Kiruba Shankar is one of the early stage blogger’s in India and has been podcasting for Podtech.He had a few tips for people who are new to podcasting and who have the myth that Podcasting is difficult
Q. Why don’t many people podcast just has people do blogging? There were mixed reactions which are given below:
Consumption is not easy
Equipment is very costly and hence many people don’t prefer podcasting
More preparation is needed
No easy application
Ans. Some of the answers given by Kiruba were a. Podcasting is not a geeky stuff but is also not so simple You just need a PC, Headset with a mic to do a podcast and none of the equipments are costly.Audacity is one of the best softwares to edit audio and damn,it is available for free.Some of the best podcast sites are PodBazaar,Odeo
Q. What is one of the most important things you need to focus in a podcast? More preparation and content is very much important for a good podcast
He touched upon Mobile Podcasting which is very prevalent in western countries but is in a nascent stage in India
14 Mantras for a good podcast:
Podcasts should be short( maximum of 10 minutes)
Be passionate about your subject
Cram good stuff
Edit and than edit again
Invest in equipments
Get a buddy
Preferably a girl
Subscribe to every feed
More would follow once the slide is up on SlideShare
I know that content should not be repeated .However,I did come out with an article on Mantras of blogging but there are some lazy people like me who prefer pictorial representation rather than big content. Now is the time for a few more tips from Robert Scoble, the geek blogger which is given below:
I could not blog many of the events(live),which I attended since my laptop was drained out and later on,I had some problems with my internet connectivity.But again SlideShare came to the rescue and I was able to find few Slides on SlideShare.Two of the sessions are given below:
Web 2.0 Social Blogging Platform
This session was given by Vibhash(8th Semester student) and I had spoken to him during my lunch break.I was impressed with his passion and excitement and I am sure he would go a long way .Below is a session on his blogging platform called bForBlogs
Widgets and Open Standards – Opera
This session was given byVivek and Navjot from Opera Software,Chandigarh.The session was excellent and the debate was all about widgets with the Opera Browser.There was a debate as to whether the opera widgets would work with Firefox I guess everyone knows the answer
Fortunately Ashwin had blogged about it and you can an excellent coverage here More updates on Day 1 would soon follow and I would definitely try to cover everything live tomorrow
So,finally I managed to get up early at around 6:30AM(damn,6:30 AM is too early for me ) and reached Indian Institute of Management(IIMB) at around 8:15 AM.Yup,I was very early at the BCB3 and this time I had good company of my fellow blogger Ashwin.
Finally, I managed to get a place where I could have the adaptor connected to the laptop so,blogging live would be great fun
Check out session list in a small diagram below
Till than let me read something and get me in the mood
Just started reading “Blog Marketing Book” by Jeremy Wright and there is one section which mentions the strong relation Microsoft has with the blogger community.None of the companies can try to ignore the reviews given by bloggers on their products and the tech-giant Microsoft is also no different.There is a small passage in the book titled, “MICROSOFT LISTENS”which explains what bloggers can do even to the tech giants like Microsoft so, keep on reading:
Microsoft regularly flies customers and industry experts to its campus in Washington to listen to the feedback given by those people.The company invites dozens of key customers and partners to the event,where they spend brainstorming as a group.But as of late,Microsoft has changed it’s strategy and the company is making extensive use of blogs to get direct customer feedback.
Within a year,more than 1000 Microsoft employee blogs featured developers and product managers talking directly to customers every day , instead of once a year.Microsoft employees read dozens of blogs every day to see how customers react to Microsoft products and services.In fact,Microsoft employees have taken a bigger leap and even contribute to other’s blogs in the expanding space of Blogosphere.
So now it is clear that to Microsoft is really serious about reviews from Bloggers which would help them improve it products.
As we know every blogger has ethics but Microsoft has even taken a step forward to bribe bloggers.Check out what Joel has to say in his post on “Bribing Bloggers”
So,what does Bribing mean in this sense?Just check the image which explains what Bribing means to Bloggers.Enjoy Joel’s article(just like I did ). May be after this post,Microsoft may notice my blog as well
My first meeting with Manish Agarwal,co-founder of Bangalore based Picsquare happened at Proto.in in 2006.I got the opportunity to ask Manish few questions on Picsquare,Entrepreneurship and his journey as an Entrepreneur.
You can read the complete Q&A session between myself and Manish at Picsquare on Startups.in There would be more contributions from my side to the startups community , so keep a close watch on startups
Do let me know whether you liked the format of the questions,its usefulness and also what improvements you want to make it more informative .
With the Web 2.0 market growing beyond social networking,VCs are also raking money into the Web 2.0 market.Read an article on TheChilli and was amazed to see the booming market of Web 2.0.As reported by TheChilli, there has been investments worth $850 million during the last year(2006) in Web 2.0.
The most interesting piece of information was analysis of the number of Web 2.0 deals, that have been carried out in the recent past in 2006(based on the geographic locations):
1. United States: 126 deals with an investment of US$682.7 million(83 percent increase in deals from 2005) 2. Europe: 20 deals in 2006 with an investment of US$100.5 million(more than 200 percent increase from 2005) 3. China: 21 deals in 2006 with a decline in the investment by 26 percent to US$61.3 million(same number of deals occurred in 2005 ) 4. Israel: 2 deals in 2006 with an investment of US$22 million(increase by one deal since 2005)
The most active investors in Web 2.0 on a worldwide basis include: