Podcasting with BlogTalkRadio

I record Shannon Clark for a podcast

I love the new BlogTalkRadio. Why? I just call a phone number, +1-646-200-0000, (you can call it too). I record a conversation with my cell phone, and then it builds an RSS feed that points to MP3’s of my conversation. What’s the URL? It is my cell phone’s phone number. No need to sign up. No need to give personal details, or even agree to anything.

This way I can make a podcast whenever I want. Utterz does something similar, but you gotta setup Utterz before you make your phone call. I like frictionless publishing and no signup before you start makes a lot of sense to me.

This came out of an idea that Dave Winer and I had, great way to build an RSS feed.

Here’s some things I recorded the other night.

Shannon Clark

Shannon Clark is an entrepreneur and a geek and all that and he wrote an interesting blog post explaining what kinds of things he’d like to see added to the OpenSocial API.

In our five-minute audio conversation, we talk about that blog post and what else we’d like to see in OpenSocial and Facebook and what kind of standards we’d like to see surrounding our privacy, too.

Sanford Dickert

Sanford Dickert is a blogger and entrepreneur who lives in New York. In our 1:42 minute conversation he tells me about Power.com, a service that adds a layer on top of other social networks, he says that this service is awesome.

Thanks to BlogTalkRadio for making this happen.

Photo credit: Sanford Dickert took the photos of me and Shannon Clark.

Naked Conversations 2.0: How Google is disrupting the social media starfish

When Shel Israel co-authored Naked Conversations with me we interviewed about 180 companies about how they were using blogs and how that usage was changing their business.

Today I’m watching companies and political candidates and seeing a new trend that I’ve written up as the “Social Media Starfish.” I just did two videos, one that defined the social media starfish and all of its “legs” and another that explains how Google is going to disrupt many pieces of that starfish tomorrow with its Open Social announcement tomorrow.

Some things in text. What are the legs of the social media starfish?

1. Blogs.
2. Photos. Flickr. Smugmug. Zooomr. Photobucket. Facebook. Et al.
3. Videos. YouTube. Kyte. Seesmic. Facebook. Blip. DivX. Etc.
4. Personal social networks. Facebook. BluePulse. MySpace. Hi5. Plaxo. LinkedIn. Bebo. Etc.
5. Events (face to face kind). Upcoming. Eventful. Zvents. Facebook. Meetup. Etc.
6. Email. Integration through Bacn.
7. White label social networks. Ning. Broadband Mechanics. Etc.
8. Wikis. Twiki. Wetpaint. PBWiki. Atlassian. SocialText. Etc.
9. Audio. Podcasting networks. BlogTalkRadio. Utterz. Twittergram. Etc.
10. Microblogs. Twitter. Pownce. Jaiku. Utterz. Tumblr. FriendFeed. Etc.
11. SMS. Services that let organizations build SMS into their social media starfishes. John Edwards is one example.
12. Collaborative tools. Zoho. Zimbra. Google’s docs and spreadsheets. Etc.

It’ll be interesting to see how deeply Google will disrupt the Social Media Starfish tomorrow.

What do you think?

Here’s the two videos:

Part I of Naked Conversations 2.0: defining the social media starfish. 22 minutes.
Part II of Naked Conversations 2.0: how Google will disrupt the social media starfish tomorrow. 18 minutes.

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Eric Rice goes virtual for New Years

I gotta get into Second Life. I hear Wells Fargo owns an entire island there to teach people about their bank.

I wonder if I charged a building or two to my corporate card would that get approved? Hmmm.

Anyway, just saw that Eric Rice is doing a live podcast (don’t we call that audio streaming?) and is gonna be having a party inside of Second Life on New Years’ Eve. I will have to try to join him. I hear Maryam is dragging me amongst friends’ houses in Silicon Valley. Hey, Maryam, only take me to the ones who have wifi!

Buzz tests podcasting’s effectiveness

Buzz Bruggeman, CEO of ActiveWords did a podcast with Marc Orchant over the weekend and did a little test. At the 40 minute mark he made an offer just to see if anyone was listening. Turns out they were — in droves.

It’s interesting. Some of my bosses keep asking me to make my Channel 9 videos shorter. They think it’ll lead to a bigger audience. I keep telling them that I don’t really give a hoot about a bigger audience. I want to serve the passionate ones who care about something deeply.

I mean, who is nutty enough to watch an hour-long video about font technology, right? Well, the most passionate of all the computer users, that’s who. That’s who I want. Those are the people who change the world and tell their friends whether or not something is good or not.

I was just interviewed on Alex Williams podcast. I told him that’s why most executives don’t get blogging. I mean, look at my audience. It’s small and tiny when compared to the overall computer audience. But, if you’re talking about search, who would you rather talk to? The average person like my mom? Or Danny Sullivan, the guy who runs Search Engine Watch? I know which one I’d rather have.

And, yes, podcasting and videoblogging are going to be more important in 2006. Why? Cause how else am I going to show you what the new fonts in Windows Vista looks like without a video? How else are you going to hear the emotion Alex and I (or anyone, for that matter) has without hearing voices in a podcast?

#50: I promise to kiss the Blarney stone

Tom Raftery is the guy who runs the IT@Cork National Technology & Business Conference. He called me up the other day and we had a chat and he recorded that and put it up. He had previously asked his readers to send in their questions. They did, including one on open source that Tom didn’t expect me to answer. I answered that, and more, on the podcast.

And, yes, I did promise to kiss the Blarney Stone. I can see how Tom built a successful conference in a country far away from Silicon Valley.