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
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 blogger, freelance social media and multimedia consultant[1][2] and humorist from Birmingham, England.

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

After working as a technical and commissioning editor for friends of ED,[2] 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 (

He is perhaps best known for creating the cult website "Birmingham: It's Not Shit" (B:iNS)[1][3]

On 11 November 2008 (starting at 11am), he spent eleven hours on Birmingham's number 11 bus route, the outer circle, documenting his journey online, using Twitter, Facebook and a blog,[4] 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 - again had a part, was hosted by Birmingham Hippodrome[5] and named as an Official Honouree by the Webby Awards.[6] The event ran again on 20 December 2010.[7]

He has written professionally for a number of publications, including the Birmingham Post[8] and The Guardian.[9] With Julia Gilbert, his then partner, he presented a Saturday-morning radio show on Rhubarb Radio.[10]

He was said to be the "14th Most Influential Person in the West Midlands" in the Birmingham Post's "Power 50" (a list of people they considered the most influential, in the Birmingham area) in 2008[11] and was considered for inclusion again in 2009.[1]

He now resides in Oxford.


  1. ^ a b c "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. Retrieved 2009-08-12. 
  2. ^ a b Bounds' LinkedIn profile
  3. ^ Lanyado, Benji (2006-11-04). "Birmingham for beginners". The Guardian. Retrieved 2009-08-12. 
  4. ^ Bounds, Jon; et al (2008). "11-11-11". Retrieved 2009-08-12. 
  5. ^ The Cast. "Twitpanto 2009". Birmingham Hippodrome. Retrieved 20 December 2010. 
  6. ^ "Webby Award honour for Birmingham's Twitpanto". Birmingham Post. 2010-04-15. Retrieved 15 April 2010. 
  7. ^ The Cast. "Twitpanto 2010". Retrieved 20 December 2010. 
  8. ^ Bounds, Jon. "Recently by Jon Bounds". Birmingham Post. Trinity Mirror Midlands Limited. Retrieved 2009-08-12. 
  9. ^ Bounds, Jon (2009-07-25). "Jon Bounds on Digbeth, Birmingham's vibrant heart". The Guardian. London. Retrieved 2009-08-12. 
  10. ^ "Julia Gilbert & Jon Bounds". Rhubarb Radio. Retrieved 2009-08-12. [dead link]
  11. ^ "Power 50 - 14. Jon Bounds, Blogger". Birmingham Post. Trinity Mirror Midlands Limited. 2008-07-15. Retrieved 2009-08-12. 

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