Can You Digg It?

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Digg now allows you to post your Podcasts and Talkcasts on its new podcast directory. It’s easy to do. You just need a Digg account and your RSS feed link (go to your Talkcast page under RSS/Podcast to get the link address). Several TalkShoe hosts have already done it.

So go list your podcasts (www.digg.com/podcasts)

And remember to Digg your fellow hosts’ Talkcasts!

Just search for “talkshoe” to see all Talkcasts that have been listed.

Host Linda Pate Featured in Richmond Times Dispatch

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TalkShoe host Linda Pate is featured in an excellent article in the Richmond Times Dispatch. Her new Talkcast, The Talking Book Show, airs at 7:00 EST on TalkShoe. The program features book reviews, authors, workshops and advice. Linda also owns the book store Precious Memories & Collectibles in Richmond, VA.

Podcast User Magazine features TalkShoe

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TalkShoe was featured in a story in this month’s Podcast User Magazine - PUM Issue #12. Read the TalkShoe Article or go to the Podcast User Magazine website

Quote from the article: “Back in 2005 when I started my podcast, Skype was the main accessory that every podcaster had to use. In 2006, it was MySpace. Now as we enter the New Year, I believe that TalkShoe will be the podcasters tool of choice for 2007.”

The story was written by Lance Anderson, who among other things is the head of the LA Podcasters group, and uses TalkShoe. PUM is the largest podcasting magazine on the web.

Lance interviewed about a dozen TalkShoe hosts to gather information for his article. We’d like to publicly thank those hosts. Their names and Talkcast links are listed below.

Lance Anderson (Podcast User Magazine: Interview) – full host interview
Art Blanchet (Your Home, Your Money)
John Buehler (Rebuilding Eden)
Victor Cajaio (Typical Mac User Podcast Live)
Carter Harkins (Conversational Podcasting)
Philip Gatlin (BBN: Growing Business and Making Money)
Kain (Tech Bytes)
Scott Kurtz (PVP Live Podcast)
Leo Laporte (net@ nite)
Mike Connor (Connor’s Corner - EMC2 and Santuary)
Paul Stanton (Home Business Radio Internet Talk Show)

Don’t be a Scrooge - Chime In on Friday December 22nd at 21:00 EST / (Saturday 02:00 GMT)

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When TalkShoe was launched, many of us thought about lots of applications for the service: Connecting people with like interests, Live Interactive Podcasts, Experts answering questions, Radio talkshows with lots of people in the discussion, Online book clubs, Multi-person conversations, Podcasting for newbies, and more.

But no one here thought of a use that we learned about today, which is not only unique, but really really cool and just in time to get those of you out there of the Christian faith into the Christmas spirit. So unless you are Ebenezer Scrooge, check this out…

Freelance writer, L.A. Podcaster and TalkShoe host
Douglas Welch is hosting on his WelchWrite Specials Talkcast a LIVE reading of Dickens - A Christmas Carol. Welch invites call-in listeners from around the country and world to join him and read a section of this Christmas classic aloud LIVE! Douglas will be using Dicken’s own condensed verison of the story that Charles Dickens used during his own LIVE readings.

Really cool Douglas! Have fun this Friday and beware of the
Ghost of Christmas Past.

Douglas Welch’s other Podcasts on TalkShoe are
TechnologyIQ with Douglas E. Welch & Career Opportunities Live.

TalkShoe Swarmed by DiggNation

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On Sunday, Dec 3rd Leo Laporte and Amber MacArthur did their latest live net @ nite show with guest Kevin Rose of Digg. The show was the largest live show on TalkShoe to date. Over 930 people participated, which was a 10x growth over the largest show a month ago, and a 2x growth over net @ nite’s previous record. TalkShoe has also seen its web traffic grow by 10x over the past month.

net @ nite show with guest Kevin Rose
930 Total live participants:
608 Streamers (listen-only)
322 Active talkers and chatters
80 Talkers (phone, Skype, VoIP)

The show began at 8:00 pm and continued for an hour, and the recording started at 9:00 pm. At 9:25 pm, people who were in listen-only streaming mode (not dialed in via telephone) experienced a drop in their audio for the remainder of the show. People on the phones were not affected at all, and the chat room was always available. (Note: you can listen to a recording of the net @ nite show on TalkShoe anytime.)

Our engineering team isolated the root of the problem to a network interface card in the audio streaming server at the ISP. The problem was diagnosed and resolved, and shows after net @ nite experienced no problems. Please see previous TalkShoe Traffic and Performance post below for more details.

We sincerely apologize for this problem and will continually improve the performance of our system.

TalkShoe Traffic and Performance

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Over the past 6 weeks, the usage of TalkShoe has grown by leaps and bounds. Over the past month alone, TalkShoe has seen both its web traffic and live show participants grow by a factor of 10x. On Sunday, Dec. 3rd, we had the largest live Talkcast show with 930 participants, which was a 2x increase over the previous record. It is safe to say this was the largest interactive podcast ever.

