I’m doing a little bit to help the Black County’s bid for £50 million of lottery funding – encouraging people to vote in The People’s £50 Million Lottery Giveaway. The idea is that there’s an online and telephone vote, and one of four projects gets all the dosh – I’ve mentioned that I don’t much like the system, but if it has to be this way I think the Black Country could really do with the money.

As well as the website programmes will be shown on ITV 3-7 December 2007. Details of telephone voting will be announced during programmes.

I’ve made a very simple facebook app, that places a ‘vote here‘ button on your profile, and a website badge that does likewise.

Unfortunately the voting process isn’t very easy, you have to register, confirm your email address and then vote. There also isn’t a running total, which doesn’t make the vote much fun. So, how to get a bit more interest? Any ideas? Is Lol-blackcountry the way forward?


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  1. […] Jon Bounds has a curious and creative mind. He’s made this for these reasons. Since I’ve had my iPhone I’ve become interested in the names people give their wifi networks, the way that the phone brings them up for you as you walk around made that inevitable. So I took to writing them down – I found that I was interested in what it said about the thoughts of who set them up. ‘Secure’, ‘Home’, or peoples names – or those who cared so little they left the default on. I collected these ones here on my normal travels around Birmingham (UK) in January and February of 2008 – the larger ones in the ‘cloud’ do represent multiple networks with the same name, but I haven’t done that scientifically. […]

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