LabourList goes live

The Observer reports that LabourList, the ‘secret’ new media project that Derek Draper has been working on, has finally soft launched with a beta version of the site. There’s already been the expected round of criticism from right-wing commentators such as Iain Dale and Guido. Much of their criticism would be valid if LabourList was intended simply to be something similar to their own blogs or ConservativeHome.

It isn’t and shouldn’t be as that wouldn’t be a sensible strategy. Instead it is far more likely to be used as a resource and hub for Labour members (and crucially supporters and friends). My initial impressions are very favourable.

Derek has already posted his initial response to the first round of criticism.

I will be posting a more in-depth analysis, but probably not until at least next weekend as I’m very busy with client projects and two new business pitches this week.


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International communications consultant and PR trainer specialising in online public affairs, digital corporate communications, online PR and social media; frequent national media commentator and conference speaker.
  • http://sgillingwater.wordpress.com Sarah Gillingwater

    Thanks for the link to this Stuart. I know it's only a beta site at the moment, but it does seem like they've still got a few bugs to iron out. Also many of the comments read like two old blokes arguing in the pub…

    However it will be interesting to see how it develops when it launches proper in the coming weeks and I'll be coming back to read your more in-depth analysis.