Wednesday, September 07, 2005

Speakers and Speeches: Mary Hodder on blog search engines

In this first offering of Speakers and Speeches, “For Immediate Release” is pleased to offer a 1:34 speech—including Q&A—by Mary Hodder, delivered on Tuesday, Sept. 6 at a meeting of the bloggers and RSS special interest group of the East Bay (California) IT Group (EBIG).

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imageMary Hodder is a digital media junkie. She works with companies in open source, photo sharing and blog aggregation. A graduate of UC-Berkeley’s School of Information Management Systems, she researches and writes on intellectual property, security and privacy. She writes the Napsterization blog and has recently started a new blog, as well. She is currently working to launch a digital online video business. She formerly worked for Technorati and remains involved in the company, and also sits on the board of AttentionTrust, a non-profit organization dedicated to promoting the basic rights of attention owners.

In this talk, Hodder addressed the differences among—and problems with—the current crop of blog search engines, and articulated a vision for what blog search could achieve.

Shel Holtz, who attended the session, recorded Hodder with a Marantz Professional PMD660 digital recorder, using the built-in microphone. The audio is slightly edited to remove a couple of confidential items about which Mary asked attendees not to blog.

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Monday, September 05, 2005

The Hobson and Holtz Report - Podcast #65: September 5, 2005

Content summary: Listeners’ comments discussion (new media, resumes and Googling job seekers; book promotion and blog tours); interviews and reviews; Ray Nagin’s radio interview, Zip 71101 podcast interviews and more Katrina news; new weekly podcast from Steve Rubel and Joseph Jaffe; from our Correspondent Down Under; Darren Barefoot argues that text is better than audio.

Show notes for September 5, 2005

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Welcome to For Immediate Release: The Hobson & Holtz Report, a 76-minute conversation recorded live from Concord, California, USA, and Amsterdam, The Netherlands.

Download the file here (MP3, 30MB), or sign up for the RSS feed to get it and future shows automatically. (For automatic synchronization with your iPod or other digital player, you’ll also need a podcatcher such as the free iPodder, DopplerRadio or iTunes 4.9, or an RSS aggregator that supports podcasts such as FeedDemon).

OPMLShow notes OPML: We’re experimenting with producing concise show notes as an OPML file (download this show’s notes here) that will enable you to have the notes on your own PC, Mac, PDA or other device. To use this file, we suggest trying Dave Winer’s OPML Editor. Let us know if you find this format useful - would you like us to continue doing this?

In this Edition:

Intro:

  • 00:31 Shel introduces the show; what the show’s about; how to give your feedback; what’s in this edition; show notes

Listeners’ comments discussion:

  • 02:46 Nik from Colorado on using new media tools with resumes/CVs when job hunting, Googling job hunters and recruiters, and chapters files for podcasts
  • 14:28 Nicole Simon on book promotion and blog tours

Interviews and Reviews:

Hurricane Katrina News:

  • 21:45 New Orleans mayor Ray Nagin’s radio interview - passion, anger and a call to action: a raw mixture of plain speaking and strong emotion and the contrast with the scripted press conference
  • 31:56 The wide-ranging roles of company intranets and public blogs in hurricane relief efforts
  • 35:38 Zip 71101 - a podcast of on-the-spot interviews with Katrina evacuees
  • 38:46 IABC Cafe discussions on Katrina
  • 41:09 Mapping the devastation - zooming in to the street level with Google Earth and Google Maps

News and Features:

  • 44:40 Across the Sound - Steve Rubel‘s and Joseph Jaffe‘s new weekly podcast on new media and marketing
  • 47:48 From Our Correspondent Down Under - Lee Hopkins: intelligent life and the flying spaghetti monster, the lost art of ink and paper combat, counselling and support for those suffering from post-traumative podcast disorder and other malaises
  • 53:16 Audio and text - is it either or? We discuss Darren Barefoot‘s argument that text is a far better communication medium than podcasts (What do you think?)