Some users have experienced performance issues with the TalkShoe website, and the live software interface.

Here’s the scoop:
- Bandwidth for traffic & web audio streaming is more than sufficient, and our ISP partner has more where that came from.
- Tomcat, Apache and database access servers are being added along with clustering software.
- The linux operating system is being upgraded.
- The TalkShoe application and database software are being continually optimized.

We’re racing to improve performance and provide a high level of service. Onward and upward.

And the winner is… Daniel Thor, Täby, Sweden

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You may have read below about TalkShoe’s live contest following Leo Laporte & Amber MacArthur’s Talkcast (net @nite) debut a couple of weeks ago - and a winner named Daniel. So Daniel who? you might say…

Meet Daniel Thor, a Masters student from Täby, Sweden.

Daniel is sporting the first prize - TalkShoe gear - together with one of the rune stones in Täby, Sweden. “We have a lot of old rune stones here that date back to the middle ages when Vikings roamed the land.” Daniel told us. “Each stone tells a story through their inscriptions and this particular stone was raised by “Torbjörn” and “Ingetora” as a tribute to their father sometime in the 11th century according to a sign near by.”

Perhaps Daniel should hold a Live Interactive Podcast about the ancient Nordic magical alphabet of 24 symbols, which are used for divination of the future, performing magic, or evoking Norse deities?

Congratulations Daniel! You look smart in AND magical in that TalkShoeSuit :)

Cliff Ravenscraft of Generally Speaking Podcast Network uses TalkShoe

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Cliff Ravenscraft, producer of the Generally Speaking Podcast Network
http://www.generallyspeakingpodcast.com/, is now using TalkShoe to create several live interactive podcasts. He’s been podcasting since December of 2005 and has more than 8,000 subscribers from all over the world.

Cliff’ was TalkShoe’s #1 host in term of downloads the past 2 weeks.
Search for “Cliff” and Chime In on his Talkcasts!

Did we survive Leo’s Army?

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In the first episode of the (tongue twister for sure) Talk to the TalkShoe Team talkcast - “Did we survive Leo’s Army?” which was held immediately following the Leo Laporte and Amber MacArthur net@night inagural netcast http://www.twit.tv/natn1 we had ~40 participants - both streaming to just listen and more than a dozen on the phones and in the TalkShoe Live! interactive environment. We honestly didn’t think any of you would want to talk to us no-names :)

We introduced a couple of the guys who were manning the battlestations at TalkShoe and what they did to prepare for the onslaught of the net@night premier. And we talked about how Leo’s Army and Amber’s net@night loyal following were successful in overtaking the TalkShoe fortress in Wexford. While we didn’t crash (as Leo mentions) , our website and back-end servers certainly lost the battle and we surrendered to the “No (soup) Shoe for You” page.

Near the end, we moved the discussion to our first TalkShoe contest. I challenged the participants to estimate the force of Leo’s army on the live show. The contestants were told if they won, they must adorn themselves with the TalkShoe garmets they would win as the prize and send us a picture for our website… and we would do our best to make them famous! The guesses were:

  • Chuck_PA: 2001
  • Daniel: 736
  • EndUser 101: 1750
  • Jeff Chan: 2001
  • Joel_O: 898
  • Julian: 900
  • Musclemacman: 6533
  • Mike B. : 1250
  • Nation: 3140
  • Paulius: 1500
  • Robert: 2400

So results are in and Daniel wins!!! There were 165 participants in TalkShoe Live! (109 streaming and 56 on the telephone) and 264 participants streaming from the website - for a grand total of 429 participants. We’ll be sending Daniel a TalkShoe shirt and TalkShoe hat (beta limited editions!) as soon as we get a shirt size and mailing address.

And ftr, TalkShoe had 3447 unique visitors that day, with at least one other very well-attended show immediately prior to net@night {The Andrews-Reiter Epilepsy Research Program} and several other shows with ~100 participants. So our best estimate is ~1888 showed up for the Leo & Amber inagural net@night netcast. And if we were better at this scaling game, Chuck_PA & Jeff Chan would have had a TalkShoe Shootout… so consolation prizes (Promoting Your Podcast books by Jason Van Orden) to them as well.

Hope you will join us on our next Talk to the TalkShoe Team talkcast!

The 1st net@nite show on TalkShoe

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The new ‘net @ nite’ Talkcast with Leo Laporte and Amber MacArthur will be premiering this Sunday, November 5th, at 9:00 PM. We expect this even to be extremely well attended, and will certainly exceed TalkShoe records for number of people listening, talking and chatting.
Here are a couple of tips:
1. Sign up as a TalkShoe user Now
2. Download the software Now
to avoid the rush of last minute downloaders when the website is busy.
3. If you receive a busy signal on the live phone conference, that means the TalkShoe Live phone conference is at capacity. You can then:
- Open TalkShoe Live and Listen along and text-chat
- Go to the ‘net @ nite’ Talkcast page and Listen-only (stream)
4. Host your own show after the show (you can make money doing this)
5. Tell your friends about TalkShoe








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