Alan Levy

Blogtalkradio and Skypecast

by Alan Levy

 - Sun, Aug 20 2006
Tags:

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

  1. Today's Best
  2. Top Shows
  3. Best of BTR
    1. Loading

      Breast Friends Campaign

      Nick is co-founder of Walk With Sally, a non-profit organization providing mentoring to children whose lives have been affected by a parent or sibling with cancer.

    2. Survivor Series Chatter

      WWE Survivor Series Chatter, Raw and SmackDown reviews, Dirtsheet Busters, NXT and Indy Wrestling Minute, Fan Emails, Season 6 Updated Fantasy Standings, TNA Impact Wrestling Moments and so much more!

    3. Ms. Dionne Warwick

      On "the Conversation" Legendary Iconic songstress 5 Time Grammy Award winner Ms. Dionne Warwick drops by to talk about her newest album "Feels So Good" with duets w. Ce-Lo, Ne-Yo, Gladys night and others!

    4. Discovering Your Roots

      Live From The Bay with Joey welcomes Ancestry.com and Discovering Your Roots. The show will cover deep topics that will answer your questions on accuracy as well as time lines, help you in uncovering your past. This show is a must for genealogical lovers!

    5. The Men Who Gossip

      The Men Who Gossip guys cover hot topics including Billy Cosby, Charles Manson, Michael Sam, Snapcash, Thanksgiving, Alyssa Milano and more pop cutlure topics!

    6. Theme: Buy Fixer Homes with Fixer Loan

      Learn about Intercap Lending FHA 203k Program and Ready4Remoldel rehabilitation program Theme: Buy Fixer Homes with Fixer Loans Show flyer Information: TDB Real Estate for Sale: Kennedy Atelotsu - Nations Realty

    7. Civil Rights Heritage Trail

      World Footprints goes on a walking tour through history along the Civil Rights Heritage Trail as we step onto the grounds where African Americans confronted Jim Crow era voilence with non-voilent civil disobedience.

    8. CBS journalist Sharyl Attkisson

      Former CBS journalist Sharyl Attkisson joins me to discuss her new book "Stonewalled: My Fight For Truth Against Obstruction, Intimidation, and Harassment in Obama's Washington," and her view of bias in the media.

    9. Dr Jonni Gray

      Dr Jonni Gray, a transpersonal psychologist shares her book and personal account of loosing her son at age 21 in Conduit, A love Story Before, During and After Life.

    10. Food Invention Show

      Blair Franklin Casting Producer with Eyeworks USA is hosting a casting call for a new “Food Invention Show.” He is searching for entrepreneurs with unique food related inventions that are looking for investors in order to take the next step! "Shark Tank"

    11. Star Wars: A New Dawn

      Filmmaker Michael Flores welcomes John Jackson Miller, author of Star Wars: A New Dawn to discuss writing and the how the new Lucasfilm story group will operate.

    12. Indie Recording Artist Dawn Duchess

      Join GrindHard Radio for an exclusive interview with Indie Recording Artist Dawn Duchess as she talks new projects and more.

    13. Tomboy x

      NWP welcomes co-owners of Seattle's hot new action wear fashion brand for women, "Tomboyx" Fran Dunaway and Naomi Gonzalez. Tomboy x is taking over the world and you MUST be aware!

    14. The Yummy Plants 101

      Laura Theodore, the Jazzy Vegetarian will share a fabulous vegan Thanksgiving recipe and her best tips for an eco-chic table! The we’ll welcome YummyPlants.com founder, Rebecca Gilbert to share how you can easily entertain in plant-based style!

    15. The Fight For Women's Rights

      The Halli Casser-Jayne Show takes a provocative, IMPROPER look at the fight for women’s rights with revered feminist and award-winning author of THE SCARLET SISTERS Myra MacPherson and with journalist Jonathan Eig author of THE BIRTH OF THE PILL.

    16. Jimmy Pardo

      Comedian Jimmy Pardo is know for his wildly successful "Never Not Funny" podcast and for the 6th year, he is doing a "Pardcast-a-Thon" to raise money for "Smile Train", a charity that helps children with cleft palate gain something to smile about. The event has helped over 2,000 children across the planet

    1. Loading

      Small Business Unstuck

      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.

    2. America's Most Haunted

      Official Internet radio show of forthcoming epic paranormal investigation book by Eric Olsen and "Haunted Housewife" Theresa Argie.