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Email newsletter vs. Forum Posts vs. RSS Feed

by EnsRegis / June 28, 2006 1:43 AM PDT

Personally, I'd prefer to get the links and stuff in the RSS feed for the podcast. Then I could subscribe to it in my RSS reader--which is where I go when I'm looking for interesting links anyways--and find out all about the day's topics.

I hate email newsletters as a general rule anyways, which is why I've never signed up for the BOL newsletter. I don't even like the "Google Friends" emails. RSS is much better!

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Hear, hear!
by driftingdragonfly / June 28, 2006 5:04 AM PDT

Put the show notes in PDFs that will come in the iTunes feed (now that iTunes is a PDF organizer and viewer).


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show notes
by totosquirt / June 28, 2006 5:11 AM PDT

if i can remember, the show notes are also available online. i get the show notes in my inbox, but there is always a link that leads to an online show notes if you can't read it properly in your inbox.

if you didn't subscribe, there is also a link on . just click the preview button and you get to see the shownotes. the preview updates everyday for each BOL podcast Happy

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(NT) (NT) typo. it is supose to say "cnet" not net
by totosquirt / June 28, 2006 5:12 AM PDT
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Email newsletter vs Forum Posts
by kahoutek / June 28, 2006 6:54 AM PDT

Here in the Forum Posts would be great to have the cool links to the stuff would be great place to put them.

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would love rss but never works for me
by robstak / June 28, 2006 10:33 AM PDT

i think thats a great idea, but unfortunately as things are, my RSS feeds are always way outdated for BOL for some reason, plus when i subscribed to the forum RSS its not an RSS feed of the forums but links to video reviews etc. did i do something wrong? or is it just messed up?

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BOL Show Notes
by Yeehaw76 / June 28, 2006 12:53 PM PDT

I agree, adding the BOL show notes as a RSS feed (for example, via the Cnet Alpha Blog) would be useful. Since I listen to the podcast when I am on the go (like the morning commute), it would be nice to quickly go to the page and link to their RSS blog to quickly read more on the topic of interest. I would prefer this then having to go log onto my web based e-mail (usually frowned upon at my work) and sift through the usual newsletters to find the links.

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by dmdzine / June 28, 2006 5:07 PM PDT

I would actually request that the Show Notes & Links from each day be compiled into an archive on some kind of blog/content management system. I know Podcasting is in uncharted waters, but from what I've seen the common standard is to preserve links & shownotes in this fashion. Going to the main BOL page it would be nice to see a "Show Notes" link right next to the "Download MP3" link.

Posting on the Forum is a nice idea, but I'm afraid that they would get easily buried and difficult to locate (unless there was some kind of sticky thread at the top).

The RSS feed would be nice, but may not be very useful depending on the Podcast aggregator people use.

Let me say that I love the newsletter, but it wasn't until I heard a "must visit" link when I finally subscribed. Then when I subscribed I never received the content for that day's Podcast, the original reason I subscribed.

2 Lessons Learned: #1 Don't wait for the "must-visit" link, subscribe today; #2 An archive of the show notes (or even newletter emails) would be awesome. Veronica does a great job on the mailings - it's a shame they're discarded after they're sent.

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