Outro:

  • 69:20 Neville outros the show; how to give your feedback; show notes; the music

Links for the blogs, individuals, companies and organizations we discussed or mentioned in the show:

Listeners’ comments discussion - Nik from Colorado, Amazon, Google, AAC file format, iPod, iTunes, Robert French, Andrew Marritt, Nicole Simon.

Interviews and Reviews - Jeremy Wright, Ensight, Blog Marketing, Podcast Solutions, Michael Geoghegan, Dan Klass, Disney, Cliff Atkinson, Beyond Bullet Points, The Virtual Handshake, Return on Customers, Communities Dominate Brands, Alan Moore.

Hurricane Katrina News - Ray Nagin, New Orleans, Hurricane Katrina, President Bush, 9/11, Rudy Giuliani, Wikipedia, Jim Lukach, Siemens USA, WWL, Continental Airlines, Daily Source Code, Zip 71101, Ron Stroope, BBC World, CNN, IABC Cafe, Warren Bickford, Gerard Braud, Google Earth, Google Maps, Charles Pizzo.

News and Features - Across the Sound, Steve Rubel, Joseph Jaffe, Skype, Gizmo, Lee Hopkins, Allan Jenkins, Doug Johnson, Basildon Bond, DIY Planner, Derek Leverington, Podcast Anxiety: a cure has been found, Dawn & Drew Show, Darren Barefoot, Neville’s post: Communication innovation with podcasting, The Conference Board, Lee Hornick, Dan Gillmor, Purina, IBM, GM, FeedBurner, Podshow, Adam Curry, Ron Bloom, Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers, Sequoia Capital, Odeo, Endurance Radio, Fleet Sports, Gatorade, Geek News Central, GoDaddy.com.

Outro - Garageband.com, The Disappeared, Peter Adams, For Immediate Release, A Shel of My Former Self, NevOn.

If you have comments or questions about this show, or suggestions for our future shows, email us at .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address), or call the Comment Line at +1 206 984 0931. You can email your comments, questions and suggestions as MP3 file attachments, if you wish (max. 5Mb attachment, please!). We’ll be happy to see how we can include your audio contribution in a show.

So, until Thursday September 8…

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Sunday, September 04, 2005

Interview: Jeremy Wright - August 30, 2005

In this edition of For Immediate Release podcast interviews, Neville enjoyed a 28-minute conversation with Jeremy Wright, blogger, author and consultant. Topics discussed include Jeremy’s business blogging book and his forthcoming launch of a new consumer blog network.

About our conversation partner:

Jeremy Wright is a serial entrepreneur, some have even said a blogpreneur for his focus on communications-oriented ventures. He has been involved in IT, programming and the business side of IT for nearly a decade.

He is the author of Blog Marketing, a business book on blogging, and writes Ensight, a popular business and technology blog.

Jeremy consults on blogging, communication, IT and time management. He is the father of two boys, Evan and Alex, and a semi-decent husband to Shannon.

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Interview Segment Time Points:

