EVERY WEEK, AROUND 9AM ON WEDNESDAYS, I join Krishna De and Ken McGuire to chat about things on the social media landscape in Ireland. It's not all social media and it's not just the three of us. Like today, I used my desktop Cisco phone to connect both Euan Semple and Roseanne Smith into the conversation. And then as the 52-minute call [36 MB MP3 file] developed, Ray rang in from Los Angeles. I'm learning a lot about trying to record a compelling conference call, especially in the area of getting decent audio. We're not producing a clean original file and as a result, some of my respected critics have tuned out of the show. They "tried listening" to a few episodes and then couldn't be bothered. Hearing their concerns has increased the standing of TWiT with Leo Laporte in my mind. Leo starts with good pipes from all his guests and has a way of modulating individual voices as he records his shows. The highest technology we have with Podcamp Ireland is a conference phone hooked into Blogtalk Radio. From the sound of things we've done, it might be time to move into an Irish phone conference call-in number, if only to reduce the latency and echo inherent when using the US VOIP dial-in number. After I listen to the enclosed MP3 file, I'll produce some show notes about the content. And I might even produce a four-minute audio version in 3GP format for mobile phones. In the meantime, I'd really appreciate your feedback on the value of recording a telephone conversation as a podcast with pointers to comments about Barcamp Cork, the New Media New Audience conference and a PRII social media workshop that I hope contains elements relevant to the social media classroom.
The Cisco 7910 phone shown in the photo has a three-year service life when used every day.