Gnomedex 5.0 – Timeshifted

June 26, 2005

Social Networking, Technology

There are moments when the importance of events become clear. This morning is one of those momemnts. I’ve been listening to Adam Curry and the Daily Source Code since January of this year. And I’ve been listening to Gnomedex (courtesy of Chris Pirillo’s feed) every day of this week – except yesterday. I had to work at Arrowhead Staadium last night. We were doing the last fundraiser for my daughter’s AAU basketball team. So I missed Adam’s closing keynote. I was bummed. But my kids and their success are far more important than even the most monumental of technical achievements.

Well, I got up this morning and what did I find? DSC 200 captured Adam’s keynote. So I was able to hear the keynote even though I couldn’t catch Chris’ feed in real-time. Now that’s the value of podcasting. I can catch the important news/content w/o sacrificing the other more important things. I can have my cake and eat it too.

So as I’m listening to Adam kick off DSC 200 with a Sgt. Peppers mashup, I realized that I needed to stop the stream so that I could formulate a couple of the preceding sentences. And now that I look at what I’ve written, I need to clean up some of the punctuation – and spelling. So I’ve paused the recording and I’m typing away.

This is so reminiscent of what Adam does on his Source Code podcasts. You’ll hear his phone ring. He’ll tell the audience to wait a few minutes. Then in one second, he is back to talking. Obviously, Adam has stopped recording, had an hour-long coversation with someone else (or spent an intimate moment with his wife) and then he’s picked up where he left off. So broadcasts can be shifted in time at both ends. Both in production and in replay. Now this is the real value of podcasting.

But audio misses one important element: video. We don’t get to see what’s going on. Usually, that’s not very important to me. I’m legally blind (not totally blind). So whenever I go to conferences, I listen rather than watch. So I have attended Gnomedex in the same way that I would attend any other conference; I’ve heard everything I would normally hear.

But I have missed one key thing: Scoble is dancing to the mashup. Now that’s gotta be a vision. Umm, maybe it’s better that I didn’t see this! 😉




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