service has links to the oddly similarly named Google Buzz:
Buzz is what's being said about a programme. We've built a tool that finds where on blogs, Twitter and other online communities people are discussing BBC programmes, and presents links to them on the relevant programme page. If people are talking about a programme, a section called 'Buzz about this programme' appears on its programme page. Clicking on the links in that section will take you to online conversations about that programme. If you want to see more buzz about that programme, you can do so by visiting the programme's dedicated buzz page by clicking on the 'See all buzz for this programme' link in the buzz section.The BBC Buzz website also clearly explains:
These pages aren't about creating hype around BBC programmes, however; they're about reflecting what people are already saying. We don't even mind if they don't like our programmes; both positive and negative views will appear on these pages ... Are the links moderated? Yes, all blogs and messageboards are checked against our guidelines before they appear on bbc.co.uk. We're just checking for unsuitable content though; most sites are fine and pass our criteria easily.Which all sounds like a very good idea to someone who blogs and uses Twitter and Facebook. But one thing puzzles me. Last week I published a post quoting an email from a reader pointing out a factual error by presenter Rob Cowan on BBC Radio 3's Breakfast programme on Aug 18, an error which was repeated on the station's website; the reader's email, coincidentally, also referred to Radio 3 as "a simpering, dumbed down station."
Here is the link to the programme page and, despite On An Overgrown Path being tracked, I can't see a 'Buzz about the programme' section. Have I missed something? Or is BBC Buzz not yet operational (and if not why is it tracking my blog?)? Or....?
Explanations are very welcome - and have now been received.
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