PR Boo #1

prboo One of the things I often do early on a Sunday morning is an RSS catch-up – an opportunity to go through much of the content I subscribe to in FeedDemon, my RSS reader, and which I’ve bookmarked to read at my leisure.

Today was no different. What was different, though, is that I decided to record a sort of summary of some of the content in a 5-minute Audioboo and share it.

So welcome to PR Boo #1.

Here’s what this is – a commentary in five minutes on five items that caught my attention during the past week from members of the online PR community who write blogs and whose content appears in “Neville’s PR Blogs RSS,” the title of an RSS feed I created last year using Yahoo Pipes that brings together the posts of some 60 PR bloggers around the world in a single RSS feed.

Listen right now:


(If you don’t see the embedded player here – ironically, it may not appear if you’re reading this in an RSS reader – you can listen at Audioboo.

This PR feed is my most useful for keeping up with the posts of active bloggers in the PR community in the UK, continental Europe, the USA, Canada and Australia.

You can subscribe to it, too.

As for PR Boo, I’ll plan to do this regularly, maybe once a week. A nice and succinct 5-minute overview of some content that caught my attention.

Let me know if you find it useful or not.

Neville Hobson

Social Strategist, Communicator, Writer, and Podcaster with a curiosity for tech and how people use it. Believer in an Internet for everyone. Early adopter (and leaver) and experimenter with social media. Occasional test pilot of shiny new objects. Avid tea drinker.

  1. Sallie Goetsch (rhymes with 'sketch')

    The problem with subscribing to or downloading a Boo is that every single file has the same name (“recording.mp3”), and they’re a bit short on ID3 tags, as well. This one came in with a title and a track number, nothing else. That would put it squarely into the “Unknown” catch-all on my Sansa, which groups all podcasts by album.

    • neville

      I’ve noticed that too, Sallie. I think the service is more geared to listening from the web rather than subscribing and receiving distinct MP3 files.

      Still, ID3 tags especially ought to have some data.

  2. Luis Oliveira

    Neville, thanks for the new channel. But before I can share my toughts on the tips u’ve gave us, let me ask u about : why this one? Is it better that the iPadio u’re using before or is it just differente?

    • neville

      Hi Luis. In my experience, Audioboo and the new ipadio iPhone app (now available in the iTunes App Store) offer similar functionality from the user point of view.

      There were two specific reasons why I recorded the PR Boo with Audioboo rather than ipadio.

      The first: the word ‘boo’ as part of the name. I like that and it won’t work with ipadio. :)

      Second, Audioboo limits you to 5 minutes: it stops recording when it reaches that time limit. In contrast, ipadio lets you record up to an hour. That’s terrific, I like that. But for my purpose with PR Boo, I want no more than 5 minutes. Good to have an app that won’t let me do more than 5!

      I plan to have a a comparative review here of both products soon.

  3. Joseph Thornley

    A great way for you to overview this kind of info Neville. I love it.

    One suggestion: It would be great in future if you were to add a short note with the URLs of the blogs you are citing. I listened to your AudioBoo because I was interested in your experiment. And I was totally gobsmacked to hear your reference one of my posts. ;-)

    • neville

      Thanks Joseph. Your post did catch my eye!

      Noted re adding a note on URLs. I debated whether to do that, eg, mentioning it or adding it to the psot. I didn’t because I want this to be simple and quick to produce: literally speak into iPhone, tap a few icons on the screen, and it’s published. But I realize that URLs at least would be useful. So thinking about how to do that…

  4. Bryan Person

    Neville: Great to see that you’ve started the PR Boo. Perhaps that’s what I should have called my “Daily Boo” podcast so that I wouldn’t have boxed myself into doing an episode every day. Weekly seems much more reasonable!

    • neville

      Thanks Bryan. Yes, not having ‘Daily’ in the title does offer a little more flexibility :)

      I hope you do continue the Daily Boo. I liked it a lot, a nice 5 minutes of something different.

      Maybe the ‘Near-Daily Boo’?

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