— BT’s UK PodShow: BT has partnered with PodShow to produce a version for the UK market. This is an adaption of PodShow+, Curry & co’s latest version that invites users to submit and share video and audio and is being touted as BT’s social media entertainment hub. Established artists and mainstream content will be added soon and some of the BT PodShow content will also feature as part of BT Vision. Ad revenue will also be split between BT and PodShow. Release
— MSN UK redesign: Microsoft UK rolled out its overhauled MSN site with a new emphasis on video ads. Inevitably the new site offers more personalization, less clutter (not hard) and “sponsorship takeovers” – various combinations of ad shapes and sizes with video.
— Social net traffic booms: Social nets dominate Comscore’s list of the most-visited UK user content sites. Wikipedia is first with a 253 percent rise in visits from the previous year. MySpace, YouTube and Bebo all recorded phenomenal growth of several hundred percent and the rather better looking Piczo shot up from 820,000 uniques in 2005 to 4 million in July 2006. Report
— Scoopt broadens mobile pic sales: And more UGC. Scoopt started as an agency for newsworthy mobile phone pics and keeps adding on services including a paid blog content syndication. The latest thing is partnering with MoblogUK to help sell the community’s mobile phone pics. Revenue is split between Scoopt and the creator of the image. Scoopt has had a lot of press, but then it does appear to be making money from UGC.
— Simon Waldman appointed UK AOP chair: Hot on the heels of his promotion to director of digital strategy for the Guardian Media Group, Waldo’s about to start a two-year stint as chair of the UK’s Association of Online Publishers. He takes over from Haymarket Publishing’s Bill Murray. Expect a rousing speech at the AOP’s annual conference on Oct. 4. Read our recent interview with him.
This article originally appeared in MediaGuardian.