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Pat on own back: Councillor says Daily Echo should take responsibility for his online alter ego

Bournemouth’s Daily Echo has revealed the identity of an online user after he praised himself under an anonymous username.

The Echo reports how praise for Councillor Ben Grower on its site turned out to be authored by a certain, erm, Councillor Ben Grower, under the name Omegaman.

  • Underneath a story about surf reef Omegaman wrote: “At least two councillors seem to be concerned about this mess. Well done Cllrs Ratcliffe and Grower.”
  • Writing about a housing plan in Kinson he wrote: “I have friends who live in the area. They say councillors Ted Taylor and Ben Grower fought hard against the proposals”
  • And on the subject of an expanding dentist’s surgery he wrote: “Just shows that the area does have councillors who care about their residents… Well done Ted Taylor, Ben Grower and Beryl Baxter.”

The Echo reports:

“Cllr Grower said responsibility lies with the Daily Echo because people can post under assumed names, and that the comments were only fun that no-one took seriously.”

The Echo says that when Grower was challenged, he initially said that the comments ‘could be anybody’, but later said: “I have done nothing against the law. And probably next time I will just use a different pseudonym.”

And the Echo’s response:

“The Echo does respect its readers’ right to anonymity but we felt that when a councillor pretends to be somebody else to improve his reputation that it is of sufficient public interest to tell people about it.” (Nick Rowe, website editor)

A comment below the article questions the paper’s decision to reveal user information. ‘Silky’ writes:

“Seriously though, I think people feel able to post and air their true opinion safe in the knowledge that they are kept anonymous. I for one don’t appreciate the Echo revealing personal details of posters, especially to create a pretty boring ‘scoop’.”

Bournemouth based blogger, Chris Nee, raises the question of anonymity protection:

“So, should anonymity mean anonymity regardless? Or does the public have a right to know when a public official is acting in a duplicitous way?”

(Hat tip for Echo links: @SamShepherd via Twitter)

Hello new Hello: a website redesign

Journalism.co.uk learns that Hellomagazine.com has a new look, designed with both advertiser and reader in mind, according to a press release issued today.  This follows the recruitment of reader bloggers last month.

  • A new horizontal navigation bar to complement its picture-led celebrity news.
  • A flash-driven home pic gallery, which shows the latest stories in a constantly changing rotation.
  • More prominence for the lifestyle section, with larger images.

In the press release the website editor Verity J Smart said:

“The new design allows us to present even more news on the home page, looks clear and uncluttered and means our images even larger than before – always a plus on a photo-driven site. We love it – and hope you do, too!”

IPC takes its Wedding magazine online

image of wedding magazine website

IPC Southbank is launching a website for bridal magazine Wedding.

Weddingmagazine.co.uk will feature a directory of wedding businesses, which visitors can search by region and type.

In addition the new site will feature picture galleries, information and polls on wedding accessories, venues and honeymoon destinations.

The site also plans to launch a forum area once established.

The launch is being promoted throughout IPC Media’s raft fashion and beauty magazines and websites.

Wedding’s associate editor Kate Smallwood, a former content editor for confetti.co.uk, will act as website editor.