In a post on this very blog, he made comparisons between that startup and BlogTalkRadio, including why he felt his would be the superior service in the long run.
Among Alan’s concerns were:
- Having to install software in order to listen to or host Skype shows.
- Lack of audience participation during live SkypeCasts.
- Absence of SkypeCast archives.
Two years later, it’s clear that BlogTalkRadio is the leader in online radio. We don’t simply provide a platform allowing civilians to talk in cyberspace. We offer our hosts the ability to create, produce, promote and archive regularly-scheduled shows without having to download or install any software. And each live show – which is available on-demand moments after it’s wrapped – is a completely interactive experience, allowing listeners to call in and/or participate in a live text chat.
So it comes as no surprise to the BlogTalkRadio team that Skypecast was laid to rest on September 1. Though Skype vows to resurrect the service one day, its demise further solidifies BlogTalkRadio’s status as the premier online radio network and social-radio community.
In this day and age, the key to succeeding online is an interactive, customizable, user-friendly experience – and the ability to build a loyal, spirited community.
Hats off to Alan for holding his course.