  • 00:24 Neville introduces the interview
  • 02:07 The blog book: when it’s coming out, attention focus
  • 03:32 Jeremy on the differentiator of his book and an overview of its content
  • 04:55 The Dell customer service fiasco: how could a company like Dell benefit from this book?
  • 07:59 Jeremy: a conversation is happening and companies can participate if they’re ready to listen
  • 09:10 Jeremy on the new Ensight.org design
  • 09:47 Jeremy: we’ll be launching a new blog network in a month or so
  • 10:46 Jeremy outlines the opportunities for a new blog network; one definite opportunity is in aviation
  • 11:28: Jeremy: we’re going to try something a little different - personas
  • 12:22 Jeremy: aim is to be the second-largest blogging network by the end of the year; opportunities for new content and distribution
  • 13:47 Jeremy: excited about the future of blogging, the future of this network and the extra exposure it will bring
  • 14:00 Neville on the market for niche blogs and what’s happening in Europe in this area
  • 14:46: Jeremy: mass opportunities in country/language focus sites, and in business sites 
  • 15:41 Jeremy: an aviation blog is a big opportunity in North America, with a niche market of 4-6 million people
  • 16:57 Jeremy: expect to soft launch five blogs in the next couple of weeks
  • 18:25 Jeremy: other ventures - online training and seminars, time management book, courses for Microsoft
  • 18:55 Jeremy: looking for a name for the rock fusion band and what the music focus is
  • 20:24 Neville recaps the January interview with Jeremy
  • 21:25 Jeremy: Inside Blogging consultancy has basically died, looking to sell the company
  • 22:46 Jeremy: no longer doing Podcast Network show: cross-country move, other ventures
  • 23:52 Jeremy on podcasting with the new blogging network: lots of interest from advertisers to do podcasts, we’re interested too, but not launching podcasts yet
  • 25:43 Jeremy’s concise message to companies looking at blogging
  • 25:55 Conversation wrap up
  • 27:02 About this podcast and where to find For Immediate Release.

Links for the individuals and organizations we discussed or mentioned in the conversation:

Jeremy Wright, Ensight, Blog Marketing, New Communications Forum, FIR Jan 2005 interview, Microsoft, Amazon, Naked Conversations, Dell, Jeff Jarvis, WeblogsInc, Corante, Paul Short, Blog Logic, Darren Barefoot, Inside Blogging, Capulet, The Podcast Network, Garageband.com, A Shel of My Former Self, NevOn.

Podsafe intro music - On A Podcast Intrumental Mix (MP3, 5Mb) by Cruisebox.

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Friday, September 02, 2005

Book Review - “Podcast Solutions, The Complete Guide to Podcasting”

imageWe get books. They come in the mail sent by authors, agents, and publishers who hope we’ll review them. Some of these books warrant our attention, so we’ll be reviewing them here as brief podcasts.

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In the first of these reviews, Shel takes a 17:30-minute look at the excellent “Podcast Solutions: The Complete Guide to Podcasting,” by Michael W. Geoghegan (host of Reel Reviews) and Dan Klass (host of The Bitterist Pill); both authors also have podcast production businesses. The book includes a CD loaded with fully functional as well as trial versions of podcats-pertinent software. Podcast innovator Adam Curry wrote the forward.

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Thursday, September 01, 2005

The Hobson & Holtz Report - Podcast #64: September 1, 2005

Content summary: Listeners’ comments discussion (more on the PR blogger trackback stand-off; trackback spam; affinity for podcasts; FIR impacts HR; anonymous ok, but not cute and clever; show notes, etc); Hurricane Katrina and the role of blogs; developments in instant messaging; fired for blogging; blogger being sued; the Spinfluencer with Leo Laporte.

Show notes for September 1, 2005

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Welcome to For Immediate Release: The Hobson & Holtz Report, a 75-minute conversation recorded live from Concord, California, USA, and Amsterdam, The Netherlands.

Download the file here (MP3, 30MB), or sign up for the RSS feed to get it and future shows automatically. (For automatic synchronization with your iPod or other digital player, you’ll also need a podcatcher such as the free iPodder, DopplerRadio or iTunes 4.9, or an RSS aggregator that supports podcasts such as FeedDemon).

