This is a podcast review of the Amazon Kindle HD 7 inch model which goes for $199 at Amazon.com. This is the base model HD edition with 16 GB memory and Wi-Fi.
The old Kindle’s screen broke, and this was what seemed like the next best thing to buy as a replacement.
This was a replacement for a Kindle that with a broken screen. The Kindle Fire HD promised a lot of extra functionality in addition to being able to use the old Kindle functionality.
Let me start by saying, that overall we are very pleased with the device, especially for the price. And for anybody looking for a device in the 7 inch tablet size then this would be a good choice for most people.
The old site had become, well, old and inflexible and lots of other problematic things, so I decided that after 7 years it was time to do a complete makeover. What you see today is just the beginning. Things work differently than they used to and I’m sorry if that’s a problem for you, but change was needed and given that I am the sole designer, programmer of this little project I did what I thought would be good for me and for other users.
My goal was make the site something of a cross between what iTunes is for a podcast directory and what Google’s Reader is for a client. I don’t know if that will be good or bad yet, but that’s the design concept I’m going for.
The site’s listings are much better now, with fewer faded out podcasts cluttering up the works. The ability to follow your favorite podcasts and listen/view should also be much better now.
I still have a list of stuff to do that spans a few pages, but I am tackling them one at time so more change to come.
So give it a try and see if you like it. At some point I will figure out a way to get more systematic feedback. Until then, here’s a link to my contact info if you need something.
Intel’s social media marketing efforts failed miserably today. Intel was running a pretty bad ad campaign about earthquakes for some unknown reason. The earthquake in Haiti happens and Sky News has been running the ad repeatedly in front of a clip about the Haiti earthquake.
A bad disaster, a bad ad – you have to ask Intel what were you thinking?
Kari Aakre from Intel reached out to me to let me know Intel realized the issue and took action to remove the add. It’s good to see them respond responsibly and quickly. Apparently, Intel is working on technology to help deal with situations where two way communications have been interrupted/destroyed by situations like the Haiti earthquake. I hope they succeed.
Here’s Kari’s comment for reference:
The timing of Intel’s ad about its disaster communications technology research is unfortunate. While the media buy was made months ago, we are sensitive to the current situation and the people of Haiti, and pulled this ad as quickly as we could.
Separately, the Intel Foundation will match Intel employee donations to help support the people of Haiti during this difficult time.
Here’s the ad and a bit of the Sky News clip.
The last two days, I attended BlogWorld Expo, held in Las Vegas. The show covered a wide range of topics interesting to bloggers and podcasters, including topics for bloggers who want to turn their new media efforts into commercial successes, newbies wanting to get started and companies trying to develop strategies and processes for working with social media. I focused my time on the tracks relating to turning your blog or podcast into a commercial success.
From those tracks, I came away with four key takeaways for bloggers and podcasters who are trying to become commercial successes at what they do.
Bratton, author of Talk Show Tips, host of the Dishymix podcast and CEO of a publishing company called Personal Life Media that produces 40 different podcasts, is sharing some of her expertise in podcasting with the Digital Podcast fans.
In this guest post, Susan writes about Show Format and how to use it to build trust and engagement with your audience.
Here’s part one of advice from Susan Bratton, author of Talk Show Tips:
Podcasting has been around for just over four years now and people are still struggling to make money podcasting. What’s the problem? Maybe we just haven’t discovered the business model(s) that work. There are lots of ideas out there and I thought it would be a good idea to make a list ( and make some money doing it – Note: If you click on links on this post and try the services, it will make me money. Many of the links use affliate program links to illustrate one of these business models. I use all of these programs and refer you to only the ones that seem good. Hope you don’t mind me making some money from writing about ways you can make money:)
Here’s my list. I’ve ordered the list from the what may be the most obvious ideas to the not so obvious ideas. Read to the end to find something you may not have thought about.
If you have another idea add it with a comment. Or you can comment on these ideas.
If you’re an author, info marketer or publisher and your sick and tired of producing events or content that only a few people consume and you would like to make more money podcasting, then you should learn about Podcast Secrets. Podcast Secrets is a system for monetizing podcasts developed by Paul Colligan and Alex Mandossian.
Paul Colligan and Alex Mandossian have taken the Podcast concept to new heights because their new and improved system for Podcast Monetization lets you connect directly with your readers and audiences with nothing more than a telephone in your hand!
To introduce Podcast Secrets, Paul and Alex are having a special teleseminar.
The guys were kind enough to provide me with a discount code that will save you $79.
Sign up quick – the call is Thursday, April 9, 2009 @ 6p Pacific / 9p Eastern
You can still get the recording of the call at the link below.
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