I’ve spent more than one post on this blog talking about podcast sponsorships. Today, I wanted to talk about podcast listeners. There are a lot of stats out there for website users – where they came from, what they do on the site, how long they stay, and a lot more. While there have been strides in the last few months surrounding stats on podcasts, I feel like I still don’t know much about my listeners. I’ve tried surveys in the past, but they didn’t go well. So I’m switching things up a bit.
While talking to my mother, whom I sent my Amazon Wishlist to for gift ideas, she told me to not check Amazon until Christmas because she bought stuff off of my list and didn’t want me to see what she got. Luckily, Amazon has thought of this, and there is a really simple way to make sure that you don’t see when people buy things off your list.
- Go to your Amazon Wish List.
- In the List Actions drop-down (towards the top of the list, on the right), click Update list profile.
- Check “Don’t spoil my surprises.”
- Click Save.
That’s it! You can now view your list without worry of spoilers.
Most of you probably know what Amazon Prime is and how it works, but if you don’t, the best way to describe it is an annual subscription that gives you free 2-Day shipping on orders from Amazon.com (+ some other perks). For the better part of a decade, you could pay $79 for Prime; in March they raised the fee to $99. At that price, it is still well worth it to me, and getting better every day. Here’s why.
- Ice Cream = Google TV + Honeycomb + Gingerbread: This excites me.
- Firefox’s Slowest Add-ons [mozilla]: I run 2 of the 10, including Firebug. Must be why I don’t use Firefox that much anymore.
- The Honeycomb Lockout: How Open is Android [android.appstorm]: While I’d love a Honeycomb ROM, Justin makes great points here.
- MLB.com CEO: Android users less likely to buy, more likely to pirate apps [bgr]:Â 2 things with this- First, With more tablets, Android will become more profitable than iOS for AtBat. Second, I bought AtBat 2010. I’m not going to buy it AGAIN just because it’s a new baseball season. I didn’t want to buy it in the first place because I was already paying $100 for MLB.TV
- TravAlert Wakes You Up Before Your Stop [lifehacker]: This is pretty cool.
- Taxes: Writeoffs for Freelancers [freshbooks]: Tax Day is less than a week away! Are you ready?
I also did a couple of write-ups for Web.Appstorm.net about Amazon’s new Cloud services:
- 2009 Called (xkcd): I will have to remember this one.
- .tel, .xxx, and .mobi are all pointless and idiotic: Agreed. There’s really no way to prevent sites that fall under these categories from purchasing the .comÂ equivalent, or vise-vera.
- The State of the Freelancer: I love me some nice infographics.Especially helpful ones.
- CBS will Remove some Showtime Shows from Netflix (bgr):Â Translation: People weren’t buying Californication or Dexter on DVD anymore. I guess I won’t become a Californication fan then…
- Friday by Rebecca Black- Cover by Matt Mulholland (youtube): Awesome. Thank you @joelmchale
- What we Have to See in iOS 5 (brg): He’s right on all account, especially that people are going to buy it anyway.
- Amazon.com lets you play with an Android virtual machine, try apps before you buy them (engadget): This is pure awesome. Couple that with the fact that they give an app away everyday, and you’ve got a really great Android Market competitor.
- 5 Things They Never Told You (cracked): This is by far the best cracked.com article I’ve ever read.
- 18 Million WordPress.com Websites Now Available in iPad Format (mashable): They are using a (free!) plugin called onswipe. It’s now being used on this site as well!
- The Path to Productivity: Short Hours, More Breaks (workawesome): I like to break my day down into tasks that I complete then follow with a quick break. However, if I am in a groove, do not disturb me!
- 10 Biggest Tech Fails for 2010 (cnn): I would rank Ping higher. No one uses it and as CNN says, it really is just a push to buy music.
- #840: Serious (xkcd): Computer Nerds- read the alt text on this one.
- Why I Ditched iTunes for Amazon MP3s (gizmodo): I’ve been preaching this for years. I’m glad some influencers are finally seeing the lights. And PS- Amazon mp3 has always been DRM Free.
- A Guide to the Open Internet: Here’s a little argument for NetÂ Neutrality.
- My Blackberry is not Working! (YouTube): I thought this was hilarious. And, the perfect example of irony!
- You can Now Lend Kindle Books to your Friends for 14 Days (lifehacker): This is awesome. Now all we need is a website that helps us keep track of our Kindle friends…hmmm.
- PSA: iPhone Alarms not Working come New Years (engadget): Oh good. At least this is the first time we’ve seen this. It’s not like the same thing happened for Daylight Savings Time. Wait a minute…
- The State of Web Design: 2011 (webdesigntuts+): Â A nice round up of the way things are moving in 2011.
- Android has Terrible Text Message Bug that Sends Message to Wrong Contact (engadget): I haven’t seen this on the Droid or the Incredible, but wow. That’s pretty terrible.
As a side note, I saw The Fighter & Black Swan this week. They were both really awesome movies.
- Favorite Tech Toy: Amazon Kindle. Competition was pretty stiff this year with all of the new gadgets I got- an iPad, a new Macbook Pro, and most recently, the HTC Incredible. I also broke from choosing my cell phone as my favorite tech toy. I got the Kindle for Christmas last year and love it. I’m including it in the 2010 running because most of the use came in 2010. The reading experience is superior to the iPad, the book selection is huge, it’s lightweight and very portable, and I love that you can make notes and annotations on it. I feel like I read more in 2010 because of the Kindle.
- App/Website: Dropbox. This is another thing I had in 2009 but didn’t start really using until 2010. Dropbox makes it amazingly easy to sync across all of my devices (Mac, PC, iPad, Android Phone). I’m considering upgrading so I can try some of the neat advanced things you can do.
- Favorite Book: The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo. My friend Katie recommended it, and even though it’s a fairly long book, it’s a quick read because of the fast pace of the story. I highly recommending it. I’ll be starting the next one soon!
- TV Show: Dexter. I was lucky enough to start a series this year that I’ve been missing out on. Dexter is an awesome show about a good guy who’s also serial killer. The show is thrilling and intellectually stimulating, and the acting is rock solid. I highly recommend it if you’ve never watched it.
- Movie: Inception. Leo DiCaprio had a great 2010. For a while, I though Shutter Island would be the best movie of the year. Then Inception came out and blew my mind. Cause for a lot of discussion and speculation, it’s a movie that keeps on giving, and an original idea at that.
- Music: The Gaslight Anthem. My brother Phil and friend Danny told me about them in August/September and I’ve been listening to them daily since. I love their classic alternative rock sound (non of this new-alternative Nickelback crap) and the lead singer’s vocals are awesome. I highly recommend them. As far as new in 2010, Mumford and Sons is pretty awesome. You should check them out too.
I know what you’re going to say; “All companies want to make money.” Â As a red-blooded, meat-eating, American capitalist, I think that’s a good thing. But there seems to be a thought among computer nerds (and most Apple product users) that Apple is the white light to Microsoft’s Eye of Sauron (sorry…I recently watched Lord of the Rings). That simply isn’t true, and iTunes proves it. Â It also proves that you don’t need to have the best, you just need to market it the right way.
Let’s take a look at a few reasons why iTunes is the bay window looking into what Apple really cares about most (hint: it’s money).