In this Edition:

Intro:

  • 00:29 Neville introduces the show; what the show’s about; how to give your feedback; what’s in this edition; show notes

Listeners’ comments discussion:

  • 02:37 The Steve Rubel and Jeremy Pepper post trackback stand-off - differing opinions on how it all could have been addressed, from Eric Eggertson, Andrew Marritt and Jeremy Pepper
  • 08:35 Dennis Howlett trackbacks from his post about trackback spam, on the risk it presents to killing conversation
  • 12:20 Derek Leverington tells us how he found FIR, his affinity for podcasts, advice on avoiding ‘podcast anxiety,’ on CBC podcasters
  • 17:48 Patrick Williams on the impact FIR has for him in the HR arena
  • 19:39 BJ Fisher doesn’t mind anonymous blogs as long as the the reason for doing so isn’t cute or clever
  • 22:49 Dan York likes the show notes, asks about Shel’s recording set up, tells us his experience with Ziepod, offers his views about anonymous blogs, more on email spying software, and a reminiscence on 1980s software

News and Features:

  • 29:10 The aftermath of Hurricane Katrina - a real tragedy and the role blogs are playing as a personal conduit for news and information
  • 40:51 Microsoft buys Teleo - a signficant development in the instant messaging market
  • 47:58 Fired for blogging and then new job withdrawn - would guidelines have helped in a work environment where you can be fired by your employer on a whim?
  • 54:00 A blogger is being sued for comments left on his blog - where does the responsibility and liability lie for all content on your blog?
  • 58:46 The Spinfluencer in LA: Eric Schwartzman - a conversation with Leo Laporte on the story behind the story on movie spoilers, how podcasting is changing media relations, the difference between good PR, bad PR and spin control

Outro:

  • 71:03 show notes; how to give your feedback (new email address: .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)); the music

Links for the blogs, individuals, companies and organizations we discussed or mentioned in the show:

Listeners’ comments discussion - Eric Eggertson, Steve Rubel, Jeremy Pepper, Andrew Marritt, BL Ochman, Dennis Howlett, Lilac Rose, Movable Type, TypePad, Six Apart guidelines on combating comment spam, Derek Leverington, Warren Bickford, IABC, CBC, Patrick Williams, BJ Fisher, Effect Measure, Ragan, Deep Background, Dan York, Audacity, Ziepod, Marantz.

News and Features - Hurricane Katrina, Slidell Hurricane Damage Blog, IABC Cafe, Charles Pizzo, Gerard Braud, BBC News on Katrina, American Red Cross, Cisco Systems, Canon USA, General Motors, Bob Lutz appeal post, GM FastLane Blog,Microsoft, Teleo, Skype, MSN Messenger, Netscape, Firefox, Om Malik, Skype Journal, Google Talk, Hot Recorder, Yahoo Messenger, Windows Vista, Gizmo, Vonage, New York Times, Nadine Haobsh, Ladies Home Journal, Seventeen, Jeremy Blachman, The Anonymous Lawyer, Aaron Wall, Traffic Power, Wall Street Journal, Apple, Eric Schwartzman, Brooke GladstoneOn The Media, Bulldog Reporter PR Technology Conference, Leo Laporte, This Week in Tech (feed), Plaxo, Mark Jen, ParticipatoryPR.com.

Outro - Podsafe Music Network, Griddle, Preoccupied, For Immediate Release, A Shel of My Former Self, NevOn. If you have comments or questions about this show, or suggestions for our future shows, email us at .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) (new email address), or call the Comment Line at +1 206 984 0931. You can email your comments, questions and suggestions as MP3 file attachments, if you wish (max. 5Mb attachment, please!). We’ll be happy to see how we can include your audio contribution in a show. So, until Monday September 5…

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Monday, August 29, 2005

The Hobson & Holtz Report - Podcast #63: August 29, 2005

Content summary: Listeners’ comments discussion (pitching journalists; IABC recognition; great iRiver recording; how email spies work); blog etiquette: Steve Rubel and Jeremy Pepper trackback stand-off; Max Hansen’s second report from Blog Business Summit; the latest on Dell hell; Lee Hopkins reports from Australia; communication channels in organizations in times of change.

Show notes for August 29, 2005

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Welcome to For Immediate Release: The Hobson & Holtz Report, a 79-minute conversation recorded live from Amsterdam, The Netherlands, and almost live from Concord, California, USA.

