FREE TRAINING CLASS FOR NEW & PROSPECTIVE HOSTS - April 22nd - One 2 Hour Session - Click for details - Sign-up Now to Reserve a Spot

| Author: TalkShoe Support | In Announcements, Support Print This Post

Have you ever considered Hosting your own Show on TalkShoe? NOW is the time to start!

SIGN UP NOW to attend the new FREE training program “TalkShoe Basic Training for New & Prospective Hosts”! (Advanced registration is required even though it’s free - just send and email to training@talkshoe.com)

This free training program is conducted by the leading experts on the TalkShoe User Support Team. Now the program consists of a new format - one session lasting 2 hours to be held:

Thursday April 22 at 7 to 9pm EDST

Each session will consist of prepared material covering key topics of interest to New and Prospective TalkShoe Hosts. Periodically throughout the session the participants will be given an opportunity to ask questions. The material covered is basic and appropriate for individuals who are interested in becoming Show Hosts. Our philosophy is that no question is too simple!

Topics covered include:
” Using TalkShoe as a listener
” Setting up your Hosting Account
” Scheduling your First Episode
” Controlling your Show/Call from your Phone
” How to End/Terminate your Show/Call
” How to Handle Disturbances and Disruptive Participants
” Broadcast Techniques - How to Conduct a Show in a Professional Manner
” Interview Techniques
” Best Practice Do’s and Don’ts
” Where to Go for More Help - Hosting Resources
” Availability of Advanced Premium Training

Individuals interested in attending must register by sending an email indicating their interest to: training@talkshoe.com Include an indication of your level of experience. You will receive additional information regarding the training, including how to connect to the sessions.

This training was created in response to user requests.

SIGN UP TODAY - THERE IS A LIMIT TO THE NUMBER OF PARTICIPANTS FOR THESE SESSIONS!

Come join the FUN - Become a Host Today!!!

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Starts Tues Nov3rd - 7pm - A Few Spots Still Remain for “TalkShoe Basic Training for New & Prospective Hosts” - FREE - see details

| Author: TalkShoe Support | In Announcements Print This Post

Have you ever considered Hosting your own Show on TalkShoe? NOW is the time to start!

SIGN UP NOW to attend the new FREE training program “TalkShoe Basic Training for New & Prospective Hosts”! (Advanced registration is required even though it’s free)

This free training program is conducted by the leading experts on the TalkShoe User Support Team. The program consists of three one hour sessions scheduled for three successive Tuesday nights:

Session 1 - Tuesday November 3 at 7 to 8pm eastern
Session 2 - Tuesday November 10 at 7 to 8pm eastern
Session 3 - Tuesday November 17 at 7 to 8pm eastern

Each session will consist first of prepared material covering approximately 45 minutes followed by about 15 minutes for attendee questions. The material covered is VERY BASIC and appropriate for individuals who are interested in becoming Show Hosts. Our philosophy is that no question is too simple!

Topics covered include:
” How to create an account
” How to fill out user profile
” How to create a call series (show)
” How to fill out the show profile
” How to create/schedule first episode
” How to start and produce your live show
” How to handle disturbances during your show
” How to end and terminate your show
” How to contact support for issues and assistance
” Best Practice Do’s and Don’ts
” References to other sources for more advanced information

Individuals interested in attending must register by sending an email indicating their interest to: training@talkshoe.com Include an indication of your level of experience. You will receive additional information regarding the training, including how to connect to the sessions.

This training was created in response to user requests.

SIGN UP TODAY - THERE IS A LIMIT TO THE NUMBER OF PARTICIPANTS FOR THESE SESSIONS!

Come join the FUN - Become a Host Today!!!

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HOSTS: GET YOUR DIRECT DIAL PHONE NUMBER - UNIQUE TO YOUR SHOW - NOW AVAILABLE - click for details - Quantity is Limited

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ATTENTION HOSTS - Beta Program for Direct Dial Phone Numbers (Eliminates need for Participants to enter Call ID & PIN)

Show Hosts can now obtain a unique Direct Dial Phone Number which will enable callers to their Show to be connected directly into the Show without entering a Call ID or Personal Identification Number (PIN)! This capability has been developed at the request of members of the TalkShoe User Community.

