By: Spacelab Research Staff
Few sites ever integrated a tight clean design with a vibrant community and great content as the BBC Collective ... and now it appears that the mini-site is closing its doors after 6 great years.
BBC Collective was on to the notion of a web-based collective, or user-generated content before most of us were even thinking about concepts like the overblown Web 2.0 phenomenon.
A statement on the site reads like an epitaph:
"We're sorry to announce that Collective is closing.
We would like to thank everyone who has supported the site since it launched. From 2002 - 2008, Collective brought coverage of the most exciting new music, art, film, books and games to people in search of fresh culture in Britain. We aimed to celebrate genuine creativity and bring underground talent to the BBC's audience. We've been privileged to host intelligent comment about popular arts, culture and society in general for almost six years, and occasionally been able to help our community of users in creative collaborative projects. At its height Collective had around 250,000 dedicated users.
From 15th Feb 08 we will no longer editorially update Collective. In the coming weeks we will also be closing the ability for users to make contributions to the site, and will confirm the date of this as soon as we can.
Very best wishes to you all - The Collective Team"