The Hobson & Holtz Report - Podcast #4: January 24, 2005

Welcome to our weekly podcast, a 57:25-minute conversation recorded live via Skype from Concord, California, USA, and Amsterdam, The Netherlands.

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In this week’s show:


  • 00:24 Neville on what this show’s about

Short Takes:

  • 02:20 Comments and mail we’ve received about the show
  • 06:45 My Blog: Margot Wallstr??m, Commissioner for Communications at the European Commission
  • 10:40 Randy’s Journal:… Read More »

Blogging ethics issue gets more attention

The rising profile of blogging ethics has followed a predictable path:

  1. Some bloggers engage in questionable ethical behavior
  2. Bloggers discuss the question of ethics among themselves
  3. The public profile of blogs is raised during the 2004 US presidential election
  4. The discussion picks up steam. Some solutions are presented
  5. More stories of ethical misbehavior are reported
  6. The tsunami raises blogs’ profile even more
  7. More stories of ethical misbehavior are reported
  8. The mainstream press picks up on the story

The mainstream press, in the form of Associated Press, reports today on concerns about ethical standards in blogging: “The growing… Read More »

Social networking yields results

CSO Insights partner Jim Dickie was skeptical when he tapped into the LinkedIn social network in search of some work-related results. Dickie, who writes about the experience at, started off with a genuine work need. Research his company conducted led him to wonder why some customer relationship management (CRM) tools were producing better results than others.

Social networking software was his first target. “These systems claim to increase the productivity of sales and marketing professionals by leveraging the theory of six degrees of separation, allowing users to tap into the existing affiliations of other… Read More »

Podcast reviews

You can review products at, books at and movies at Why not podcasts? After all, with new podcasts emerging at a remarkable pace, it’s tough to decide which ones to try out. You might think some of the podcast directories would let listeners comment, but so far, there are only a couple of sites dedicated to reviewing podcasts. “The New, New Podcast Review” is the latest, a blog that offers “fair and balanced podcast reviews.” According to the FAQ on the blog:

“These will be reviews of podcasts and the occasional podcasting website. The podcast reviews rate the ‘cast on a scale of 5 stars, in the areas of…

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Text messages to the rescue

We all know the part blogs have played in the aftermath of the South Asia disaster. Less attention is being accorded SMS, the cell phone text messaging system. The BBC has an article that sheds light on how text messaging aided recovery efforts. Some of the earliest blog reports about the tsunami were repurposed SMS messages sent by people on the scene to friends with blogs.

The experience has led to the development of the Alert Retrieval Cache, which (so far) uploads a text message to a Web page or distributes it to an e-mail list. Using the system, a relief worker identifying a specific need could send a text message to the Cache,… Read More »

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