This is new capability is now being offered to Show Hosts under a Beta Program. There are a limited number of Direct Dial Phone Numbers available under the Beta Program. Numbers will be provided on a first come, first served basis. Once a Direct Dial Number is assigned to a Show it will remain associated with that Show as long as the subscription and program are maintained. The price is $24 per month payable through PayPal. The subscription to the Direct Dial Phone Number capability is on a month-to-month basis. No long term commitment to continue with the subscription is required. The Direct Dial Phone Number capability works with both public and private (unlisted) Calls.

HOW IT WORKS - When a participant calls a Show’s Direct Dial Phone Number while the Show is live, the participant will be connected directly into the Show without being prompted for Call ID and Personal Identification Number (PIN). If the participant is calling from a phone with caller id activated and that phone number is previously registered with a User Id in the TalkShoe system, the participant will be logged in and registered in the chat room etc. under that User Id. If caller id is not activated or the participant is calling from a phone that is not associated with a TalkShoe User Id, they will be registered as a Guest (just as if they pressed 1# when calling in to the main TalkShoe phone number). If the Direct Dial Phone Number is dialed when the Show is not Live, the caller will hear the normal TalkShoe prompt requesting that they enter a Call Id (for a currently Live Show). Direct Dial Phone Numbers can be associated with one Call ID or as many as five Call IDs. There is no initial setup charge for a Direct Dial Phone Number and at that time, one to five Call IDs can be specified. After the initial setup, each request to add or remove Call IDs from association with a Direct Dial Number requires payment of $10 maintenance fee.

HOW TO SUBSCRIBE - For further information regarding the process to subscribe, send an email message to: directdial@talkshoe.com

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UPDATE: Mon Oct 11, 2009 2:58 pm EDST – SYSTEM FULLY FUNCTIONAL – click here for details

| Author: TalkShoe Support | In Support Print This Post

The TalkShoe System is again functioning at 100%.

The hardware which is responsible for both providing prompts to callers connecting by phone and for creating recordings of shows has been successfully replaced.

If you experience any problems, please send an email to support@talkshoe.com - Thank you for your patience regarding this matter. We appologize for any inconvenience!

The TalkShoe Technical Team

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TalkShoe System - Enhanced Performance

| Author: Dave Nelsen | In Announcements, Support, What's New Print This Post

During the past few weeks, the TalkShoe team has implemented a variety of improvements to increase our system performance and reliability including:

Doubled number of chat servers - The TalkShoe chat infrastructure which powers the TalkShoe Live and TalkShoe Live Pro clients was powered by 16 chat servers. That number was increased in two stages, first to 22 chat servers and then 32 total chat servers.

Enhanced Jabber protocol - The open source chat protocol used by TalkShoe, meebo, and other leading companies contains at least one significant bug. The TalkShoe technical team recently identified, isolated, and repaired that bug. TalkShoe put the modified code into production during the past two weeks and is seeing a dramatic reduction in TalkShoe Live Web client issues. Still, for hosts who want the very best performance, we recommend using TalkShoe Live Pro (still free) which does not utilize Jabber. Download and install TalkShoe Live Pro here: TSL Pro.

More reliable voice over IP (VoIP) - Working closely with our audio conferencing bridge vendor, we identified two significant bugs in our VoIP technology that could cause the system to crash under certain types of attacks or other atypical situations. We developed and deployed fixes and have seen flawless performance so far this month.

Protected audio streaming - Again working closely with our audio conferencing bridge vendor, we implemented protection for outbound audio streaming to the TalkShoe Live and TalkShoe Live Pro chat clients. Previously, outbound audio streaming could be disrupted by an overload of inbound VoIP call or by an intentional attack. The live audio streaming system is now protected during such events.

In combination, these major upgrades and numerous smaller enhancements greatly improve TalkShoe service performance. Keep the suggestions for further system improvements coming. We use your reports and recommendations to guide TalkShoe’s system evolution.

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February Member Update

| Author: Dave Nelsen | In Emails Print This Post

Happy February to you (it is definitely a happy month here in Pittsburgh since the SuperBowl). Three updates from TalkShoe:

Seeking Two Friends to Become Famous

1) I admit that this idea is a bit wacky and definitely not for everybody but it’s amazing what goes viral in this crazy Facebook-YouTube-Twitter-TalkShoe world, so here goes… If you have a good friend who you talk with frequently on the phone, we’ll help make both of you famous. How? Just hold every phone call as a public TalkShoe call (no interaction with listeners) and we’ll promote it to the world! You need only do what you already do; just talk to each other using TalkShoe and let the world just listen along. Get the full details here: Famous Friends!

