Trust your network

I’ll be departing for Podcasters Across Borders 2007 about nine hours from now. Above is one of the slides — all about the importance of trusting your network — from the presentation I’ll be giving: “Managing Your Social Media.”

Want another sneak peek? Here’s a slide from a marketing presentation that Christopher Penn and Mitch Joel will be delivering.

See you in Kingston.

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A new, emergency experimental service from Dave Winer called TwitterGram makes it easy to post audio Twitter messages.

Here’s what you do:

  1. Record a short audio file — no larger than 200K — in mp3 format.
  2. Visit the TwitterGram website.
  3. Enter your Twitter username and password.
  4. Enter up to 75 characters of text that will introduce your Gram on Twitter.
  5. Upload your mp3 file.
  6. Click the “Submit” button.

That’s it. A Twitter message is generated straight away, this web with a link to the mp3 file that you’ve uploaded. Here’s how the TwitterGram I just created about PodCamp Boston 2 looks in Twitter:

TwitterGram message

I’ve also attached the audio file below. If you’re using an RSS reader, you may need to click through to the blog to see the Flash audio player.

Hat tip to Neville Hobson, who also posts about several other “cool ways to use Twitter.”

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Stepping outside podcasting’s echo chamber.

Hosted by Bryan Person. Recorded from Boston, esophagitis Massachusetts, misbirth USA and published for Wednesday, website June 27, 2007.

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How to step out of podcasting’s echo chamber.

  1. Evangelize outside your regular online network. Here are some groups/people/places to start:
    • A club, organization, or religious group that you belong to.
    • A nearby elementary, middle school, or high school. Talk to the teachers or PTO about setting up a podcast for the school or your child’s class.
    • A local college or adult education center. Does the school’s communications program have a class on new media or podcasting? Offer to do a presentation — or teach a class.
    • Your local cable access station.
    • Your municipal officers/politicians. Perhaps create a podcast for someone running for school committee or city council.
    • Your family. Interview a different member of your family each week and turn the interviews into a podcast.
  2. Don’t get hung up on explaining the technology at first. Concentrate on the benefits for that person or organization, using the “you know when … ?” style.
  3. Dispel the common misconception that you’ll need an iPod to listen to a podcast.
  4. Explain podcasting using concepts people are likely to understand quickly. For example:
    • “It’s like Internet radio that you can listen to whenever — and wherever — you want.”
    • “It’s an audio version of TiVo.”
  5. Show the people you’re talking to that there are podcasts in the subjects they are interested in. Ask them about their hobbies and direct them to relevant podcasts.
  6. If you are presenting on podcasting a conference, really make an effort to be welcoming to newcomers. Seek out their questions. Spend some time with them after their presentation.



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