287 The New MySpace – Domain Extensions – Playing Audio of Video Podcasts in the Apple Podcasts App – And More!

by Cliff Ravenscraft on December 7, 2012

First Impressions of the New MySpace
In this week’s Social Media Segment, Erik J. Fisher and I discuss our first impressions of the new MySpace. We both created profiles which you can find at http://new.myspace.com/gspn and http://new.myspace.com/erikjfisher (These links only work if you have access to the private beta at this time). We talk a little bit about what we think after seeing it after just one day. We also talked about the Instagram vs. Twitter situation that’s been happening recently and the fact that Facebook is now changing the language on personal profiles from “subscribers” to “followers.”

Personal Plug of The Week
This week’s Personal Plug of the Week is for The Human Business Way podcast with Chris Brogan. I listened to three episodes: one with Christopher S. Penn, one with my good friend, Michael Hyatt, and one with Chris’ mom and dad, Steve and Diane Brogan. My favorite episode of Chris’ new show is the episode he did with his mom and dad. I absolutely love the fact that he published an unpolished interview with his parents; this adds to the flavor and personal touch that podcasting brings. I believe that one thing people really enjoy about the shows that I produce is that they have a personal touch and feel authentic, and it was great to experience that on Chris’ podcast.

Chris is not new to podcasting at all. In fact, together with Christopher S. Penn, he created PodCamp, the New Media UnConference. I also want to thank Chris for the awesome plug he gave me on his blog and on his mailing list. I encourage you to listen to Chris’ podcast (you can catch it here or on iTunes), and if you like it, be sure to let him know you heard about him from the Podcast Answer Man.

Apple Podcasts App Tip For Video Podcasts
A special thanks to John Bud who recently shared how he got a video podcast episode running in the background without the app up and running in the foreground. With what John shared I was able to immediately confirm the following:

– I can start a VIDEO PODCAST.
– I can click the home button (which will stop the playback).
– I can then double click the home button and click the play button and it will play it audio only.
– I can even fast forward 15 seconds at a time.
– I can actually close/lock the phone and continue to listen.

Thanks so much, John, for leading me to these discoveries!

What’s Up With the .tv Domain Name?
Debbie called in and asked why I chose to go with the .tv domain name when I chose gspn.tv. I provide the history and the inspiration behind my decision, and also give my thoughts about whether I would or would not use a .tv domain name again. I also share my thoughts on various other domain options such as .org, .net, .co, etc.

What if There Are No Other Podcaster’s in My Niche to Interview Me?
Ben called in to let me know that he’d love to be interviewed by others in his niche, but wondered what he should do since there aren’t very many other podcasts in his niche. I gave Ben the following advice:

– Inspire others in your niche to launch podcasts in your niche!
– Are there podcasts that exist in other niches that also have your target audience?
– Go where your audience is.
– Be interviewed by the magazines they read.
– Speak at the industry conferences for your niche.
– Interview bloggers from your niche!

I gave Ben some additional ideas as well.

Should I Submit My Podcast with a US iTunes Account?
This question came from Anna. She lives in Germany, but has an English language podcast. She wonders if she should submit her podcast in the US store instead of the iTunes store in Germany. You’ll have to listen to the show to hear my thoughts on this, and of course, if you have additional thoughts on this topic, I’d love to hear about them in the comment section below.

Trish Jones Sends a Big Thank You
Trish Jones paid $2,000 for a podcasting course several years ago and didn’t do a whole lot with it. However, after finding my site just a few short weeks ago, with the free resources alone found at learnhowtopodcast.com she was able to get a podcast up and running and immediately get her message out to the world. I personally congratulate Trish and play a little bit from the first episode of her Women of Influence podcast.

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  • TrishJones

    Thank you for the plug and link Cliff! So appreciated. Am listening now and have already learnt something new … I now know why you just add the episode number to the slug or permalink of your podcasts …. so much easier to give people the url. Great content as usual. Thanks!

  • @TrishJones My pleasure to give you that plug!  You deserve it for getting the content out there!   Thanks for taking the time to comment!

  • TrishJones

    @Cliff Ravenscraft What do you mean you “WANT to learn” how to speak like the Brits. I thought you did a great job! Your cockney accent was better than if I gave it a try. 🙂

  • I can only do about three or four words with that solid of an accent.  I’d love to do an entire episode of Podcast Answer Man in a cockney accent.   That would be FUN!

  • RyanClarkes

    @GSPN Ya! new PAM ^_^

  • Love your episodes Cliff. You and Erik are leading the way with the New Myspace!

