Pluggd podcast community launched

Found via TechCrunch, this new podcast directory / social sharing of tags and stuff site is very cool. Incorporating many features that make it the best on the web. I would expect every other podcast directory to adapt many of the features that this is incoroporating, especially the web crawl feature.

Pluggd podcast community launched

Found via TechCrunch, this new podcast directory / social sharing of tags and stuff-kind-of-site is very cool. Incorporating many features that make it the best on the web. I would expect every other podcast directory to adapt many of the features that this is incoroporating, especially the web crawl feature. – Check it out – Pluggd Podcast Directory.

There are many cool social netwrok / sharing / tagging featured with this cool new directory, read more about it at TechCrunch.

TalkShoe podcasting

Very cool, glad someone else is doing this so I don’t have to…
TalkShoe is a podcasting service and directory that combines recorded conference calls with revenue sharing for show hosts.

Very cool, glad someone else is doing this so I don’t have to…

From Techcrunch

TalkShoe is a podcasting service and directory that combines recorded conference calls with revenue sharing for show hosts. It appears to be very simple to use and the community elements make me think this service could be successful. I can’t imagine many show hosts are going to make much money off of this, but the online video world has shown that when sharing is easy people will do it.

If the world really is changing to put user generated content at the center of media, some body’s going to find the right formula for audio. This looks like a move in the right direction.

Here’s how TalkShoe works. A Windows desktop client allows up to 25 people to participate in a conversation and chat behind the scenes. Calls are automatically recorded and entered into the site’s podcast directory. Show hosts receive money from the site’s ad revenues according to the number of their show’s listeners and for referring others to the service.

Google ads, ads in feeds and audio ads inserted in the podcasts themselves will all be used to monetize the site.

Conversations can be public or private and site visitors are encouraged to call in to live recordings underway. Participants can use telephone, Skype, Vonage or Yahoo to call in. The company says that SIP support is coming soon.

Finished podcasts are entered into the TalkShoe podcast directory where users can write reviews and leave comments. The site is set up to encourage subscription and scheduling of future episodes. There’s not a whole lot of activity on the site yet, but it looks like it could really catch on.

Featured podcasts so far include shows on Barry Bonds’ home run race, wine making at home, traveling in Italy and a debate between Mac and PC enthusiasts.

Many people say that podcasting is still too difficult for non-technical users. TalkShoe seems pretty simple. If there really are a large number of people interested in creating or listening to home-made audio content, this service could be a good way for them to do so.


Read the whole article with photos and comments at TechCrunch.

Web 2.0 – what it may be and where it is going

From Business Week:

But behind the peculiarities, Web 2.0 portends a real sea change on the Internet. If there’s one thing they have in common, it’s what they’re not. Web 2.0 sites are not online places to visit so much as services to get something done — usually with other people. From Yahoo!’s (YHOO) photo-sharing site Flickr and the group-edited online reference source Wikipedia to the teen hangout MySpace, and even search giant Google (GOOG), they all virtually demand active participation and social interaction (see BW Online, 9/26/05, “It’s A Whole New Web”). If these Web 2.0 folks weren’t so geeky, they might call it the Live Web.

And though these Web 2.0 services have succeeded in luring millions of consumers to their shores, they haven’t had much to offer the vast world of business. Until now.

Read more from Business Week…

What’s your domain name valued at? One click estimate online.

It’s not entirely accurate, obviously, but it is a fun way to get an idea of some of the factors that make your domain valuable, or not so valuable.. check out the info at Leapfish for more info!

It’s not entirely accurate, obviously, but it is a fun way to get an idea of some of the factors that make your domain valuable, or not so valuable.. check out the info at Leapfish for more info!

from Leapfish:

How do you determine a value?

“We have gathered data on thousands of domain names that have sold recently and how much they sold for in order to create what we like to call the Value Multiplier. This is a magic number you multiply by your CVS by to achieve an estimated value based on historical sales and current domain value. This estimated base value is generally used as a guideline in selecting a minimum sale value. The estimated actual value is directly derived from the base value and attempts to reflect actual potential. Some domain names do not have a high enough demand unable to meet this number, so please do not assume this value is absolute.”

