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Cinch Gets Better – Change Feed Name!

The Buzz surrounding Cinch is loud – on blogs, over Twitter, in the world of developers. People love using what Dave Winer calls “The simplest podcast API ever.” And he’s right.

In a post Robert Scoble wrote about Cinch, a commenter wrote, “Okay, so it’s pretty cool, but hasn’t it been done many, many times before?” and Robert answered:

“No, it hasn’t. Not with a phone number, and not by building a feed automatically without requiring a signup/signin.”

It’s true, it’s the simplest way to podcast – ever; on the fly, on the road, at conferences, at geek dinners, in bed, in the line at the coffee shop, outside, inside and uptown. You don’t have to register or set up an account, simply call 646.200.0000, talk and there’s your RSS feed with your recording. No muss, no fuss.

And now you can do it with more privacy than ever. Visit Cinch.BlogTalkRadio.Com and you can change the name of your feed!

This new option will certainly make a lot of people like bwana, TechPedia, Podcasting News, Mark Ghosh, Brad @ Download Squad, Alex, MikePhillips, SolSie, and others even happier.

Robert Scoble recently wrote “I love the new BlogTalkRadio,” And we’re pleased with that. But let’s not forget the original BlogTalkRadio, the live, interactive citizen broadcasting network!

Also, developers need to check out the recent post Kris wrote about PHP5 files presented to jumpstart developers’ access to using Cinch as an API.

Plug into Cinch

The time has come to share some of the code goodness that I cooked up on my own last week to test Cinch. What have I got for you? One homebrew kit with a handful of PHP5 files in it.

These PHP5 files are presented to jump start a developers access to using Cinch as an API.

Included scripts: cinch-api.zip

* cinch-api.php – Parse the original RSS feed from Cinch for a given phone number and display the information. This script is meant to demonstrate how the variables work.
* cinch-api-rss-now.php – In real-time this file removes a users phone number from the Cinch RSS feed and generate a new feed. Some variables need to be defined by you.
* cinch-rss.sql – MySQL table to cache the Cinch RSS feed. Once in the table it is open season on how to work with it.
* cinch-api-config.php – This file is used to fill in user data for a RSS feed that is generated from the cached data.
* cinch-api-insert.php – Reads the Cinch RSS feed and inserts the item data into the MySQL table. In this file you can modify every aspect of how the original Cinch data is rewritten to remove phone number, etc.
* cinch-api-rss.php – Pulls the cached data and generates a new RSS 2.0 feed.

If you simply want to remove your phone number from your Cinch feed check out the cinch-api-rss-now.php script. All you need to do is plug your phone number into it and upload it to your web server.

Before I close this out, I’d like to say that if anyone else has some RoR, .Net or Java chops and feels the need to create some Cinch starter scripts you should forward them on.

And last but not least, we are working on the login system here at BTR. Our engineers are sweating in a hot server filled room making it happen. But they won’t stop at logins. You’ll have to check back with us to see.

Podcasting is a Cinch with BlogTalkRadio

Today we launched a new service called Cinch. What is it? How about the easiest way to produce and syndicate a podcast. Or as Dave Winer called it, “The simplest podcast API ever.”



Introducing Cinch, the easiest way to produce and syndicate a podcast.

Using Cinch is simple:

  1. Call (646) 200-0000
  2. Talk
  3. Subscribe or use as the RSS feed as an API – http://cinch.blogtalkradio.com/YOURPHONENUMBER


We provide the network, storage and feed. What can you build on top of this service?