Mobilecasting With BlogTalkRadioFeb 19th, 2008 | By James Lewin | Category: Audio Podcasting, iPhone, Mobile Podcasting
At Scripting News, pioneering podcaster Dave Winer is highlighting a service from BlogTalkRadio that makes podcasting a no-brainer:
A new service from BlogTalkRadio…
Call their special phone number: 646-200-0000. It records the call. When you’re done it creates an RSS 2.0 feed with an enclosure that’s an MP3 of the call.
The address of the feed is a function of the phone number you called from. I just called in a podcast from my Nokia N95, which they added to this feed:
That’s all there is to it! No registration. They have a web page for it, but it’s completely unnecessary.
Winer notes that it would be tough to make a mobile podcasting service that was any easier.
Robert Scoble is wowed by the service too, saying “Holy donuts is this cool.”
They are right – but in this case, I think there’s something just as important as ease of use to consider – your privacy.
I question a service that makes it easy to do something dangerous.
BlogTalkRadio’s service uses your phone number as the URL of your podcast feed, and embeds your phone number in the feed in several ways:
http://cinch.blogtalkradio.com/ Cinch is a voice to RSS service provided by BlogTalkRadio. To use this service simply call (646) 200-0000, record your message, hang up and subscribe to http://cinch.blogtalkradio.com/858342####
By using this service, you’re not just advertising your phone number to the world, you’re doing it in a way that makes it easy for automated crawlers, spammers and Internet creeps to find.
On the Internet, there’s always someone that wants to spam your email, your comments, your pingbacks, your social network attention. Putting your phone number in an RSS feed and syndicating your personal info to the Internet is an invitation for problems.
A better solution would to let you pick the URL that you want your podcast to show up at the first time that you call into the service.