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You work hard to ensure a consistent brand across multiple social media and web sites. However, a key opportunity is often missed and it is one that really makes you stand out: a custom short domain. I decided to set one up for my site MWGblog.
A short domain allows you to shorten long convoluted URLsÂ to something more manageable. To go the extra step, you can set up your own short domain so that the links you post carry your personal brand across the web. As an example, let’s say I want to link to one of the books I wrote a few years back.Â Now I can link to the Amazon page for the book likeÂ this: http://mwgblog.link/ZkYqN5 or I can customize theÂ link further like this: http://mwgblog.link/podcastsolutions.
Here is what one looks like onÂ Twitter:
I accomplished this in under 30 minutes using a Bitly account. Hereâ€™s how I did it.
The Electronic Frontier Foundation has added the VoloMedia podcast patent to it’s “Most Wanted” style list for its Patent-Busting Project.
I wrote about this patent back when it was first announced. As expected, there is now some movement in challenging it. Specifically, the EFF is looking for examples of prior art: “evidence that the podcasting methods described in the patent were already in use before November 19, 2003.” You can read the whole story over at the EFF.
(I was only half joking when I said I was “adding podcasting/episodic media expert witness to my resume.”) We’ll see what happens.
We’ve started posting more content to the Podcast Academy site. If you’re looking for great presentations about all things podcasting and new media be sure to check it out. Recent episodes include Automating Your Podcast Workflow, Podcasting in Higher Education, Building a Television Studio in your Basement and one from Steve Garfield entitled: Videoblogging in 5 Steps.
BTW if you in need of a great podcasting microphone check this out. Auction ends todays.
Via the Association for Downloadable Media (ADM) website, VoloMedia (formerly PodBridge) explained the patent just issued to them for â€œpodcasting.â€ I use quotes because they say it is for “podcasting.” Patent #7,568,213 actually covers a “Method for Providing Episodic Media.” You know, like TV and soap operas. My guess is they posted it to the ADM website because no one noticed it on the VoloMedia website. Reading about this recent success just takes me down memory lane.
Or the time Winer, Christopher Lydon and VoloMedia really put it into practice?
Or how about when Dave Slusher and VoloMedia spotted Dannie Gregoiresâ€™s RSS aggregation software using the agent name â€˜podcasterâ€™ and chimed â€œPodcasting! right on!â€ and podcasting got its name?
Wow! The memories…
I know when early on Todd Cochrane, Dawn & Drew, Dan Klass, myself and many others were trying to sort out how to podcast it was always the folks at VoloMedia who came to our aid to explain episodic media done right. Heck – they invented it!
All that initial media attention: NY Times, Wired Magazine, USA Today, CNN etc., etc. It was always our basic crew – plus the great guys & gals from VoloMedia.
You couldn’t help but bump into the VoloMedia team in the green rooms at conferences. In fact, I canâ€™t think of a podcast conference I went to where I didnâ€™t see their banners or leave without them forcing a VoloMedia branded shirt and pen on us.
Those VoloMedia folks are awesome! They always covered the bar bill. The stories I could tell.
Those were the days…
How about the time an overly VC funded company tried to carve out an island of potential IP defensibility and future for litigation based revenue via a broad patent?
Good times, good times….
VoloMedia can claim whatever they like, good for them. IP claims like this can be used in many ways. Nuisance litigation, acquisition value etc. etc. Prior art from many listed above will be an issue but it comes down to dollars and sense.
The big loser in my opinion is the ADM. Who in the world agreed to post this to their site? Recent â€œnotesâ€, â€œupdatesâ€ and â€œclarificationsâ€ aside they gave it credibility under their name as an organization, an organization supported by the very people who will likely take issue with it and litigate it. No one paid this any notice until it was on the ADM site. Well played VoloMedia. The ADM folks are all smart people, how they allowed this to happen baffles me.
What am I doing about it? I’m adding podcasting/episodic media “expert witness” to my resume. When in Rome…