The Social Hour

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The Social Hour
The Social Hour.jpg
Hosting Sarah Lane and Amber MacArthur
Genre Social Media
Language English
Updates Weekly
Length 60 minutes +/-
No. of episodes 171 (as of July 17, 2014)
Debut March 28, 2011
Provider TWiT

The Social Hour is the third reincarnation of the netcast dedicated to discussing the latest and greatest in the world of social media and the Internet. The netcast is one of many from the TWiT Network.[1] The show premiered on March 28, 2011, and sometimes features a guest journalist or social media expert. You can watch the show LIVE on Thursdays at 11:00 A.M. PST at


The Social Hour started as Inside the Net and originally featured Leo Laporte and Amber MacArthur. Episode one of The Social Hour appeared on March 29, 2011. The Social Hour is shown through a live video feed along with many of the rest of the TWiT network shows. The Social Hour has gone through three name changes over the span of 6 years.


Inside the Net[edit]

Inside the Net was the original netcast name for The Social Hour. Inside the Net covered areas of the Internet considered to be new and useful. Inside the Net featured interviews with behind-the-scenes developers for the latest web sites and web applications. There were 39 episodes[2], each being around 30 minutes in length.

The first episode was released on November 29, 2005 and featured Mike Shaver and Mike Beltzner discussing the release of Mozilla Firefox 1.5.[3]

From the time of its debut, Inside the Net was number 1 on the podcast section of iTunes, and in its final month (October 2006) had roughly 60,000 unique downloads per episode.[4] The final show under the Inside the Net name was October 25, 2006.



On November 5, 2006, Inside the Net was re-branded as net@night. net@night was the first TWiT netcast to be broadcasted LIVE and originally included listener participation via TalkShoe, although this was later dropped. The final show under the net@night name was March 15, 2011.


The Social Hour features a discussion between Lane, MacArthur and sometimes a guest about the latest social media tips for you or your business.


All previous shows can be found at


You can contact the show by e-mailing or by calling and leaving a voicemail at 2626-SOCIAL.

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "The Social Hour". Retrieved 2014-07-23. 
  2. ^ "Inside The Net". Retrieved 2014-07-23. 
  3. ^ "Inside The Net Episode 1". Retrieved 2014-07-23. 
  4. ^ "TWiT October Numbers". Retrieved 2014-07-23. 

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