Let me start by saying that this headline is a bit misleading. No , we are not combining forces or working together in any way. Lately, I have heard a fair amount about the Skypecast service, so I thought it would be a good idea to compare our services.Let's be honest, Skype is a multibillion dollar company that has more than 50 million users and unlimited capital. Blogtalkradio, on the other hand has been around for three weeks and without divulging the amount of invested capital, well let's just say, it's a lot less than $ 1 billion.Around 6 months ago, while we were working on our platform, I took a look at Skype's Skypecast service. My initial feedback on the service was positive. The GUI's looked great, the colors and flow of the site was impressive, but a few things bothered me.First, when I logged in, I would see around 4 or 5 shows "on-air", however, very few of these shows had any particpant's. I found that many, if not most hosts set up shows and simply never showed up. And when a host did show up, in my view the content was less than impressive.Secondly, without live streaming and archiving of shows, the usability of the service is limited. I figured that even if the content was decent, most people would like to listen to shows when they get around to it. As one our hosts mentioned last night, we are living in an "on demand" society. Everybody wants everything when they want it.Also, it troubled me that you have to be a Skype user to not only be a host but be a listener. I mean, what if someone with an interesting point of view wanted to host a show and didn't have skype or any type of softphone for that matter? What if they wanted to host their show using a pots (plain old telephone service) line or mobile phone? Also, how many potential listeners would feel the need to download Skype.Well, if you look at each of these points I have raised you will see that Blogtalkradio answers all of these questions and more.At Blogtalkradio, our overriding focus is on driving content and creating an environment where the BTR hosts have something interesting to say and the platform to say it. While today, we are getting our share of less than stellar content, we will continue to work real hard on insuring that we attract the best content to BTR. Everyone can listen to BTR, but not eveyone can be hosts. Not because we turn people away from using our platform, it's just that if you don't have anything interesting to say, no one will listen. Pure and simple.Secondly, from the outset, we wanted our shows to be available to be listenend to by an unlimited number of listeners. Although, we allow 5 simultaneous calls to be on-air at any given time, our service can in fact accommodate an unlimited number of listeners. To the Skypecast users that are approaching 100 listeners per show, we welcome you with open arms, because when you hit the big 100, the Skype service has hit its limit.As you know from some of my prior posts, my background is in Telecom. As such, as we devised Blogtalkradio, we felt that it was crucial that both hosts and callers could use any phone to use the service. That's right, hosts and callers can call into BTR using a land line, a mobile phone, a VOIP phone like Vonage or a softphone like Skype, yes Skype. There are no downloads required to use BTR and therefore it's very accessible and easy to use.Finally, unlike Skype, all of our shows are archived and can be listenend to at a later date. If there is an easier outsourced podcasting application out there, well I haven't found it. And if you can find one, than please send me the link. On an unrelated point, I will be on vacation the next week or so and therefore, to insure that my marriage stays intact, I will resume my blogging and blogshow after Labor day weekend.Enjoy the rest of your summer and as always, see you "on-air" Alan
Oh that lost art of the fantasy sports trade.. In this week show your Hero Dennis Farrell and his guest Ed Pevos work out the do's and don't of the fantasy trade. With tips,tricks and the tools to help and protect yourself vs any trade sharks in the water who smell blood.
In the season of love we find ourselves focused on what other people think - about us, our relationship status, our place in life, and many other things that don't truly matter. But, what about that all-important love that all too often get’s missed - self love?
Ann's classic interview, a tribute to golf legend the late Billy Casper who talks about his most important wins, why he feels he wasn't recognized on the same level as Arnie, Jack and Gary Player, despite his incredible record and lots of fascinating stories.
Donnie "Super D" Thompson knows a thing or two about lifting heavy weights. He earned himself the nickname "Mr. 3000" by being the first human to total 3000lbs in powerlifting back in 2011.
Steve Burdett, Falconry Instructor at The Gleneagles Hotel, talks about the history of falconry. He explains the different types of birds used in falconry and how they each have different purposes.
Derek wants to talk with you about the value of human interaction.
NHL On the Ice welcome Matt Sitkoff from NHL.com to talk fantasy hockey and the NHL season with us.
Two-thirds of marketing directors say they are unhappy with their current email solution providers. Kristin Naragon with Adobe says the time is ripe for change.
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Interviewed George Anastasia, Author, "Gotti's Rules The Story of John Alite, Junior Gotti, and the Demise of the American Mafia"
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Barbara Stanny hits it out of the park with her 8th book, Sacred Success.She speaks to where we're at in women once and for all not assuming men in our lives are more savvy, educated or equipped to create financial safety and freedom.
Host Jeff Copper interviews Dr. Thomas E. Brown on the impact of ADHD on intelligence and whether those with ADHD can have a high IQ. Dr. Brown was inducted into the CHADD Hall of Fame and received an Award of Honor from ADDA for his excellent work in ADHD.
How important is the recruiter or hiring manage when it comes to the hiring process and experience of a job seeker? Rayanne will chat with a seasoned hiring professional about the critical impact.
On the heels of Saturday Night Live's 40th Anniversary, "Somewhere in Vegas" throwback to an interview with SNL's first female African American writer Sylvia Traymore Morrsion.
NHL On the Ice welcomes Dave Fischer, Senior Director of USA Hockey, to talk about Hockey weekend across America and the 1980 U.S. Olympic Ice Hockey on the 35th Anniversary of their historic win over the Soviet Union.
Host Barry Moltz gets small businesses unstuck. He has founded and run small businesses with a great deal of success and failure for more than 15 years. This is a business radio show where he shares all the craziness of small business. It’s that craziness that actually makes it exciting, interesting and totally unpredictable.
Official Internet radio show of forthcoming epic paranormal investigation book by Eric Olsen and "Haunted Housewife" Theresa Argie.
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