Proof that iTunes’ Podcast Recommendations Are Meaningless

So, if you know me or follow either of my podcasts, you know that I do a fantasy football podcast called Extra Points. My good friend Scott and I have done it for two full years (entering our third season), before any of the major FF sites were doing podcasts. We’ve got a decent sized audience and we’ve actually won a Podcast Peer Award for best sports podcast back in ’06. I know we’ve got a good show. So, naturally, I was hopeful, when I saw that iTunes decided to feature fantasy football podcasts, that we’d be featured. No dice. Oh, well, that’s the way things go, no biggie.

Or, it was no biggie until I saw who they did decide to feature:

Featured Fantasy Football Podcast at iTunes

Now, I’m not going to knock anyone else’s podcast. That’s not my style. And, to be honest, I don’t listen to any other FF podcasts because I’ve OD’ed on information by the time I release my show. But one particular show really surprised me, mostly because it only has two episodes, neither of which has anything to do with fantasy football:

The Fantasy Football Podcast - With No Episodes

Now, again, nothing against the people who did this podcast; there’s no shame in podfading, and it’s not their fault that they’re still listed. But wouldn’t you think that someone at Apple would, I don’t know, go through their recommendations before they posted them and make sure they’re actually relevant? Basically, what you say to me with this choice are two things. One, you don’t give a damn about who you feature and just picked thirteen podcasts that had the words “fantasy football” in their titles without even looking at the podcasts in question. And two, my podcast (and every other fantasy football podcast that wasn’t featured) is apparently less worthy than a show that has no episodes. Plus, you invalidate all the other recommendations in the process, since you’ve just killed your credibility by deciding to feature a dead podcast. Those other podcasts could be great (and I’m not saying they’re not), but how can I trust any of those recommendations now?

Great job, Apple. Way to be a responsible and influential partner in promoting podcasting. I’ll stick to Google from now on.

Wicked Good Podcast #65: Animal Farm For the Road

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This week, describing potatoes as a person, Steve orders fancy water to not seem cheap, attack of the killer insects, we stumble into an episode of CSI at Wal-Mart, fireworks in the complex, dueling Massholes, the Wizard of Oz and the gold standard, our trip to a Matthew Ebel house party (with weasels!), Mario Strikers Charged, and FunSpot.

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Music:
"Trees – Live in Second Life" by Matthew Ebel, courtesy of the Podsafe Music Network
Intro Music: "Pocketbook" by Derek K Miller
Outro Music: "Remember Hope" by Farewell Redemption

Podcasts Mentioned:
For Whatever Reason
Better Late Than Never
Love Long and Prosper
Tucker Tales
Marblecast

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Wicked Good Podcast #64: Two Headed Snake For Sale

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This week, songs to hide from thunderstorms by, binge shopping to fill the new freezer, making out like bandits at Target, Bogof the evil elf, the Riders of Lohan, the Weekly World News and other supermarket shenanigans, another babystyle encounter with elitist attitudes, Domino’s lies to us, Who Wants To Be A Superhero?, The Bigs, and Hogwarts Square.

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Music:
"This One" by Fluid Boys, courtesy of the Podsafe Music Network
Intro Music: "Pocketbook" by Derek K Miller
Outro Music: "Remember Hope" by Farewell Redemption

Podcasts Mentioned:
Geek Acres
Life on Tap
Redboy Podcast
Tucker Tales
Love Long and Prosper

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Wicked Good Podcast #63: The Kids Meals Come With a Body Bag

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This week, a trip to Jersey, a stop at the mother of all malls, the wonderment of Fatburger, sprreading the joy of Wii (and attempting to prevent injury), Bex’s first trip to Hooters, gawking at the Harry Potter superfans at the bookstore, our Cold Stone coupon fiasco, why you can’t be an aggressive driver in a Mini Cooper, World Series of Pop Culture, Brothers in Arms, and Connecticut’s famous Rein’s Deli.

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Music:
"Prince Charming" by Jim’s Big Ego, courtesy of the Podsafe Music Network
Intro Music: "Pocketbook" by Derek K Miller
Outro Music: "Remember Hope" by Farewell Redemption

Podcasts Mentioned:
Geek Survival Guide
Life on Tap
Israelisms
The Big Red Podcast

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Wicked Good Podcast #62: Show Me Your Smile!

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This week, meatloaf gone bad, mosquito breeding grounds at the BK, what the Oreo Sundae Shake really tastes like, antagonizing three year olds for fun and profit, a Wal-Mart that doesn’t smell, Best Buy is too good to sell us a freezer, Bex takes a spill while trying to get her picture taken, Maisy buys her friends groceries out of self-defense, Maureen’s express review of Ratatouille, a nostalgic trip through Zelda II, and 4th of July celebrations across New England.

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Music:
"Why" by ONESIDE, courtesy of the Podsafe Music Network
Intro Music: "Pocketbook" by Derek K Miller
Outro Music: "Remember Hope" by Farewell Redemption

Podcasts Mentioned:
Cheap Date
Redboy Podcast
Philosophy Guy

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Wicked Good Podcast #61: Would You Like To Play Some Dahts?

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This week, we encounter disaster at Coinstar while attempting to buy a digital camera, a close encounter with a fellow grocery shopper, "Is she your first?", riding the elevators at the Providence Place Mall, Maureen succumbs to the siren song of Baby Gap, the saddest carnival ever, Big Brain Academy: Wii Degree, and the fall of Hooters in New England.

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Music:
"Saturday" by Rachael Cantu, courtesy of the Podsafe Music Network
Intro Music: "Pocketbook" by Derek K Miller
Outro Music: "Remember Hope" by Farewell Redemption

Podcasts Mentioned:
Marblecast
Tucker Tales
Love Long and Prosper
Geek Acres
Life on Tap

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Why People Don’t Get Twitter

Yeah, more Twitter ramblings, I know. But hey, it was down this morning, so I had a lot of extra free time.

It occurred to me, after reading an interesting post about the Opaque Value Problem in social media, that maybe one of the reasons that people think that Twitter is a waste of time is because this is the first thing that they’re greeted with when they visit the site:

Twitter Public Timeline

I’d think that’s a waste of time too, if I read about it on a blog and decided to check it out. The problem is that the public timeline is interesting in a curiosity type of way, but it’s effectively gibberish. It’s like tuning into Lost midseason. The people on the screen are clearly speaking English, but the stuff they’re saying doesn’t make any sense because you have no context and no connection to them, nor should you.

The public timeline doesn’t convey that I can keep in touch with people who I don’t always get to speak to, and do it without being tethered to the computer when they’re online. The public timeline doesn’t convey that I was able to research and decide on a digital camera with help from Twitter friends in the course of a morning, when I had been fruitlessly researching on my own for three months and kept coming up empty. And the public timeline certainly doesn’t convey that I was able to announce the birth of my daughter to a good portion of my friends all at once with a single text message.

I think, if you want to make Twitter more accessible, get the public timeline off the front page and explain better how people use Twitter. Get testimonials if you have to. But the public timeline is the last thing you want to show to a prospective user, in my opinion. It’s like trying to demonstrate television with a test pattern.

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