Museumpods Growing

This is one subject that I was pretty sure I would never be visiting again. Sure there were a few museums podcasting in the spring, but I never thought it would grow.

Well grow it has and there's one watchful eye bringing them all to you in one stop.

There are over 50 museum podcasts on the Museum Podcast Directory including such great selections as:

  • The MOMA

  • National Museum of African Art Smithsonian Institution

  • Bronx Museum museRadio

  • Wells Fargo Musem

  • The Chyrsler Museum

And the list goes on and on. I'm quite tickled by this use of podcasting. I had no idea it was in such widespread use in museums.

Very cool.

Via Hankblog.

RIP You Tube

It happened. The rumours were true and Google has purchased You Tube for $1.65 llion US. Yes, billion.

I have no idea what to say about that. I just can't fathom why You Tube is worth that much to Google. I mean, Google doesn't need the infrastructure and if it was about competition, Google could have just sat back and waited for You Tube to get sued into oblivion.

Mark Cuban sums it up nicely:

I still think Google Lawyers will be a busy, busy bunch. I dont think you can sue Google into oblivion, but as others have mentioned, if Google gets nailed one single time for copyright violation, there are going to be more shareholder lawsuits than doans has pills to go with the pile on copyright suits that follow. Think maybe how Google discloses what they perceive the copyright risk to be in the SEC filings might be an interesting read ?

Seriously. A total mystery to me.

Others think it makes sense:

I think that while others may be harsh on this move, I feel that Google recognizes the bigger tectonic shift from TV to Internet, from text to new media.

Google has already "tectonically shifted" with Google Video. Yet another reason why I'm mystified.

Anyone have a clue why Google would throw away a billion and a half dollars?

Podcamp NYC Hitting Stride

More Podcamps than you can shake a stick at! After the inaugural one in Boston a while ago, there were 5 in the making and now there are no less than 8.  

I'm impressed by the momentum, but I'm curious how many of the camps will actually happen. Given that the podcamps are largely a volunteer effort, it's not unusual that they might lose steam before fruition.

I've heard good things about Podcamp Boston and I'm looking eagerly at Podcamp Toronto (although Podcamp Kingston is looking like more fun because I was born there and have a cottage in the area). I don't think I've ever had that type of choice in Canada before.

So how about it? Does your city need a podcamp?

Oct 9
How Much Media Can We Stand?

I ran across a very cool thought today on Salto Sobrius. Martin Rundkvist has just had a "Aha!" moment about podcasting and shares it on his blog.

With podcasting and video-on-demand, you and I decide what we want to watch/hear, and when. The content providers' tape archives, as it were, are available to us in their entirety whenever we want over broadband.

One of the points that I made back in May while speaking at the Calgary Linuxfest was that listening to citizen media is challenging. I don't mean that in some altruistic save-the-world type of way. Rather, I mean that it's challenging to listen to. One of the reasons why this is so is for the exact reason that Martin brings up.

To date, we've had our media fed to us. Even those of us with the full satellite TV package only have to choose from several hundreds of programs each hour. With citizen media like podcasts which are available all the time, we are faced with the choice of literally tens of thousands of possible shows at any given time (audio file, no minute hack - sorry)

Are we up to that challenge? Never before has the average Joe or Jane had to bring such well built critical-thinking skills to the table in order to do something so mundane as picking what to watch for the next 30 minutes. There's never been a reason to develop these skills before which is why that vast majority of people not only fail to find good citizen-generated content, but also why most people just can't be bothered to even try.

In the unlikely event that the MSM (main stream media) houses heed Martin's cry and put their entire archives online, how will that help? It would only increase the volume of shows to pick from. That's not going to be a problem, however, because those archives are worth money and until MSM figures out how to monetize an archived show, it's not likely to appear online anywhere in the near future.

Can we stand much more to search through?

Podzinger Slapping in the Ads

Podzinger has opened the doors on its audio and video advertising service. Like Kiptronic, Fruitcast, and a number of other players in the podvertising space, Podzinger will use some space age technology to match up advertisements and show content and then tack ads on the beginning of show.

Podcasters have to sign up for the free service in order to take advantage of it.

My take? Well, I don't have a take yet. I've played with the Fruitcasts and Kiptronics of the world and found them all to be lacking so far. I interviewed Jonathan Cobb from Kiptronic a while ago and was so fired up with their Apache module that would allow me to use their service without switching hosts that I signed up and tried it out. It didn't work and repeated requests for support went unanswered. Fruitcast didn't fare much better in the early days because their server infrastructure was completely underpowered for what they were trying to do. Since the Fruitcast system requires Fruitcast to become your podcast host, that was a total deal breaker for me. That was a long time ago, though, and perhaps things are different now.

You know what would be cool? Ads in search audio and video search results. Now that would be the bomb.

Anyone have any faith in the "slap an ad in it" podvertising services?

Via cNet.

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