BBC adds social media features to iPlayer

Facebook and Twitter have been added to the latest version of its iPlayer.

Users will be able to bring their Facebook friends onto the iPlayer and share what they are listening to or watching on the BBC with each other. iPlayer users will need a BBC username and password to integrate their Twitter, Facebook and Bebo accounts on the BBC site.

When users sign in they will be connected to their various social networks and see what their friends or followers on each site are sharing or watching through "coloured puffs" situated beneath the player, the Corporation's Future Media and Technology director Erik Huggers said at The Guardian's Changing Media Summit 2010 in London.