No10's new microsite by Puffbox

Fresh from its success with Twitter, 10 Downing Street is preparing for a weekend of social media experimentation, in association with Puffbox.
This Saturday, Gordon Brown is hosting a gathering of around 20 left-leaning world leaders under the banner of Progressive Governance, to discuss globalisation, climate change, development and international institutional reform. (It got a brief mention in yesterday’s monthly press conference, but you’d be forgiven for missing it.) With the renewed appetite for online experimentation at Number 10, I was asked to put together a microsite for the event – running on WordPress, and incorporating a few ‘web 2.0’ tools and tricks.
The site went live late this afternoon – sort of. There’s very little to see so far: the supporting materials, and our ideas of what to do with them, are still coming together. In fact, I fully expect to be coding up new templates and functions live on the day. I know rapid development has become a bit of a Puffbox trademark, but we’ve never cut it quite this fine before. 🙂
The centrepiece will be a live video stream of the proceedings, with a text commentary / discussion thread alongside. You could call it ‘live tweeting’, but we’re probably not going to use Twitter (tbc though). We’ll be posting the conference’s discussion papers for online viewing, with the opportunity for you to post your comments alongside. We’re hoping to get photos beamed into the site from the conference venue, via Downing Street’s new Flickr account; their well-established YouTube channel may also come into play. As may anything else which crosses my mind in the meantime.
It’s an ideal opportunity for innovation: a one-off, relatively low-profile event, not exactly on the scale of a G8, but still significant enough to be taken seriously. The ludicrously tight timeframe is forcing us to make rapid, almost instinctive decisions: in my book, that’s a good thing.
If you’re interested to see what we make of it, believe me – so am I. It all happens on Saturday morning, with the live proceedings due to wind up in the early afternoon. With Arsenal-Liverpool Round Two kicking off at 12.45pm, I’m relying on my fellow Gooner, David Miliband to ensure things stay on schedule.

7 thoughts on “No10's new microsite by Puffbox”

  1. Sounds very promising – what about Or is that too generic? One thing I’ve found doing something similar was that users started chatting among themselves, so you had a secondary conversation taking place alongside the main one.

  2. Thanks Paul… I hadn’t seen CoverItLive before. Obviously it’s a bit late in the day to bring an entirely new technology into the mix – but it looks ideal. I’ll try to find time to try it in the next day or so.

  3. Nice to see the testing the ‘web 2.0’ waters in a sensible way. Have you seen the site in IE7 on XP? – Your nice red & blue stripes don’t stretch accross the page like they do in Firefox.

  4. The bars will stretch on all browsers… just as soon as I get some content in there. Promise.

  5. I’ve done my fair share of Typepadding… but inevitably, you run up against its limitations fairly quickly. If you want a blog and nothing else, it’s OK. I used to recommend it for people who were going to have issues sorting out hosting – still WordPress’s biggest ‘catch’. But I’ve started doing some work with one client who built on; and there may be news shortly about easier WordPress hosting. I’ll say no more.

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