Bounds outside Birmingham Town Hall
|Born||June 30, 1975|
|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|
After working as a technical and commissioning editor for friends of ED, 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.
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. In 2012, he told the BBC that the site attracted 10,000 visitors per month. He was listed as the "14th Most Influential Person in the West Midlands" in the Birmingham Post's "Power 50" in 2008. and was considered for inclusion again in 2009.
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, elevenbus.co.uk.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 and named as an Official Honouree by the Webby Awards. The event ran again on 20 December 2010.[better source needed]
Bounds has written for a number of media outlets, including the Birmingham Post, the BBC website,and The Guardian website. With Julia Gilbert, he presented a Saturday-morning radio show on Rhubarb Radio.[dead link]
In 2011 along with Danny Smith he undertook Pier Review, 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. More recently, he co-authored a book called Pier Review which involved touring the 56 pleasure piers in the UK. It will be published by Summersdale in 2016.
He now resides in Oxford.
- "101 Things Birmingham Gave The World...including America, Christmas and". Birmingham Mail. 2014-12-14. Retrieved 17 February 2015.
- "Birmingham's bloggers need to 'fill in the gaps'". BBC. BBC. Retrieved 2015-04-11.
- Bounds' LinkedIn profile
- "Birmingham for beginners". The Guardian. The Guardian. Retrieved 2015-04-11.
- "Power 50 - 14. Jon Bounds, Blogger". Birmingham Post. Trinity Mirror Midlands Limited. 2008-07-15. Retrieved 2009-08-12.
- "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.
- Bounds, Jon et al. (2008). "11-11-11". Retrieved 2009-08-12.
- The Cast. "Twitpanto 2009". Birmingham Hippodrome. Retrieved 20 December 2010.
- "Webby Award honour for Birmingham's Twitpanto". Birmingham Post. 2010-04-15. Retrieved 15 April 2010.
- The Cast. "Twitpanto 2010". Retrieved 20 December 2010.
- Bounds, Jon. "Recently by Jon Bounds". Birmingham Post. Trinity Mirror Midlands Limited. Retrieved 2009-08-12.
- "Spaghetti Junction beach". BBC. BBC. Retrieved 2015-04-11.
- "A quick city guide to Birmingham". The Guardian. The Guardian. Retrieved 2015-04-11.
- Bounds, Jon (2009-07-25). "Jon Bounds on Digbeth, Birmingham's vibrant heart". The Guardian. London. Retrieved 2009-08-12.
- "Julia Gilbert & Jon Bounds". Rhubarb Radio. Retrieved 2009-08-12.[dead link]
- "BBC Radio 4 - Saturday Live, 19/04/2014". BBC Radio 4. 2014-04-19. Retrieved 17 February 2015.
- "Pier Review website". Pier Review. Retrieved 2015-04-11.