TalkShoe Traffic and Performance

| Author: TalkShoe Team | In Announcements, What's New Print This Post

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.

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And the winner is… Daniel Thor, Täby, Sweden

| Author: TalkShoe Team | In Announcements Print This Post

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 :)

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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!

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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!

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Leo Laporte & Amber MacArthur Premier TWiT-TV on TalkShoe

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LEO LAPORTE AND AMBER MACARTHUR PREMIER TWiT-TV’s FIRST LIVE INTERACTIVE PODCAST

Podcast also Featured Steve Chen, YouTube’s Founder

Pittsburgh, PA- November 5, 2006 - TalkShoe (http://www.talkshoe.com/) hosted the first live interactive podcast by Leo Laporte and Amber MacArthur from TWiT-TV. Leo has called this interactive format “Podcasting 2.0″.  Over 500 people joined the live show, by far the largest live podcast ever. The call also included Steven Chen, YouTube’s founder who was telephoned, and brought into the podcast by Amber. People participated via telephone, text-chat, Skype, VoIP, and streaming audio. TalkShoe provided the technology for this event, and a recorded podcast is available on this website.

Read more of Leo Laporte & Amber MacArthur Premier TWiT-TV on TalkShoe…

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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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PodCamp Pittsburgh - Sponsored by TalkShoe

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Join us at the next PodCamp — Pittsburgh: November 10-12 2006
www.podcamppittsburgh.com
TalkShoe was a sponsor of the 1st PodCamp in Boston earlier this year. It was great!
We’re delighted to also be a sponsor of the Pittsburgh PodCamp.
Come talk to fellow professional, amateur and newbie podcasters.

In conjunction with Pittsburgh Filmmakers and Three Rivers Film Festival!

Dates and Locations!
Friday, Nov 10, 2006: Evening Meet-n-Greet, 6-8 PM @ The Art Institute of PittsburghSaturday, Nov 11, 2006: 9 AM - 5 PM @ Pittsburgh FilmmakersSaturday Night Dinner: @ Bossa Nova (Time TBA)Sunday, Nov 12, 2006: 9 AM - 5 PM @ Pittsburgh Filmmakers

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TWiT Podcasters Leo Laporte and Amber MacArthur are using TalkShoe

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Leo Laporte and Amber MacArthur who currently host the most popular podcasts on the Internet (including TWiT and Inside the Net) have started to use TalkShoe.com. The new show is net@nite. www.natn.tv

From Leo & Ambers webpages: “Amber and I are proud to announce the first live TWiTcast (Click to web page). We’re reinventing Inside the Net, and renaming it net@nite. You’ll still be able to listen to the show as a podcast every Tuesday, but you can also listen live as we record it Sunday nights. Even better, you can participate. ”

We’re using the Talkshoe client to do the show…if you want to participate in the chat, or as a caller, download the Talkshoe client.

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Lastest TalkShoe Software Release - Paris

| Author: TalkShoe Team | In Announcements, What's New Print This Post


TalkShoe’s latest software release “Paris” includes a number of key features for listeners, talkers and hosts. New features include:
1. Host statistics for # of Talkcast downloads and content hours consumed
2. Ability to download/edit/upload recorded Talkcast episodes
3. Host can change/upload photo
4. TalkShoe Live chat sorting by latest chat, name, and whether user is on the phone or computer
5. Featured Talkcasts on the Home Page

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Net@Night: Leo Laporte & Amber Macarthur’s new podcast

| Author: TalkShoe Team | In Announcements, Host Lounge News, Hosts in the News, In The News, Press Print This Post

TalkShoe is now hosting: Net @Nite: Leo Laporte & Amber Macarthur’s new podcast

Amber and I are proud to announce the first live TWiTcast. We’re reinventing Inside the Net, and renaming it net@nite. You’ll still be able to listen to the show as a podcast every Tuesday, but you can also listen live as we record it Sunday nights. Even better, you can participate

See the Digg

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