  • @Mike Russell I’m actually digging the New MySpace so far. 😉

  • John Bukenas

    I know that you will be leading us into the new frontier that is “My Space” but I’m wondering why you do not have a bigger presence on Google+?  Honestly, I’m using it more than Facebook and Twitter and I’m loving the interaction in the new communities and the hangouts are a great way of connecting with others in my niche.  Is it me or are you a little down on Google+ and if so what don’t you like about it?
    You know you are and will always be my Podcast  Dalai Lama.  I still follow you on Twitter, Facebook, Google+ and I’m a member of the GSPN community and listen to Podcast Answerman every week.
    I was wondering, can you spread yourself too thin in all these social media outlets? Or is it an advantage to have a presence on all of them?

  • @John Bukenas Just not a fan of Google+  They have integrated it too closely with my daily use of business tools.  I’d prefer to not have Google+  event invites show up automatically on my Google Calendar.  I don’t want “red indicator boxes” on the top of my email, calendar, etc, etc.
    The biggest reason that I am down on Google + is that they do not have a way for me to post information to Google + from third party services.
    Another reason that I dont’ use it is due to the fact that 100% of those who I would connect with on Google+ are already connected to me via Twitter, Facebook, and LinkedIn.
    And lastly, you hit the nail on the head!  You can spread yourself too thin.  This is why I deleted all my facebook “pages” and just decided to keep my personal profile there.
    I don’t think anyone would question my engagement with my community.   It’s why I do what I do.  It’s just that Google+ seems to be the social network that “FORCES ITSELF UPON YOU.”

  • In this episode, Anna asked about posting her show via a US iTunes Account instead of an account from Germany.  In response to this, “DJ City” From the Japan Xperience podcast sent me some audio feedback related to this. 
    He confirmed what I had stated in the episode, that it shouldn’t matter what country your account is from, it shows your podcast in the directory for all countries.
    You can listen to his feedback here: http://share.gspn.tv/LTkY

  • RealAdamSpencer

    Hi Cliff, 
    Thank you for answering my question in the show. My mistake for not mentioning how I submitted the feed. I use the powerpress plugin for wordpress. It seems to be difficult to change the feed url after the podcast has been submitted to itunes.
    Thanks for you help
    -Adam Spencer 🙂

  • @RealAdamSpencer Yep. This is why I like Feedburner.  It may be possible to change things around.  Thought it could get super geeky.  You may want to see if you can get some support from the folks on the PowerPress Forum. Link: http://forum.blubrry.com/index.php/board,26.0.html

  • To be honest with you…. WINK, WINK 😉 
    Thanks for the New Myspace update @Cliff RavenscraftI found the new Myspace GUI to lack intuitiveness, to me (and just me) the new profile setup is cumbersome – because of this I think the average user is might  loose interest and not completely dive into using the New Myspace. 
    I don’t see the New Myspace reinvent | incarnation  getting any real traction where previous and new users are returning in droves. Just my thoughts and yes I could end up being off base after its all said and done. 
    I think Google+ has the same issue with a GUI that’s lacking usability and therefore not getting any real traction and growth.  Cliff, you nailed it “Google+ seems to be the social network that “FORCES ITSELF UPON YOU.”
    Cheers mate,
    @akaTGIF on Twitter

  • @TrishJones Go Trish, sounds like your enjoying the ride and that’s what its all about! 

  • @akaTGIF   Thanks for the feedback Byron. I agree, the New MySpace has some work to do on the UI.  We’ll see how it goes over the next few months.
    I appreciate the comment here on the site!

  • TrishJones

    @akaTGIF  Thank you! Started another one yesterday for my main site and absolutely loving it. Whilst I don’t mind writing, I love to talk, (I know, I’m a woman!) and podcasting is enabling me to use my natural talent. @Cliff Ravenscraft , there is so much to learn. You think you have the handle on one thing and something else shows up. Being able to keep coming to your site for information though has been sheer bliss!

  • CharlottaBaath

    @Cliff Ravenscraft Thank you for answering my question Cliff! And thanks to DJ City for the extra input.
    If I remember correctly I could switch from the German view to the American view, and after making a certain search my podcast came higher in the search results in the German view than in the American view. So though it’s possible to find a certain podcast in all countries it seems like the country in which it’s been registered somehow enters into the search algorithm when making a general search.
    Anyway, this might not be a big deal, it’s just been *one* of the things keeping me in indecision and analysis paralysis now as I’m planning to relaunch it. 🙂
    Thanks again for your input!

  • @Anna Charlotta Good point. Maybe it might make sense to use a US account then when registering a new English speaking podcast.     I hope you have have an amazing weekend! Sincerely, Cliff

  • I thought I would have access as I still have my old Myspace account, but I was informed by a friend that I needed to to signup for the new one.  I want it just to get my account name in the beginning.
    Thank you for this show.
    K, bye

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