And what about why you use Twitter? For the conversations? For connecting? Or what?
All of this forms part of an impromptu and unscripted 17-minute conversation last evening with my AdHocnium colleague and principal catalyst Chris Heuer which you can listen to here (RSS subscribers: if you donâ€™t see the in-page player above, hereâ€™s a direct link to the MP3 file [7.9Mb]).
[â€¦] Ultimately, whether or not you follow everyone who follows you is a trade off between two different priorities. You can receive signals that have greater value/meaning and thereby maximize your return on time invested in the Tweetstream; or you can follow everyone who follows you and reap the benefits of the ever expanding network effect. In that many of the people I know with exceptionally high followers have great difficulty being genuinely involved in the larger conversation regularly, and/or set up tools that let them privately filter it down to the inbound @username search feed and a group of people who they really are interested in listening too.
So do listen to the 17-minute podcast and let us know what you think.
Finally, unless youâ€™re a geeky type or interested in podcasting production, you can safely ignore the following texts. Otherwise, continue reading.
Technical note about the MP3 recording:
The quality of that recording isnâ€™t brilliant, wholly because I was using the microphone of my Logitech Ultra Vision webcam rather than the Shure C606 mike I typically use for podcast recording (one of the consequences of impromptu).
So Iâ€™ve tweaked the file a bit to produce another MP3 that is much easier on the ear, where Chrisâ€™s audio is crisper and clearer and the echo-y effect on mine is a bit less. Throughout, the audio levels are consistent for a better overall listening experience.
Hereâ€™s what I did on my Windows Vista PC (Dell XPS 420):
- Take the original MP3 file and convert it to WAV using the defaults suggested by Switch Audio File Converter: PCM uncompressed, 44.1 kHz, 16 bits, mono.
- I ran the resulting WAV file through The Levelator â€“ one of podcastingâ€™s indispensible apps â€“ which output that file to a new WAV file.
- Using the Switch Audio File Converter again, I converted that final WAV file into the MP3 file thatâ€™s in this post with the same properties as the original file (mono, 64kbps, 44.1 kHz).
- Using Winampâ€™s file editor, I opened the MP3 file and added ID3 tags. Then, with the AudioShell ID3 Tag Editor, I inserted cover art Iâ€™d created with Paint Shop Pro Photo X2 Ultimate into the MP3 file which will show up notably on your iPod screen if you play the file on that MP3 player.
The whole process took less than 15 minutes.