Run Your Own Community Conference Call, Talkcast, or Party Line

2) If you haven’t yet hosted your own Talkcast, Community Conference Call, or Party Line yet on TalkShoe, here are simple instructions to help you get started: Step-by-Step Instructions.

On-Demand Group Calls Using Just Your Phone

3) You can now run your TalkShoe calls using just your telephone keypad, and you can do so without any advance scheduling. Get the details here: Telephone TouchTone Commands.

As always, with TalkShoe I’m sure that you’ll enjoy talking with others who share your interests!

Dave Nelsen - Founder

P.S. – If you’ve forgotten your TalkShoe password, click here to retrieve it: Recover my Password.

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Old Time Rock n Roll is Back On TalkShoe!!!

| Author: Dave Nelsen | In Host Lounge News Print This Post

Give a hearty welcome back to host Lee Douglas and his Old Time Rock n Roll show. He was one of the first serious hosts to discover TalkShoe (note his coveted 4-digit call ID) and we’re so pleased to see that after sowing his wild oats for some months he has returned home. His show is one of my personal favorites.

For anyone who has not yet listened in, Lee makes a serious investment in his shows (in both time and money). The music is great and the history is fascinating. A “note” for anyone with similar ambitions: Lee officially licenses his music from ASCAP/BMI (as it must be). If you aspire to do the same, listen to his How To Interview (find Episode 31) done in April 2007.

Again, Lee, welcome back!!!

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April 2009 - TalkShoe System Status

| Author: Dave Nelsen | In Support Print This Post

There are no reports of significant system problems. There are no major or minor known issues.

To report major system problems, call our Technical Support line at 724-935-8265. For smaller issues and how to questions, please click on Help and describe your issue.

To get text updates about TalkShoe System Status on your cell phone, go to Twitter.com/TalkShoe and click “Follow”. You’ll be first to know when we’re experiencing system issues, and the first to know when they clear.

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Enhanced Performance — Step-by-Step Instructions — New Features — System Status

| Author: Dave Nelsen | In Announcements, Press Releases, Support, TalkShoe Tips, What's New Print This Post

Click here to read TalkShoe System Enhanced Performance

Click here for Step-by-Step TalkShoe Instructions

Click here to learn about the Latest TalkShoe Features!

Click here for current TalkShoe System Status

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WANTED: Two People to Become Famous Friends!

| Author: Dave Nelsen | In Announcements, Host Lounge News, What's New Print This Post

OK, I admit that this idea is a little bit wacky and definitely not for everybody. But it’s amazing what becomes wildly popular in this crazy Facebook-YouTube-Twitter-TalkShoe world, so here goes…

If you have a good friend that you talk with constantly on the phone, we’ll help make both of you famous. How? Just hold every phone call as a public TalkShoe call and we’ll promote it to the world! You need only do what you already do; just talk to each other using TalkShoe. Here’s how:

1) Apply by emailing me at daven@talkshoe.com. Tell me about yourself, about your soon-to-be-famous friend, and about your typical conversations (tip: I like Twitter — keep it short). If you’re chosen, we’ll set up everything for you. Up to 5 pairs of friends will be selected (totally separate and independent). No larger groups will be considered at this time.

2) Pick “stage names” and practice using them (yes, it can be tricky when you’re relaxed). While the world will eavesdrop on your conversations, we won’t reveal your actual identities.

3) From now on, whenever you and your friend want to talk, call into TalkShoe to do it while the world listens along, live and recorded. Yes, your calls will even be available in iTunes! Is that scary or exciting? Don’t apply if it’s the former.

Think about it: if it’s REAL talk, it will be ‘real’ INTERESTING! We all want to learn more about ourselves by learning more about others. And there are so few ways to get true insight into other people these days… other than this one. For those of you born after 1950 (and who wasn’t), there once was something called a party line — not for actual parties but for affordable shared telephone service in rural areas… and great for eavesdropping on your neighbors. Alas, since your grandparents’ time, that’s been lost to the world. Until now; until you!

4) There will be no voice interaction with others; just one-to-one talk as you always do.

5) We’ll help make you famous. Tens of thousands will listen; or maybe millions. Just keep it real… and honest… and you! It will be surprisingly interesting.

Last point: You can be two guys, two gals, or one of each. It can be rated G, or PG, or R, but not more than that. We’ll broadcast you to the world and it won’t scandalize your grandparents. Or maybe it will but just a little…

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