TalkShoe

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TalkShoe
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Talkshoe Home Page
Type of site
Free podcasting host
Owneriotum Inc.[1]
Created byDave Nelsen
Websitehttp://www.talkshoe.com
CommercialYes
RegistrationOptional
LaunchedMay 2006[2]
Current statusActive

TalkShoe is a community-based podcast hosting, recording, and storage platform that allows users to host or participate in live podcasts that were once called "community calls", or simply a "call" for short. Participants can phone in or join via the Web and are able to have a two-way dialogue with the podcast host and listeners.  A call can be syndicated and downloaded after the live show ends as a podcast.

In July 2018, TalkShoe was relaunched by their current owners, iotum Inc. This relaunch included the additional of several new features, including video and integration with YouTube along with an overhaul of TalkShoe's website.

TalkShoe's name is a play on "talk show," using Ed Sullivan's pronunciation of the word "show" as "shoe."[3]

TalkShoe Updates[edit]

The 2018 relaunch of TalkShoe included the addition of several new features to go along with its redesigned website. These updates included the addition of more international dial-in numbers for guests joining a podcast by phone, YouTube live streaming, unlimited storage & free hosting for all users, a redesigned studio page, and most notably, searchable, AI-generated s topic tags and smart summary for all podcasts.

Administration[edit]

TalkShoe was founded in April 2005.[4] It is currently owned by iotum Inc, a teleconferencing and group communications company.

Podcasts[edit]

All TalkShoe hosts are required to register at the TalkShoe.com site in order to participate, however guests can listen to a show via the web client without registration. Through the registration process, a user chooses a screen name and is given a unique seven digit PIN. The purpose of registration is so that the chat client can display the correct screen name to represent each dialed-in user.

A podcast  is started by using TalkShoe.com's web-based interface to create and categorize the show. A podcast may cover any subject matter the host desires, but may not include forbidden content such as pornographic or racist material. The podcast is assigned an ID number that is used by participants to dial in. The host may then schedule a session of the show and optionally send email or SMS text notifications to invite guests. Once a session is scheduled, the host and their guests may dial in up to 15 minutes before the show is scheduled to begin. Guests may connect to a show using the TalkShoe Live! chat client, telephone, or both.

Chat[edit]

TalkShoe's software allows hosts to start or stop the recording of their podcast, and to mute or unmute the text and/or voice chat ability of guests in the show. It allows guests to listen to the show in streaming audio if they have not phoned in (the stream is automatically muted when the software senses a voice connection from the same user), or to set a flag indicating they wish to be unmuted (that is, allowed to speak "on the air") if they have phoned in. It allows both host and guests to chat via text-message to each other, and to see who is currently and no longer connected to the show.

Rating System[edit]

TalkShoe features a voluntary rating system for its talkcasts; a talkcast may be rated A for All Audiences, PC for Parental Control, or EL for Explicit Language. Hosts are given the responsibility of rating their own shows; shows that are improperly rated may be reported to TalkShoe by its users.   

History[edit]

TalkShoe was launched in June 2006 by Dave Nelsen, a former employee of the FORE Systems telecommunication company. Nelsen intentionally kept the site's launch low-key, wishing to build site traffic slowly by word of mouth. Early talkcasts were by local Pittsburgh personalities,[4] including radio talkshow hosts who simulcast via TalkShoe as another method of broadcasting their show and taking call-ins.

In November 2006, talkshow hosts Amber MacArthur and Leo Laporte decided to start hosting their Net@Nite show via TalkShoe. The large increase in traffic to TalkShoe, both in terms of guests into the Net@Nite show and new listeners/hosts who were introduced to TalkShoe and started shows of their own, has caused TalkShoe to put a number of planned features on hold in favor of increasing server capacity. On Sunday, December 3, the Net@Nite show with guest Kevin Rose of Digg was the busiest live show on record, with 930 total streaming or chatting participants.

On January 27, 2007, Tom Vilsack, the former governor of Iowa, who was the first Democrat to run for president in 2008 came onto Talk Shoe and spoke for fifteen minutes about his plans if elected president. He appeared on the then Regular Guys Show hosted by Kurt Hurner. Vilsack would come back onto TalkShoe, now on the Kurt Hurner Show on August 12, 2008, this time as a representative of the Barack Obama for President campaign. Vilsack took calls from listeners for half an hour.

Kate Russell in Mid 2007 tested & reviewed TalkShoe as part of her Webscape section on the BBC Click technology programme 'The world of technology across the BBC' and her report from the time is still available online to read here: http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/programmes/click_online/6729865.stm

On January 24, 2010 Natalie Cunial from CBS' Big Brother 9 was the hour-long guest on Logan's Run Live, hosted by Bruce "Logan" Pringlemeir. Due to the promotion from TalkShoe for this broadcast, traffic to the show ran up with numerous live guests for the interview. The final numbers were nearly 300% the normal show for Logan's Run Live.

On July 22, 2010,a new Wordpress Plugin was developed to reflect the TalkShoe Dynamic Badge or Widget. You can find out more about this new plugin at http://wordpress.org/extend/plugins/wp-talkshoe/ [5]

On July 22, 2010, a new Dynamic Widget was released to reflect the TalkShoe Dynamic Badge or Widget for blogs and web sites. You can find out more about this new widget at http://www.talkshoesupport.com/widgets/ [6]

On July 27, 2010, TalkShoe was recognized as one of the “2010 Hottest Pennsylvania Companies” by Lead411.[7]

On May 2nd, 2016, TalkShoe was acquired by iotum Inc.[8]

On July 23rd, 2018, TalkShoe was relaunched to include several new features, including video and a redesigned website. [9]

TalkShoe is a community-based podcast hosting, recording, and storage platform that allows users to host or participate in live podcasts that were once called "community calls", or simply a "call" for short. Participants can phone in or join via the Web and are able to have a two-way dialogue with the podcast host and listeners.  A call can be syndicated and downloaded after the live show ends as a podcast.

In July 2018, TalkShoe was relaunched by their current owners, iotum Inc. This relaunch included the additional of several new features, including video and integration with YouTube along with an overhaul of TalkShoe's website.

TalkShoe's name is a play on "talk show," using Ed Sullivan's pronunciation of the word "show" as "shoe."[3]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Portfolio". PR Newswire. Retrieved 2015-05-02.
  2. ^ "Milestones | TalkShoe Blog". Talkshoe.com. Retrieved 2010-11-11.
  3. ^ "About our name – The Origins of the Talkshoe Platform". TalkShoe. 2018-08-13. Retrieved 2018-10-18.
  4. ^ "All talk, all the time: New local Web site lets everyone have their say". www.post-gazette.com. Retrieved 2018-10-18.
  5. ^ "WP Talkshoe". WordPress.org. Retrieved 2018-10-18.
  6. ^ "TalkShoe Widget". http://www.talkshoesupport.com. External link in |website= (help)
  7. ^ "Lead411 | Award Winning B2B Sales Intelligence Platform". Lead411. Retrieved 2018-10-18.
  8. ^ "iotum Acquires TalkShoe.com Podcast Platform – iotum Inc". Iotum Inc. 2016-05-02. Retrieved 2018-10-18.
  9. ^ "Iotum launches new version of podcast platform TalkShoe". Iotum Inc. 2018-07-23. Retrieved 2018-10-18.

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