Jon Bounds

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Jon Bounds
Jon Bounds.jpg
Bounds outside Birmingham Town Hall
Born (1975-06-30) June 30, 1975 (age 39)
Residence Oxford, England
Other names Bounder[citation needed]
Education King Edward VI Grammar School, Aston
Alma mater University of Birmingham
Occupation blogger, freelance social media and multimedia consultant
Known for B:iNS, TwitPanto
Home town Birmingham
Spouse(s) Libby Hayward
  • "14th Most Influential" in the Birmingham Post Power 50
  • Official Honouree, Webby Awards
recorded October 2012


Jon Bounds is a social media consultant [1] and blogger based in Birmingham, England.[2]

Raised in the City's Perry Barr district, he attended King Edward VI Grammar School, Aston.[citation needed]

After working as a technical and commissioning editor for friends of ED,[3] he spent nearly four years working for the BBC as technical co-ordinator of the Public Space at BBC Birmingham, and studied Computer Science at the University of Birmingham. He was Online Editor for the Big Picture project.[citation needed]

Bounds is known for creating a blog called "Birmingham: It's Not Shit" in response to the 2002 bid for Birmingham to become a European City of Culture.[4] In 2012, he told the BBC that the site attracted 10,000 visitors per month.[2] He was listed as the "14th Most Influential Person in the West Midlands" in the Birmingham Post's "Power 50" in 2008.[5] and was considered for inclusion again in 2009.[6]

On 11 November 2008 (starting at 11am), Bounds spent eleven hours on Birmingham's number 11 bus route, the outer circle, documenting his journey online, using Twitter, Facebook and a blog,[7]The next month, he organised TwitPanto, a pantomime on Twitter, which featured a cast that included Government Minister Tom Watson MP and Guardian writer Jemima Kiss. A further TwitPanto, on 18 December 2009, in which Watson - by then a back-bench MP[citation needed] - again had a part, was hosted by Birmingham Hippodrome[8] and named as an Official Honouree by the Webby Awards.[9] The event ran again on 20 December 2010.[10][better source needed]

Bounds has written for a number of media outlets, including the Birmingham Post,[11] the BBC website,[12]and The Guardian website.[13][14] With Julia Gilbert, he presented a Saturday-morning radio show on Rhubarb Radio.[15][dead link]

In 2011 along with Danny Smith he undertook Pier Review,[16] a trip around all of the surviving pleasure piers in England and Wales for a forthcoming book.

In 2014, Bounds co-authored a book with Birmingham City University lecturers John Hickman and Craig Hamilton titled 101 Things Birmingham Gave the World published by Paradise Circus.[1] More recently, he co-authored a book called Pier Review which involved touring the 56 pleasure piers in the UK.[16] It will be published by Summersdale in 2016.[17]

He now resides in Oxford.[citation needed]


  1. ^ a b "101 Things Birmingham Gave The World...including America, Christmas and". Birmingham Mail. 2014-12-14. Retrieved 17 February 2015. 
  2. ^ a b "Birmingham's bloggers need to 'fill in the gaps'". BBC. BBC. Retrieved 2015-04-11. 
  3. ^ Bounds' LinkedIn profile
  4. ^ "Birmingham for beginners". The Guardian. The Guardian. Retrieved 2015-04-11. 
  5. ^ "Power 50 - 14. Jon Bounds, Blogger". Birmingham Post. Trinity Mirror Midlands Limited. 2008-07-15. Retrieved 2009-08-12. 
  6. ^ "In the frame - Andrew Mitchell, Paul Tilsley, Paul Bassi, Salma Yaqoob, Clive Dutton and Jon Bounds". Birmingham Post. Trinity Mirror Midlands Limited. 2009-06-09. Archived from the original on 2009-06-13. Retrieved 2009-08-12. 
  7. ^ Bounds, Jon et al. (2008). "11-11-11". Retrieved 2009-08-12. 
  8. ^ The Cast. "Twitpanto 2009". Birmingham Hippodrome. Retrieved 20 December 2010. 
  9. ^ "Webby Award honour for Birmingham's Twitpanto". Birmingham Post. 2010-04-15. Retrieved 15 April 2010. 
  10. ^ The Cast. "Twitpanto 2010". Retrieved 20 December 2010. 
  11. ^ Bounds, Jon. "Recently by Jon Bounds". Birmingham Post. Trinity Mirror Midlands Limited. Retrieved 2009-08-12. 
  12. ^ "Spaghetti Junction beach". BBC. BBC. Retrieved 2015-04-11. 
  13. ^ "A quick city guide to Birmingham". The Guardian. The Guardian. Retrieved 2015-04-11. 
  14. ^ Bounds, Jon (2009-07-25). "Jon Bounds on Digbeth, Birmingham's vibrant heart". The Guardian. London. Retrieved 2009-08-12. 
  15. ^ "Julia Gilbert & Jon Bounds". Rhubarb Radio. Retrieved 2009-08-12. [dead link]
  16. ^ a b "BBC Radio 4 - Saturday Live, 19/04/2014". BBC Radio 4. 2014-04-19. Retrieved 17 February 2015. 
  17. ^ "Pier Review website". Pier Review. Retrieved 2015-04-11. 

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