Happy “5th” Anniversary, Podcasting (well, not actually)

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First off: Today is not actually the fifth anniversary of podcasting. Dave Winer had demo’d file enclosures distributed via RSS over three years earlier. In other words, RSS-enabled audio and video distribution was almost four years old, five years ago today.

However, today is the 5th anniversary of Doc Searls writing a seminal post in which he explained what podcasting was to those folks like me who look to Doc to help us understand stuff we don’t quite get. (Tomorrow is the 5th anniversary of me repeating what I learned from Doc.)

Despite being almost four years after Dave Winer demonstrated how podcasting could work, how early was September 28, 2004 in the era of podcasting? Well, here’s a pretty good indication from what Doc wrote five years ago today:

“But now most of my radio listening is to what Adam Curry and others are starting to call podcasts. That last link currently brings up 24 results on Google. A year from now, it will pull up hundreds of thousands, or perhaps even millions.

For the record, the Google link to the word “podcasts” now has 61+ million results.

However, rather than look back over the past five years, I’m celebrating this anniversary by linking to a post that Doc wrote over the weekend. It’s something that you may not think about for another four years. And it might take nine years for what he’s writing about to really sink in. But by then, you’ll be able to do a Google search and get 65-million results on a word that may not even be used today to describe what this quote is about.

At this point in history, Twitter soaks up nearly all the oxygen the microblogging room. Thus there is no widely adopted open infrastructure for microblogging. (Identi.ca and the OpenMicroBlogger folks have worked hard on that, but adoption so far is relatively small.) But, given time, something will take. I’d place a bet Dave’s RSS Cloud. It’s live, or real-time. It’s open infrastructure. And, as Dave put it here, it has no fail whale.

Read the whole thing. And then ponder over the coincidence of the time-frame on which it was posted. I doubt even Doc had any idea of the anniversary.

If I think back hard enough, I can start making connections between RSS Cloud and podcasting and Twitter and Dave and Doc. But this is about the future.

When it comes to microblogging — or short-message relay services — or real-time syndication — or whatever it’s one-day called, the future will be here before you know it.

About Rex Hammock

Founder/ceo of Hammock Inc., the customer media and content company based in Nashville, Tenn. Creator of and head-helper at SmallBusiness.com.
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  • mirpod

    5 years already! Maybe you'll be interested in a test of podcasting with Twitter. Podcast twitter post example : http://t.mirpod.com/p/33 The idea is to tweet multimedia : audio, video podcasts …

  • http://www.chrismcintyre.com theFerf

    Jeez Rex, 5 years seems like a long time! I recently realized this too when I was planning some new features for our site (I'm the Founder and CEO of Podcast Alley). So much has happened in the last 5 years, its hard to believe, really. New advertising models were introduced, people are able to connect in new, more personal ways, and experts from every field and on every topic are finally able to share their passion. Simply amazing. (wipes tear from eye)

  • http://twitter.com/dsearls Doc Searls

    Thanks, Rex.

    You're right that I had forgotten the date of that post. Pretty amazing. Interesting to read the line, “A year from now, it will pull up hundreds of thousands, or perhaps even millions.” Sure 'nuf, here we are, many millions later.

    The proper congrats, however, are owed to Dave Winer, for coming up with stuff that ubiquitizes, and makes life better and more interesting for all of us.

    Cheers,

    Doc

  • http://rexblog.com Rex Hammock

    I agree, Doc. I see Dave's handiwork and influence everywhere. Too bad some people refuse to see it anywhere.

  • http://rexblog.com Rex Hammock

    I agree, Doc. I see Dave's handiwork and influence everywhere. Too bad some people refuse to see it anywhere.

  • dsearls

    Thanks, Rex.

    You're right that I had forgotten the date of that post. Pretty amazing. Interesting to read the line, “A year from now, it will pull up hundreds of thousands, or perhaps even millions.” Sure 'nuf, here we are, many millions later.

    The proper congrats, however, are owed to Dave Winer, for coming up with stuff that ubiquitizes, and makes life better and more interesting for all of us.

    Cheers,

    Doc

  • Guest

    I agree, Doc. I see Dave's handiwork and influence everywhere. Too bad some people refuse to see it anywhere.

  • http://rexblog.com Rex Hammock

    I agree, Doc. I see Dave's handiwork and influence everywhere. Too bad some people refuse to see it anywhere.