I stumbled upon a new podcasting service this morning called Podbasket. It solves a big problem with podcasting – creating the feed. All you have to do is enter the URL of your latest podcast, a title, and a description and it does the rest. Here’s what my test run spit out. Pretty slick.
This method requires you to host the mp3 files on your own server, but that’s the easy part. Create a podcast, upload it to your site, point Podbasket to it, and your feed is updated. Paste the feed on your site (as I have done above) and let your users grab it.
The Rollyo approach (advanced): The flexibility of this app also allows for multiple podcasts to be added to one single feed. In other words, you can add content from anywhere – just add the mp3’s URL to your Podbasket account and let iTunes use your feed to grab it later.
I came across this bit of information on a technology listserv awhile back:
Some attendees pointed out that many visitors now find a Web site through Google, and often don't enter through the home page; they start on the page of the site that Google found.
Not really a shocker, but it brings up an interesting question: Are site searches dead?
Mr. Gammel found a good aggregate reference to corporate blogging policies (Yahoo!, IBM, Plaxo and Sun) and posted it for us on the ASAE technology listserves. To me, these rules seem pretty intuitive. They are all basically saying don’t do anything stupid.
- be nice (i.e. don’t criticize your organization or your manager)
- don’t give away company secrets/information
- don’t blog if you have work to do
- abide by existing company rules.
Everybody has rules for something. So if you are a daily blogger and blogging on a personal blog and not a company blog, don’t abuse it! These basic rules should be simple enough to follow.