The Hobson and Holtz Report – Podcast #97: December 26, 2005

Content summary: A tag-based search engine, hijacked blogs, censorshop at MySpace, Typepad and apologize for outages, the New York transit strike, the French parliament encourages Web piracy, a cell phone movie contest, listener comments, and more.

Show notes for December 26, 2005

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Welcome to For Immediate Release: The Hobson & Holtz Report, a 62-minute conversation recorded live from Concord, California, USA, and almost live from Wokingham, Berkshire, UK.

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In this Edition:


  • 00:30 Shel introduces the show. Neville’s not with us today. Where to send comments.

News Briefs:

  • 02:02 Wink is a new search engine based on tags
  • 05:26 Blog posts are being stolen and put on blogs that make money through Google Ad Words
  • 09:24 MySpace censored references and links to YouTube
  • 15:28 SixApart apologizes for its outage, provides compensation, and promises improvements to communication channels
  • 18:45 apologizes for its outage, offers no compensation, and points the finger elsewhere
  • 21:25 Neville checks in from the UK
  • 22:41 The New York Transit strike results in increased visits to Internet poker sites
  • 26:37 France welcomes download piracy
  • 29:35 Neville checks RSS feeds using FreeNews on his Nokia N70
  • 31:05 A contest for high school and college students seeks short films shot with cell phone cameras

Listener Comments Discussion

  • 37:10 A shoutout from Heidi Miller
  • 37:32 Sallie Goetsch on ghost-written blogs
  • 38:16 Shel broadens the topic to include links in blogs based on Shel Israel’s slam on Richard Edelman’s blog
  • 39:24 Shel discusses the idea of rules governing what’s right and wrong in blogging
  • 43:06 Sallie Goetsch on women, gadgets and age
  • 49:15 Les Posen’s audio comment on Microsoft’s product placement efforts on "The Apprentice"
  • 58:39 Shel responds with thoughts on integrating product placement with open source marketing
  • 51:29 John Umbaugh comments on what he gets out of the show
  • 52:52 John offers some constructive criticism for the show; Shel responds


  • 57:28 Shel closes the show with reminders to send comments and notes that the show notes at on the show blog and cross-posted to Shel’s and Neville’s blogs
  • 59:14 Outro podsafe music via the Podsafe Music Network – Artist: Amplifico; Track: "All Your Sins"

FIR Show Notes links
Links for the blogs, individuals, companies and organizations we discussed or mentioned in the show are now posted to the FIR Show Links pages at The New PR Wiki. You can contribute – see the home page for info.

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So, until Thursday, December 29…

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