Marshall Kirkpatrick and Dave Winer talk with Steve Rubel, SVP for Insights at Edelman PR and Kevin Tofel of jkOnTheRun and GigaOM.
Kevin is a managing editor for publications covering mobile technology. So when I heard that in the podcast, I was hoping there would be talk about the prevailing mobile operating systems and advanced Internet-capable mobile handsets. That didn't happen. The foursome talked about netbooks, about being connected all the time, and about what their days look like.
Most of the stuff Marshall, Dave and Steve said I had already read on their blogs more than once. Never mind.
Steve is an interesting guy to follow because he constantly evaluates Internet services and applications, and he often writes about his work flows, and how to increase productivity in one's online work using innovative Internet tools. He truly is a connectivity junkie (as became evident in the podcast) and a data junkie, and he often presents interesting research on his blog.
One thing I'd like to pick up from the podcast is how Steve talked about small and innovative companies, saying how impressed he was by, in particular, FriendFeed, Posterous and Evernote.
I've looked into Evernote and FriendFeed before I remember Steve mentioning them. But I certainly started checking out Posterous because of Steve's enthusiasm. Posterous' main selling point is that you can email them anything and they'll put it online nicely, whether it's just text, or audio or video, or links; they'll embed it in your blog, distribute it to any other social media sites you're on, and make it look good.
I'm not sold. Perhaps because of Posterous, I've started using email to post blog entries, microblog posts and status updates, straight to Typepad and Ping.fm. Ironic in a way, since the email option of those services has been around for a while.
And just the other day, Facebook introduced their email posting feature as well. So I don't if this is all because of Posterous, but something is definitely moving in the email posting world. I guess it's also to do generally with the increasing popularity of the email capabilities on the Blackberries, Palm handsets and iPhones.
Do I dare mention Nokia anymore? I love the email and Internet integration in my new Nokia N97. That's exactly where I am using email now to post content online. I can email URLs straight from the browser onto my favorite services. I wish I could tag stuff I discover on my N97, and "Note in Reader" the way I do in Flock and Firefox.
In addition to ease of use, Steve's point that through email "everything gets backed up" is a very good one. And if you use an email provider with a good search capability, that's another great advantage.
Anyway, I thought it was interesting that Steve boiled down the "small and innovative" to FriendFeed, Posterous and Evernote.
See also the FriendFeed group at http://friendfeed.com/badhair.