Backbase – Ajax Development Software

A very cool looking new product for web developers, the demo creations look great, and I’d love to work with this product to create some more interactive portals, but the current price will keep this out of our product development toolbox for a while… The site says prices subject to change -perhaos one day it will be in the hundreds instead of thousands…

From http://www.backbase.com/start/

With Backbase AJAX software, developers can create more user-friendly web applications in record-time. The Backbase framework has many user interface controls and code samples, and advanced development tools. It is optimized for .NET, Java, PHP and other languages. Backbase supports all main web browsers, without the need for a plug-in. Please take a look at our demos and whitepapers, or download the Community Edition.

Backbase – Ajax Development Software

A very cool looking new product for web developers, the demo creations look great, and I’d love to work with this product to create some more interactive portals, but the current price will keep this out of our product development toolbox for a while… The site says prices subject to change -perhaos one day it will be in the hundreds instead of thousands…

From http://www.backbase.com/start/

With Backbase AJAX software, developers can create more user-friendly web applications in record-time. The Backbase framework has many user interface controls and code samples, and advanced development tools. It is optimized for .NET, Java, PHP and other languages. Backbase supports all main web browsers, without the need for a plug-in. Please take a look at our demos and whitepapers, or download the Community Edition.

Waxxi is a New Kind of Podcast

we have been working to create a similar project, and I am glad to see that other people have had and are wokring on the same idea, usually that means it is a good one. I think that there is room in this space for several call in podcast channels, just as there is room for several talk shows in each radio market.

…where people can call in and participate (Frank Gruber has more). The kickoff podcast is with Naked Converstions authors Shel Israel and Robert Scoble, on May 20, 2006 at 10:30 AM PST. If you would like to participate, register on the Waxxi homepage and you will receive a toll free number to call and a participation code.

Well, we have been working to create a similar project, and I am glad to see that other people have had and are wokring on the same idea, usually that means it is a good one. I think that there is room in this space for several call in podcast channels, just as there is room for several talk shows in each radio market. TechCrunch / Michael Arrington likes the idea, so we will continue development and will keep tabs on the new podcast at waxxi as well…

From TechCrunch:

I think Tracy Sheridan’s Waxxi is a great idea: a scheduled podcast where people can call in and participate (Frank Gruber has more). The kickoff podcast is with Naked Converstions authors Shel Israel and Robert Scoble, on May 20, 2006 at 10:30 AM PST. If you would like to participate, register on the Waxxi homepage and you will receive a toll free number to call and a participation code. I do not know if there is a limit on the number of participants.

I have some unanswered questions about how the podcast will be handled. With a large number of participants anyone’s chance to actually talk much will be extremely limited. And I hope they will have some form of moderation to allow the host to keep control of the conversation (this is how public company earnings calls are handled – you press a button if you would like to ask a question and the host chooses you at the right time). A party line with dozens or hundreds of people would just be a mess. Also, Waxxi will have a simultaneous chat/im session running with the podcast. This is a great idea – and I hope that the transcript will be available along with the podcast (what we really need is a way to listen to the podcast with the IM archive rolling along at real time as well, but that would require the buidling of specific client software, something I don’t see suggested from the Waxxi site.

There are other experiments in this area as well. Skype just released a new product called Skypecasts, which allows moderated Skype calls with up to 100 participants. Although Skype does not have a record call feature, there are third party services that allow this (minus the simultaneous chat IM, though).

And Podserve has taken a different approach – allowing people to create feeds that a group of people, or anyone, can contribute to. They call it social podcasting.

Read the whole article and comments at TechCrunch – click here.

PlayStation Portable Gets Real Podcast Support

From Podcasting News:

Sony has introduced an update for the PlayStation Portable, version 2.70, that adds support for downloading podcasts to the device for playing offline. Previously, the PSP only supported streaming media content.

It appears that Sony is avoiding use of the term podcast, though. In their information, podcasts are called “RSS Channels.”

The update lets PSP users save audio podcasts from an RSS Channel (podcast feed) onto Memory Stick Duo media. Version 2.70 also adds support for Macromedia Flash Player 6 content.

The PSP now supports saving podcasts three ways:

* Select only 1 item to save – Select the item that you want to save, and then select [Save] in the options menu.
* Save items within a channel – Select the channel that contains the content you want to save, and then select [Save] in the options menu.
* Select multiple channels and save items within those channels – Select the channels, and then select [Save Multiple] in the options menu.

A sample podcast and tutorial is available at the PlayStation site.

The update is for customers who own PSP (PlayStation Portable) system model number PSP-1001 sold in North America. The update is a free download from the Playstation site.