Download the file here (MP3, 33MB), or sign up for the RSS feed to get it and future shows automatically. (For automatic synchronization with your iPod or other digital player, you’ll also need a podcatcher such as the free iPodder, DopplerRadio or iTunes 4.9, or an RSS aggregator that supports podcasts such as FeedDemon).

In this Edition:

Intro:

  • 00:29 Neville introduces the show; what the show’s about; how to give your feedback; what’s in this edition

Listeners’ comments discussion:

  • 03:27 Heidi Miller‘s tips on researching and pitching journalists
  • 04:43 Jerry Stevenson compliments Shel on his IABC Fellow award, his cool iRiver, email tracking and how spying works, usability and blogs (Neville adds comment on this point re his Movable Type experiment)

News and Features:

  • 15:02 Blog etiquette and trackbacks: when does it become spam? Shel analyzes the stand-off between Steve Rubel and Jeremy Pepper last week and offers a clear opinion; Neville counter-argues with a contrary opinion
  • 30:47 Max Hansen‘s second report from Blog Business Summit - themes that emerged: trust between top management and employees who blog, and blogger privacy
  • 40:15 Dell hell - after a conversation with Dell’s PR person, Jeff Jarvis gives up on Dell’s lack of willingness to engage with and connect customers in the blogosphere
  • 48:57 From Our Correspondent Down Under: Lee Hopkins - tweaking Firefox with tabs, professional associations and social media, training bloggers in media relations, what your website says about you, podcasts and ‘grey power’
  • 57:33 Employee communication after an acquisition - what channels are appropriate during times of great change? Considering an employee’s preferred sources of information and the actual source is key to effective communication

Outro:

  • 72:02 UK holiday weekend; how to give your feedback (new email address: .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)); the music

Links for the blogs, individuals, companies and organizations we discussed or mentioned in the show:

Listeners’ comments discussion - Heidi Miller, Chris Marlowe, Hollywood Reporter, Eric Schwartzman, Amy Gahran, Jerry StevensoniRiver IFP-890, Dallas IABC, Microsoft Outlook, Thunderbird, NEO Pro, Movable Type, TypePad, Six Apart, WordPress.

News and Features - Steve Rubel, Jeremy Pepper, Wikipedia definition of trackback, Six Apart technical specification on trackback, Max Hansen, Blog Business Summit, Robert Scoble, Janet Johnson, Marqui, Steve Ballmer, Rebecca Blood, The New PR Wiki, Dave Taylor on the blogger being sued, Creative Commons, Jeff Jarvis, Dell, Jennifer Davis, Media Guardian, Lee Hopkins, Alexandra Samuels, Firefox, Allan Jenkins, Robert French, IABC, PRSA, AAAF, Donna Papacosta, Podcasting NewsBetter Communication Results latest podcast, Shel’s post about TJ Larkin’s IABC presentation, Towers Perrin, FIR interview with Angela Sinickas and Tudor Williams, TJ Larkin’s response to Shel’s post.

Outro - Edinburgh Festival, PodcastNYC, Again (Remix), Billy Klippert, Orange Record Label, For Immediate Release, A Shel of My Former Self, NevOn.

If you have comments or questions about this show, or suggestions for our future shows, email us at .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) (new email address), or call the Comment Line at +1 206 984 0931. You can email your comments, questions and suggestions as MP3 file attachments, if you wish (max. 5Mb attachment, please!). We’ll be happy to see how we can include your audio contribution in a show.

So, until Thursday September 1…

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Thursday, August 25, 2005

The Hobson & Holtz Report - Podcast #62: August 25, 2005

Content summary: Listeners’ comments discussion (Google Talk; being offline for 24 hours; briefer show notes and iTunes Chapter Tool; CBC’s ad structure; PRblogs.org; show links; FIR brings Dan the news); Ziepod; Max Hansen reports from Blog Business Summit; Jeff Jarvis gets a result; Eric Schwartzman’s Spinfluencer report; CBC follow-up.

