Podcast Episode 2: The “great” Facebook “debate”

by Francis Wooby on May 30, 2010

In the second audio installment for this blog I weigh in on Facebook’s monkey business with their privacy settings and all of the supposed outrage.

{ 4 comments… read them below or add one }

Jen June 1, 2010 at 12:04 pm

Hey Francis, it’s so great hearing your voice. I have to say though, I literally was laughing around the 10 minute mark, because I was/am so amused and amazed that you were able to talk for so long on your own about facebook. That’s skill buddy. I can hardly leave a voice message on someone’s phone without wandering off and forgetting what I was talking about. I tried to do a video log, or vlog, or whateveritscalled, and I was hopeless. But it was great hearing your voice, and you are able to keep your listeners listening (at least you did with me). It was interesting. And amusing (to find out that you like to read my “stupid” updates:) haha! I think you should keep doing them, but do a video too, cause it would be great to see you too.

Francis Wooby June 3, 2010 at 5:12 am

Thanks for the kind words, Jen.

I’m not so sure about the video blog, although I have also considered adding it to the W-lister mix. For me, the problem with video is that it limits where/how the audience consumes your content. You can listen to audio pretty much anywhere: driving, doing housework, walking, biking, etc.

With video, however, you have to commit your eyes and ears to pay attention, which means there are only so many situations where you can do this safely. And not many of them allow you to multi-task.

So, you are asking quite a lot from your audience with video; and to me this means you should be creating some compelling content, not just recording yourself talking on your webcam. Lots of editing, a decent camera, inclusion of other video, stills and graphics, etc. are needed, I think–unless you’re one hell of an engaging talking head. All of this production then takes a lot more time than audio or text, which is another point to consider before moving into video.

However, even with all that said, I still haven’t ruled out the idea of W-lister video posts. As a regular feature it’s unlikely, but from time to time there might be occasion for it.

While it’s good to focus on your particular choice/preference of content delivery, the beauty of new media technology is that it makes it fairly easy to experiment and expand your range of experience.

Jen June 3, 2010 at 7:27 am

I agree with your points Francis. If this podcast would have been video, then it would have been less compelling and like you said, more demanding, of us viewer/listeners. The main disincentive for me would have been the time to download it….super slow here! I never considered the benefits to podcasts. I guess it depends on the content and duration.

Francis Wooby June 5, 2010 at 11:56 am

Great point about internet speed, Jen. Those of us who’ve enjoyed high-speed connectivity for a while have forgotten what it’s like prioritizing our download/upload items and access time so carefully. As you say, this is definitely another major consideration when deciding to deliver you content as video, audio or text. Thanks!

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