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‘Skypecasts’ coming to a ‘blog near you!

So you thought Podcasting was the last word in personalized broadcasting, did you? Not quite. And if Skype are anything to go by, there might never be a last word.

the Google logoSo you thought Podcasting was the last word in personalized broadcasting, did you? Not quite. And if Skype are anything to go by, there might never be a last word.

You see, Skype wants to open your voice calls up to the world and allow you to ‘Skypecast’ live to dozens, many dozens, hundreds, possibly thousands. Maybe even hundreds of thousands or even millions.

Okay, okay .. I’m getting a little carried away, but that’s the scope of this thing. What Skype have in mind with their Skypecasts is something that’s possibly huge:

“SAN FRANCISCO–Internet telephony provider Skype plans to offer bloggers and others the ability to hold audio chats in the next version of Net telephone product, co-founder Niklas Zennstrom said Tuesday night at the Web 2.0 Summit here.

The next version of Skype will enable people to post a link on a blog or Web site that will take people to a public chat room when clicked on, he said during a question-and-answer session during dinner.

The live chats would be “Skypecasts,” which Zennstrom described as public conversations or audio conferences that people can moderate. He would not provide a timeline for the features except to say it would be “soon.””

So while I’m not likely to be using Skypecasts myself, that doesn’t mean to say I can’t see the utility and the depth of possibilities.

I think Skype are right on the money with this. What with Podcasting being what it is, they can really ride on the coat tales and make some serious in-roads into this market.

“Meanwhile, Skype has had conversations with many social-networking sites about offering services that would allow users to “share content with each other in a conversation,””

I’m a member of an on-line social business networking organization called Ecademy and there are quite a lot of people on there who use Skype, myself included.

There are people on there who are professional speakers who will lap this kind of thing up as an adjunct to what they’re currently doing with Podcasts. So where Podcasts offer pre-packaged pre-recorded content, Skypecasts will be the live variant.

If video killed the radio star, Podcasts and Skypecasts are dancing on the grave…

By Wayne Smallman

Wayne is the man behind the Blah, Blah! Technology website, and the creator of the Under Cloud, a digital research assistant for journalists and academics.

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