The Hobson and Holtz Report – Podcast #19: March 28, 2005

Content summary: Listeners’ comments: keep it up, ego boosting and a listening experience; video news releases and responsibilities; relying or not on third-party web services; new tool for tracking where a conversation goes; the Disney mouse that roared; asking the blogosphere for input on policy; the risks of writing and posting without due diligence.

Show notes for March 28, 2005

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Welcome to For Immediate Release: The Hobson & Holtz Report, a 70-minute conversation recorded live from Concord, California, USA, and Amsterdam, The Netherlands.

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In this edition:


  • 00:29 Shel and Neville on what’s in this week’s show; how to give your feedback; show notes
  • 02:01 Comments from the last show


  • 06:50 Video news releases – The responsibilities of producers and broadcasters, and trusting the news you watch on TV
  • 19:06 Using third-party tools and web services – How much can you rely on them? How much should you?
  • 27:48 Blogpulse conversation tracker – Now you can see and track where a story spreads in the blogosphere
  • 34:28 PR and building relationships – A missed opportunity for the Walt Disney Company
  • 44:48 Blogging policies in the workplace – Thomas Nelson Publishers asks the blogosphere for input and comments
  • 54:12 The responsibilities and obligations of bloggers, and the risks of posting without checking


  • 64:41 Shel only on Thursday’s show; how to give your feedback; show notes; about the music and the band; outro music

Links for the blogs, individuals, companies and organizations we discussed or mentioned in the show:

Intro – Morgan McLintic, Chris Thilk, Dan York, iTrip, iPod, Frederick Gilbert, iPodder.

Features – New York Times, Jay Rosen, Ketchumgate, BBC, BBC World, Boston University Journalism School,, Blogrolling, TypePad, Technorati searchlet beta, Freepolls, Technorati, Dave Sifry, Zoomerang, Blogpulse conversation tracker, Steve Rubel, Jeremy Wright, Politech, Boing Boing, MSNBC, AP, CNET, Kryptonite bike lock, eWatch, Cybervalence, PubSub, Walt Disney Company, Jim Hill,, Pixar, The Blog Herald, Michael Hyatt, Thomas Nelson Publishers, Tom Reynolds, London Ambulance Service, Hart Scientific, Charlene Li, Forrester Research, Google, Mark Jen, Technology Review, Wired News, Web Pro News, Jayson Blair, Vanity Fair, Wall Street Journal, Financial Times.

Outro – Tourist,, Jacob’s Ladder, For Immediate Release, A Shel of My Former Self, NevOn.

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So, until Thursday March 31…

(Cross-posted from For Immediate Release, Shel’s and my podcast blog.)

One thought on “The Hobson and Holtz Report – Podcast #19: March 28, 2005

  1. Holding Up Your End Of The Conversation (Part 1)

    “Fezzik…jog his memory.” – from The Princess Bride Was tipped off to the BlogPulse “Conversation Tracker” feature today, and yes indeed, it’s nifty. (hat tip: nevon, shel) This is a capability that shows how, where, and when a “conversation” is

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