It seems Jason Pettus has been having the same ideas as some of us are having over on delicious these days. He discusses the development of audio comments for blogs, much like more and more of us are doing. This idea is ripe, I’m telling you.
It is seriously beginning to frustrate me, however, that delicious appears to be asleep at the wheel once again when it comes to tag intersects, showing “No Items” when there are in fact a number of them. This has been happening since Tuesday and is immensely frustrating for those of us who are trying to use its supposedly solid base to build something.
Here is the email I wrote Jason when he asked more about what we were doing. I think it explains succinctly what our goals are (I’m getting better and better at doing this):
What we have been doing over the past few weeks is pretty simple: we are experimenting with decentralizing the way podcasting is done – taking it away from a host-to-listener model and instead to a listener-to-listener model. The way we have set this up, listeners communicate to each other using existing infrastructures. No additional coding was done to produce the results – it’s all already working on different parts of the web.
The concept is pretty simple: create an audio file (we like to use Odeo, but that’s not necessary), then tag it according to agreed-upon specifications in del.icio.us – this creates a dynamic RSS feed which you can then drop into a podcast aggregator – instant podcast, dynamically updated! It can be about anything you want, and created by as many people as want to participate.
Here’s a quick link to our current discussion, which includes a few developers and users (partying together, I dare say). You can subscribe through the RSS button at the bottom of that page.
And here’s a how-to for how to create your own comments. When you’re subscribed, feel free to download and listen to as many previous ones as you’d like – they’re under 3 minutes (the Odeo max time) and present a lot of interesting ideas on how to develop this further.
If you’re looking for additional information, here’s a 5 min interview I did about the concept on the Canadian Podcast Buffet, and the original posts (1, 2, 3) that brought the idea together.
I was just reading a brief history of podcasting in Dan Klass’ book Podcast Solutions, and I’m thinking maybe it’s time we put our mark in there.
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