I’m going to bitnorth tomorrow, and from the line up I’ve seen it’s going to be a great weekend with some truly remarkable people. This is going to be a great opportunity to meet and connect with people from around Montreal and talk tech and stuff all weekend. I’m looking forward to telling you all about it when I get back.
In fact, “covering” the event is what led me to being invited to it, – So I’ll show up with audio/video recorders in tow, and try to capture the vibe of this event. I haven’t been to an event in a while where basically no one knows me, so I’ll get to practice my “15-second pitch” this weekend.
As I understand, all attendees are speaking at the event, which is going to bring viewpoints from all over the place.
For my topic, i’ve surprisingly chosen an area I’m somewhat familiar with : Podcasting. You may have heard of it, but your mom might not. In fact, my topic is called “Lessons Learned: How accessibility stunted Podcasting’s growth.”.. Even though podcasting seems maintstream, almost old news to us online folks, there are still a MAJORITY of people who have no idea what it is when you bring it up.
I’m going to flush it out later today, but I think my talk will focus along two lines; first, the word podcasting itself. That debate is over, and I know we’re stuck with the word, but I still think traction would have been easier to get had we all chosen a word that people already knew. The second thing is the whole subscription/rss thing. It’s the facet of podcasting that most of us technology people locked into, because it was cool to have payloads in feeds, but it took a while to make it understandable/useable (I still don’t think we’re there). I think the biggest boost to podcasting wasn’t RSS, it was the PLAY button on the websites.
What do you think? Do you think accessibility played a role in limiting the growth of podcasting? Do you think it’s still an issue?