San Francisco – The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) invalidated key claims in the so-called “podcasting patent” today after a petition for review from the Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF)—a decision that significantly curtails the ability of a patent troll to threaten podcasters big and small.
This is excellent news. The idea that a patent derived from the cassettes-by-mail era could have stifled podcasting? Chilling.
Asked by Press Gazette last month whether The Guardian’s decision to axe Media Talk was an indication that podcasts have had their day, Hill said: “Actually I think we are seeing a resurgence in the medium.
I wonder if Press Gazette asks if magazines have had their day, every time they report on one closing? Not much evidence of it in the archives.
In which case – why the double standards on media type? It’s a strange old industry that will deny that very old media forms are under serious threat, but eagerly await any sniff of mortality in newer ones…
Just next to where I’m sitting today, we’ve got podcasting training going on for the Estates Gazette, New Scientist and ICIS Heren teams, in our central London offices. It’s all in the capable hands of Ewan Spence (who has made the odd appearance on this blog before), and going rather swimmingly, from the sounds coming from the room.
Podcasting is one of those things that feels like it has sneaked its way onto the plateau of productivity on the Garner Hype Cycle, and thus everyone has stopped talking about it as something special and exciting. It’s a core part of my working day, as I listen to podcasts on my commute to and from work, using the time to catch up on the latest news and thinking in the areas that affect my work.
There was an interesting article published on GigaOm yesterday looking at the development of TWiT, one of the most successful podcast networks out there. Much to learn there, I think. Interesting video, too…
I’ve just been reminded by a discussion on our company Yammer that I meant to recommend a new podcast called This Week in Google. It’s the latest offering from the TWiT stable, is hosted by Leo LaPorte, and features journalism blogger Jeff Jarvis and smater-working blogger Gina Trapani.
Why do I recommend it? Well, it’s really good at putting the changes coming to journalism in the context of what’s happening in the rest of the web. All four published episodes are worth listening to, but I recommend episode 3, with Anil Dash of Six Apart, in particular.
Not a huge amount here that’s specific to the built environment. It’s more of a set of general podcasting tips:
keep it short (15 to 25 mins)
Have a major name interview subject
Not too frequent (once or twice a month)
The chair is very important, because she must manage the guests
Some discussion on Twitter about Victor’s suggestion that podcasting is expensive. Many people’s experience is absolutely counter to that – you can produce good results cheaply and simply. But here’s his recipe for doing it:
My feet don’t seem to have touched the ground since I started back at EG on Wednesday. Things are moving pretty quickly.
First of all, we have a blog for MIPIM 2009 up and going, albeit in basic form. MIPIM is the huge property trade show that happens in Cannes in France annually. Popular property industry rumour suggests that it brings more money to the town than the film festival does. It’ll prove a fertile ground for the EG folks to experiment with, I’m sure, but for now it’s given over to two members of the industry who are riding to Cannes.
Also just launched is the first episode of the Estates Gazette podcast, produced by EGi’s multimedia reporter, Helen Roxburgh, with a little help from Mr Big Biofuel Blog. It’s not in iTunes yet (give us a week or so), but you can snag it from the Estates Gazette podcast site.
On my commute into the office this morning I listened to the Meet the Author: Stephen Fry podcast from Apple. I highly recommend it. Fry is as entertaining a raconteur as ever, and his meandering history of computers and the internet is well worth listening to.
However, the meaty stuff kicks off at around 43 minutes in, as he starts talking about the reaction of journalists to Twitter and moves onto the relationship between the web and our culture. Mach to agree with, and much to provoke thought.
One of the small moments of genius at Le Web 08 was the way the conference closed. It’s so easy for conferences to end on a down note, with a bit of a damp squib as the audience drift away into the night. No so this year’s affair, which actually managed to go out with a bang.
Finishing the conference with the live recording of two podcasts – Wine Library TV and the Gillmor Gang – gave a huge lift to the final hours. Gary Vaynerchuk is a hugely charismatic and passionate guy, and his talk preaching strong personality, love for your topic, openness to others and media channel ubiquity was both compelling and inspiring. And it was only improved by seeing him working live with a wine maker to record the show.
Equally, the Gillmor Gang recording saw a bunch of intelligent, knowledgeable guys (but all guys, sadly) really getting their teeth into some of the issues that had come out of the conference. There wasn’t a whole lot of Love in what was said, bar the brave efforts of Hugh MacLeod and Loïc himself. Bit it was witty, entertaining and informative.
I’m glad I didn’t leave early. It was well worth seeing.