Show notes for August 25, 2005

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Welcome to For Immediate Release: The Hobson & Holtz Report, a 67-minute conversation recorded live from Concord, California, USA, and Amsterdam, The Netherlands.

Download the file here (MP3, 26.5MB), or sign up for the RSS feed to get it and future shows automatically. (For automatic synchronization with your iPod or other digital player, you’ll also need a podcatcher such as the free iPodder, DopplerRadio or iTunes 4.9, or an RSS aggregator that supports podcasts such as FeedDemon).

In this edition:

Intro:

  • 00:29 Shel introduces the show; what the show’s about; how to give your feedback; what’s in this edition; show notes

Listeners’ comments discussion:

  • 02:30 Dan York asks what we think of Google Talk? Neville has tried it.
  • 09:01 Neville explains why he’s been offline for the past 24 hours
  • 11:29 Steve Rubel suggests briefer show notes and use the iTunes Chapter Tool
  • 13:51 Eric Eggertson clarifies CBC’s structure on advertising, TV vs. radio
  • 14:51 Robert French on PRblogs.org
  • 16:07 Sebastian Kiel thinks the column links on the podcast blog should go to the show notes not the MP3 files
  • 17:18 Dan York again, in Ottawa, who finds out what’s going on through listening to FIR

News and Features:

  • 18:43 Ziepod, a next-generation podcatcher, offers some cool options including streaming podcasts and a rating system
  • 22:52 Max Hansen‘s first report from Blog Business Summit - themes that emerged: medium vs. genre norms
  • 34:05 Jeff Jarvis’ open letter to Michael Dell finally gets a response from Dell
  • 39:49 The Spinfluencer in LA: Eric Schwartzman - audience demand for porn podcasts; an interview with Chris Marlowe, executive editor of the Hollywood Reporter
  • 57:16 CBC employee lockout follow-up

Outro:

  • 60:10 How to give your feedback (new email address: .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)); show notes; Shel won’t be live on Monday’s show
  • 62:01 Shel intros the music

Links for the blogs, individuals, companies and organizations we discussed or mentioned in the show:

Listeners’ comments discussion - Dan York, Google Talk, Fredrik Wacka, Gmail, Skype, MSN Messenger, AOL, Yahoo Messenger, News Corporation, Hot Recorder, Jyve, Starbucks, EasyInternetCafe, Steve Rubel, iTunes Chapter Tool, Eric Eggertson, CBC, Robert French, PRblogs.org, BlogSavvy, edublogs, Lexblogs, Sebastian Kiel, Tom Keefe.

News and Features - Robin Good on Ziepod, Ziepod, FeedZie.com, iTunes, FeedDemon, Winamp, Max Hansen, Blog Business Summit, Boeing, Randy’s Journal, Chris Brownrigg, DL Byron, Clip-n-Seal blog, Dave Winer, Jeff Jarvis, Dell, Online Media Daily report on Dell, Jennifer Davis, Business Week Online: Dell in the BloghouseEric Schwartzman, Search Engine Watch, Sitemeter, FCC, Hollywood Reporter, Chris Marlowe, Variety, Slingbox, Slim Media, ParticipatoryPR.com, VNU Media, Lexis-Nexis, CBC, Howard Harawitz, CBC Unplugged, iLoveRadio.org, Tod Maffin, Robin Rowland.

Outro - Podsafe Music Network, CC Chapman, Podshow Network, Chance, Say What You Will, For Immediate Release, A Shel of My Former Self, NevOn.

If you have comments or questions about this show, or suggestions for our future shows, email us at .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) (new email address), or call the Comment Line at +1 206 984 0931. You can email your comments, questions and suggestions as MP3 file attachments, if you wish (max. 5Mb attachment, please!). We’ll be happy to see how we can include your audio contribution in a show.

So, until Monday August 29…

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