@podping is a project that he, along with some others, are using to radically the world of podcasting, specifically indexing of shows. This has the ability to save podcasting applications a great deal of money when trying to update the new podcasts.
In an article posted, 3Speak is now Podping'ing.
Each Has A RSS Feed
Essentially what it looks like took place is that each person who uploads a video has that channel turned into a RSS Feed. This is automatic with nothing required on the content creators part.
The first link on the feed takes one back to the channel's main 3Speak page.
Then we have the RSS additions directing people to the individual page of the video.
Decentralizing Podcasting Feeds
According to the article, we are now seeing the ability for 3Speak videos to show up on many different applications and websites. Again, this is done automatically, providing further reach. We can see how this could enhance the potential, not only for the entire platform, but also each individual.
This is a screenshot from a site called Curiocaster.com.
You can play around with both of these sites to find your videos. Just enter your username in the url in the first one and the search bar for the second.
Adding To 3Speak's Value
In my mind, this is an important addition to the 3Speak platform. Being able to offer this service, as a standard part of the website, is a major step forward.
Content creators are always looking for exposure. Being seen is one of the most challenging problems online. While this does not provide any magic wand, it is a step forward in spreading out the links.
The Internet is run by applications. Anything that operates standalone tends not to be found. Unless someone has a large following, he or she will drift off into the abyss.
Most people find things via applications. It is a way for individual's to simplify things. YouTube is a prime example. Instead of looking through dozens of video sites for content, people just head there, do a search, and watch what they want.
It seems podcasting is a similar situation. Most turn to a platform like Spotify or Apple. Since we know applications like this are vital, it is best to do all we can to get listed on them. Now it appears there is the opportunity that is going to expand the reach of every 3Speak video as a podcast.
This is something that most video hosting platform can offer. Also, since it is now available for 3Speak, we are likely to see it available on any other application built on there.
What Comes Next?
There are a few glitches as detailed by the article posted. Hence, we will have to be patient for a few of the features.
The question is what comes next? @brianoflondon stated that a follow up article will be put together providing more in depth coverage into what is taking place.
We are looking at a continual evolution of different aspects of the ecosystem. Without being an expert in the podcasting world, it is hard to look into problem areas. Fortunately, it appears those who are involved in Podping are versed in this industry and where the friction resides.
Will all of this lead to a decentralization of the podcasting world? It is a major step forward to get 3Speak videos on the major podcasting applications. However, this does nothing (that I can see) to reduce their stranglehold on the industry.
Like anything, it is an evolutionary process. As other applications are built upon the SpkNetwork as it unfolds, do we see more decentralized applications that are hosted by the communities providing this service?
The key to any new technology is moving beyond the first stage reference point. What that means is innovating as opposed to just copying what already exists. We might be starting to see that on Hive.
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